There are plenty of reasons people count carbs. They may be trying to lose weight or are in training for a sports event. If you’re diabetic though, it’s doubly important you’re aware of the number of carbohydrates you consume. By keeping track of them, you can actually make the condition more manageable.
So, what are carbohydrates?
They’re our primary source of energy and are found in all sorts of foods. When we talk about carbs, we’re referring to two different varieties:
Starchy carbs: these are what we usually picture when we think of carbs. You’ll get these from potatoes, bread, pasta, cereals, couscous etc.
Sugars: these include both natural and artificial sugars.
A high-carbohydrate diet and diabetes don’t go that well together, so it’s always recommended you lower your carb intake. Obviously, you can’t cut carbs out completely; we need carbs to live! That said, here are a few handy tips to incorporate into your diet:
Choose wholegrain bread or cereal, as you’ll get more energy without having to overindulge
Swap the pasta for healthier options such as quinoa (it’s actually really delicious!)
Skip the fruit juice and just enjoy the fruit in its natural form. This ensures all the fibre is still in place to help with digestion.
If you know how many carbohydrates you’re consuming, it can help you manage your blood glucose levels by matching your insulin dose to the number of carbs you’ve consumed.
It can be hard to get to grips with all this, which is why I became a Diabetes Management Coach. I’m here to help you take control of your diabetes, and your diet is one way to do that! Find out how I can help you here.