Meg, I became an avid label reader. I always check for carbs, sugar, fats, and cholesterol. Sodium too because if I have too much I'm drinking water like a camel and living in the bathroom.
I do watch carbohydrates. I don't eat cereals either but I do have eggs nearly every day and it hasn't affected my cholesterol. I rarely have bacon or sausage because I watch my fats. I also have some fresh fruit for breakfast. I do like toast with breakfast so I found White Wheat. There are 22 carbs in two slices but, when you deduct the fiber in it, it is 17 carbs for two slices. That's about what one slice of other breads are. Lots of times I will only have one slice so that isn't a lot of carbs for my breakfast.
Lunch is usually things like cottage cheese, radishes, left over meat, avocadoes, salad...things like that. I'm not a big sandwich person and that is good. I'll also have homemade soup but nix the crackers.
Dinner for me consists of meat, FRESH vegetables or salad, and a medium potato....usually baked. I'm sorry, I'll starve all day so I can have my potato. It's my very favorite food in the world.
If you have the time and the inclination, cooking things fresh is the way to go. You have total control as to what you are eating. Prepackaged and fast or frozen foods have a lot of things in it I don't need and you wouldn't believe what things have sugar in them! That's why I read labels. It took a little time at first in the store but now I know what is good and what isn't.
By eating like this and limiting my carbs...but not eliminating them...I have managed to keep my blood sugars in normal ranges and I don't feel deprived. Hope this helps.
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