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Old 12-17-2013, 22:48   #1
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Hi,

I've been doing a lot of blood sugar testing to get a better understanding of how mine varies. So I've learned:
breakfast - start out with complex carbs and fiber so the blood sugar level modestly rises and the morning passes productively.
So I put 1/3d of my breakfast meal in a container and took it to work for lunch. I took a reading, 98 ml/dL, around 12:30 before planning to warm-up my leftovers. For me, this is on the high-side of my working level, ~80 ml/dL. And then I noticed,"I'm not really hungry" other than I like my breakfast dish and the smell of it is enticing. So here are my questions:
Is it better to eat on a schedule for 'lunch' or go by blood sugar level?
Why?

Thanks,

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Hi,

I've been doing a lot of blood sugar testing to get a better understanding of how mine varies. So I've learned:
breakfast - start out with complex carbs and fiber so the blood sugar level modestly rises and the morning passes productively.
So I put 1/3d of my breakfast meal in a container and took it to work for lunch. I took a reading, 98 ml/dL, around 12:30 before planning to warm-up my leftovers. For me, this is on the high-side of my working level, ~80 ml/dL. And then I noticed,"I'm not really hungry" other than I like my breakfast dish and the smell of it is enticing. So here are my questions:
Is it better to eat on a schedule for 'lunch' or go by blood sugar level?
Why?

Thanks,
Initially, it's best to eat on a schedule. Our bodies are intelligent organisms. If we eat on a schedule, gradually it realizes that we are going to need some natural and predisposed insulin in preparation for the meal. Generally, if you are predisposed to eat, say, 12 grams of carbs for lunch day in and day out, then your body will be predisposed to receive it as best it can since we are diabetic. We can use every advantage.

Later, you may discover that your body just can't handle carbs in the morning, for argument's sake, and you may just want to stick with something like bacon and eggs in the mornings. You may discover that your body handles carbs wonderfully in the afternoon, so that's when you may be able to handle about 20 carbs. Dinner may only be 6 or 7 carbs to protect your fasting numbers. You and your body will reason this out.

Another scenario is that you can only handle Fat in the morning, so you may have a bullet proof coffee and a hardy lunch and dinner. Or you may skip lunch altogether, or just have a small snack.

If you blood sugar is fine during the afternoon, and you are not hungry, then just listen to it. No one says we have to eat 3 times a day. But, we should be consistent.

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I generally eat by schedule - hard to change a habit of a lifetime. Also, I take many supplements and have them divided up to take with meals, and if I skip a meal I'll skip the supplements, too.

However, if I'm not really hungry for a meal, I eat only enough to keep my stomach happy with the supplements.

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Personally? I don't do either. I eat my meals when I'm hungry and have been trying to keep portions under control. If it's in-between "normal" meal times and I'm hungry, I eat. If I see my BS is in the 70's or at 110, it doesn't matter as far as meals go. I still eat, as long as I'm hungry. This is what seems to be working for me.

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Thank you everyone, I believe i will stick to eating by schedule, should be more consistent over time.


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