Looking through the pages and pages of random notes I keep on my phone recently, I found some interesting one. I saw the one with all the phone numbers of my family members….. That’s kind of strange. There was one note on the importance and significance of the library of congress… Okay? There were three different ones of a single phone number. No name or anything just the phone number… Hope I didn’t need to call whoever they were. There was a list of erg scores for various distances I must have kept when I was on the crew team… which I haven’t been for at least seven months now.
And among other ones there was one titled “GOOD LIST”. Ooo GOOD LIST. I had no idea what this was a note of but none the less I got pretty excited to read this note just based on the title. I mean the good list of what? So I opened it. And what was written in this note was
“1 cup rice = 45
Half banana = 20”
It suddenly it made sense to me. This note was related to non-other than diabetes. What a let down. This note was supposedly the “good list” among many other carb counting lists I have tried to maintain. The title clearly trying to be hopeful in keeping this list of carb counts. Keeping a list on my phone is a tactic my mom always tried to get my to use to count carbs accurately. The thing is, I eat more than just rice and bananas in case you were wondering and if I know any carb counts it’s these. In this list it seems I have documented two of the carb counts I actually know, still leaving me in the dark about carb counts that I don’t.
In adding the adjective “good” to this carb count list, is evident that this isn’t the first carb count list I have made and tried to sustain. I never liked the look up the carb count on the internet so the idea was that if I had written down beforehand I could just quickly look it up. I think that’s one of those things they tell you to do, but in reality you just don’t. (Kind of like wearing a medical id bracelet?) Now I use the ‘My Fitness Pal’ app to look up all the carb counts… especially the ones I don’t know. And that’s easy for me, everything I need to know is right there. I barely have to do any work. (I highly recommend to app to all people with diabetes).
My Fitness Pal App has completely changed the way I look at food, and my meals. It is not just about carb counts anymore, that’s “Little girl diabetes”. Now I am into “Big girl diabetes” where looking at calories and protein in particular is just as important. Using My Fitness Pal was more helpful to me than any list I ever kept on my phone. I significantly reduced the amount of food I was eating, I planned my meals for the whole day and stuck to my regiment. Fortunately because of this, I dropped a few pounds, something I have always struggled to do. No doubt using an accurate carb count helped with reducing the number of high blood sugars after a meal, and this just made me physically feel better. I see the benefit in accurately counting carbs, I just didn’t want to put in the effort to keep a running list.
I’ll tell you what the GOOD LIST is. The good list, is the list of changes we have made to decrease my insulin since I began accurately counting carbs and planning out my meals. The good list, is the decrease in weight, since I begain counting carbs and planning my meals. The good list, is being able to use all availible tools to lose weight, decrease my insulin and A1C, that’s the real GOOD LIST.