Don’t blenderize your food!

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On Good Morning America this morning they did a comparison test with some people about if drinking smoothies affects blood sugar and hunger differently than just eating the whole food in its natural state.  They had people eat the exact same ingredients on 2 different days and check their blood sugar every 15 minutes for 2 hours afterward.  As Dr. McDougall has said, the more processed a food the more glycemic it is.  People’s blood sugar jumped way up on the smoothy and then plummeted bad…making them starving 2 hours later.  Whole foods didn’t do that and the way the nutritionist described it is that the fiber in whole foods acts like “mesh” to slow down the digestion, not spiking blood sugar.

Right now I’m still eating “veganpaleo” and doing pretty darn good.  My food is predominantly raw too.  But gosh I’m missing more carbs!  I freaked out last night and ate 2 small bananas with sunflower seed butter before bed even though I wasn’t hungry, and my fasting blood sugar this a.m. was a little high at 108.  That’s not awful by any means, but it is technically pre-diabetic.  The bananas probably did it, but I’m not 100% sure.  The odd thing I’ve noticed (comparing how I respond on lchf vs. hclf) is that when on high carb/low fat, although my blood sugar spikes bad after eating…my fasting numbers tend to be better than when I’m eating low carb/high fat.  But, when I stick to my fatty salads, my post meal blood sugar readings come out great.  So I’m better fasting-wise on one plan and better post meal on the other!  Needless to say, I cannot do both.  I really think it would be easier to just not eat.:-/

Blood sugarly yours,

Atheria

I refuse to become diabetic!

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Some people don’t believe that hypoglycemia CAN progress and become diabetes, but I have witnessed it in my own family with my mother.  The simple difference between the two is that where a hypoglycemic’s blood sugar shoots up high and then plummets fast…making the person feel sick, a diabetic’s blood sugar shoots up too high and stays there.  Over time, a hypoglycemic’s pancreas can burn out due to exhaustion…and TA DA!  You’re diabetic!

I now know why I’ve felt so much better for months now…in terms of not needing to eat as often and not having low blood sugar issues.  It’s because I’m starting to run high.  That is not what I was hoping for!  There were some signs 6-8 months ago, but I chose to pretend not to see them.  But after about 1.5-2 weeks on my high raw, lower carb, fatty diet lately…I started to feel carbohydrate depleted, so I tested something on Wednesday that backfired big time.  I really wanted to test McDougall, Barnard, Esselstyn, etc.’s theories that it’s a high fat diet that causes blood sugar issues, not carbohydrates.  Since I was feeling carb deficient, for breakfast I had my soy protein powder with some fruit (not much, actually), and then for lunch (since I did want to stay high raw) I tested 2 bananas, 1 nectarine, half of a large tomato, and some romaine lettuce.  I did’t eat 10 bananas like some Raw Til 4 or 801010 people do because I did want to be cautious.  Clearly, it was not a good idea.  My blood sugar an hour later was 256!  Then, another hour and 10 minutes later still up to 248.  Not good.  So, I drank a cup of black coffee to help bring my sugar down and took a 2 mile walk in 95 degree weather.  That wasn’t a good idea either.  All of a sudden, before I made it home, I started to feel light-headed and my legs felt weak.  By the time I got home, I felt shaky too.  By then, it was just before dinner time.  I checked my sugar and it had plummeted to 78.  I was trying to hold out for another 30 minutes before eating, but a few minutes later my blood sugar was down to 68.  I ended up needing to pop 2 glucose tablets to boost me back up while making dinner.  I ate a low carb dinner of vegetables with A LOT of peanut butter and it straightened me out and I felt better.

