I intentionally did a dumb thing

By Erunner Latest Reply 2008-12-27 11:06:04 -0600
Started 2008-12-21 21:04:06 -0600

Diabetes is still something I am learning to live with. My blood readings have been good for which I am grateful.

Yesterday I was out doing a little Christmas shopping and decided to eat at Subway. I had a tuna sandwich on wheat and loaded it with veggies.

As I was preparing to pay I asked them to add three cookies to my order. I then ate my lunch, cookies and all. After that I wandered over to to a Juice It Up place and ordered a 24 ounce drink that was loaded with sugar. It is designated as a healthy choice.

I went home and about 2.5 hours later I checked my blood and it read 172. For some strange reason I wanted to see how I used to eat was impacting my body. Now I know. I have now returned to my new life.

Am I the only one to have intentionally done something like this or do I need an intervention?? :)

17 replies

amrita 2008-12-27 10:38:47 -0600 Report

Me giggling you sounded like a women with PMS on a diet…

sorry i know this is a serious subject didn't mean to giggle …

blessings and peace

vgarrison 2008-12-23 19:27:59 -0600 Report

What is that sayin? No two diabetics are alike…all foods affect everyone different so we will never know how our bodies process things until we try it. I am so glad you had the courage to post this, for it made me feel so much better. I am addicted to chinese food, and I was so afraid of it when I was first diagnosed, but after experimenting, I have found that it really doesn't affect me that much. Therefore I use it as a reward!!

KD is right, as long as we don't go out and binge all the time, but allow ourselves some of our favorite foods in moderation then we are much more likely to stick with our "diets" much better.

Blessed Be

Anonymous 2008-12-27 11:06:04 -0600 Report

Exactly, I do even eat at Subway several times a month. I order the new flatbread chicken florentine with lots of veggies and NO cookies but I get Baked Lay's chips. Does not effect my blood sugars. I will get it for lunch so I can burn some of it off before bed. It is all about experimenting to see what works for you. some people could eat those cookies and not have a bad reaction but I would so I do not get them. Keep up the good work everybody.

GabbyPA 2008-12-23 15:44:48 -0600 Report

Experiment away! Like Toma said, you will find all kinds of woderful and not so wonderful things out as you do.
I have done a single food experiment and tested to see what it does, and I have done lots of combination foods to see what happens.

At least you were curious about it and checked. It's when you don't check feeling the "If I don't know it won't be so bad"...I have done that. Doesn't work! LOL

We are all so very different, and foods you can eat, I could not touch. Anything with corn it in sends me thru the roof. I miss my popcorn terribly.
But I can eat vanilla icecream. Now mind you, portions are key and timing as I found out. But there are ways to enjoy the things you like, and still be safe.
So experiment on!

You just might be surprised. The fruit juice may have been more of your trigger than the cookies. The cookies have fat in them to slow down the absorbtion of the carbs. The fruit juice drink most likely didn't....so pure sugar rush. As you understand how things work, you will find way to take a treat or two along the way.

jaclyncrystal 2008-12-22 20:14:24 -0600 Report

Oh my gosh yes I have done this chinese buffet fortunately it did not affect my bs too much, I tried to pile on lots of veggies and worked out like a fiend the next day, I agree with the person who said if we do not try different foods how will we know how we react to them. And yes be assured I know that I will do it again. hugs jackie

Toma 2008-12-22 13:18:34 -0600 Report

Hi Allen,

I do not think it is a bad thing to use ourselves as guinea pigs. That is how we learn. I usually have really good numbers but I want to know how a specific food will effect me so i try it in a controlled way. I take my blood glucose reading prior to eating a food that I am not quite sure of. (There are lots of conflicting opinions on the internet) then I do the 30 minute, 1 hour and two hour test routine. Since I already know how a good meal will show on my meter this gives me a pretty good idea of whether or not the food is one that is safe for me to eat.

I see no problem with experimenting and seeing for ourselves what different foods will do. Then we know what our safe foods are and those that are not good choices.

Erunner 2008-12-23 00:30:08 -0600 Report

Toma, That sorta validates what I did!! Sadly, I did it for not such noble ideals. I wanted to see what I could get away with. The worst thing about the whole thing is it reminds me how much I love cookies and other baked goodies and Christmas is almost here! I wonder how I'll handle the temptations? Thanks for your words. God bless!

kdroberts 2008-12-23 01:12:33 -0600 Report

Well, you could look at it as "what can I get away with?" but you could also look at it like "what can I eat?" Any experiment with food can give you valuable information and as such is a noble experiment. That is unless you go out and eat an entire extra large pizza, a 2 liter bottle of regular coke, 10 beers, a 6 pack of snickers, a box of oreos and 5 bowls of mac and cheese, that's not so noble!

2008-12-21 22:13:46 -0600 Report

You aren't the only one! I've done that many times just to see. Now though, after all these years I can actually do things like that from time to time and still maintain the 100's in blood sugar. I have never ordered 3 cookies at Subway though… those are big cookies aren't they? LOL
Anyway, sometimes we have to test ourselves to remind us why we do what we do everyday. As Richard said, those with Type 1 or complicated Type 2 have a greater risk if they do that kind of thing so they can't.

You haven't lost your mind, just needed to see for yourself that you are doing the right thing every other day… :)


Richard157 2008-12-21 21:52:29 -0600 Report

Hello erunner, I am Type 1 and 33 pounds overweight. I would love to do what you did but it would raise my BG level to about 400 if I did not take insulin. I could maintain a good BG level with my insulin but that extra insulin leads to weight gain. I did that twice during Thanksgiving and I gained 4 pounds. I have lost the extra weight and am holding steady while waiting for a few big meals at Christmas. i will be eating very low carb through New Years day to lose the weight I will gain then. So yes, I do what you did several times every year but I have my insulin and my exercise routine and my diciplined control to keep me in line in the long run. Good luck to you!


Ms. Lizz
Ms. Lizz 2008-12-21 22:20:18 -0600 Report

You all make me feel better. I usually blame my jaunts "off the wagon" to "my blood sugars have been great, I owe myself this treat!!" At least you guys can say that you were doing "it" for scientific reasons!!:) I am a type 2 diabetic and have been for a long time with ups and downs… I was diagnosed in 1992 but did not begin to "have" to monitor my glucose until 2004. I had a heart attack in '04 and my world changed!
I now must monitor 3 times daily. When I know I am being naughty, I suffer for it. I hate that "ugly" feeling, but I really hate being an "I am diabetic and I may not have any" person. I bake like a sweet shop during the holiday season and usually don't eat bad stuff, but if I am out with family and friends I want to eat like a "real healthy person" too… I appreciate your posing this question.. Confession is good for the soul. My hope is to begin again, this time in earnest, my 3 days a week group exercise class at the Senior Center I belong to. We also have aqua aerobics that is wonderful, I have Fibromyalgia and some days my mind wants to participate but my body won't stand for it. Some days making my bed and brushing my teeth is as much as I can manage. Didn't mean to be so "wordy" but this was a great topic for me and I feel better knowing I am battling the same temptations other friends are.
I will be praying for us all, at the same time, I wish you all the Merriest Christmas ever and a very blessed and Happy New Year!
Peace and Love,
Ms. Lizz

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