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Old 12-13-2013, 18:29   #1
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I have tried this, and I wish to continue. My problem is, I am ravenous after my afternoon workout. It makes it hard to not eat dinner. I was wanting to continue with the program, but eat lunch and dinner, and cut breakfast. What is the amount of food I might need to control Dawn Phenom to get me through until lunch? I know some have mentioned a piece of cheese, or a few almonds.

To those who don't eat breakfast, and suffer from dawn phenom, what food and how much stops your dawn phenom and at what time do you take the food.

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What schedule are you on? When is your window for eating? How about skipping breakfast and lunch, and saving your eating period for after you work out? And allow yourself to eat as much as you'd like, of course. There are also rotating schedules, where windows can fall either at breakfast or dinner, depending on he day, and you might be able to make that work for you.

Re: Dawn Phenomenon, someone else will have to comment. However, I have noticed that when my sugars start to go up from lack of eating, a few macadamia nuts does the trick, usually just one serving (which is approximately 200 calories, to give you context for how much food it is).

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Thanks. Presently, I eat breakfast and lunch between 6 to 12. I would like to eat between 12 to 6, but the pesky dawn p I have issues with.

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For me, the Dawn Phenomenon is triggered by the type of foods I eat at night after 6 p.m. Do you find you respond markedly to certain foods? BTW, (here I go again) perhaps the "hunger" after exercising is actually thirst. Try drinking more water.

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Hi Jt, well I don't think it's lack of water, I usually drink at least a gallon and a half of water a day. I am not sure what is the best program to pursue. On one hand, if I eat from 6AM to 12PM, I get hungry at dinner. I am afraid if I eat a large dinner only, it will affect my dawn phenom the next morning. To tell you the truth, I am unsure what triggers my dawn p at this point.

I read a report by the Diet Doctor recently, which stated that skipping breakfast, and eating lchf, was the best way to maintain consistent bg levels. This is what I really want to do, if I can stop the dawn p early in the morning, hence my original query, "what is the best method to stop dawn p, with the least amt of food, or the most appropriate food."

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Personally, I find skipping lunch better for me. I'm not sure if only 12 hours counts as IF, but my favorite program is to eat at 6 - 7 AM and again at around 7 PM. Most days I have something light in the middle like a small handful of nuts and a cup of coffee, but some days just nothing. This is very comfortable for me and I always have very good BG waking, before dinner and after, especially on the days when I skip my mid-day snack.

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I understand your dilemma. I, too, try to practice a form of intermittent fasting. I have a gastroparesis, so I scheduled my eating window to be between 7:30 and 1:30 during the day, with an occasional cup of coffee or tea with HWC before 3PM if I need it. If I feel my BGs going a bit high before breakfast, I usually have something small that is high in fat. A piece of fudge or a couple of pecans with coffee and HWC is usually enough to get things moving in the right direction.

But, I don't know that this answers your question as far as intermittent fasting. I'm not sure, but I believe that there are two forms of intermittent fasting, one where you just only have water for 17 hours and the other is a full out 24 hours. I can't do the full out 24 hours, and I'm not sure that I should as a diabetic. I began eating this way long before I heard of intermittent fasting, it's just what comes naturally to me.

Can you explain what you mean by intermittent fasting? I use the term loosely.

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My understanding of IF is taking in all your calories in a window of time, either in a 4 or 6 hour time frame(I don't know, maybe other time frames exist).

The reasoning behind it is that calories are burned in a certain time frame, no matter the amount of calories(within reason), then you are left to burn stored body fat. I think this is correct, anyone care to help me out if I am off track here.

Anyway, will I still be doing IF, if I have a fat snack to stop dawn P?

Thanks for answers, I am open to all suggestions and opinions.

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