How do you count carbohydrates for a night out on the town for dinner?
Do you smuggle a carbohydrate book and food scale in the restaurant?
Do you “eyeball” (guesstimate) the amount of food on your plate… and just simply guess?
Do you not go out on the town for dinner?
Do you choose very small portions and keep the meal as simple as possible?
Do you ask the waiter to see a nutrition guide (if available)?
Do you hide in the bathroom with your blood checker until dinner is over?
Do you find yourself going to the same restaurant over and over and ordering the same plate because you are familiar with the nutrition content?
My endocrinologist showed me a quick trick years ago (it is not an exact measurement)… A very small portion of carbohydrates (such as a tiny piece of bread) that you are able to fit into the center of the palm of your hand is USUALLY around 12 to 15 grams of carbohydrates. So, when I go out to dinner, I will “eyeball” the portion of food on my plate and break it down into smaller portions that fit into the palm of my hand. Sometimes I will visualize several small slices of bread (12 to 15 carbs each) and convert the total amount of slices of bread into the total units of insulin that is needed to cover my I:C ratio. Um, I hope that makes sense.
The reason I ask this question is, I have been tinkering around with a new method on my pump. My new method requires the exact amount of carbohydrates, proteins and fats = my standard/extended bolus amount… I am realizing (actually, the word is more like “shocked”) how much I really do guesstimate if I am not at home with the nutrition package information in front of my face.
Any input (tips or tricks) would be appreciated.