Now some friends have responded saying that what I ate for lunch would throw anyone off…but…that’s not the case.  Other people really DO do fine with 10 pieces of fruit.  And, it’s not just fruit.  Months ago when I was McDougalling, I happened to check my fasting blood sugar one morning and it was 140 or something.  Right now I’m checking my blood sugar often just to see how I’m responding to different foods, and it’s clear that I need to limit ALL carbohydrates, not just fruit.  I met a nurse who works with diabetics last night and she said I need to limit carbs to 30 at a meal, and 15-20 at snacks, but that is hard for a vegan.  Everything has carbs!  Heck, a 1/4 cup of sunflower seed butter (yes, I regularly eat that much) has 16 grams.  I eat that much for the protein content of about 14-16 grams.  Being as limiting as I could for lunch today, I think I got about 39 grams of carbs.  I feel good though, gotta say.  I should have checked my sugar 2 hours later but forgot.  I can tell I feel stable though.  My sister keeps pushing the Primal Diet on me, but I’m not giving up being vegan.  I’m just going to do the best I can limiting….but not EXTREMELY limiting…..carbs.  If I cut carbs too much I risk having zero energy and low blood sugar too.  It’s a total, annoying juggling match!  Right now I’m aiming for The Zone.  I should eat for every meal what I ate today for lunch because I feel good.  That would get rather boring though.  I had half a large tomato, some romaine lettuce, half an avocado, mustard, a pitiful 1/3 cup of rice, and 1/4 cup of sunflower seed butter.

I’ve also downloaded a couple of apps to test out for tracking. (Logging food is SO tedious.) One is Calorie, Carb & Fat Counter by Virtuagym and one is mySugr Diabetes Logbook.

Trying to see the glass half full, I don’t need to eat as often anymore…so my food bills should go down.:-/ I can easily eat lunch and then not eat again until 6:30 p.m.  But having an “indulgence” being eating HALF a banana is freaking annoying!  I am NOT happy right now.  My digestive system is indeed doing better without tons of cooked starchy stuff.  That is a plus too.  I need to remind myself of the positives right now.

Feeling deprived,

Atheria

Back to Raw Food

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Some of you know I battle both chronic digestive problems (not uncommon for hypoglycemics) along with hypoglycemia…which just complicates matters.  (I also have neck damage that leaves me with a constant migraine.)  Although certain ways of eating have seemingly agreed with my body’s constitution as I’ve walked along the healing path, things often stop working after a while as my temperamental body changes its mind.  Combine that with me sometimes just getting bored to death with specific diets, and, well…I veer off course.

Lately my digestive woes have gotten really bad.  I took a photo of how swelled up my stomach was last week, but I won’t post it as I don’t want to gross you out.  I seriously looked at least 6 months pregnant.  Combine that with pain, constipation, and gas and it wasn’t fun.  I had been going back and forth a bit between a strictly low fat McDougall type cooked, starchy diet, and a more moderate cooked, starchy diet with fats.  Finally I just couldn’t take it anymore and went back to a mostly raw vegan diet.  When I was raw eons ago, my digestive system worked for the only time in my life.  I only quit it back then because (1) I got bored and (2) I was eating SO much fatty stuff that I started to blow out my gallbladder.

I also noticed that on the very low fat McDougall plan, lately, I started having blood sugar drops that made me shaky.  And, sometimes my fasting blood sugar number was high on both the low fat version of cooked/starchy and higher fat version of cooked/starchy.  That being said, I carelessly thought I could just go back to eating a lot of fruit and salads and nut butters, etc. without paying attention to sugar intake and be fine.  Wrong.  Clearly, how my body handles food blood sugar wise has changed since 2000 when I was raw before.  I cannot take my body, at age 49 now, for granted…especially with my family’s history of diabetes.

I wasn’t eating 30 bananas a day or anything EXTREME, but I was eating a couple of bananas at at time, etc.  But, I started to feel weird…like…uh oh…something is off.  I got out my blood glucose meter and freaked when I saw my blood sugar in the 200s after eating with high fasting numbers too (not 200s…but clearly pre-diabetic and one time, technically diabetic).  I am NOT letting myself become diabetic.  I flat out refuse.  And, since I have clearly had my digestive system improve by going raw…I was frustrated.  So, being the stubborn fighter that I am, today I’ve tried eating only one piece of fruit at a time, and have mostly eaten the fruit with some protein and/or fat.  There is MAJOR improvement in my blood sugar control!  For example, for lunch I did eat one banana (I do need some carbs) but instead of more fruit, I then ate a big fatty salad that had a lot of sunflower seed butter in it and olive oil.  My sugar only went up to 120something afterward.  That is great!

