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Old 01-05-2016, 14:48   #1
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Default 2016 New Years Resolution Diet Working YAY!

Decided my New Years Resolution for 2016 was to go on a diet to loose weight and what happened was my blood sugars have come right down and I have cut my insulin intake by half already.

I psyched myself up for it a few weeks before 1 Jan to prepare. In a nut shell, I have a juice or thin soup for brekky, and the same for lunch, and a normal meal at night. My bloods have been between 4.9 and 7.2 (depending on my evening meal so it seems). I'm soo stoked.

Breakfast juice is;

1/2 cup blueberrys
1/4 cup raw cashews
1/4 of a banana
skim Calci milk

Lunch juice is;

1/4 banana
1 slice of fresh pineapple
1 slice of fresh mango
1/4 cup cashews
1 cup coconut water
and a dash of coconut milk/pulp

Then just a normal dinner at night.

(I believe the coconut water has a lot to do with feeling healthier).

I've been doing this everyday for the past week and I've got results already. I've got more energy, and can already fit my old smaller sized jeans.

I started doing half an hour of yoga in the mornings 2 days ago as well. My body's feeling sore, but stronger.

So wish me luck and I'll check in with an update on the new regime again soon.


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Are you testing around these meals according to eat-to-your-meter? Please post your one-hour and two-hour readings after eating this much carbohydrate in your juice.

It isn't that I'm not happy for you, but I'm not convinced without seeing the real numbers. I also realize that you're using fairly small amounts, but blueberries, cashews, bananas, pineapple, mangos and skim milk would never work for me - not individually and certainly not all once mixed together.




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Looking at your meal lists, it strikes me that you are eating very little. This will, short term achieve the weight loss you appear to be enjoying but I have reservations that you can sustain it long term - and that has to be your aim.

As Shanny mentioned, please follow the protocol of "eat to the meter" and publish your one and two hours numbers for a day or two.

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Looking at your meal lists, it strikes me that you are eating very little. This will, short term achieve the weight loss you appear to be enjoying but I have reservations that you can sustain it long term - and that has to be your aim.

As Shanny mentioned, please follow the protocol of "eat to the meter" and publish your one and two hours numbers for a day or two.
Ok I'll take a look. cheers

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Looking at your meal lists, it strikes me that you are eating very little. This will, short term achieve the weight loss you appear to be enjoying but I have reservations that you can sustain it long term - and that has to be your aim.

As Shanny mentioned, please follow the protocol of "eat to the meter" and publish your one and two hours numbers for a day or two.
I just read 'eat to the meter', and have a question.

Should I take insulin after my first test of the day. Or to be clearer, after I've taken the test an hour after I've eaten? Or should I take insulin after I've eaten, then take test an hour after that?

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I assume that you are using a fast acting, bolus, insulin before meals?

As I don't currently need bolus insulin, I can't say much on the topic but perhaps you might want to have a look at how a long term type one diabetic manages - and advises his own patients on this.

Dr Richard Bernstein, author of Diabetes Solution dedicates a chapter to what he describes as his "Law of Small Numbers".

In essence, before you start you need to know what impact the carbohydrate content of your meal will have on your blood sugar before you start. Do read this piece of Blood Sugar 101 that elaborates on Eat to the Meter - How to Lower Your Blood Sugar. Next, you need to know the impact that a unit of insulin will have on that rise. This is someone only you have established by the testing you have already carried out?

The whole idea is to keep the impact that the meal has on your blood sugar down and thus keep the insulin dose you need down too! Bernstein's chapter on his "law of small numbers" covers the ground better than I can! Please read it.

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I assume that you are using a fast acting, bolus, insulin before meals?
I'm using Lantus Solostar;



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Lantus is a basal insulin and as such has virtually no impact on your meal spikes. When I was first diagnosed I was also using a basal insulin and my injections were normally done just before bed. Some doctors will advise patients to dose first thing in the morning and if that is the case, do follow the doctor's advice but your injection doesn't change the concepts described by Eat to the Meter nor will an injection just before or just after your test matter.

You want a starting point, so wash your hands for breakfast and test. One hour after your meal, test again. Another hour later, test again.

For a typical meal, your figure after one hour should be your peak and the two hour number should see it coming down. If your figure hasn't dropped, test yet again after a further hour until you do see it coming down. In this situation, you should examine exactly what you ate to try and account for the delay in your blood sugar recovery.

The links you've been given will offer you information on selecting your target ceiling. Ideally you are looking to never go beyond about 7.5 and by two hours to be under 6.5.

Once you are achieving these targets consistently, you will find that your morning fasting numbers will also drop and at that point, you should consider reducing your insulin injection. Again, using my own situation as an example, the advice I received was that if I went three days running with a morning fasting number below 4.3, I should reduce my dose by 2 units.

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You may find this page helpful in explaining the differences between basal and bolus insulins Insulin for Type 2 Diabetes

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Lantus is a basal insulin and as such has virtually no impact on your meal spikes. When I was first diagnosed I was also using a basal insulin and my injections were normally done just before bed. Some doctors will advise patients to dose first thing in the morning and if that is the case, do follow the doctor's advice but your injection doesn't change the concepts described by Eat to the Meter nor will an injection just before or just after your test matter.

You want a starting point, so wash your hands for breakfast and test. One hour after your meal, test again. Another hour later, test again.

For a typical meal, your figure after one hour should be your peak and the two hour number should see it coming down. If your figure hasn't dropped, test yet again after a further hour until you do see it coming down. In this situation, you should examine exactly what you ate to try and account for the delay in your blood sugar recovery.

The links you've been given will offer you information on selecting your target ceiling. Ideally you are looking to never go beyond about 7.5 and by two hours to be under 6.5.

Once you are achieving these targets consistently, you will find that your morning fasting numbers will also drop and at that point, you should consider reducing your insulin injection. Again, using my own situation as an example, the advice I received was that if I went three days running with a morning fasting number below 4.3, I should reduce my dose by 2 units.
Very helpful thank you. Great to learn all this new info. More than I have from my doctor. Cheers for that.

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