Tag Archive | Blood sugar

Where Am I Now?

Sometimes it feels like there isn’t much happening, or that it is happening so slow that it’s hardly worth the effort.. and then a small thing can happen which makes it all worthwhile again!

As you know I am following a LCHF diet/lifestyle in an effort to control my blood sugar and therefore my diabetes. I have made no bones of the fact that if a little weight comes off too then I will be more than happy to wave it goodbye!

This weekend I got on the scales and I am about 3lbs (I say about because my feet on the scales are a long way from my eyes and like any post 40, my eyes aren’t as good as they once were).. as I was saying, I am about 3lbs under 16 stone! It’s been 20 years since I was last under 16 stone!

Also, every day at work someone will comment on how much weight I have lost.. which of course, makes me feel even more fabulous! I have even been told that I look younger and healthier – and to be fair, who doesn’t want to hear that!

I feel fantastic.

And sometimes I just can’t believe how good it feels.

Although it hasn’t all been down to low-carbing, as I lost a couple of stone after the break up of my relationship, I have now lost over 4 stone, gone from a size 26 to a size 18 and kept my blood sugar down almost in the non-diabetic range.

Life is good.

 

Blood Glucose Meter

I finally got a meter back in February, and it has taken me this long to pluck up the courage to use it, who’d have thought a big girl like me could be so worried about a little needle prick!

Anyway, my results for the past 24 hours are:

Pre dinner yesterday 5.1
2 hours after dinner 7.3 (Naughty me had a couple of slices of cheese on wholemeal toast)

Pre breakfast today 5.1
2 hours after brekkies 5.8 (Yogurt, cream and mixed nuts)

Pre lunch 4.9
2 hours after lunch 5.5 (Salad leaves, slice of ham, chunk of cheese and full fat coleslaw)

Pre dinner tonight 4.8
2.5 hours after dinner 4.5 (Home made chilli/garlic burgers with cheese, I pity the girl I have to work with tomorrow! Garlic!)

 

I am Happy!

Funny thing happened to me tonight, I realised that I am happy!

I had been feeling low for years, well three or so years to be more precise but since going LCHF my mood has gradually lifted and I feel great. Yes, I have my grumbles like everyone else but overall I feel happy to be alive again.

Please, if you haven’t watched this video on you tube yet, do take the time out of your life to watch this.

The Food Revolution

 

What If I Am Wrong?

It’s getting close to the time I must have another blood glucose test and it marks the end of my 3-month trial of a LCHF diet. So, what if I am wrong?

Well, I have had three months of eating fatty food and very little carb, the benefits I have noticed include my weight loss, not a huge loss (but then I still probably eat too much if you think of food as calories) but I have also gone down a dress size in clothing. I am a UK size 20 now and at my biggest I was a 26/28! My hair is healthier, and I think it is less grey than it was, though this might be a figment of my imagination. My skin also appears healthier. I do sleep longer given the chance, I am not sure if that is a good thing but my theory is that my body now has the building blocks to do some repair work so needs me to sleep. Water retention in my legs has almost all gone, and my knees are less creaky.

However, this does not mean that my blood glucose is better controlled and that is the object of the exercise.. so what will I do if I am wrong?

What are the possible scenarios…

1. Blood glucose flat-lined at a nice healthy or at least much healthier than previously level.

2. Blood glucose slightly improved.

3. Blood glucose stayed the same, no improvement or deterioration.

4. Blood glucose level is higher, showing a marked deterioration in my condition.

I guess if it’s a 4.. then I change back to the recommended diet.

1, 2 or 3 and I stay LCHF, and see what the results are in June.

Found a good talk on sugar today. Its 90 minutes long so you need to make time to watch it but you wont regret doing so.

Sugar, the bitter truth

 

How Am I Doing?

It’s been a couple of weeks since I last did a blog post so I thought it would be nice to update you on how I am doing – bet you thought I had slipped off the wagon and hence was not updating my blog!

Well the news is really that there is no news! Yes I did slip off the wagon slightly… last Friday! I ate two Jaffa Cakes. According to my little carb counter they have 7.3 grams of carbohydrate each so added almost 15 grams of carbs to my diet that day (which would still leave me way under 60g).

Apart from that little slip up, I have eaten low carb high fat every single day since I started at the beginning of October, have easily been able to resist carbs in any form and in fact, out of pure curiosity, I checked one day how much carbohydrate I had eaten in that day and it stood at 13.9g in total.

What I don’t really know is, am I doing it right? What effect is it having on my blood glucose etc.? All I know is that I feel more satisfied on less bulk and am not then hungry again a half hour later.

Hopefully this is all doing my diabetes the world of good. Keep your fingers crossed for me.

Weight-wise, after the first week when I lost 7 lbs I didn’t lose any further weight until this week when I have lost a further 1 lb. However that’s a very happy 1 lb for me as it puts my weight under 17 stone for the first time in more years than I care to think about. 😀

Currently I am reading “Living Low Carb” by Jeremy Bowden PhD, CNS. It makes very interesting reading and if you can get hold of a cheap copy I thoroughly recommend reading it.

One thing that has been worrying me a little is the amount of fruit juice that the youngest generation are given as a “healthy” drink; and I am equally guilty of supplying it. It is so hard to overcome the diet mentality of the past 30 plus years in that even whilst becoming more and more convinced that LCHF is the way forward for me, I still can’t convince myself that it would be right for my grandchildren. For them I am still buying into the high carb, low-fat diet that I am increasingly aware is the worst thing we can do. How the mind does play tricks on us!

I have really surprised myself that I have carried this through as long as I have, almost a month now and no (apart from 2 Jaffa Cakes) sliding off the rails.

Oh, and I have lost a half-inch off my waist. A small amount so far but definitely in the right direction.