Justin Delgado is husband to Kacie Doyle-Delgado, diagnosed at age 11. After more than a decade together, he considers himself to be an expert carb counter and Dexcom inserter. He graduated with his Master of Science in Finance from the University of Utah in 2013 and has been working in commercial banking since then. He attended his first Friends for Life conference in 2015 and is looking forward to volunteering with the teens.
November 27, 2002
Meal Planning, Food and Diet
Question from Richmond, Indiana, USA:
Since things like chicken, hot dogs, hamburger, cheese and eggs do not have carbs, are they considered free foods or do they need limitations?
You ask a good question with regard to the effect of protein and/or fat on postprandial blood sugars. Although proteins do not affect blood sugars as much or as quickly as carbohydrate (100% within an hour for carb versus 50% within two to three hours for protein), they still need to be incorporated into a meal plan and not counted simply as a free food. A free food is categorized as any food or drink that contains less than 20 calories or less than 5 grams of carb per serving.