I’ll try paying more attention to the GI (Glycemic Index) of the fruits I eat — although I cannot give up bananas — and focus more on large salads, nuts, seeds, avocados, and other non sugary vegan foods.  I’ll use fruit in controlled amounts for some more carbohydrate.  I would feel totally limp and have no energy if I ate only veggies and nuts.  I hope to report back soon that I’m doing great.  I feel very stable today and don’t look pregnant…so that’s hopeful!

I posted on my other blog about the cool effect raw food has had on my dreams.  https://bridge4spirit.wordpress.com/2016/06/21/raw-food-vivid-dreams/

Take care and eat your veggies!

Atheria

Sometimes you feel like a nut, sometimes you don’t.

tjalmondbutterMy gluten free vegan diet has been all over the place for a while, because I started to take for granted that my hypoglycemia was “under control”.  It seems to be human nature to keep pushing the envelope to see how much you can get away with when you are feeling better.  One of the things that has tended to be indulged in too much is fat, in the form of tons of nut and seed butters (including peanut butter, which is actually a legume) and avocados, mostly…with the dousing of olive oil here and there.  Mostly, though, addictive peanut butter and sunflower seed butter have been my excesses.

Although my blood sugar regulation HAS clearly been better of late, I have started to notice feeling “off” blood sugar wise, a bit, after eating a very fatty meal.  Now, this would not be news to Dr. Neal Barnard or Dr. John McDougall.  In fact, it isn’t news to me.  If you dig through OLD posts, you’ll see that I clearly did better when I stuck to a low fat diet.  But, gosh darn it, eating low fat gets SO boring.  So, eventually, I’d start adding in a quarter cup of sunflower seed butter here, an avocado there, a quarter cup of peanut butter AND an avocado with dinner, etc.  Now, I can tolerate a bit of almond butter or avocado or whatever, but it tends to be a trigger for me.  It’s hard to  have a little.  I am really trying though.  Ha!

On and off the past 4-5 days I have stuck to low fat and felt better hypoglycemia wise.  Although I did freak out after a period of no overt fats and chowed down on clearly too much fatty stuff Sunday night.  The next day I felt GROSS.  I have also had the realization that excessive nuts and seeds is not good for my IBS and digestive woes.  (If you don’t know this, MANY hypoglycemics have IBS and digestive problems.)  Now, most people would get “the runs” from too much fatty food, especially nut butters, but not me!  It has the opposite effect.  I get very gassy and clogged up.  Like a friend of mine, I do seem to handle other fats like the fat in avocado better, digestive wise.  If you think about it, in the wild, animals don’t eat a half cup of nut butter at a time.  They don’t eat nut butter at all!  LOL!  If an animal finds some nuts, it takes them ages just to get the hard shell open to even get to the meat of the nut.  So, eating a couple nuts is it…not half a jar of almond butter.  I think the more we do what animals do in the wild the better.  I have often watched horses eat grass and hay and thought, “They know what they are doing and they don’t binge.”

So, it seems I do need to pay attention to my fat intake…but not obsess.  And, I need to limit peanut butter, sunflower seed butter, tahini, almond butter, and cashew butter.  A couple of tablespoons is plenty…not 4-8 tablespoons!  My tummy will thank me.  My pancreas will thank me too.

Be well,

Atheria

Need to really drop extremes!

If you don’t know, I juggle more than one health issue…so I’m using that as an excuse.  Besides the hypoglycemia (that started this blog and is the main focus) I also deal with a 20+ year chronic pain issue due to severe whiplash and life-long digestive problems.  An issue I’ve had, particularly with the blood sugar issue and cruddy digestive system, has been that what helps one thing, aggravates the other issue!

