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Old 10-18-2017, 05:27   #1
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Do you eat three regular meals or grazed (6 smaller meals) throughout the day?
In day 2 of eat to your meter, so here's the reason for question. Day one took 3 hrs for BG to go down, not hungry. Today was hungry at the 3 hr mark BG was higher then the 2 hr mark.
Would grazing keep ur BG steadier than meals space farther apart?

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Grazing, if carbs are very low, certainly can keep the rise of BG to a lower level. Time and testing will show you if this is a reasonable method. Eating LCHF (emphasis on the fats) will also keep BG more stable.

I have done both and have done well on small/more frequent meals, and in eating only three, or even two, meals a day. This is very much a YMMV thing.

It is not common, but certainly not unusual, for BG to spike late. A lot depends on what is eaten. Could be too much protein (some excess protein is converted to glycogen in the liver and can be returned to the bloodstream as glucose - many on insulin need to factor in this when calculating their insulin needes). Could also be that the meal contained more carbs but also more fats, which slowed down digestion and the glucose from the carbs was delayed in entering the bloodstream.

Here's another factor. It usually takes several days (maybe even a week or so) for your body to adjust to lower BG levels, and it's not unusual to be hungry, or craving carbs, during this time. I'd suggest you keep up the testing, keep eliminating foods that raise your BG and watch the trend in your BG level over time.

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Grazing is very uncomfortable for me when eating LC/HF. Any time I eat when not hungry, bad things happen. I try to avoid eating "because it's time", out of boredom, for social settings or any other reason other than feeling like it's truly time I should eat something. Generally, that means no less than 7 - 8 hours between meals and sometimes 12.

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