4 tips for a great carbohydrate diet for a diabetic

Carbohydrates a very big impact on blood glucose levels as they are converted to sugar by the body in the process of turning the food into energy.  Too many carbohydrate servings can increase blood sugar levels.  It is important for a diabetic to control the number of carbohydrates that are eaten at each meal and balance the carbohydrates with protein while limiting fat intake.

In this type of meal plan foods are grouped into three different categories:  carbohydrates, proteins, and fats.  The majority of foods that you eat contain carbohydrates and this will be the largest food group.  Foods in this group include:

* Grains – breads, crackers, rice, cereal, pasta * Dairy – milk, yogurt * Vegetables that are considered starchy – corn, peas, and potatoes * The rest of the vegetable family * Fruit, including fruit juices * Desserts and other treats – chosen in limited amounts

This diet will require you to measure your foods for serving sizes and read food labels to determine how many servings are carbohydrates it should be counted as.  It is standard to consider 15 grams of carbohydrates as one serving.  For instance, if you are having crackers as a snack and are allowed one serving of carbohydrates you would look at the food label to figure out how many crackers you can have.  If the serving size is 20 crackers and that equals 30 grams of carbohydrates, for a diabetic that would be considered two servings.  In this example, you would have the serving size and eat 10 crackers to equal 15 grams of carbohydrates.

After some time and experience you will become adept at counting carbohydrates and knowing what foods work well with your blood glucose levels and what ones don’t.  No two diabetics respond the same way to every food, you will need to learn what your own ideal diabetic diet is.

Finding the right diet for you is the key. Everybody with diabetes is different. Carbohydrates has the biggest impact on your diet when you’re a diabetic. The blood glucose levels must be monitored always. Finding the right balance will determine your health in the long run.

The carbohydrate counting diet groups foods into three main groups:  carbohydrates, proteins, and fats.  You dietician will provide you with the number of carbohydrates you can have in a day and how that is divided up amongst your meals and snacks.  Your dietician will also educate you on how you can determine the numbers of carbohydrates are in some of your favorite foods by reading food labels.

The biggest benefit of the carbohydrate counting diet is that it does not eliminate any foods.  A diabetic can choose any food they wish to eat as long as they only eat enough of it to meet their carbohydrate needs.  The trick to this is to choose wholesome foods that will fill you up longer.  The same amounts of carbohydrates that are in a small handful of potato chips are not equal to the two slices of bread you can have instead.  But it is nice to know that if you really want to – once in awhile – you can treat yourself.

Another benefit is keeping a consistent amount of carbohydrates in your body.  This can help regulate your insulin needs and control.  If your body has the same amount of carbohydrates to process at the same times each day it will be beneficial to your health and blood glucose readings.

When you choose a carbohydrate counting diet it is important to make sure you are doing it correctly.  If you don’t you can too much or too little and both situations can be detrimental to your diabetes.  Have a dietician teach you how to properly count carbohydrates and closely monitor your blood sugar levels to make sure the diet it working for you.

As with any new diet, give it time for you to adjust and learn how to plan your meals properly.