Diet - Arlington Heights,IL

Updated on January 19, 2012
S.O. asks from Arlington Heights, IL
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So I have started tracking my diet for medical reasons and since I am doing this I thought I might as well try to improve my diet all around. My question is how many grams of carbs should you eat per day for 1800 calorie diet? I went on line and the answer seems to be all over the place. I know my fiber is low, always has been but I am thinking my carbs may be high. I am learning a lot about carbs lately.

Just a side note: I have Celiac, right now uncontrolled IBS due to stress I believe, and unexplained episodes of intestinal bleeding which is why I am tracking my diet. I have had numerous test that have come back negative and my doctor suggested tracking my diet.


I am 5'6', 145 lbs same weight for the last 15 years, not trying to lose weight, wear a size 8, 47 yrs old, and I exercise regularly.

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answers from Houston on

Don't have that answer, but a suggestion - fruits and veggies tend to be high in fiber but not as high in carbs. Beans and legumes also are high in fiber but lower in carbs. It could be a good place to start until you can get to a nutritionist as Lucky suggested. Highly recommend that.

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answers from Seattle on

REALLY depends.

Height, weight, age, activity level, medical conditions.

There's no "Stock" answer (hint: one reason -amongst many- why group fad diets work for some but not most... is that they try and take something true for a small group of people... and apply it to everyone. It's bad science. With predictably bad results.).

My personal recommendation is NOT to change your diet right now, since you're trying to find causes/triggers in your existing diet.

Once you've done that OR right now if you really want to...

Work with a nutritionist.

They'll be able to work with you on a case by case basis, take into account ALL of your life (including medical needs, since celiacs need different diets than people without celiacs... literally... not just 'no wheat/etc.' but different levels of iron, etc.), and work out a way of eating that's right for YOU.

You may need 8,000 calories a day with a 40/40/10 split in basic nutrient load (proteins, carbs, lipids) or 20/60/20, or 50/10/40... or a 1,000 calorie a day diet with a 90/5/5 split.

And everything in between.

Nutrition is reeeeeeeeeally variable based on need.

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answers from Chicago on

I think the answer varies...and that is especially so for someone with Celiac disease. You should absolutely NOT be eating gluten of any kind EVER. If you cut that out controlling your carbs should be easier. I try to eat protein at every meal, snack on nuts & berries or raw veggies, lots of fresh veggies throughout the day & lean meats. I do not have Celiac but I avoid most gluten because of slight sensitivities. Be careful because gluten hides everywhere! Check out the King Arthur Baking company for some gluten free baking supplies and online recipes if you are really feeling the need for some bread or cake :) Consult a nutritionist if you can! Best wishes!!

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answers from Spartanburg on

Since you have IBS I would replace most of the hardest to digest fibers (the ones which cause more gas and irritate the bowel) with soluble fibers (look for psyllium, i think Benefiber is close to that but ask a pharmacist). My belly improved soo much when I started to limit real fibers (which I was eating every day) and made sure to take my psyllium twice a day. I also started to eat more lean meats (chicken, veal, turkey), some red meat, eggs and replaced pasta with rice noodles which I eat as a soup with the broth I prefer. I am staying away from white bread, fried foods and sweets. Not only I have lost weight, my belly is not as swollen as it used to be and hurts a lot less. So try to do something different than what you are used to (I was eating salad and mozzarella every day before, it was killing me) and see how it goes. Sometimes fibers hurt, I am so glad there's a replacement!

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answers from New York on

I know maybe not the answer you want but I second Riley, it can depend on many things, perhaps that is why is so hard to find the same answer, which then lets you all confused, being there, done that.
If you can afford the best thing is to work with a nutritionist, specially because of you Celiac.
Some things are always worth it to try are: add more water to your diet and what ever exercise you are use to do (little, much or none) spice it up, change it and added.

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answers from Rockford on

I am honestly not sure about the calorie side of it, but everyone I have talked to (type 1 diabetic, so I have had to hear about this stuff a LOT in my time) says that the "normal" (as in, for someone with or without diabetes) diet, a meal should be around 45g carbs for a woman and 60g carbs for a man, a snack should be between 15g-30g carbs for either gender. But obviously those are vague and don't take a lot of things into account, like when you exercise, you would need to snack and such. The other common way to look at it is with the plate ratios. Half your plate should be a non-starchy vegetable, no more than one quarter should be a lean protein, and no more than one quarter should be a carb.
Hope that was helpful.

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answers from Minneapolis on

I use to keep track of what I eat. You set up an account with your weight, height and target weight & height and it will tell you how many calories, carbs, protein, etc you need in a day.

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answers from Chicago on

Since you have Celiac I would definitely consult with a nutritionist who can help you. Since gluten free items tend to be high in carbs...well it confuses me a bit too since I was told I was intolerant and should avoid wheat gluten myself. You are in Arlington Heights..If you don't think it's too far you should see Bonnie Minsky at Nutritional Concepts. She's in Northbrook right off of Lake Cook Rd. She's awesome!

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