Monday, November 5, 2012
Day 205 - Carb Counting Part 2
Today I was talking to a pharmacist about diet and carb counting. Somehow we got onto the topic of fiber and how a diabetic should subtract the amount of fibre within the food when counting carbs and this is something that I am sure I was never told because it is a big factor within calculating the amount of carbohydrates consumed, and that if I was told this I would still be applying it today when I check for amount of carbohydrates.
So this was news to me and I must start applying this information because this may be the point that I am not considering that is leading me to become low at the rate that I do. I was reading information on fiber before but the fact that it isn't metabolized by the body did not connect in me that since fiber is considered a carbohydrate but does not break down within the body or used by the body in regards to metablization into glucose and that the carbohydrates on nutrition labels considers all carbs which fibre is included within. So what I have been doing is calculating the entire carbs within the food which fibre is a part of and thus I am calculating something that does not metabolize into glucose, and from reading the benefits of fibre and how it slows down the metabolization process of carbohydrates I've started to eat more fibre but still calculating the total amount of fibre when I inject insulin, consequently ending up injecting more insulin that I really need
I forgive myself that I have accepted and allowed myself to not subtract the amount of fibre within the foods that I eat from the total amount of carbohydrates within the food, which would cause me to go low excessively because I am frequently injecting too much insulin
I forgive myself that I have accepted and allowed myself to not start to form a habit of looking at the amount of fibre within the meal that I am eating and subtract it from the total amount of carbs that I am eating
I forgive myself that I have accepted and allowed myself to fail to consider the fact that fibre is not digested by the body and thus is not turned into any form of glucose within the blood stream, and that in this fibre being considered a carbohydrate of nutrition labels on foods must be subtracted from the total amount of carbohydrates
I forgive myself that I have accepted and allowed myself to walk these 8 years of being a diabetic with little information on how to properly take care of myself as a diabetic, allowing myself to live with simple information on what to eat and how to calculate the amount of food intake that I need to inject insulin for - and in this not do all within my power here within responsibility for myself as a diabetic to best be able to take care of myself within/as diabetes to give myself the best life possible within the limitation of/as diabetes
I forgive myself that I have accepted and allowed myself to not properly investigate the nutrients within the foods that I eat and what the body does with said nutrients - in this not giving myself the best ability to live information that is available in this world to best be able to support myself as a diabetic - allowing myself to further abuse and harm myself within being a diabetic and further abuse and harm myself as life
I forgive myself that I have accepted and allowed a system of education for diabetics that is limited when they are diagnosed - only giving them the basic information they need to get by until they start to see a diabetic specialist when they get older - allowing the belief that the child will not properly understand how to best take care of themselves within diabetes
I forgive myself that I have accepted and allowed myself to not give myself the opportunity to best support myself as a diabetic through giving myself the time to properly understand myself within/as diabetes but to only take the information that I see as basic and easy to live by and take care of myself within that basic information - not allowing myself to go into specificity with myself as a diabetic and consider all the relationships that exist within/as me in being a diabetic
I forgive myself that I have accepted and allowed myself to not investigate in detail how the body works within the biochemistry of fibre and carbohydrates, not allowing myself to understand myself down to the atomic level within the chemistry of myself within/as diabetes and how to practically support myself within diabetes down to the atomic level
I forgive myself that I have accepted and allowed myself to not realize that since I've been supporting myself within diabetes I've learnt a lot of information that I can apply to my daily habits and that in this I forgive myself that I have accepted and allowed myself to not use this realization to continue to research and live information that is able to assist and support me within understanding myself within/as diabetes and how to best treat the body within/as diabetes to give the best life possible to/as the body and to in this stop abusing and harming the body through/as improper treatment
I forgive myself that I have accepted and allowed myself to neglect myself and the body as life through wanting to live an easy life in regards to carb counting and proper investigation of information of myself within/as a diabetic, not giving the time and effort to myself as life to best be able to give myself and the body the best life possible and in this I forgive myself that I have accepted and allowed myself to hold onto past lived habits and patterns because that it what I have accepted and allowed myself to adapt to and live within and to not want to change how I live into what is best for myself as a diabetic within/as giving myself more time to effectively take care of myself within proper counting of carbs
I commit myself to when/as I eat food that I am unsure of the carbohydrates within the food - to weigh out the food on a scale and calculate the amount of carbs I am eating by cross referencing the information on the nutrition label on the foods, and in this I commit myself to keeping around the packaging of the food labels that I eat so that if I make a home meal I am able to best support myself within weighing out the food that I am eating and using the information on the food label to effectively and accurately calculate the amount of carbs that I am eating
I commit myself to when/as I am correcting a low with sugar or any type of food - to pay attention to how much and what I am eating so that I am able to record this information accurately later on as I write down my daily readings, injection and carb intake, and in this I commit myself to gather information throughout the days and weeks that I go low at specific times to understand how much insulin effects me at certain times within the day and how much food I need to stablize myself during those specific times of the day
I commit myself to making sure that the blood sugar is stable for a while and that there is no food within the system and that when I have a point in time that I will not be physically active and I will just have some time to myself for a while to eat 10g of carbs without insulin and to test 2 hours after to see how much the sugar is raised from that 10g of carbs, and to in this when I have a similar point in time to inject 1 unit of insulin and take my time with the injection to effectiively and properly make sure that all the insulin goes into the body and after 2 hours check the blood sugar and record the information, and if I am able to wait the entire 4 hours that the insulin lasts and again test and record the blood sugar to see how much 1 unit of insulin affects the blood sugar when there is little variables to consider and in this give myself a new ratio to best support myself within and in this test this throughout a week to see when/how this is able to best support me within my life and schedule that I live.
I commit myself to start developing the habit of subtracting the amount of fibre from the foods that I eat and to start to live this habit more and more until it becomes something that I do unconditionally each time I read the amount of carbs within the food that I eat and to in this start to see if the lows that I go through on a daily basis start to lessen
I commit myself to weighing out the amount of food that I bring with me for hypoglycemic episodes to best get an understanding of how much carbs I eat when/as I go low at specific times throughout the day and to in this correct the insulin injections that I do to best support myself in not doing low at the rate that I do.
I commit myself to continuing to eat a sufficient amount of fibre within all meals that I eat so that the sugar does not spike and drop rapidly but stays at a constant rate similar to the insulin sensitivity rate to best help the body not go through such dramatic changes within sugar levels throughout the day
I commit myself to creating a mathematical structure and ratio for the amount of food I eat and the insulin I need to inject at specific times within the day and stop injecting insulin based on how I feel how much food I ate and/or insulin I need based off of past lived experiences, but to take care of myself into a science of how to best and practically support myself within diabetes as I walk within/as this system in/as the functions that I must do within a day