Carbs: The Great Divider
As T1Ds, I feel like carbs are this great divider. We are often categorized as either a low-carb/keto diet devotee (some are very passionate slash preachy about it) or you DGAF & eat all the carbs “because T1Ds can eat anything, we just dose insulin for it.” I frequently get asked what my *diet* is like, but truthfully, I don’t follow a specific formula. I do watch my carb intake carefully & follow what most would consider “low-carb”, but I also don’t deprive myself from ALL carbs.
Recently, there have been publications receiving attention for describing impressive results when T1Ds follow strict low-carb diets. And I do agree, eating low-carb unequivocally stabilizes my shugs. However, it’s not that simple (a million variables affect bgs), & carbs are not necessarily the enemy. Healthy carbs exist & avoiding them at all costs might actually be depriving your body of some pretty important things. I personally don’t see how it’s healthy to eat let’s say primarily meat & cheese because those are deemed “safe zero carb foods,” then scoff at the sight of nutrient rich vegetables. You just need to choose the source of your carbs & quantity sensibly. For example, sweet potatoes, which are technically “loaded with carbs” actually pack a lot of vitamins & fiber. So I do incorporate them in my diet in moderation. Same goes for beets. Okay, they have natural “sugar,” but their gorg skin is loaded with incredible antioxidants & anti-inflammatory properties. Of course, you know what reacts best with your body better than anyone, so I simply try to eat intuitively.
And most importantly, I’m not afraid of toast. There’s a brand I love (Mestemacher) that I’ve posted (maybe too much?) about. #NotanAd, but it’s truly the only bread that lets my avo toast dreams come true. If you’re scared of bread (admittedly I was for awhile after getting diagnosed), I urge you to try this. It’s loaded with fiber & protein, which means delayed absorption in the bloodstream for smooth bgs. Yes, it’s actual bread 😱It has carbs 😱, but above all else, it works for me. Type 1 is not a type 1 size fits all diet.
Make sure you do you.