Another way to eat ‘lower carb’ is to have two meals a day be no/low carb, and the third meal be a higher carb meal. (I prefer breakfast or lunch for higher carb meals, as I am AWAKE to deal with any issues.)
Btw, I have done NO CARB (nightmare, but I did it for 6+ months straight.) low carb, HIGH carb, and everything in between.
Having a good diet that is actually appetizing is the key.
Also, you can still eat other things, but it will just be a MUCH smaller portion than you would normally eat.
You would be surprised how good it feels to eat a handful of nuts, a spoonful of peanut butter, etc. along with a no/low carb meal. Really can help out how you manage your hunger and mental state of mind.
Honestly, what I found is that I eat more carbs now, but I make sure it isn’t a carb only meal. I make sure it has plenty of protein and fat. For items like snack bars, I prefer to have the fat be the same amount as the carbs. This makes it feel more satisfying, and more importantly, higher fat slows down how fast I spike from carbs. Which makes it MUCH easier to deal with insulin wise.
A carb only meal is pretty much asking to go on the rollercoaster ride of BGs going up and down before you get it under control again.
Hardest part of low carb is learning what foods you can eat, and how much you can eat before it affects you.
When I eat really low carb, I don’t even bolus, I just let the Tandem pump with Control IQ automatically make basal adjustments and ignore the pump, my diabetes, etc. This is like a mini mental vacation from being T1d.
Eggs (scrabled, fried, hard boiled, soft boiled,) Bacon, pork chops, steak, sausages (careful, lot of store bought have high carbs,) beef jerky, pepperoni, lots of things you wouldn’t normally think as a meal, can now be your meals!
Unfortunately, calories still count…