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    Smart eating: Carbohydrate Counting for Indian Foods When a person uses carbohydrate counting, the focus is on the carbohydrate in the food. This is due to the fact that carbohydrate raises your blood glucose much more rapidly than the other two macronutrients that provide calories; protein and fat (excluding alcohol, which is not a macronutrient). Following is a more complete list of the food groups whose calories are mainly from carbohydrate: • Starches: rice, pasta, bread, cereal, crackers • Starchy vegetables: potatoes, corn, green peas, beans and lentils • Fruit and fruit juices • Non Starchy vegetables: spinach, tomatoes, cauliflower • Dairy Foods: yogurt, milk, and other dairy foods • Sweets / Desserts: cakes, cookies, candy • Beverages high in sugar Carbohydrate Counting and Blood Glucose Control? Blood glucose levels are directly related to the amount of carbohydrate one eats. If the amount of carbohydrate is tracked at meals and snacks, and the blood glucose levels are taken before and two hours after the meal; a trend or pattern will emerge. Keeping an eye on the carbohydrate intake daily and eating the same amount each day, will assist in maintaining the blood glucose levels within the target range. How much Carbohydrate should a person eat? For a female, a basic rule of thumb for estimating the carbohydrate servings is approximately 45-60 grams of carbohydrate, or three to four carbohydrate servings per meal. For males, it is four to five carbohydrate servings per meal or 60-75 grams of carbohydrate per meal. Tips for Successful Carbohydrate Counting • Educate Yourself: Attend support group meetings on diabetes and obesity offered at “Obesity and diabetes clinic” of Asian institute of gastroenterology, Hyderabad (Enquire at +91-9866646942 or mail to us aig.bariatric@gmail.com). • Start small: Pay attention to portion size, Learn what average portion sizes look like and avoid large meals when eating out. Share your meal when eating out. • Learn to read the nutrition facts label • Be consistent • Find Technology that works for you and use it: You may use the Lose it i-phone app to look up food’s carbohydrate counts. • Figure out what you can’t eat: Most people with diabetes can eat anything in moderation, but carbohydrate counters sometimes find foods that just aren’t worth the glucose spikes. • Study your body • Plan it out • When you are at a restaurant. Learn how to improvise • Be smart about mindless munching
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    Honestly running was never in my genes, I don't remember any stories even of my forefathers about running. I am an amateur runner and my journey of being runner is inspired by many like Mr Rajendra jaiswal from Nagpur, who proudly explain about knee ailments he had to an extent that one of the leading orthopedic surgeon advised knee replacement to him, then he started running at the age of 40’s. Gradual, graded and proper training has made him a full marathon runner. Let me make running more interesting, like any other love story my love for running is two years old which had many breakups. And finally in 2018 beginning i decided to be committed and dedicated when I joined “Couch to 5K” organized by Hyderabad runners club (an non-profit organization with credit of organizing Hyderabad marathon). Truly speaking for last few years I had all possible excuses to join this excellent protocol based training program like professional and lack of time, but this time I made up my mind, reason being reaching 40’s can motivate you a lot. As mentioned love story are usually not easy going, so obviously my running love too had lot of ups and down during my training but consistency and motivation from fellow runners kept me on toes. Are you new to marathon running !!! My Advice 1. First few weeks are going to be difficult (Like any new relationship), when your body tries to deny and resist any change in habit. So listen to your brain and try to convince your body. 2. Obviously there will be few mornings when you don't want to get up because you slept late or yesterday was tiring, It is just a matter of first few minutes after getting out of bed. Also remember first few kilometers would be difficult during beginning but eventually you get accustomed. 3. “Solo running doesn't last more than few days, i have done it several times” at least for me. So go out join some running group and breath fresh air instead of running on treadmill. 4. “Compete with yourself”, as marathons are about running and completing it and not about securing first or second position as every finisher is a winner. 5. “Don’t be paranoid”, first you need to understand your limitations, endurance or fitness level so never compare your performance with any other, instead set goal for yourself about pace and distance. 6. “Breathing is the key” during initial days you may easily get breathless or fatigue. It’s all because of wrong breathing technique. Now the next question would be “how to breath during running” my experience says • Breath from nose (you may even try inhaling from nose and excelling from mouth). • Don't hold your breath while running but have a control on the rate of breathing, because its normal physiological defense mechanism of human body to hold breath during stress conditions. So let be voluntary breathing for initial days until your body adopts to breathing. • Look forward at horizon and keep your arms at side making your chest come forward (that will increase your lung capacity) Happy running, Author (Dr Abhishek katakwar) is an bariatric & metabolic surgeon based at Asian institute of gastroenterology, Hyderabad. abhishekkatakwar@gmail.com +91-8087358725
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