By jayabee52 Latest Reply 2015-10-08 09:16:56 -0500
Started 2012-03-12 16:18:35 -0500


What I do is #1  to take a BG reading before I test a food.  That is my baseline reading. 

#2   I determine what a "serving" of a particular food is using either ~ http://foodpicker.org/ or ~ http://nutritiondata.self.com/ or ~ http://www.bellaonline.com/subjects/4486.asp 

#3 eat a recommended serving of that food. 

#4 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.  
#5  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 metabolism 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.

I pray you may find this of use to you!

Blessings to you and yours

To your BETTER health.

James Baker

18 replies

Kalisiin 2015-10-08 09:16:56 -0500 Report

I buy lots of extra strips out of pocket. Sucks that we should have to…for what insurance costs, they oughta just suck up and pay for what we need.

I got a second meter, a Prodigy…just so that I can use cheaper strips. I still use the One Touch Verio when I can get the insurance to pay for the strips.
My insurance (Medicare) won't pay for Prodigy, or I'd just get those.

I have compared, side-by-side, the Prodigy and the Verio…and they are pretty close to each other.

By the way folks:

GabbyPA 2014-04-02 09:13:45 -0500 Report

After you have that base, do you continue to test with other foods added to it? What I mean is that an plain apple with raise my levels faster than an apple with peanut butter. Did you also test for combination foods?

jayabee52 2014-05-01 22:57:28 -0500 Report

Yes, of course you can But it gets a great deal more complex as one has to measure the apple slice and the amount of peanut butter, and to determine how fast a particular combo raises one's BG levels one might need to test each half hour until 2 hrs is reached. I chose not to do that, however.

Tammy Sexton
Tammy Sexton 2014-04-02 14:51:30 -0500 Report

My endo told me that if you eat something high in carbs with something like peanut butter, it will level you out. So, like when I am "crashing" instead of eating an apple, eat it with peanut butter.

Jude1952 2014-01-05 11:36:09 -0600 Report

I love this I just join the group and started TEST TEST, and TEST I am starting to understand what I can and can't eat and still have good control. It be nice to re-post every so often for newbies. Thanks again

Nick1962 2012-03-13 15:15:48 -0500 Report

Again James, thanks for posting this. I’m bookmarking it. I primarily did the same thing, but I started by adopting a low-GI diet, and then tested what was left after I did. It cut down on a lot of testing. My categories were about the same too – 50 point limits. By doing this I know exactly what my daily foods do to me, and can pretty much guess my BG within 10 points. The hard part is when I run into foods I haven’t been able to test, like when on vacation (how often does one have conch stew with funchi?).

DeanaG 2012-03-13 13:01:18 -0500 Report

I love the idea of keeping a record of foods you have tested.
I also have a 3 ring binder that I have the results from my lab work, print outs from downloading my meter and the handouts from my diabetes education classes.

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