Monday, January 18, 2016

How to handle your daily carb intake

Every diabetic has to know and manage their carb intake. There are many tools and many concepts (glycemic index, glycemic load) that you should know, but the most important thing is having a way to track what you are eating and seeing what it amounts to.

The good news is that all you need for that is paper and a pen. Read the nutritional label, figure out how many servings you ate, write it down. At the end of the day, sum and evaluate.

Simple, but we are in 2016 after all - we can do better. There are many computer assisted ways of doing this. The app that I like the most is very popular - MyFitnessPal . I originally used the meal counter in the Fitbit app but I find this one has a better database and also provides a "Nutrition" section where I can see Carbs, Protein, Fat daily in a very simple manner.

The free version allows only limited customization, but you can adjust how much of your daily calorie intake goes to carbs - which is what we as diabetics want. In the nutritional goal setup, I set my carbs to 35%, protein to 35%, and fats to 30%.

Start with a method and stick to it. Remember, this is a marathon, not a sprint. Your future is built little by little - consistency is the key. Be it good or bad, write it down. Face yourself in the mirror on all your decisions, and decide where you want your health to be. If you want to reach out on the app, my username is arielsanchezmora .

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