The vegan paleo, mostly raw diet I’ve been doing lately DID help my digestive woes some (although not totally…but there was some improvement) but I woke up around 4 a.m. Sunday morning with low blood sugar and had to suck on a candy to get my blood sugar back up.  My hypoglycemia HAD been doing really good for quite a while now, so this step back was upsetting.  Thankfully, I didn’t have a BAD attack, but getting shaky and such isn’t fun.  In retrospect, I think what happened is that I was eating less and less carbohydrate and didn’t notice the gradual decline.  My body is very carbohydrate sensitive, and if I don’t eat enough carbs during the day, my system has a hard time keeping my blood sugar up.  I  had eaten less fruit on Saturday, so that’s probably it.

In any case, I have intuitively felt that although I’d been doing pretty good lately (up to that point this weekend) my diet may have been getting a little too limited in terms of variety and was becoming unbalanced (especially regarding protein).  So, yesterday I put some potatoes, beans, rice, and soy protein powder back in my diet.  Right now I’m still eating quite a bit of fruit and raw stuff, but I’m aiming to eat a little more well rounded (gluten free) vegan.  I’m not so sure that extremes are good.  Also, I’d cut back on how often I eat, and unless I’m REALLY not hungry and feel totally stable…shouldn’t push the envelope and skip my snacks.  Someone with hypoglycemia should definitely eat small amounts more often than bigger meals 3 times a day.

Still aiming for balance,

Atheria

Digestive Woes and Vibration Level

I will NOT go down without a fight! I’m fed up! Can you tell?! I WILL pummel my body into submission! I WILL win! Ommm…Ommm…Must calm down and get centered. Ommm…😉 I’m going to cross post this rant in both my Hypoglycemic Journey blog and my On Angels’ Wings Productions blog because it touches on both health/nutrition and metaphysics.

So for the good news, my blood sugar control has been really good for quite a while. Granted, I can’t take my hypoglycemia for granted and still eat smaller amounts of whole/real food more often, but I don’t have to eat 8 times a day and can get away with some things I had to 100% avoid, previously, in moderation. I average 5 snacks/meals a day…sometimes 4 and sometimes 6…but usually 5. I do avoid gluten (although I briefly tested real sourdough wheat bread as I heard people with gluten problems can eat true sourdough made the old fashioned way with starter) and have successfully stayed vegan.

The bad news is that my bad-since-birth (seriously…since a baby) digestive system has gotten increasingly HORRID the past year or so. It’s like my digestive tract has quit. I do know there is a link between hypoglycemia and digestive system problems, but this seems way beyond that. I have attributed it to being perimenopausal at age 49 (read up on how shifting estrogen can cause your body to cut back on necessary bile production, which causes gas, bloating, constipation, etc.) and have tried various combinations of eating styles to help…to no avail. I’m so uncomfortable every day I can’t take it anymore. Seemingly, nothing agrees with me anymore! Becoming a breatharian is looking like a real possibility at this point. Years ago I read about an Eastern Indian yogi who didn’t eat for 46 years or something and was in perfect health. She got her sustenance through prana. But, since I’m not quite to the level of advanced yogi, I probably need to eat SOMETHING.

In the middle of my nightly yoga session tonight, it popped into my head that I need to go back to raw fooding, concentrating on mostly fruit and nuts/seeds/fats. I already know that raw veggies are hard for me to digest, but I can eat some. I’ve just got to limit the veggies. Many years ago when I was raw, “meals” of fruit and nut butters made me feel the best. It was also the only time of my life where I didn’t have to take laxatives to go to the bathroom and where my body actually successfully did what it was supposed to do on its own without horrible bloating and gas. I learned a couple of days ago that A LOT of fruit with lettuce and no fat can cause major pain and bloat, so I’m going to do a high fat raw diet with a bit less fruit. I recall reading this gal’s blog who had done every form of diet imaginable and posted pictures of herself during various diets through the years. She ended up settling on a high raw diet, but not all raw, with higher protein and some animal products. But, I felt she looked the best when she was high fat raw vegan. She didn’t look as good when she ate high starch/carb with very low fat (and developed hair problems) or when she did 80-10-10 raw…or when she did Atkins or paleo.

