How to Keep Track of What You Eat
If you journal to track your diabetes management, you will need to carefully detail the exact amounts of the foods that you eat. Write down exact or close estimates of the amount of food that was eaten and the type. You can use this information to determine if you ate the appropriate portion size of food.
If you are eating foods that are high in carbohydrates, you could be impacting your blood sugar levels. This is just one way that you can use your eating log to draw conclusions about your diabetes management.
You should also take care to note all of the times that you have meals and snacks. These times are important as well because they determine when you test your blood glucose levels. By tracking the time, you are also able to generally determine when you might eat. Do you typically eat about every three to four hours? Are you using too many of your daily calories during a single meal? Are you skipping meals? All of these scenarios will impact your blood sugar levels. Work with your healthcare provider to smooth things out.
If you find that you are often hungry throughout the day, this is a sign that your current eating plan may not be working out for you. Therefore, you should make sure to work with your healthcare provider to come up with a solution that will also help you to maintain your blood glucose levels in a reasonable range.
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