It can be called so many things but for simplicity I’ll say “Low Carb”, my main big why is my blood sugar levels are AMAZING!!! When I eat low carb, I can flat line my blood sugar levels like I didn’t ever think was possible. I have been interested and tried lower carb way of eating for a while so I have created many habits and meals that are low carb for myself.
NOTE TO TYPE 1’s - It has been a lot of trial and error to get here, but that is life as a type1. I still dosed for carbohydrates in week 2, and yes I am having small amounts but the 20g dose was not 20g of carbs. It is the dose I have worked out that I need in insulin for a low carb main meal. On this particular day it was a 2 egg omelette with mayo and veggies and a few nuts and cacao to follow, which is not 20g carbs. I also had a personal training session where my blood sugars went up slightly, so some strange things can happen when on low carb with type 1, but it is so worth a little trial and error. My biggest tip I received that kicked me into gear to start was do not count hypo carbs, it had held me back from trying for so long so if I hypo I have a medjool date and/or maybe some fruit and it just kicks my blood sugar back up.
I do have to admit that I am not too strict at the moment, and part the reason why I’m writing this is to reconfirm for myself that this is how I need to eat most of the time. I do love to eat this way when I’m full of energy but it is much harder when I’m tired and not so motivated. At these times I am more kind and gentle to myself and allow some fruit, grains and chocolate to flow in. I also love food and the social connections had with food, so if I have a few extra carbs in good company so be it. I’m doing well most of the week and that is what counts.
I did listen to a recent podcast from the Wellness guys when they interviewed Robb Wolf about his new book “Wired to Eat”, I so need to get my hands on this book. As I feel the pull towards higher carb foods at times is strong and I would like to know more about this. I would love the motivation I had when my monitor was on and the weeks that followed even without the monitor as I was so inspired to stay on track and did not worry me if I was surrounded by high carb foods, I didn’t want to spike my blood sugar levels. It was amazing to have the direct feedback on blood sugars all the time. I will be wearing the monitor more in the future to have the direct feedback. But the motivation I had in those beginning weeks has worn off and I’m trying not to be too hard on myself.
I’d love to hear from anyone out there with or without type 1 and how they go with low carb. I also love recipes and if you have any favourites for low carb…PLEASE SHARE!! I’ll be sharing some of mine soon.