I had an assignment for my nutrition class last week, and it really got me thinking about carbs. It was a dietary analysis software, and I entered in what I had eaten in the past 24 hours. In that particular time period, I had 110g of carb, which is a good amount for me. I generally try to stay below 100 (much to my dietician’s chagrin!). However, this particular software (without even asking my medical history) said that I was severely lacking in the carbohydrate department, and recommended that I consume 350g of carb in one day. 350g!
I did the math, and assuming one piece of bread is 15g, that’s 21.5 pieces of bread. That’s a shit ton of carbs! I had a chat with Alison about it, and we both thought that was an absurd amount. I’d like to know what any other DOC’ers think. Are we crazy? Or is that a crazy number? Based on my current carb:insulin ration, that’s 24 units of insulin. And that’s not including any other food sources.
And I had another random thing pop into my head. When I bolus for carbs, if I have bread, I automatically double the amount of carbs in it and bolus for that. For example, if I have 15g of applesauce, I bolus 0.5 units. But for 15g of bread, I bolus 1.0 units. I’ll do that too for things like granola bars. And you know what? It works! I’ve had good blood sugars from dealing with it that way. Is that weird? Is there anyone out there who does that too? Or is this just another case of your diabetes may vary (YDMV)? If anyone has any feedback they’d like to throw back I’d be very interested to hear it!