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How many times do you test before safe/not safe food


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Old 05-26-2014, 18:59   #1
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How many times do you test before you consider a food to be safe or not safe to eat. I still test after every meal and quite often throughout the day.
Just was curious what others do when they eat something new. Do you eat the same food a few times before you consider it safe or does one time and a spike make you not eat it again?

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When I try something new now, I'm usually, from bitter experience, reasonably confident of my result since my BH is even more paranoid on labels than I am. But I still tend to test a couple of times before it goes on my "safe" list.

Things that "fail" my standard will usually be rejected on first pass.

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I used to test everything several times. It just took a while for me to get a "feel" for my tolerance level and what foods were apt to spike my BG. I now stick to my safe list most of the time. Of course, if I were to try something new or eat a new dish at a restaurant, I'll test. My assumptions about how something will affect my BG is usually accurate, but sometimes I'm surprised. Like John, if a new food/dish fails (spikes my BG over 130 - my personal limit) then I don't repeat the experience.

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For me I will try a new food several times, checking portion size, time of day to eat, how exercise impacts readings, FBG impact, etc. before I will call a food "safe". Takes lots of testing but once it's done I generally have a good idea of how an entire will effect my BG afterwards.

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None. I just go by the macro-nutrient content. First of all, I don't normally eat just one food at a time, and probably only check once or at most twice after eating, so the whole concept of judging a food by a meter reading just doesn't make any sense to me. How would you know exactly what is traceable to which food? Or if the combination affected the timing and therefore whether the reading in question was on the way up or on the way down, etc.

Furthermore, regardless of whether a food with a particular carb/protein content causes a short-term spike or not - not to mention whether I successfully "spot" it with a meter check, I KNOW more or less how much glucose it will result in in total and that's all I'm concerned with. Whether it spikes me in the 2 hour window, gets stored as glycogen and comes back as Dawn Phenomenon and/or knocks me out of ketosis is all about the same to me. For what's most important (to me, anyway), the label or nutrition sites (for real foods) is far more useful than a glucose meter.

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Like most of the others, I'll test several times before deciding.

Our lifestyles may not allow us to always test one food at a time. I do try to include only one "unknown" food in a meal.

When dining out, or eating take-out, even this precaution is not possible. Here I test the whole meal, rather than its individual components. I test restaurant/take-out meals every time. Same goes for potlucks or visiting friends/relatives.

(I never do take-out, unless I'm with a group that happens to do it. Some folks on this list simply never eat out. I eat out far less often than before, but have not given it up completely.)

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