Making Blood Sugar Easier: Timing The Highest Carb Meals

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Some people have the will to give up carbs during their diabetes management routine. However, if the idea of completely giving up carbs does not sound appealing to you then, a middle-ground approach can help with adjusting nutrition for the sake of improved blood sugars without total deprivation. A big part of this process starts with being very thoughtful about the timing of eating carbs. The following is how one can manage the timings of high carb meals to improve blood sugars and avoid feeling deprived.

Limiting carbs to two or three meals a day

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 When simplifying blood sugar management, it makes a big difference when we choose two meals to include our favourite carbs and strive to make other meals lower in carbs versus eating 150 grams of carbs spread throughout the day. This might also make it easier to eat 100 gms of carbs instead of 150 gm. This makes it a lot easier to enjoy a low-carb meal for breakfast and lunch. There is a motivation of getting to eat one’s favourite bread with butter at dinner. Targeting carbs into certain meals rather than spreading them across all meals, ensures that about half of the meals each day are indeed very low-carb. This indicates that half of those meals are easier to manage blood sugar, they require less insulin and add fewer blood sugar variables during those hours of the day. This also builds up motivation for having a low carb meal knowing that a high carb meal can be enjoyed at the end of the day. This also gives a choice of choosing the carbs that matter the most and making other meals as low-carb as possible with a focus on lots of vegetables and whole foods.

Sustaining the habit of timing the carbs

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Restricting carb consumption to “less than 50 grams per day” or even “less than 100 grams per day” Can lead to binge eating. This is not a sustainable approach at all. The common consequence of “failing” to stick to a strict low-carb diet is simply the need to try harder and be more disciplined and attempt to follow the same approach again and again. This can easily result in an abusive relationship with food. The common consequence of this is a cycle of binge-eating and restricting and is followed by a lot of guilt, shame, and frustration. This pattern of low carb/high carb eating can go unnoticed for years and needs to be acknowledged and nipped in the bud. Thus, one needs to think about a sustainable practice of eating carbs and choose the one that is right for them. It is recommended to reduce the lowest quality of carbs in your diet. Beverages and processed packaged foods in particular.

It is advised to honestly review food habits around carbs. They are not evil in reality and are a wonderful source of vitamins and minerals. Diabetics simply need to be more conscious of carbohydrate consumption when striving to improve blood sugar levels.

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