I agree. I think that you only have to be off by a little bit to run way off.
Personally when I say I can't eat lots of carbs I mean that there are factors that I can't control (such as hormones) that make finding the balance between food and insulin so hard that it's not worth the fight to me. It's just simpler with better results for me to eat fewer carbs.
When I was younger, I had stretches of years where I had everything nailed and could eat pretty much anything with predictable results. That's one reason I stayed on MDI so long.
As I've aged, everything seems to be more of a moving target. What works one day may not work the next, even with the exact same routine, foods, ratios and timing. The simpler I keep it, the better shot I have at good results.
yeah, it sucks and takes a lot of work...guess we all do what works best for each of us and keeps us stable and feeling well, ya know. i was thrilled to eat/try that today (was scurred); i've eaten the same d@mn thing for a year..so, thought I'd try it, don't typically eat pre-packaged, wrapped up food..but I bought it, I nuked it for 1 1/2 minutes took my shot, and it worked...encouraged me too to eat more carbs and try more insulin.
I do anywhere from 5-15 carbs per meal. I have eliminated all wheat from my diet, so no bread. But I do make my own version of english muffins and bagels using flaxseed and almond meal. I also have banished almost all fruit, except blueberries about once per week in my almonld pancakes.
I tried some of the suggestions and what I found was that, for me, it is all about the timing of my dose. If I wait 20 -30 minutes after my dose to eat I don't get the spikes. I also tried today eating a piece of string cheese about 10 minutes before my greek yogurt and 1 slice of sprouted rasin bread and that may have helped too ;) Thanks everyone ; ) For now it looks like I can stick to my 130-150 grams of carbs a day, yay!
yeah, that's what I'm finding too. it's not about the 'carbs' or amount of carbs really, i find i can pretty much eat what i want - a piece of bread has no more of an effect on me, really, then any other type of 'carb', it's just timing of the insulin and making sure we have the correct insulin bolus. As AR said, just a few carbs, or insulin (drops, sometimes) off and it can make our numbers go too high, or too low. We are our own science projects sometimes. Glad to hear you've found a viable solution! I also find the more insulin I take, matching that to a higher carb meal, it works better. my body likes the carbs when matched with insulin. Have a cookie..enjoy! :)
I also do better when I'm eating at least 40 carbs per meal. I think part of that has to do with how we balance our basal and bolus insulin. I have a hunch my basal is set a touch low and my carb ratio a touch high. If I eat too few carbs, I'm missing a little bit of the "excess bolus" which corrects my "short basal".
yeah. and in reality, in the real world, 40 grams of carbs per meal is nothing, before we were type 1's or diagnosed, i'm sure we consumed that with just one meal choice...just look at the carbs of say one blueberry muffin and a glass of milk.
Luckily, I pretty much always ate lower carb and healthy, so I have not had to change my food choices too much. The only thing I really had to change was measuring out my exact portions and not nibbling on my children's leftovers ;)
well, me too, i've always been very tiny - thin, petite but also (prior to Dx) never really thought about what i had to eat, i always ate well but, of course, never paid attention to 'carbs'...i ate well, but if I wanted carbs, I ate them. If i wanted a non-fat Chai Latte or blueberry muffin, I had one, never thought about it. Now, it's, of course, another story.
Up until last year I was dedicated low carb. I had a lot of medical problems last year and I added carbs back to help make me feel good. My insulin use is up but my last A1C was 6.4 this month and the one before in March of 2011 was 6.4. My walking is way down because of the health issues but if I can maintain 6.4 I think I will continue as is.
Breakfast=10; lunch=14+trail mix or blueberries or or or; supper 22; total 46.
Only bread that is low carb; but I pinch off a piece of a roll sometimes.
No cereal, no pasta, no processed foods, no grains that go phlooey in my system.
Love blueberries. Love watermelon. Love one bite of pineapple with good things.
Love all the food there is, but I have been unable to stay in the 5s when I have done whole grains. I'm a small person so everything affects my blood glucose. I just stay low numbers, and eat frequently, and I don't go low and don't go high.