Yes, nuts have carbs but I find that I can tolerate them quite well. I eat a lot of nuts -- the mixed variety from the bulk food section of the grocery store ... unsalted. And 'yes' to cheese even though it is high in fat. Also, I found some snack packs of pretzels and cheese (meant for kids' lunches I think) that are quite low carb and satisfying. There are only 8 mini pretzels in a pack and the cheese is somewhat dubious in nutritional value but they work for me (see my motto/signature :-). Veggies of course. By reading labels in the grocery store (Editor's Note: you will get weird stares once in a while -- just ignore 'em ;-), I found some oatmeal cookies made by Voortman (not sure if they are available everywhere) that are very low carb and high fibre (as long as you don't eat the whole box ;-). Also in the sweet snack vein; Lindt makes cocoa based chocolate bars. I like the 90% cocoa ones but most around here go for the lower percentage bars. I drink coffee, tea or a sugar-free powdered juice mix made from those little packets people add to bottled water. This is essentially flavoured water but tart enough to replace my former taste for gallons of real juices.
That's about it for my snack list. You can find other options by reading labels. <----- IMPORTANT
Like Lanie, I don't count carbs. I've just learned what I personally can tolerate and what specifically works for me. For example, I have found that I can handle 2 slices of bread per day but not at one meal or in the morning. I might have an open-faced cheese sandwich and a couple of pickles (watch the pickles -- some are quite high in sugar) for lunch and a slice with peanut butter for my 4:30 snack (this is great with some cottage cheese and a handful of nuts ... don't laugh! :-). Pumpernickel bread is the lowest on the Glycemic Index (something else for you to research) so I get that when I can. Again, this works for me, maybe not others.
I keep an eye on the salt content of foods (I have high blood pressure ... who doesn't these days? ;-) but I don't concern myself with fat (trans fat yes). From what I've read, I've learned that it is actually carbohydrates that are broken down and stored as body fat for future energy, not the actual fat that you eat. If your brain is happy with its stores, the fat goes right through you. I eat quite a bit of fat -- steaks, bacon, butter, cream -- and can still lose weight when I want and keep my cholesterol down. This is still a work in progress so stay tuned for more reports.
I was just reading about grains the other day. The more processed they are (Frosted Flakes, Cheerios, white flour, etc.), the quicker they are absorbed by the body. The closer they are to their original form (seeds, nuts, multigrain breads, etc.), the slower they are absorbed.
I took a tip from Jeannie who found some data on the benefits of Apple Cider Vinegar. She suggested that taking a spoonful in a glass of water before a meal slows the absorption of carbs. I try this if I know I'm going to eat more than usual and it works for me.
There's a few ideas. Google 'low carb diets/eating/recipes' for more results.
Hope this helps.
Chris - Forum Moderator, Diabetes
~ Diagnosed Type 2 in July 2008 ~ Dropped 53 or so pounds after following HealingWell advice ~
~ Diabetes under control / no meds - so far - knock on head
I used to eat 100% wrong -- now I eat 95% right