I’d like to jump on the low-carb discussion. I used to love pasta. Any shape, anything on it was fine with me. It was difficult to keep up with it in terms of BG control. I’d end up chasing high blood sugar well into the next day. Because after all, who can only eat one cup of pasta? If you’re going to eat it, you want a huge bowl! I have had DM for 25 years, half my life. So, now I’m at a stage where I’m seeing the beginnings of complications creep in. I’ve had some laser treatments and recently a vitrectomy. None of this has been fun. So, I have had to make a huge change in my life if I want to live. Also, I find I can no longer tolerate high blood sugar like I used to. As soon as I start to head up over 150, I feel quite unwell.
Anyway, to make a long story short, I have adopted a NO-carb diet and, for the first time in 25 years, am finding it actually easy to get good BG numbers. I don’t know whether it is the “eye-scare”, or the fact that I can’t tolerate the big numbers any more, or maybe I have finally matured and know what needs to be done. I have been doing the NO-carb thing for about six months and I do not feel deprived. I eat plenty. I just don’t eat any pasta, rice, potato, bread, corn (unless it’s a half-ear eaten right off the cob). Instead, I eat plenty of protein–meat, chicken, fish, cheese, nuts (I love all nuts). Then I make sure I have salad and plenty of vegetables on my plate. If the rest of my family is eating rice, etc., I make sure that there is an extra vegetable for me to take the place of it. I have found the key to the success of this is not in the “limiting” of foods, but in giving myself “more”–more vegetables and other kinds of things that are healthy for me.
One caveat, for me at least, I find that I can not cheat on this, or have a binge day, or allow a treat every so often. I know I have to stick to this no matter what, because once I try to eat a carb, it’s like the flood gates are open and I just can’t stop. Then I’m in trouble. I’ll be chasing BGs into the next day and I’ll feel quite unwell. A1c’s have come down from high six’s to 6 and I lost 13 pounds since Christmas. All good stuff.