Basic meal plan,it is kind of always the same.I might swap chicken breast with fish or different veggies but I have been trying to get my sugars consistant
5:00 am breakfast
1 cup Puffed wheat 11g carbs 1g fibre
1 cup 2% milk 12g carbs
Medium orange 15g carb 3gfibre
2 eggos 29 carbs 1g fibre
Lunch 11:40 am
2 slices whole grain bread 38 carb 6g fibre
2 slices turkey breast and lettuce 2gcarbs
200ml Apple juice 24gcarbs
Medium Apple 25g carbs 4g fibre
1 cup instant rice 75 carbs
1 cup mixed veggies 18 carbs 6g fibre
If my sugar levels are around 4.0 when I test 2 hours after dinner I might eat another apple as a snack but this is what I have been eating
its around 2000 calories,280 carbss and 23g of fibre give or take
I only tested 3 times today because I don't usually test at work but the company's first aid rep said I can use the first aid room to test if I need to so I think I will begin to do that.
4:55 am 12.9mmol
Are you beginning to realize that the reason you have always struggled to control your high blood sugar is that you have always eaten all these carbs? I'm going to highlight each food that is sending your blood sugar into the stratosphere, and just see what you have left:
You can go a very long way toward getting your sugars consistant, by eliminating any food that has over 5g of carbs. And getting your sugars down as soon as possible may even count toward helping your failing vision. High blood sugar is killing you, and we can teach you how to slow it down. Please listen to us.
Start slashing your carbs and replacing them with fats. Fats will make you feel full and prevent you getting hungry before the next meal - possibly eliminating the need for between-meal snacks. Test very frequently and adjust your insulin accordingly, because without such high carb intake, your insulin requirements will be smaller. Others who use insulin can advise you on this better than I.
More dangerous than the carbs, in my opinion, is not knowing what your BG is doing, especially being type 1. What do you use to determine your insulin dosages, basal and bolus? Have you had many hypos or gotten into DKA?
There are books about using insulin by John Walsh, Gary Scheiner, Dr. Richard Bernstein, and I'm sure others, that if you haven't read, should be very beneficial.
Dr. Bernstein has a section about rule of small numbers, that talks about the benefits of reducing carbs, thus reducing insulin needs, and reducing the risks of highs and lows. Much of his book is online.
Oh my - I missed this post completely. You really MUST face the music and start testing properly. Our basic method is eat-to-your-meter (this isn't targeted for type 1, but it's a good place to start). It seems to me that testing is the most important starting point for getting yourself reorganized and taking control of your disorder. Have you been using the sliding scale to dose your insulin?
As Shanny said, testing is essential - particularly for type 1. Also, as she implied, Sliding Scale as an approach to dosage is pretty well ineffective and you should be basing your bolus dose on the Carbohydrate in the meal you're about to enjoy - not on your blood sugar at the time.
This is where Dr Richard Bernstein's Law of Small Numbers comes in and although you were offered a link to that section of his book earlier in this thread, it will do no harm to give it to you once more. So here it is the Law of Small numbers Do give it a good look.
Bernstein is himself a type 1 diabetic since childhood and is now in his 70s - he applies his rules to himself and if you look through his book I think you'll be impressed with his commitment.
If you are having difficult making changes to your way of eating, think about the changes to your entire lifestyle that will happen when you go blind.
Going blind should not be your only concern.
You may also lose extremities or kidney function, to name two.
There is no rule that you may be allowed choose which one, or that you will have only one complication. (multiple complications are common)
It is time to stop talking and thinking about, and time to just do it.
Thanks for all your comments
I realized I was neglecting a vital clue when I wasn't testing at work.
I justified it with the the dirtiness of the environment,I was worried about contamination.
I work at a plant where I maintain and fix the equipment and sometimes weld.
A lot of interaction with possible contaminants,especially if I'm pricking my finger.
But that's a whole 12 hours where I don't know what my body is doing.
I only take insulin in the morning and before dinner and I coincided the BG testing with my injections.
I have to get in the habit of testing more often.
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