I actually tested some foods today with my pendulum, and got interesting answers. I could only test what I had with me at work. My pendulum said NO to black tea and peanut butter. It said YES to rice cakes, coffee (Whoop!), nuts, an apple, and tuna fish. (I had an old can of tuna in my cabinet and will not be eating it, trust me.) When I went to a holistic chiropractor who did kinesiology 2-3 years ago, it irked him to no end that via muscle testing, my body said it really liked coffee. He was anti coffee.:-) I, on the other hand, feel it keeps me alive! And my body agreed! Anyway, I mention using a pendulum or having someone do kinesiology on you (trying to push your arm down while you hold a food) to see what your body says it likes or doesn’t like. Now, just because my body said today that rice cakes are okay for me doesn’t mean I feel I should eat them right now. I’ve really got to get my digestive tract healed and functioning normally. Taking probiotics isn’t working.

I was reading a book today about the life force/energy of food and do think that raw food is what I need to do, or at least mostly raw vegan food. No more processed soy protein powder. No more cooked beans and rice. I have this intuitive feeling that what’s going on with me isn’t “just” emotional issues held in my body or stress or purely physical either. I think there is a spiritual component. Everyone keeps saying that the vibration on Earth is dramatically increasing (including some of the beings I trance channel) and I am suspecting that, energetically, what I’ve been eating just is not working for my body’s vibratory rate anymore. I have been having more spontaneous channeling episodes the last few months, so clearly something is shifting with me energetically. It’s definitely possible that right now I need to get my diet as simple and high in vibration as I can. The good news is that I won’t be burning anymore pans that I forget I have on the stove! Living on bananas and almond butter is the lazy (wo)man’s dream. Ha!

Too much of my energy has been wasted dealing with my health and I need to move on. I’ve got other things I should be doing than laying on the couch gripping my stomach. I also just got approved for Botox injections in my head and neck for my chronic headache h*ll, so I’m praying that’ll work and I can truly move on in 2016 and focus my energy on writing and spiritual work. Stay tuned. You know I’ll let you know what happens!

In light,
Atheria

Perimenopausal Hypoglycemia

Since I’ve not updated this blog in ages, I thought I would do a quick post. I’ve not blogged because I’m cured. Well, not 100% cured. I mean, if I did something really dumb like drink a bottle of wine and followed that up with cake and cookies, I’d have problems. But, my blood sugar issue has greatly abated and I have been able to go back to even one glass of wine with dinner! It’s like, at 44 when my endocrine system "blew" I walked into a fog bank…and suddenly walked out of it at 48 (I turned 49 in October but have been doing really good for months). Although I do still eat smaller meals more often than a normal person, I’ve been able cut cut back and average 5 meals/snacks a day…sometimes only 4 and sometimes 6. Years ago, I was so bad for a while I had to eat every hour! Right now I’m working on a more balanced vegan diet, where I’m not cutting out all fat or all carbs or all cooked or all raw. I’m trying to master moderation, and I will say it’s less stressful! It makes it easier to travel (just went to Tucson for 4 days) and eat out, although I mostly eat food I prepare.

Because I heard that even Celiacs (my dad is one and my sister and I have developed gluten intolerances/allergies) can get away with eating authentic, European style sourdough bread made without yeast and risen via fermentation, I ran out and bought a loaf of wheat sourdough last night and chowed down! I miss wheat bread so bad! I didn’t get stomach pain within 15-20 minutes like I normally would, but I’m not sure yet if I should really be eating even sourdough as many of my symptoms are slower to show up, like painful sores inside my nasal passages. And, I cannot forget that a holistic doctor here in Albuquerque told me that most hypoglycemics have gluten issues and need to avoid it at all costs. My sister did fine with one dose of sourdough bread 2 days ago, but after eating it again last night started to react to it with unpleasant symptoms. I do need to keep in mind that flour products of any type, gluten or not, are not the best for people with blood sugar issues too. How soon I forgot that a "harmless" sandwich years ago shot my blood sugar up into the 200s.

