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Snowynight708 08-28-2018 12:32

Blood Sugar
 
I bought and started reading Blood Sugar 101. So yesterday I implemented the test test test regiment.
I took my fasting BS which was 237. I drank an Atkins Shake, 1 hour after my BS was 265 another hour later 312.
So maybe the shake isn't something I should have. I'm going to test it again today. I skipped my mid morning snack hoping my BS would go down.
I took my BS before lunch and it was 211.
For lunch I had a Starkist lemon pepper chicken pouch, 6 carrots with ranch dip and 4 strawberries. 1 hour later my BS was 223 then an hour after that 171.
Mid afternoon snack was black olives and a Babybel mini cheese. 1 hour later my BS was 174, 1 hour after that it was 114.
I had Chicken with SF bbq sauce and Brussels sprouts for dinner. 1 hour after that my BS was 112 and then 124.
I had some pepperoni and salami for a snack later, with some cream cheese. Before bed my BS was 153 and when I woke up this AM my BS was 193.

So keeping track like this is helping me control it better. I haven't seen numbers as low as 114 and 112 or even 124 since I was much younger. I've started a spreadsheet on Google Docs so I can keep track of this for a couple weeks. The only thing I hate are the finger pricks. :pout:

Thanks for reading through this, in advance. Any suggestions, I'm open. :smile2:

mbuster 08-28-2018 13:07

You'll be amazed to find out that some of the things you thought were OK to eat are really part of the problem. I know I can give up a lot of things to keep my toes, kidneys, eyesight, etc. Yes, I've given up a few things, but I believe the new things that I have found, more than offsets the losses.

itissteve 08-28-2018 13:20

Well, first, Penny, congratulations on taking charge of your diabetes! Isn't it gratifying to see lower numbers than you've seen in quite a while? :smile2:

I found that test/test/test made me think more about what I was eating and to think less about "cheating", knowing I was going to see the results soon. The spreadsheet is a great idea (I have one myself).

Testing so often can be a literal pain. You know that the sides of your fingers are less sensitive than the very tips, right? Most of us rotate which finger we use for each test to spread things out a little.

That BBQ chicken dinner: note that your BG went up from hour 1 to hour 2? That's a cue that it might be worth doing another test at hour 3. Some foods -- and drinking alcohol -- have a quite delayed effect on BG. You may find some foods that seem OK in two hours actually raise your BG higher than you want them to; in that case, you can decide to cut back on how much you eat of that food or avoid it altogether.

Please stick around! Folks here have lots of tips on what to eat for meals and snacks. There even have been threads on setting up spreadsheets. :vs_cool: There's lots of information and experience in posts here.

Snowynight708 08-28-2018 13:29

I'm going to have to check out the spreadsheet posts! :smile2: I love me a good spreadsheet! :biggrin:

I was wondering about that bbq sauce. It is sugar free but maybe there is something else in it? Or maybe the brussel sprouts? I'll have to test them separately to determine if they are safe.

Thanks for your input,.

VeeJay 08-28-2018 13:43

Kudos to you for taking control and doing the testing. I know how good it feels when what one is doing is actually working. Keep it up and those high BG levels will be a thing of the past for you.

Do you have a way to look up foods for the carbohydrate count? This is important when one is first learning what to eat. When you factor in the carb count, you can determine that X grams of carbs have a potential to raise BG approx. X amount, and can make adjustments to your meals before eating to keep carbs to your tolerance level.

For example, tomato, carrots and Brussel's Sprouts are rather carby. I don't eat carrots at all, and keep the sprouts to no more than 5 medium sized ones. I don't eat tomatoes much, only a very thin slice now and then, and don't put much tomato based sauces on my food - just for flavor really.

One other thing - pay attention to serving size. BBQ sauce is usually only 2Tbs. Same thing for salad dressings. (Who uses just 2Tbs.) The carbs can quickly mount up.

Cricket 08-28-2018 13:56

I am so excited for you. The most amazing feeling in the world is when we learn that WE CAN gain control of our diabetes. By the way, I learned about Atkins bars the same way you did. Unfortunately, they have some questionable ingredients.

Snowynight708 08-28-2018 14:43

Thanks Cricket, This morning, after my shake, fasting was 193 and then an hour after the shake was 222 then an hour after that was 201. I'm not really sure...yesterday, the 2nd hour after the shake my BS went up. Maybe try again tomorrow??

I don' like the Atkins bars. They taste chemically to me. I like the shakes and some of the frozen meals but I don't get them often. The shakes are more of a staple for me. They're just easy.

rsfletcher 08-28-2018 15:17

This is a big step - for about 27 years I never tested myself, ate what I wanted and basically gave myself the same amount of insulin every day with A1Cs in the 9s.

It was wanting to get back in to physical shape and be healthier for my kids that I started testing regularly and I also changed my insulin types thanks to a young progressive doctor.

It's hard to believe that I never used to test - as now I rely on the meter to gather information of what foods negatively affect me, what types of exercise is best for my BG levels and things like that.

Making those changes likely had a positive impact. I suspect you will discover the same thing Snowynight.

itissteve 08-28-2018 16:45

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Originally Posted by Snowynight708 (Post 1309761)
I was wondering about that bbq sauce. It is sugar free but maybe there is something else in it?

I have become an inveterate label reader when I shop. "Sugar-free" does not necessarily mean "carb-free"; it may not even mean it is unsweetened (for example, they may have used honey instead of sugar). The nutrition label on the item (or what is in whatever you use as a macronutrient reference) should be your guide. That and, as VeeJay pointed out, serving size.

Cricket 08-28-2018 21:21

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Originally Posted by itissteve (Post 1309783)
I have become an inveterate label reader when I shop. "Sugar-free" does not necessarily mean "carb-free"; it may not even mean it is unsweetened (for example, they may have used honey instead of sugar). The nutrition label on the item (or what is in whatever you use as a macronutrient reference) should be your guide. That and, as VeeJay pointed out, serving size.

I try to avoid sucralose, which is in a lot of products advertised as low carb. For me, sucralose does appear to be an issue. https://www.docmuscles.com/sweeteners/


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