Diabetes is just pure insanity sometimes...

Jibber Jabber
By Jibber Jabber Latest Reply 2015-03-31 01:02:45 -0500
Started 2015-03-27 15:15:26 -0500

My BG levels have been so good lately..I never go over 120 anymore (with the exception of experiment day)…I have fine tuned my diet and my exercise schedule…nothing but progress…but yesterday..I ate a artichoke…a beautiful perfectly steamed artichoke…wasn't too big…it is considered and non-starchy veggie..has tons of fiber …it was the only carbs I ate with my dinner..I just had turkey sausage and that lone innocent looking artichoke…I tested myself as usual after dinner and I was at 142!!!…I retested on the same monitor…then whipped out my freestyle light I hardly ever use because the strips are so much more expensive…and THAT monitor said 140…well I guess that delicious innocent looking artichoke didn't like me very much and wasn't that innocent at all…sigh…at least I enjoyed it..dipped in melted herbed butter…because it looks like it will be a while before I eat one again..

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wildtigger2 2015-03-31 01:02:45 -0500 Report

I'm having the same problem. will have to work to keep my BG up in the 80's then out of the blue my BG will spike in the 140's like just a few moments ago and that is two hours after eating. I'm down 25 lbs now after two months. I asked one of the ER nurses I work with and she said it will go up and down like that from weight loss.

kimfing 2015-03-29 11:19:54 -0500 Report

Just a thought, since u really didn't have that many carbs, i read your body will covert the protein into sugar to fuel your cells therefore raising bs.

Jibber Jabber
Jibber Jabber 2015-03-29 12:49:01 -0500 Report

I have refined my diet to the point where I do NOT eat more than 6 ounces of protein at any meal…I usually eat between 4 and 6…I used to have problems with high fasting numbers but they disappeared after I reduced my protein intake…it is all about balance and making sure you get everything into your diet in the appropriate amounts…

JoleneAL 2015-03-29 11:01:51 -0500 Report

I guess each to their own, because I don't have an issue with 140. That's good for me. And usually starts going down after that, which is what is supposed to happen. I totally get wanting to be in maximum control over this journey, but you ate a good food, and so next time, portion it down to 1/2 and enjoy.

Jibber Jabber
Jibber Jabber 2015-03-29 12:54:12 -0500 Report

I don't think I could eat half an artichoke…I love them too much…I am going to wait a few mos…and then try one again…my insulin resistance seems to be improving…I have found that I can eat certain foods without them causing me to spike as much as they use to…I have come to the conclusion that it was probably just a fluke unrelated to the artichoke…Nothing that I have found in my research has given me any reason to believe that I would react any different to this one vegetable than to other non starchy vegetables…That being said..it is hard for me to find decent produce down here , especially artichokes so I will just wait…sad to say..Isnt it funny how when I lived in NYC I had more access to fresh organic veggies than I do down here..

sweetslover 2015-03-27 18:39:44 -0500 Report

It is so weird how different food items cause a BG spike in some, and not in others. Now you know. Use that artichoke for batting practice—good exercise.

Jibber Jabber
Jibber Jabber 2015-03-27 19:51:20 -0500 Report

One of my favorite veggies…was so happy to FINALLY find some healthy looking ones at my local Winn Dixie…haven't had one since before I was diagnosed…as I was eating it I was kicking myself for only buying three to make for dinner…had to go back and get more…I know I sound like an idiot complaining my BG went up to 140…but I have managed to gain great control over my BG and want to keep it…I know damage starts at 140 so anything that puts me there has to be avoided…so yeah batting practice..

Pegsy 2015-03-27 17:32:10 -0500 Report

That seems very strange. Are you stressed or sleep deprived? Sometimes that affects my glucose no matter what I eat. Things that don't usually give me a problem suddenly do, under those circumstances.

Jibber Jabber
Jibber Jabber 2015-03-27 18:30:56 -0500 Report

Nope..I was a little stressed last night…due to a post on DC…but before that..everything was loosey goosey and my numbers today haven't gone over 115…so its not like there is a pattern…because then I would be thinking infection or something…

Pegsy 2015-03-27 18:37:20 -0500 Report

Yeah, I didn't even think about infection. Just to be sure. I would try artichoke again later on. Some time when you know you are not stressed or sleep deprived and your numbers have been consistently good. I have had occasions where something that never gave me a problem suddenly did. Then later on, did not. I would not like it if I had to give up artichokes!

Jibber Jabber
Jibber Jabber 2015-03-27 19:53:31 -0500 Report

Yeah..defiantly..but I am going to wait a few mos…between my low carb diet and my fasting I am hoping to lose more weight and improve my insulin sensitivity… will give it another try then…

Type1Lou 2015-03-27 16:29:31 -0500 Report

My carb guide says that a fresh whole medium sized cooked artichoke has 14 grams of carb and 10 grams of fiber. Is it possible that the sausage you ate could have had some hidden carbohydrate fillers in it? A reading of 140 one hour after eating is still considered "very tight" control per Gary Scheiner, in his book "Think Like a Pancreas"…you may be being too hard on yourself about this. Actually, any post-prandial reading less than 160 is considered "tight control" according to Scheiner.

Jibber Jabber
Jibber Jabber 2015-03-27 17:26:15 -0500 Report

I make my own sausage…so no..no hidden carbs…and yes 140 is good control "for a diabetic"…but my goal is normal…I don't know what it was about that darned veggie…But that is a research project for another day…

sweetslover 2015-03-27 18:37:17 -0500 Report

I'm with you. When I get a reading that high I start working to bring it down. That is now a high reading for me, and upsets me.

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