A healthy diet needs to include carbohydrate foods. Foods such as fruits, vegetables, whole grains, legumes and milk are healthy food choices with carbohydrates. Carbohydrate counting helps determine the amount of insulin to be given for that meal.
What Foods Contain Carbohydrates?
- Starches: Bread, cereal (sweetened and unsweetened), pasta, rice, potatoes, corn, peas, crackers, popcorn.
- Fruits: Fresh, frozen, canned, juices.
- Milk: Milk, yogurt.
- Others: Cakes, cookies, candy chips, ice cream, jellies, jams, regular soda.
All foods, including sweets, can be worked into a health diet by counting grams of carbohydrates.
There are many sources to help with carbohydrate counting such as food labels, restaurant guides, smartphone apps, books such as The Calorie King: Calorie, Fat and Carbohydrate Counter, and websites such as CalorieKing.
Insulin Therapy Options and Meal Planning
There are two main types of insulin therapies:
Basal Bolus Multiple Injection Therapy (rapid- and long-acting insulin) and Insulin Pump Therapy (rapid-acting insulin):
- Rapid-acting insulin is given for high blood glucose and whenever eating foods with carbohydrate
- Blood glucose must be checked before giving insulin and before eating foods with carbohydrate
Split Mixed Insulin Injection Therapy (intermediate and rapid-acting or intermediate and short-acting insulins):
- Two insulin injections per day (usually at breakfast and dinner)
- Need to complete eating within 30 minutes of the insulin dose being given
- Requires three meals and one to two snacks at specific times each day
- A specific carbohydrate amount is eaten at each meal and snack
- Check blood glucose before meals and before bedtime