Thursday, May 13, 2010

To carb or not to carb?

Dear Conscious Diabetic readers,

I have joined fellow d-bloggers and am participating in Diabetes Blog Week. I will be posting new topics every day this week on living with diabetes. Click here to read my Conscious Diabetic Monday post entitled: Diabetes and loving kindness practice.

Have a great day,

Diabetes Blog Week continues and Karen of Bitter-sweet has asked us to answer the question: To carb or not to carb? What side of the fence do you fall in?

Let’s just get this out of the way: I carb.

I’ve spent quite a bit of time on this blog, thinking it through, writing several versions, and not really knowing how to approach this topic. In my original entry to you, I actually started dissecting the different kinds of carbohydrates – complex and simple, and talking about the Glycemic Index. But you can just click on the links to learn more about that.

Then I realized the reasons why this blog was so difficult for me to write: I didn’t want to give a nutrition lesson. And although I’m not a nutritionist or a diabetes educator, I feel very self-assured in my reasons for eating carbs at every meal. These reasons are based on practice, education, and the experience of living with this disease for over 35 years.

And I know that others do not necessarily feel the same way.

I’ve often felt like a pain in the neck when I insist upon healthy carbs at dinner time or a catered event or when invited to someone else’s home. Then add to that, I also have Celiac, an allergy to wheat, rye, and barley. I don’t want to be a pain for others, but I need to think of me and my health first. And balanced blood sugars matter to me. They are a part of the equation. And that means eating balanced meals.

So why not just eat a healthy plate of grilled chicken and veggies? Why must I insist upon adding a sweet potato or buckwheat to such a meal? I have found that diabetes is a practice in trial and error – testing how different foods release into the bloodstream and react within your body. And for me, a mix of vegetables, fruits, protein, healthy fats - and carbohydrates - are a must-have at each of my meals. I stay steady and balanced when I do that.

So yes, I carb. Because that’s what works for me.

1 comment:

  1. It's hard to deviate when you find what works. Good for you for speaking up. (I would likely be too wimpy to do it for myself, but no so much with Caleb).