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kaoruseta

815d

Is it normal to feel guilty about the carbs you eat and the insulin you take? I have a journal where i write everything down. What I eat, carbs, bs, etc. Whenever I have to give myself more than 10 units of insulin (I have a 10 carb: 1 unit of insulin ratio atm) I feel so guilty and feel like im doing too much. Is this a normal feeling? Or should I be slimming down the carbs Im consuming with meals?

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    • Liney

      814d

      I wouldn’t feel bad about taking any fixed amount of insulin just because you don’t want to take that number. You need the amount of insulin you need. I think it’s a natural feeling because it seems that there is a societal understanding that more insulin/medicine = bad diabetic. But that’s not true! If you think the food you’re eating is too much or not healthy, then an adjustment can be made there, but I try to avoid language that insinuates limiting based on being T1. If it’s helpful, think of it this way; a large banana is ~30g and a chocolate chip cookie is ~15g. Most would say it’s ‘healthier’ to eat a banana over a cookie. Even though according to your carb ratio, you’d take 3 units for a banana and 1.5 for a cookie. Requiring less insulin doesn’t make the cookie healthier than the banana!

    • Lunarix

      813d

      I mean, insulin resistance also increases as you age for most T1s. When I was in middle school I was on a 20:1 ratio, now I'm on a 10:1. But that also doesnt mean eat less. Non diabetics get insulin too, probably in similar amounts, they just dont have to count it out consciously

    • Liney

      814d

      I wouldn’t feel bad about taking any fixed amount of insulin just because you don’t want to take that number. You need the amount of insulin you need. I think it’s a natural feeling because it seems that there is a societal understanding that more insulin/medicine = bad diabetic. But that’s not true! If you think the food you’re eating is too much or not healthy, then an adjustment can be made there, but I try to avoid language that insinuates limiting based on being T1. If it’s helpful, think of it this way; a large banana is ~30g and a chocolate chip cookie is ~15g. Most would say it’s ‘healthier’ to eat a banana over a cookie. Even though according to your carb ratio, you’d take 3 units for a banana and 1.5 for a cookie. Requiring less insulin doesn’t make the cookie healthier than the banana!

      • kaoruseta

        814d

        @Liney This wording makes me feel a lot better!! The other day I was debating between pineapple slices and a small chocolate strawberry, when the strawberry was 6 carbs and the pineapple slices was 16! You think the pineapple would be less! Thank you for explaining it like this, this makes my perspective a lot better!! :D

    • Beshoo

      814d

      Sometimes I feel bed when I eat unhealthy food. But you know what I think it is good to feel bad when you eat something that you not supposed to eat why? Because you will live a healthy life 👍

      • kaoruseta

        814d

        @Beshoo Thank you!! Im basically eating the same diet I did before I was diagnosed, so it’s weird feeling like this when literally not much has changed about my diet!! :))

    • oliviacarey

      815d

      i believe this is normal as i also experience this. i’m on a 6.5 carbs : 1 unit of insulin ratio, i’m a little bit more insulin resistant, but anytime i have to give more than 15 units i get kind of embarrassed.

      • kaoruseta

        815d

        @oliviacarey Same here! The other day I went out to eat and I had to do 19 units and I was so ashamed of myself. My parents keep telling me its fine but I just feel so bad for no reason

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