I 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?