At this point, I’m pretty darn sure that I experienced perimenopausal hypoglycemia. I’ve heard from other women that once they hit menopause, suddenly their hypoglycemia that had developed years earlier disappeared and they were back to normal. I’m not in menopause yet at 49, but things are changing for me hormone wise. That cannot be denied. I know some MDs don’t really believe in "this time of life" causing hypoglycemia, but I’ve read one too many stories…and from my own experience…to believe it doesn’t exist. It’s real. You are not imagining it and are not crazy, if you are one of the sufferers. The GOOD news is that it will get better!

Atheria

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Well, there goes carrying only a tiny, useless purse!

Because I got tired of lugging around a bigger, heavy purse full of food and my glucose meter, etc. I downsized to a tiny crossbody that only held a very few things.  Having something on one shoulder causes me even more pain than I am already in with my neck damage…that is now causing not only a constant headache (approaching the 20th year) and neck pain, but also upper back muscle spasms too.  Anyway, things went okay for a few days, but i also didn’t really go anywhere that far from emergency supplies.  I am a walker, though, and don’t always have my car with me to stash stuff in.

After work on Wednesday or Thursday, can’t remember, I stopped at Sprouts to pick up some things on my way home.  I’d eaten a banana, which is typical, around 3:15 p.m. and this was about 5:15 p.m. to 5:25 p.m.  Just when I got ready to check out, I started SEVERELY yawning…truly, a not normal tiredness.  A sign that something was wrong with my blood sugar kind of sudden tiredness.  I mentioned to the cashier that I was concerned that my blood sugar was messed up, but I couldn’t tell if I was too high or too low.  Then the dizziness hit.  I got really dizzy.  She told me to eat a banana, but I was afraid to because severe tiredness/yawning can often mean your blood sugar is too high…not too low.  And, I didn’t have my normal low blood sugar symptoms of shaking, heart racing, intestinal distress, etc.  It scared me that I didn’t have my glucose meter with me to be able to check my sugar!  Ugh!  I did have glucose tablets in my tiny purse, but not any nuts or anything for protein either.  (Although, being in a health food store, I could have gone and found some.)  I live only about a mile away from Sprouts and just decided that I needed to get home ASAP.  In retrospect, I probably should not have driven with the dizziness, but I also wasn’t thinking straight and was slightly panicked.

I almost smashed my new car zooming through a crowded parking lot as another guy was also speeding through the lot from another direction.  I slammed the brakes on (thank you anti-lock brakes) and didn’t t-bone him, thank God.  Of course, then I was shaking and my heart was racing due to the near miss.

When I got home and checked my blood sugar, I was indeed low.  I don’t know why I dropped that day as I’d not done anything different.  But, I was also around ovulation time, and we women know that hormones DO affect blood sugar.  What concerns me is that I didn’t notice I was getting low.  My normal symptoms didn’t show up.  Probably if I’d gotten much lower, they would have, but I’ve read about diabetics that get into major trouble because they lose the ability to feel their lows.

So, I’ve gone back to bigger purses that can hold food, my meter, etc.  I just found an all black Tommy Hilfiger backpack to wear so that at least weight is evenly distributed on my back.  So far, I love it.  I used to joke on a hypoglycemic chat board that I might as well lug around luggage with all the crap I have to carry with me.  Others agreed that they get tired of having to carry so much too.  But, as a gluten free vegan, it’s not as easy for me to be able to find food in an emergency situation…so I need to carry stuff.

Here’s my new backpack purse…thanks to Ross!

Tommy Hilfiger backpack purse

Tommy Hilfiger backpack purse

Oh, I should also mention that I’m testing some fattier food here and there.  I did good with avocado but didn’t feel as good with sunflower seed butter that I had with dinner last night for some reason.  It’s still trial and error seeing what my blood sugar control system can handle and what it can’t.  And, my body changes….

