Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Diabetes Diet: Blood Sugar 96 mg/dl Energy 8

Yesterday evening, I had 1 beer at my dad's house around 4 pm.  Around 7 pm, my diabetes diet included mixing 1 avocado with 5 baby bell peppers, 1 tablespoon of chia seeds, and 4 tablespoons of olive oil.  I drank a 16 ounces glass of coconut milk to top it off.

That was a lot of carbs last night for my diabetes diet.  The avocado alone was 12 grams of carbs.  The belle peppers probably added another 10 and the chia seeds another 5.  Wow, 25 grams of carbs in the evening.  Almost forgot to add the 5 or so carbs from the beer for a total of 30 grams of carbs for yesterday evening and dinner.

I think that eating less protein and adding more fat is really helping.  The fat from the avocado, coconut milk, and oil probably kept the 30 grams of carbs from raising my blood sugar over night.  I normally try to keep my carbs below 30 grams for the day and eat most of them well before dinner to keep my blood sugar low.  I will continue to modify my diabetes diet and see what happens.

No workout during lunch.
No evening exercise.

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Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Diabetes Diet: Blood Sugar 90 mg/dl Energy 7

This mornings blood sugar was 90 mg/dl and my energy level was 7.  My diabetes diet food, starting yesterday evening around 4 pm, included a handful of brazil nuts and a glass of coconut milk.  For dinner I had 2 cups of salad and 2 breasts from a cornish hen.  The salad was chopped and the breast cut into small pieces.  All of the food was mixed together with 4 tablespoons of olive oil and some dry spices.

I am slowly working to add more fat and less protein to my diabetes diet food.  It is too early to tell, but I feel that over the past few days it has been easier to control my blood sugar.  I am simply adding an ounce or two less of protein to all of my meals as I go just a bit heavier with the olive and coconut oil.

When I first started out with my diabetes diet, I quickly dropped the carbs and mostly replaced them with protein foods.  I became a protein fanatic.  Now, I am at a point where I am fine tuning everything and learning to back off the protein.  My main focus these days concerning my diabetes diet is finding the best fat sources.

Workout during lunch.
No evening exercise.

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Monday, August 20, 2012

Diabetes Diet: Blood Sugar 91 mg/dl Energy 3

Starting yesterday evening, my diabetes diet began with a few beers that totaled around 12 grams of carbs.  For a snack food, I had some jalapeƱo peppers that I smoked on the barbecue pit.  They each had a big fat piece of cheese on them that melted nicely over the jalapeƱos.  Flank steak was also smoked slow to about 160 degrees and was used to make fajitas.  I could not eat the bread so I just turned it into a Mexican steak salad.  I had about 4 ounces of steak, grilled bell peppers, grilled onions, shredded salad, cilantro, and 3 to 4 tablespoons of olive oil.  I was concerned with all these carb items, so after dinner I topped it off with a small glass of scotch.  I did not work out or get any exercise yesterday.

My blood sugar was good this morning at 91 mg/dl.  I was unsure of what my blood sugar was going to be after eating all of that food, especially since I woke up tired.  Eating that many carbs in the evening usually spells trouble for the next morning's blood sugar reading.  I believe that adding the oil to the meal yesterday helped, and I also feel that the small glass of scotch did some good.  Many studies show a positive effect with 1 or 2 glasses.  These same studies indicate a very bad effect when consuming more than 2 glasses per day for men and 1 for women.  As far as the low energy goes, I would guess it was due to the significant amount of carbs consumed yesterday evening along with the drinks.

No workout during lunch.
No evening exercise.

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Friday, August 17, 2012

Diabetes Diet: Blood Sugar 105 mg/dl Energy 9

Even with the lighting storms last night disturbing my sleep, I woke up with very high energy.  Yesterday on my diabetes diet, I had a veggie lettuce wrap sandwich.  My diet food had provolone cheese, avocado, cucumber, lettuce, tomato, and mayo.  They added vinegar, oil, and oregano also.  I worked out for lunch yesterday but did not get any evening exercise.

I think my blood sugar would have been lower this morning if I could have added some more olive oil to my diabetes diet food.  Since we ate out, I could not add more olive oil to the food.  Adding the oil helps blunt the effect of the carbs, and I use the best olive oil, with the naooa.org or cooc.com seals, so it usually adds a good flavor to almost any food.  It is also possible that my blood sugar may have been lower if I would have exercised that evening.

Workout during lunch.
No evening exercise.

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Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Diabetes Diet: Blood Sugar 115 mg/dl Energy 4

Normally, after getting up and having my usual shower, even when waking with low energy, my energy level goes up and I am moving right along.  This morning, I woke up with low energy and it continued for over two hours.

Starting yesterday evening, my diabetes diet food did not include the cup of matcha green tea that I usually have.  I did have a big salad with Chia seeds and olive oil around 4 pm.  Dinner was at 6:30 pm and included 1 thigh and 1 leg, both smoked and lightly seasoned.  I had a half cup of peas and drowned them in olive oil.  Afterwards, I drank 2 cups of coconut milk containing a total of 2 carbs.  After dinner, I jumped in the jumper for about 10 minutes.

I was counting on the jumper and the fat from the coconut milk to give me some good numbers this morning, oh well.  The 115 mg/dl reading this morning was disappointing and the only assumptions that I could make was that I had too much of my diabetes diet food throughout the evening.  I skipped my regular cup of matcha but doubt that had anything to do with it.  It is also interesting that my blood sugar was the same for two days in a row.  The peas are a food that are moderately high in carbs and could have contributed to this mornings high blood sugar.  These added variables make it difficult to make any assumptions at all.  If I had to guess, I would say that I had too many carbs yesterday evening, and that significantly impacted this mornings blood sugar.

Workout during lunch.
Evening exercise.

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Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Diabetes Diet: Blood Sugar 114 mg/dl Energy 6

For my diabetes diet, I ate dinner a little early, just past 6 pm.  Dinner included 5 ounces of chopped brisket and 1 cup of chopped green beans.  Both were mixed together with 3 tablespoons of olive oil.  I worked out during lunch but did not get any evening exercise.

 I was surprised by the high blood sugar reading because I assumed that eating food a bit earlier would have a significant impact on this mornings blood sugar.  I was also counting on the extra fat from the oil.

The only thing missing from my diabetes diet was the evening exercise.  I am starting to think that any small exercise after dinner could have a nice impact on my morning blood sugar.  I plan to pay close attention to this over the next few weeks.

Workout during lunch.
No evening exercise.

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Monday, August 13, 2012

Diabetes Diet: Blood Sugar 86 mg/dl Energy 2

I don't get it.  I just assumed that a nice low blood sugar from my diabetes diet meant that I would wake up with high energy.  Well, this morning I was not wanting to get out of the bed and the sound of the alarm clock was painful.  Starting at 5 pm yesterday evening, my diabetes diet food included a cup of matcha green tea, and then at 6 pm it was dinner time.  For dinner I had about 5 ounces of beef brisket.  Brisket comes with a lot of fat so there was no need to add any oil to it.  Right after dinner the kids dragged me into the jumper and we played around for about 15 minutes.

Eating early and getting some exercise in the jumper yesterday evening may have been the biggest factors contributing to my low blood sugar reading this morning.  The fat from the brisket may have been helpful also.


No workout during lunch.
A jumper for evening exercise. 

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