Food restriction, to me is the important part of an eating for diabetes lifestyle. The restriction is carbohydrates and sugar. Even if you follow Paleo or a High Fat Low Carb diet, you can get caught by the idea you can “Eat as much as you like of any of these foods” mentality.
No, you can’t.
If you are really trying to live carbs and sugar less you need to know that fruit is full of sugar. And onions – yes – onions are high in carbohydrates.
But the fruit will catch us out for sure!
Fruits – HERE
Vegetables – HERE
So 5 fruits and vegetables a day (one of each – not five fruits and five vegetables) could get us trying to go low carbohydrate completely miss the mark!
Apple – 34 carbs
Grapes – 23 carbs
Orange – 19 carbs
Peach – 15 carbs
Pear – 26 carbs
Plums – 16 carbs
Mmmm – our favourite fruit…
Then, other favourites,
Green peppers – 6 carbs – One medium
Broccoli – 8 cabs – one stalk!
Carrot – 7 carbs – one
Cauliflower – 5 carbs
Celery – 4 carbs – 2 stalks
Cabbage – 5 carbs – half a med head
Onion – 11 carbs – one med
Tomato – 5 carbs – one med
For a diabetic Carbohydrates equal SUGAR!
People can live perfectly well without carbs – it’s virtually impossible in ingest NO carbs!
So what am I aiming for? And Mr Furlong according to his situation….too.
20-50 Grams og Carbohydrates Per Day
This is where the metabolic benefits really start to kick in. This is the perfect range for people who need to lose weight fast, or are metabolically deranged and have obesity or diabetes.
When eating less than 50 grams per day, your body will get into ketosis, supplying energy for the brain via so-called ketone bodies. This is likely to kill your appetite and cause you to lose weight automatically.
Yup! That’s exactly what I want.
I’m not losing weight because I’m eating too much fruit!