Traveling heavily,

Atheria

Good diabetes/hypoglycemia specialist visit…but…

I met with a diabetes/hypoglycemia counselor this week and she told me I was doing everything right regarding exercise (walking and yoga) and eating a whole foods, clean diet.  The only tweak she mentioned is possibly eating some nuts or seeds by themselves as snacks instead of tending to grab fruit.  It was nice to hear that I’m doing the right things, but what wasn’t good to hear is that with time it’s very possible my sugar issue will change and not respond to dietary intervention.😦 She said sometimes that as you age, what you used to be able to control with diet and exercise, you simply can’t control anymore…and have to turn to medications.😦 I made it very clear that I want to avoid drugs.  But, I heard this one older woman on a chat board mention that she had controlled her pre-diabetes for 20 years with a high quality vegan diet and exercise, but when she got to about 70 years old, suddenly her blood sugar went into diabetes no matter what she did…and she had to give in and start taking something.  That sucks!!  I’m still hoping for the best, though, and that I don’t end up on that path.

I seriously cannot get over how quickly my blood sugar reacts negatively to fatty food though!  My fasting numbers, and numbers after eating my high carb, low fat vegan way, have been really good.  But, for dinner last night I added a big spoonful of sunflower seed butter because I needed the calories to the rest of my starchy meal (and I’d had some hummus 3 hours earlier that had high fat tahini in it)…and even though I didn’t eat again before bed, my fasting number this morning was back up into the pre-diabetes range!  Argh!  It seems I’m not allowed to waver much from my very low fat diet.  I can only tolerate VERY small amounts of fatty stuff…especially mixed with carbs.  If I eat nuts by themselves, I do okay.  It’s annoying.  i should probably test things to see exactly how much I do okay with.  I’m guessing 2 tbs. of nut butter is the maximum…if that.  But, I always found 2 tbsp. to be pitiful.  HA!  You need at least 4 tbsp. to make a sandwich!

I’ll stick to my rice, sweet potatoes, beans, veggies, and fruit I guess.  Oh, I should also mention that after that spike weeks ago, I’m avoiding white potatoes.

Peace,

Atheria

Do NOT take your improved health for granted!

Me being who I am…I tend to start pushing the envelope regarding how much my body can take when I’m doing really well. It’s not an intentional thing. It just gradually starts happening and I nudge "the line" out further and further. I have been doing well on a mostly raw food regime with only moderate fruit intake, a lot of fat, and one big salad per day. Well, I’ve been doing well blood sugar wise, anyway. My digestive system has not totally cooperated, and the past few days I’m getting some stomach pain (like right now) and IBS has still been an issue, usually leaning more towards the constipation side. How someone can still struggle when she’s living on fruits and vegetables and nuts and seeds is beyond me!

Anyway, I ended up with blood sugar problems last evening because I tried to get away with too much yesterday. I’ve been having wine more regularly…almost daily. I have started skipping some of my 6 meals or eaten later than I should. And, I got this free grande skinny vanilla latte made with soy milk yesterday from Starbucks, which contained extra caffeine. So, all of a sudden, after not eating all of my "meals", having excess caffeine (with sugar), and also having some wine…my body said, "Okay, we’re done." I ate a banana to get my sugar up, and that worked for a while, but then I started to have that horrible panicky feeling kick in, my intestines let me know something was wrong (usually it’s one of my first symptoms of low blood sugar) and I felt VERY unstable like I was going to get REALLY sick if I didn’t so something. My sugar was up at that point, but I just felt really brittle. So, I knew I had to "lock in" my blood sugar level so it didn’t suddenly drop a huge amount of points. I ate cashews, walnuts, and some toasted soybeans. I knew I needed protein, some fat, a little carbohydrate, and SLOWLY digesting food. Thank God, it worked, and I was able to finally fall asleep. My sugar was good at 91 this a.m.

I will admit that I’m occasionally feeling carbohydrate starved eating the way I’m eating. And I suspect my glycogen stores are depleted. Although I’m not super low carb by any means, I am eating noticeably less carbohydrate than I had been eating. I’ve even had leg weakness a little bit. But, my fasting numbers have been good, and I don’t seem to spike as high after eating. So, I’m not sure exactly what to do. I will say that eating the way I’ve been eating has been easier in terms of finding food when I’m out and about. My intuition is telling me, though, that I’ve gone too extreme again. Pfffffft!

Whirled peas,
Atheria

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