This thread has been most interesting in that
- Many of us are eating healthier than the “average” American, diabetic or nondiabetic.
- Many members of this community are more informed or better educated about how certain foods affect our BG, or are moving towards making more “diabetic friendly” choices about food and BG management.
- None of us are malnourished by skipping the Big Mac and the supersized options.
Years ago when I was diabetic during my first pregnancy, I was instructed to eat 150g of carbs daily and inject insulin accordingly. My recommended “eating plan” consisted of English Muffins, 1/2 bagel, Lorna Doone cookies, Stella Doro cookies…etc. That was then.
This is now. If I do eat any English Muffin, it would be half, and only on the rare occasion. A bagel or a doughnut is simply not worthwhile to chase the inevitable up and down in BG. How much time and effort do I want to spend addressing hyper or hypo glycemia? My treats, are, instead, dark chocolate, berries, whipped cream and real food, instead of processed or fast food. Everything in moderation. In all honesty, I feel better than I used to be. We are what we eat. 2 years ago, a Registered Dietitian, tried to have me work towards a 145 g carb diet, I asked her why and her response was that surely I do not wish to be malnourished or suffer from osteoporosis. Really?
Eating real food and lower carb is definitely more expensive than following the SAD which has a great deal of carbs. Sadly, until there is better education and information about nutrition, many will be truly malnourished, despite taking in several thousand calories and several hundred grams of carbs. I’m grateful that I’ve found this community.