I began writing in my food journal again, so that I can keep better track of the amount of carbohydrates I am eating so that I can better control my insulin. I wear an insulin pump, which directly reads my sugars after I test them. After I input the carbohydrate amount, the pump administers the correct amount of insulin I need to maintain a healthy range. When I don’t pay attention to writing down what I eat, I tend to take in more calories (and carbs) than I should which results in higher sugars. I know immediately when this happens because I start to feel very sluggish and I get a pounding headache. My younger brother once asked me what this feels like and I believe I described it best as “sea sick”. When you’re training for a marathon you need all the energy you can muster up and feeling sick and tired is a sure way to give into excuses of why you can’t run. You can also make up all the excuses in the world for why you don’t have time to write down what you eat. Well, what is more important than your health? Without that, responding one minute faster to an email surely wouldn’t matter, now would it? I am speaking from experience, from someone who has consistently put health last on their list. So get yourself a notebook and begin to write down; the time, the food you’ve eaten and the portions, the carbohydrate count, and if you are insulin dependent- the units you administered. This will help you stay focused on sticking to your diet plan and measuring your insulin accurately.
If you are having a difficult time estimating the amount of calories and carbohydrates you are eating, I suggest you download the free “Calorie King” app. This app gives you counts from popular restaurants, food brands and more. It will give you all the nutritional facts you are looking for in order to make smart, healthy decisions. For fun, look for some of your favorite dishes and notice their calorie counts. It may be quite eye opening. I know it was for me!