Break it down

By DonnaAnn Latest Reply 2008-10-27 15:42:18 -0500
Started 2008-10-25 23:56:46 -0500

So many of us have tried this and that to get our sugars down and still, we come here and say our sugars our up. It has been my finding that usually people focus on what their diet is like.
Diet is not everything. Diet is just a piece of the pie. You need to look at the whole pie, and take it piece by piece.
Everything in your life, affects your sugar levels , your blood pressure, your heart rate, everything. But instead of trying to battle it all at once, break it down.
Eating. try to eat healthy foods. take you time to figure out what it is that you like and dont like. Remember, you are a individual, your tastes will be different than that of others. Experiment with herbs and seasonings. Give yourself time. it takes about 21 days for your taste buds to change and for you to fall into a good habit.
Okay, you have the food thing down pat, and your numbers are still up. Now try to figure out where the stress in your life is coming from. found it? now find ways to deal with it and try to allieviate it. Meditation, going for walks, talking to others.
life style is a big factor and it can be a tough one to change. make sure that you get enough sleep. not enough hours in a day? well, do you really have to stay up to 11 to watch the Late Late Show? try going to sleep earlier. not only will you get more sleep, but you proably wont be eating pass 8 pm either. always on the go? soccer games, ballet? try car pooling with other moms to help give yourself a break from some of the running around.
I myself have had to do this. Look at my life as a whole. I broke it down and my levels came down. My blood pressure came down. My cardiogram even came down. the doctors were amazed. Dont try to do it all at once. it took me 3 months to get the whole thing down pat.
Also, do not hate yourself if you fail at it. Try, try again.

14 replies

Amy Tenderich
Amy Tenderich 2008-10-27 15:42:18 -0500 Report

Totally, stress and pain -- and also lack of sleep and menstruating -- pretty much everything can effect your numbers. When I am too high I get a huge headache; I feel like my head will explode.

Avera 2008-10-26 16:59:23 -0500 Report

Well, I do try to be honest. Anytime my blood sugar is high, it is due to me cheating on the diet. I know I should not do this, but sometimes there are even weeks where I cheat each and every day. I'm not talking about a mouthful, but a real cheat like a glass of lemonade with real sugar in it or a big piece of chocolate cake. Don't follow my example, because when I cheat, my count is way up there.

DonnaAnn 2008-10-26 22:29:02 -0500 Report

but what is important is that you can identify it. i too am a stress eater. When I start to recognize it, I usually can stop it.

John Crowley
John Crowley 2008-10-26 15:23:42 -0500 Report

That's some great advice.

I would also add that using a journal can be a huge key to understanding what's going on. If you write down things that might affect your blood sugars, then you have a record. As you look back over your meter readings, you can compare to your journal to see what you ate, what your stress level was, if you were sick, etc. Then you can really focus in on what you need to change.

DonnaAnn 2008-10-26 22:27:20 -0500 Report

writing things down is a great idea. it also helps you emotionally. its theraputic. you can get your hatered down on paper and feel better.

GabbyPA 2008-10-27 00:52:34 -0500 Report

Yep, I am a true believer in the journal. I keep track of even stupid stuff like if the weather is changing, because that changes my comfort levels and sleep patterns and that can change my levles too. More sleep is better.

Now I am compiling some results from my journaling and writing them in a "Works", "Doesn't Work" and "Experiment" sheet to keep myself more true to what is helping me accomplish my goals.

DonnaInMaine 2008-10-26 13:53:54 -0500 Report

I have also noticed that stress and illness WILL raise my Blood Sugar levels. A few nights ago I was sick for several hours in the morning. My glucose levels were almost 200. The next morning my fasting level was 105. I also notice around the time for my period, I go higher too.

sparkysmom 2008-10-26 11:22:32 -0500 Report

I didn't realize stress and pain could mess up your numbers. My MIL has lived with us for 20+ years and never has liked me. It is getting worse as she gets older(81). I have 3 disintegrating discs in my back. I broke it as a kid.I have Fibromyalgia, arthritis and sleep apnea. I also have an enlarged heart and mitral valve problem. I didn't know it could all lead to high BG levels. Gabby I know how you feel.

GabbyPA 2008-10-26 14:22:55 -0500 Report

We could start a whole new website dealing with in-law issues...sheesh!

DonnaAnn 2008-10-26 22:25:54 -0500 Report

LOL! Amen to that! my inlaws had a lot to do with our divorce. my MIL knew that i am a diabetic, and when ever we went there, she would serve chip and dip, popcorn, and the meal was full of high carb foods! Why she did not just put arsenic in my tea is beyond me.

GabbyPA 2008-10-27 00:55:20 -0500 Report

I know, some people just don't get a lot of things. I suppose it is just how we were raised and our perspective on life and what it offers or doesn't. My husband and I are from very different backgrounds, but I am so adaptable, I never blinked an eye...well not too much anyway. Age is a big issue with my mom, and I know that when I am her age, I will feel I pretty much should be able to say and do whatever I want, too. Sheesh, I just hope I am nicer about it. LOL

GabbyPA 2008-10-26 11:11:46 -0500 Report

For me it is stress. My hubby sometimes doesn't get along with my mom too well and the sparks don't fly, they both just stuff it in, and I am in the middle. I hate it! That causes me so much turmoil it is just unbeliveable. I told my hubby tonight he needs to just explode on my mom. They both are in the wrong, but more so my mom. It is a very hard place to be today. sigh

Anonymous 2008-10-26 01:32:27 -0500 Report

my big thing with my blood sugars being high is pain. even though i am on pain meds it does not control 100 percent. so some days i know it is the pain.

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