A Trip to the Nutritionist

breakfastequationdiabetesI experienced another first this week: my first visit to a nutritionist. I have a good foundation in nutrition knowledge from various college and online classes (plus a stint at Weight Watchers), so I was skeptical that this was going to be a wasted $50 copay. While I do lean toward an Ayurvedic approach in terms of diet, I admit it was helpful to get the scoop on Western guidelines for managing diabetes.

Above is one of a few handouts I took home, with an example of a balanced breakfast for someone with diabetes. It breaks carbs into interchangeable servings, like 1/2 a banana or 1 slice of whole grain bread. For my dietary goals, I should have 3 servings of carbs at meal times and 1-2 servings at snack times, always paired with protein and/or fat.

Ayurveda says to only eat when you’re hungry, and to have your biggest meal at lunchtime when digestion is at its peak efficiency. That could be at odds with balancing the carbs at each meal, and I’m usually not hungry for snacks. Both Western and Eastern approaches have good points, so we’ll see how incorporating the various practices into my daily routine goes.

Have you ever seen a nutritionist?

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4 thoughts on “A Trip to the Nutritionist

  1. Claudia Kozak February 21, 2014 at 11:45 pm Reply

    Hi Tara,

    I love your story and came across it while reading Everyday Healthy. I wish everyone diagnosed with Type 2 Diabetes had your attitude and the desire to be the exception and not the rule. You seem incredibly strong and I know you will succeed. My husband and I own HASfit.com, a health and wellness website offering full length exercise videos starring of course, my hubby as well as complete fitness programs. It’s totally free and great for all fitness levels. We’d love for you to stop by as we’d love to be apart of your journey. Best wishes for a happy and healthy life! 🙂

    Claudia Kozak

  2. feedmecolor February 22, 2014 at 4:30 am Reply

    Thanks for sharing Tara! I had an appointment the other day with a nutritionist who put me on the diabetic meal exchange program to monitor my carbohydrates. I was so surprised that there weren’t any apps or websites that helped you calculate your exchanges or give you recipes with the exchanges already made for you.

    I started a blog to help people with meal ideas, and to post recipes that already have the exchanges calculated. Does this seem like it would be helpful to others or am I the only one who is struggling with this? Maybe you have information regarding existing resources?

    Thanks for your help/comments/ideas!

    • Tara B. February 22, 2014 at 1:15 pm Reply

      That’s cool! My nutritionist gave me a list that has the basic carb-y foods and what one serving of them is, and I haven’t yet searched for apps or sites that make exchanges for you. I think it’s somewhat different for everyone, because the amount of carb servings per meal varies for your calorie allotment for the day (though it is all in the 2-4 per meal range, I think, so not too much!). Maybe if your recipes are searchable by that? But that’s awesome that you found an area that was lacking and decided to fill it! Kudos!

    • Gloria June 3, 2014 at 8:55 am Reply

      There are MANY cookbooks that offer meal plans and lots of websites that help you calculate your carb intake and offer charts you can download and print out to track your carbs. Some are social networks and others offer help planning meals as well as online carb counters. I typed Diabetic Carb Tracker 556,000 results! I’m going to check out your blog and maybe help you out.

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