By: Dr. Wesley Ward, DNP
So often I hear patients trying to control their diabetes say “ I just need to cut out the carbs” or I just need to quit eating carbs”. When they speak of carbs, the are referring to carbohydrates. Often, this idea is driven by the fact that so many popular fad diets are based on eliminating carbs.
Well, unfortunately, it is almost if not completely impossible to “cut out the carbs” from your diet, because most of the foods we eat have carbs in them. Vegetables, fruits, breads, pasta,rice, beans, and even regular milk all contain carbs. Now some are healthier than others but they are all made up of carbohydrates. Granted, all carbs are not created equal, some are better for you than others but all carbs turn to sugar!
So what is a person with diabetes to do, well if it is almost impossible to eliminate them what should you do! There are 2 easy things I recommend when it comes to dealing with carbs.
- Choose healthy carbs such as fruits and vegetables most of the time!
- Reduce your portion sizes
I also recommend that you track your food intake, the easiest way is to use an App on your smartphone or iPad and my favorite is My Fitness Pal, I find it’s easy to use and simple. Research shows that people who track their food intake lose more weight! It also gives you an idea of what and how much you are eating as well as forcing you to choose portion sizes.
Don’t over complicate things! When it comes to controlling your diabetes or trying to lose a few pounds find a healthy solution that can be maintained over the long term and that works for you!