My name is Joanne and I weigh my daughter's food.
Pretty much everything she eats graces my kitchen scale. And I'm okay with it.
It all started when she was diagnosed at the age of 12 months. We quickly discovered that even 3g of carbs would raise her BG by 70-100. Even these days when treating a low, we use 6g if we're dealing with anything 50 and above. Just the other day, she was 53 and I gave her 6g. A mere 10 minutes later, she was 134.
I guess she's just really sensitive to carbs.
And I like weighing because it's the most precise way of counting carbs. It also takes one thing out of the equation when you wind up with a wack-a-doo number after eating. At least you know you counted the carbs correctly.
I love carb factors because they make it so easy to figure out carbs. If you've never heard of carb factors before, read this post I did on them. I think it's a pretty good explanation.
But my favourite thing about carb factors? Is they make it easy to figure out the carbs of almost anything. Even if you don't have the nutritional information, you can use a generic carb factor and come pretty darn close.
For example, bread for the most part has a carb factor of between .47 and .59. When eating out at a restaurant, I use a generic carb factor of .5 for that yummy, warm, soft bread that comes at the start of the meal, and it usually turns out fine.
Or pasta sauces are usually between .07 and .12 (hint: the more meat, the lower the carb factor).
Mashed potatoes generally run between .18 and .22.
Brown rice? .23.
Vanilla ice cream? .23 to .25.
Because I have a good head for numbers, I can remember the carb factor for almost anything Elise has ever eaten. It really has made eating out so much easier for us. I can barely remember my own name, but I do know that nuggets at CFA have a carb factor of .1.
The other day I was making a cold oriental noodle salad dish for dinner. It had noodles, chicken, carrots edamame, and a "dressing". I must have lost my brain somewhere that day, because I threw everything in a bowl without weighing and figuring out the dish's carb factor. Oops.
I had never made it before, but I had made pasta salad lots of times, and they all have noodles, veggies and meat, so I decided to use the carb factor for one of my pasta salads (.15 if you're wondering).
The result? She was 104 before dinner, and 124 about 3 1/2 hours later. I call that, "rockin' the casbah".
And that's the main reason I weigh and use carb factors. D throws so many other curves at us, I like to try and control what I can. Sure sometimes we forget the scale. And I always eyeball and SWAG the cupcakes at a birthday party, but I think weighing Elise's food has a lot to do with why her A1Cs are in the low 6s.
I know that everyone does D differently, and that most of you would never be seen in public with a scale, but in the infamous words of Yo Gabba Gabba, "Try it... you'll like it!"
I really need to start watching better TV shows.
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