Thursday, May 3, 2012

Dairy Queen for Low-Carb Meals?

Normally, you'd expect a place with as heavy an emphasis on sugar as Dairy Queen to be a non-starter for people like Karl who need to watch their carbohydrates, but they have three different low-carb ice cream bars: my favorite, the vanilla orange bar, with 12 grams of carbs, the fudge bar, with 7 grams, and the no-sugar-added Dilly bar, with 19. So if you're on a low-carb diet, you can have dessert at DQ.

And, oddly enough, they have a very good (and large) grilled chicken salad that's very low in carbs, too.

Not to mention the usual fast-food expedient of bunless burgers, which have very low carbs indeed.

Karl's unwavering preference is for chicken strips, which are higher-carb than the above-mentioned alternatives, and he has a weakness for french fries. Sigh. What this means is that I'm eating a lower-carb diet than he is, though he's diabetic and I'm just losing weight. 

But for most meals he eats fewer than 60 grams of carbs, and in our experience it's looks like Dr. Bernstein was right, and eating fewer carbs not only means a Type 1 diabetic needs less insulin, but the blood-sugar levels are more stable. 

And Karl has gone from being painfully thin at the time of his illness to putting on weight steadily, so it looks like low-ish carb diets have real promise for weight stabilization. They're not just for weight loss.

See you at DQ!