I thought I had my diet and blood glucose (BG) levels all figured out, and then, I got lazy. Two meals this weekend I eyeballed my portion and carb load and definitely missed the mark, by a lot.
The first meal was meatloaf, rice, and corn. I knew I had about 20 carbs in a half cup of rice, and I guessed the meatloaf was very low in carbs, say less than 5. I didn’t give the corn much thought. Big mistake.
It’s a vegetable, right? The diabetes educator said I could basically eat as many vegetables as I wanted because it requires so much energy to digest them that the carb load is negated.
Well, I forgot her caveat about starchy vegetables.
I tested 4 hours after dinner on Saturday night, and wouldn’t you know, 284 BG. WHAT?!?
I thought my hands were dirty so I washed then tested again…283 BG. Hmmm…
I immediately thought it was the meatloaf…it did have a sauce…oh, ketsup has like 4 carbs. So it’s not the meatloaf.
Then I thought I had forgotten how many carbs are in rice…nope, about 20 for a half a cup is right.
I guess, maybe, it’s the corn. (Still in doubt, still believing it’s a regular vegetable.)
Google: “Carbs in corn”
123g in 1 cup
Holy moley. That’s the problem. Unknowingly, I had eaten close to 90 carbs for dinner. Lesson learned, not all vegetables were created equal!
Although, the lesson was not learned completely because I did a similar mistake the next day.
Lunch on Sunday was red beans and rice. My portion was probably a touch large, but should’ve only been 40 or so carbs. What I forgot to account for was dessert…creme brulee…my favorite!
So that meal, I ate 70 or so carbs and was pushing 300 BG three hours later.
So here’s where I’m at now: keep each meal less than 50 carbs (including dessert!) and eat lower glycemic vegetables.
My BG have been super good since introducing exercise again last Thursday. I think I may be able to control my diabetes without insulin! When eating gluten-free and 50 or less carbs per meal (with a 20 or so carb snack in between), I’m able to be below 130 BG before each meal and before bed. Woot!
Now to see if the doctor’s agree…