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Old 11-01-2012, 07:11   #1
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I read somewhere, but seems to work for me. I always precede every meal with 30 grams (30 pieces approx) of almonds. Even carry them in restaurants in a little baggie. Seems to keep the spike lower, as in my case, I've rarely had a spike above 120, and only 3 times more than 140, but then again, I am careful too not overindulge..

But, with pasta, i remember a few weeks ago, had a huge plate of whole wheat pasta (al dente), 3 glasses of wine, and a big desert. So, what was my strategy? Well, i started monitoring at one hour, right about when I was finished, and as soon as it started to go above 110, I immediately did a 45 minute brisk walk, then came back and checked and it was under 100 again, then a few hours later, it creeped up again to 110 and I did the same thing.. Now, after about 6 hours, I finally won the sugar over and it dropped down to 87 for the rest of the day...

My doc thinks i'm crazy for doing this, but he said this strategy is a good idea if you have the time, basically burning the sugar before it has a chance to rise....

Since we don't have an exercise category, I put it here as a hybrid comment.

Anyone else do something like this?

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You are not crazy, it works. I use exercise in place of medication too. About the almonds and their action in holding your spike, MCS will be around shortly, and let you know why.

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You are not crazy, it works. I use exercise in place of medication too. About the almonds and their action in holding your spike, MCS will be around shortly, and let you know why.
Thanks SKB! I'm glad to find someone who also does this. What part of India are you from? I've been to Gurgaon and also Agra to see the Taj Majal and that is the most beautiful place on earth as far as I'm concerned!!!

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I think we all havs done exercise to bring down a number after a meal, its cheap, no injection, nothing to swallow. The Almonds must be stimulating insulin for you, maybe thru release of GLP-1. Never heard almonds used in this regard.

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I think we all havs done exercise to bring down a number after a meal, its cheap, no injection, nothing to swallow. The Almonds must be stimulating insulin for you, maybe thru release of GLP-1. Never heard almonds used in this regard.
This is a good article articulating what I said in slang (LOL)

Almonds Lower Blood Sugar in Diabetics | Wellness Times

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Most of us use almonds by the ton, and not just the whole nuts . . . I have five pounds of blanched almond flour in my freezer, as well as natural unblanched almond meal to use mainly as toppings for casseroles & other dishes since it looks like buttered bread crumbs. Small bags of sliced/slivered for adding to other dishes and whole raw almonds for snacking.

Yes, we have assuredly learned the benefits of almonds for managing our diabetes.




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I don't use the almond trick, but I have used the exercise one. Whenever I eat food that's slow to rise BG, but that will eventually, sometimes I'll go on a fast-paced walk to blunt the rise. Like you, though, I usually can't get all of it, and I'll still see somewhat of a delayed rise hours after, which then requires another walk. One day I really blew it on my diet, so I ended up walking 6 miles by the end of it. Never again.

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~~ Hi Greece ~~

That was an interesting study you linked to about the almonds. Like others here in this forum, I am using a lot of almond flour in cooking and making low carb treats, as well as incorporating them into other dishes.
What I found interesting about this study is that the people were fed a high carbohydrate diet -- so unhealthy but proved the benefits of the almonds were due to the almonds and not the diet.

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I have to remember that trick of exercising after a carby meal. Neat! I'm amazed anyone has the energy to exercise after a carbfest though. LOL!

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~~ Hi Greece ~~

That was an interesting study you linked to about the almonds. Like others here in this forum, I am using a lot of almond flour in cooking and making low carb treats, as well as incorporating them into other dishes.
What I found interesting about this study is that the people were fed a high carbohydrate diet -- so unhealthy but proved the benefits of the almonds were due to the almonds and not the diet.

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That's what I like about it, is that I am eating fairly what I want, low carb, but not really, really low.

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