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Old 01-22-2014, 16:58   #1
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I am a bit confused about a situation that happened the other day. I am on a low carb diet, I had a salad for lunch and a chicken Cesar salad for dinner. I forgot to take my metformin dose (1000mg) I tested 2hours later and found my number was 140. I normally have a 95 or so. My question is, why did my numbers go so high even while eating a low carb meal? I know I need the metformin, but I am eating well and I still spiked. Medically speaking what happened?

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Possibly more carbs in the salad dressing than you thought? What was in the salad?

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Not taking the metformin won't have a large impact on that meal, as the level of metformin builds in the body and then maintains at that level. While there may be a very minimal impact on the meal, it would not be significant just from missing that dose.

Were there croutons in the dinner salad? What were the ingredients in the salad, and what type of dressing did you use for the lunch salad and then for the dinner salad?

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Cobb salad does the same for me. I'm thinking its the dressing.

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Many ready-made salad dressings contain sugar, so when I eat out, I order without dressing and bring my own. I read that one restaurant even puts sugar in their green beans.

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I tested 2hours later and found my number was 140. I normally have a 95 or so.
When we eat, our bg usually goes up in the first hour, and has dropped back down by the second hour. That means your bg was higher than 140 and had dropped down by the time you tested. That is why it is important to test one hour after taking the first bite of food.

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A Cobb salad wouldn't necessarily have croutons, but a Caesar salad always does. If you eat the croutons, that's going to spike your blood sugar. That and the dressings are always an issue when eating out.




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Eating out can be an issue, period. I've learned to test-test-test, even if it's a "trusted" eatery. Recipes change over time, even if we can't always taste the difference.

I ordered a Caesar on one of my first post-diagnosis restaurant visits.

I removed all of the croutons (which I'd asked them to omit in the first place) -- aaaand I spiked sky-high anyway. Sugar in the dressing, for sure.

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I went through the same frustration just the other day, when eating at a local restaurant for a work lunch. Lunch was definitely an issue that day! I specifically asked for a ceasar salad with no croutons, extra grilled chicken, hold the tomatoes and apply extra cheese, keep the black olives. I also said that I want nothing else added in or taken away and appreciate the extra attention.

Here comes my salad - croutons, extra grilled chicken, no tomatoes, sparse amount of cheese, and all on a bed of lettuce and oranges. Oranges! Who in the heck puts oranges in a ceasar salad???

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Here comes my salad - croutons, extra grilled chicken, no tomatoes, sparse amount of cheese, and all on a bed of lettuce and oranges. Oranges! Who in the heck puts oranges in a ceasar salad???
I have -- they were actually Mandarin oranges (like out of a can)

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These weren't mandarin oranges. They were sliced fresh oranges, all laying on top of the lettuce.

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