I was diagnosed with diabetes at a military treatment facility; let’s just say military facilities do things totally different than civilian Doctor’s, Nurse’s and Nutritionist! I honestly think sometimes they don’t try to help the patient. They just tell you what to do and that’s it. lol, I can’t get mad because that’s what their trained to do.
I was introduced to the exchange method and OMG! not the best method for me. Who would want to learn that exchanges are divided into 6 categories??? Who wants to take the time to know what categories each food falls into??? I didn’t all I wanted to know the simplest way of managing my diet so I wouldn’t have to get my leg amputated or go blind. The next day, I called my NP and I told her I needed to see a civilian diabetic educator because I didn’t care for the SGT nutritionist.
CDE- I went to a diabetic meeting and that’s when I was introduced to carb counting; I think this is the perfect method for me. I mean how hard could it be to say I can only have 15 grams of carbs equals 1 carb choice, simple enough for me…:) I have been using this method my whole diabetic life and it works for me. Every once in a while I think about trying something new, I get bored easily. I thought about the glycemic index, way too difficult for me to figure out. I even dibbled into using the diabetic exchange (again) but I think I must be a little stuck on stupid to figure it out. So, I’ve come to the conclusion to stick with carb counting and stop training to fix something that isn’t broke….