After GraylinBee posted her results in what happens when she “experiments” with certain foods, I thought it was a neat and informative idea. Recently Bamberg added a twist to it, and wondered what happens if you are well controlled and eat beyond your normal diet. His results are here http://www.diabeticconnect.com/discussions/15...
In that thread I stated I’d join him in finding out. Now I tested like crazy in the early years to see what food did to me, and how I could maintain a good A1c. Over the years I’ve strayed from time to time, and even gotten myself sick from it. This time I thought I’d watch closely what happens, and I was surprised.
Saturday I mainly fed on small amounts of protein the whole day – hard boiled egg for breakfast, nuts in between, a brat on a mini whole wheat tortilla for lunch, beef jerky in the afternoon – and I stayed in the mid to high 80’s all day (even though I was fruit and veggy shy).
Saturday evening we went out for catfish (one of my favorites) at a local seafood restaurant/oyster bar. I typically have it pan fried, with a salad, slaw and green beans (this ain’t a fancy place), but this time I ordered what is a “normal” meal on this menu. Deep fried catfish “fingers” – about 3/4 pound when done which means roughly 1/3 fish and 2/3 breading. French fries (about a whole large potato’s worth), about a dozen hush puppies, salad (small but loaded) for an appetizer, with a side of slaw (about 3/4 cup). Water for a beverage. This meal was way more carbs than I typically consume in even one day, and again I’ll say this is a normal meal for this place. We were seated at 6 and were finished by 6:45. I will say that I was physically uncomfortable after this meal for the rest of the night. I tested over the next 19 hours about 18 times and was somewhat surprised at the results. I spiked as predicted out of the normal range, and as is typical for me I hit a low, but not as low as usual.
Now I’m not drawing any conclusions, I’ll let you do that, but I think I bounced back pretty well. On page 2 of the photos section on my profile you can find this in graph form.
6:00 pm 84
6:30 pm 92
7:00 pm 101
7:30 pm 116
8:00 pm 142
8:30 pm 154
9:00 pm 135
9:30 pm 128
10:00 pm 110
10:30 pm 79
11:00 pm 80
11:30 pm 74
12:00 midnight 66
4:00 am 75
8:00 am 86
2 cups coffee (I was still full from the night before)
10:00 am 73
11:45 am 83 (lunch of sliced chicken on a mini whole wheat tortilla)
Exercise (one hour walk on treadmill)
1:00 pm 98
Remainder of the day stayed in the mid 80’s
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