Count Those Carbs
The goal of meal planning is to help people living with diabetes eat healthy without placing too much restriction on your food choices. The carbohydrate counting method is a fairly new meal planning method for diabetics. It involves setting a limit on the amount of carbohydrate foods you eat.
We have been told in various diets that carbs are bad, but this simply is not the case. A healthy, well-balanced diet includes carbohydrates – just not too many. Most diabetics should eat about 45 to 60 grams of carbohydrates per meal. To use the carbohydrate counting methods, you will first need to know which foods have carbohydrates and how to determine the amount of carbs per serving. Carbohydrates are found in starchy foods such as breads, rice, pasta, fruit, vegetables, sweets and snacks.
The carb-counting method opens up the list of “off-limit” foods. With this method diabetics are encouraged to eat the foods you love, but monitor how much of those foods are consumed. While this may sound like a dream come true, it is important to focus on good carbohydrates – those found in vegetables, fruits and whole grain breads, versus those found in cakes, soda and snacks.