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Old 06-21-2013, 18:56   #1
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Okay. Here's my story.

I don't take any medications.

I have been a very-low carb diet for months, and my BGLs have been consistently in 120-140 range, with fasting being invariably 140-160.
More specifically, my diet has been mainly cheese, cream cheese, some nuts, chicken (grilled), sometimes burger patties, veggies (eggplant, cabbage, cauliflower, peppers), bit of whip-cream sometimes. My only exercise has been 8 mins of breathing exercises, and 20 push-ups. My weight is "normal" (I'm 5'7 and around 150-153 lbs), but was perhaps very-slowing increasing perhaps.

So, I decided to change things as follows (mainly to stem the very-slow increase of weight) with miraculous results.

i) Doubled my exercise to 15 mins of breathing-exercises and 40 push-ups.

ii) Semi-drastically reduce my total calorie intake.

iii) To do (ii), my diet is now mostly green leaves, grilled veggies, minimal cheese, some protein shake. Once in a while: cream-cheese and nuts, and chicken.

(iv) I take Apple Cider Vinegar 3x daily (2 spoons each time, with water).

Results: My fasting and post-meals is *consistently* around 100, or below. That's a 40 points drop, across the board!! Today, my fasting was 86! Of course, I'm losing weight too (about 4 lbs in 1-2 weeks).

Cause: I think its the ACV and the calorie reduction that has had the most impact. Maybe, the green leaves have some magic. Maybe, the increase in exercise too. Who knows. But, I would guess its the ACV and low-calorie mostly. Note that, before, my calorie intake wasn't high, but perhaps a bit more than needed (since my weight was perhaps very-slowly creeping up -- as a few lbs a month).

POINT: If you are having trouble with your BGLs in spite of being on very low carb diet, try ACV (!!) and reduce your calorie intake (so that your before-first-meal weight remains constant or reduces on a daily basis). Maybe, have green/salad leaves. And, let the magic unfold.

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When I have restricted food - either willingly or because of being ill - my bg has always decreased.

What impacts my bg the most are carbs and food quantity, in that order.

It might be interesting for you to see what your numbers are if you kept everything the same for several days - exactly the same - but eliminated the ACV ...

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It might be interesting for you to see what your numbers are if you kept everything the same for several days - exactly the same - but eliminated the ACV ...
I'm interested to know that too -- but, too scared to do that (I don't want to change anything right now). So, probably, not.

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It might be interesting for you to see what your numbers are if you kept everything the same for several days - exactly the same - but eliminated the ACV ...
I want to add that I have heard ACV also helps in suppressing appetite. I think ACV makes the low-calorie diet possible (sometimes, I just sip a glass of ACV-with-water/DaVinci-Syrup-with-water for an hour or so, keeps my appetite in control).

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ACV has many healthful qualities. I believe it actually does help my levels a bit, but only a bit.

Exercise, however, does wonders for me! (That said, I must note that some diabetics spike sharply after exertion. So far, that hasn't happened to me.)

Could exercise be part of the magic?

Looks like the total package is working for you. Congratulations!

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Eating less (calorie restriction) has many benefits. Lower BG certainly seems to be one. It is also said to improve longevity. You are doing good without any negative cost and that is all that matters.

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It is only since I started testing more than once a day that I have discovered, exercise is magic.....I also did not believe that the low-fat Greek yogurt could precipitate high readings.....but I believe it now....no more low fat lite Greek yogurt for me

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It is only since I started testing more than once a day that I have discovered, exercise is magic.....I also did not believe that the low-fat Greek yogurt could precipitate high readings.....but I believe it now....no more low fat lite Greek yogurt for me
A good rule of thumb is to always check the carb content and nutritional information on everything you buy. Time consuming, but well worth the trouble.

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My experience is the same as moon's I am always lower when getting fewer calories, its very noticeable.

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