Thoughts for Rick.

blindbluesmama
By blindbluesmama Latest Reply 2011-12-15 18:08:05 -0600
Started 2011-12-14 07:11:29 -0600

Hey all. I have been reflecting for the past few days about my previous posts. I think I make it sound too easy. Yes, I can have a little of what I want. I hav have a baked potato with chilly on it. I can have a couple special K bars. They are really good and only 90 callories. Whatever… And this morning my fasting was still only 121. But I didn't start out that way. And I still have to adjust. No more apple cider, for instance. Anyway, what I'm thinking is that if Rick wants lower fasting bs. he's got to just completely or as close to completely as possible, give up the carbs for a while. If not give them up, cut them way down. When fasting is low for me, a potato doesn't change it. But if my fasting is above 150, I leave all that stuff alone. I would just say cut everything down. If you are used to having a whole bagle, try just a half. There are times with even the lower carb breads I have to only have one piece of toast instead of two. Also remember that fruits have high sugar. So maybe just one Strawberries are good. Grapes are not, not when your fasting is really high. I'd just say think more meat and vegetables and less carbs. Way less. But still figure in for a treat every once in a while, as nobody is going to be perfect all the time. I hope this helps and that you're already well on your way to lowering your blood sugar.


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jayabee52
jayabee52 2011-12-14 17:27:18 -0600 Report

Howdy Michelle!

Long time no hear! Thinking about you the other day. Glad you're back!

Yes one could do it by trial and error, but I have found out how to tell what carbs will or won't "play nice" with my unique metabolism, and most everyone can do it too, if they're willing. I test each food I eat, particularly if it is one which has a lot or a moderate amount of carbs in it.

What I do is to take a BG reading before I test a food. That is my baseline reading. I determine what a "serving" of a particular food is using either foodpicker.org (http://foodpicker.org/) or nutrition data.com (http://nutritiondata.self.com/) or ( http://www.bellaonline.com/subjects/4486.asp ) eat a recommended portion of that food. Then 2 hrs lafter my first bite I take a "postpramdial" reading. That will tell me how much that particular portion of food has raised my BG levels over my baseline readings. If it raises my BG less than 50 pts, I may eat that portion without much trouble. If it raises my BG over 50 then I need decide whether it is too much over 50 or not and I may want to retest it with a lower portion size. If it is closer to a 100 pts raise then I usually decide to avoid that food altogether.

I then put a page in my 3 ring binder with that food on it, and record the baseline, the portion conumed and the postprandial results, and my decisions made, whether to retest with a lower portion, and then results of that test, or if I decided to avoid that food altogether.

I do that so I remember what I've tested and what my decisions were, so I don't have to test again needlessly.

That way I have a book of what works for ME and my metabllism specifically.

To some it may seem like a lot of testing. But to me the cost of the stips I use (I usually buy extra and pay for those out of my pocket) is worth the information on my unique metabolism and how it handles food, and what I can eat, what I should eat sparingly, and that which I absolutely must avoid

Christmas blesings to you and yours!

James Baker

blindbluesmama
blindbluesmama 2011-12-15 04:34:05 -0600 Report

Dear James, I don't post often because I end up posting too much and needing to do other things. I do not want to be one of those people who constantly obsesses about diabetes all the time. But I applaud your efforts. You seem like a very meticulous person. That's a good thing. I kind of do what you do, but maybe not as religiously and I don't keep it all filed away except in my head. Now that I'm exercising I don't feel i have to be quite as strict. But I still know there are things I should only have once in a while. I never say to myself you can't eat that ever again… because then of course, I want it. But as a general rule, it's like common sense. If you want to lose weight, don't eat pie… pizza… whatever. If you want to lose weight, don't fill your plate so it weighs three pounds when you're done. Now, I wasn't saying that when I ate busy woman's dream today and had two bowls of the stuff. It was all bad. Ground hamburger and tater tots and cream of mushroom soup. But my sugar stayed good, so it's cool. I don't have much to go before I reach that magic 199 lbs, my first little goal. I am only a couple pounds away so it could happen any time. Well I am going to go get some sleep I think. My legs were bothering me because it was raining. I guess I still have some issues with them, but they aren't as bad as they used to be.
Christmas blessings to you and your family as well.