Today is the end of day 4 of me strictly McDougalling because I stubbornly refuse to accept that carbohydrate filled NATURAL foods that God created can be detrimental. There’s that, and the fact that i just love starches. I want SO much to believe that Drs. McDougall, Barnard, Esselstyn, etc. are right about fat being the cause of blood sugar problems, not sugars/carbs! And I’ve read wonderful success stories!
So what is my status? It’s been weird. But my body is always weird! My fasting blood sugar has been good (under 100) but I was still too high 2 hours after lunch (253 range…that has come down to the 170s to 180s range) while my post dinner numbers have been (until today) really good…like 115 to 120s. I was puzzled as to why my lunch readings were so much higher than my dinner readings. I was eating the same things! Last night, it suddenly dawned on me that on a typical day, I do my bone building 50-55 minute yoga routine after dinner. I wondered if my nightly yoga, even though it’s not exactly aerobic, was bringing my blood sugar down into a healthy range? I’ve gotten SO many other benefits from yoga (regaining bone density, stoppping anxiety/panic attacks/gaining muscle), could it also correct diabetes?! Well, as fate would have it, because I drove to Aspen today (FABULOUS PLACE!) I had to do my daily (a.k.a. obsessive) before dinner instead of after dinner. So, this was my opportunity to test my theory! I ate around 6:35 p.m. in my car during the 3+ hours drive home and was sedentary except for cursing at other slow drivers. When I checked my blood sugar around 8:35 p.m. just as I got back to Denver, sure enough, I was high at 187! I was 174 after lunch today. My nightly, post dinner yoga routine is what has made my evening blood sugar readings so much better! But, I cannot do 50-55 minutes of yoga every time I eat! That means I may have to accept the fact that high carb, low fat just isn’t going to work for me. Years ago, when my hypoglycemia was at its worst, my diabetes counselor at work made me pour oil on everything I ate to slow down my digestion to stop me from spiking. But, that just concerns me long term. And I don’t want to gain 100 lbs.! That being said, at age 49 it’s getting harder to keep weight off no matter what I do anyway. I’ve only been eating 1400-1500 (maybe…probably not even that high) calories of fat free, natural, whole vegan food and still the needle on my scale wants to creep up.
I think I’m just going to stop eating altogether and just drink black coffee. It’d be easier. Just kidding. I think.
I should also note that eating VERY low fat/high starch is not agreeing with my temperamental digestive system. But, I have felt “clearer” for lack of another way to say it. I don’t feel sludgy like I do when I’m eating a ton of nut/seed butters, avocados, olive oils, etc.
Going back to yoga helping bring blood sugar down, there was a study I read a couple of years ago that had diabetics take a simple 10 minute walk after each meal and there was dramatic improvement in their blood sugar levels. Once again, exercise is important for health and longevity.
When I stick to lower carb/high fat, my fasting blood sugar sometimes isn’t as good (but not horribly above 100) as when I’m eating high carb/very low fat, but my post meal numbers are clearly better…like perfect (under 120…and sometimes under 110, with the rare under 100). But, I also end up feeling carb depleted. It’s such a fine line to walk! I need carbs, but not too much or too little!
I seriously don’t know what the heck to eat tomorrow. Although I’m glad I’ve stopped spiking up into the mid 200s, I’m not happy that I’m stuck in the still too high 170s-180s after eating carby, boring, meals with no fat.
But, yes, yoga is awesome!