Thursday, September 09, 2010
To Carb or not to carb...hmm.
Having diabetes I should know the answer to this question, however surprisingly I do not. I am learning though.
Many, many moons ago I think I did track carbs, then that fell by the wayside and I probably tried some fad diet or 'easy' fix instead. Of course that failed or only worked for a little while. I probably did nothing after that. Then finally I had the most brilliant idea of "Why not track my calories! That should work for me!"
Oh yeah just brilliant. Why shouldn't it work, it works for every one else! But a person with Diabetes (PWD) is special (and I mean that in a variety of good ways of course!). A PWD has to be very careful of how the food they eat is converted in the body. If it is, or has, a carbohydrate it is turned into glucose in the blood. This in turn causes our blood sugars to rise. If we have too much, we run the risk of going to high, and insulin dependant PWD (type 1 generally) will then have to inject insulin to counter this reaction. Pretty basic huh? Well being the PWD that I am, I have the opposite problem. I can eat the calories no problem, however I do not eat enough carbohydrate foods! Go figure! So the end result is instead of having blood sugars that are high, I continuously have blood sugars that are too low.
This means that while I am stuffing my face with foods that I thought were good for me to lose weight etc., they are actually causing me to gain or not lose enough.
If I understand correctly, because I am not eating the amount of carbs I need to maintain a good blood sugar, I have a low; Need to treat it with food/juice/or sugar tablets; which in turn causes me to eat more than I should, causing me again to eat above my recommended calories. End result = frustration.
But if I can get a grip on figuring out what carbs to eat that are healthy, with not so high a number of calories, I will come out ahead of the game. The good thing is that I have been able to cut my insulin intake down considerably. That is a very good thing for a PWD. As the more insulin you take the harder you have of ever losing weight. And Insulin Resistance is another row to hoe in the endless garden of life.
I will stress that I have made great strides so far. I am here aren't I. That is commitment and perseverance at its best.
I go to the gym and even have started working out at home on the days that are a little too hectic. I am losing inches on my body and my clothes fit better. There is progress!
So if you are a PWD, or not. You should consider the question in depth. To carb or not to carb? YES! All the way!
I will figure it out and I am sure if you have ideas that you would like to share with me, I would be most pleased and honored to take that advice.
Hugs! Happy Carbing!
Saturday, August 14, 2010
Hi Spark Friend (You know who you are!),
Thank you so much for your detailed response in regards to my Diabetic low of 1.8 mmol and how to treat hypoglycemia. I truly appreciate your time, knowledge and advice. Most of this I do know, i just find myself not thinking clearly and over compensating for my lows.
I am a type 1 Diabetic diagnosed for 20 years. They thought I had it as a child at the age of 3.
I seemed to have fallen through the cracks of life and with healthy living and being very active, I managed to live without insulin until I exited my teens.
Looking back there were obvious signs, but not seen in the right light and therefore undetected.
I should clarify that when I have my problem times with lows it is in the middle of the night (I do have lows in the day but seem more prepared to meet them without problem). I am already confused by just being asleep and not thinking clearly normally.
I manage to wake myself with internal alarms which I truly hope don't disappear over time.
I have juice to treat my blood sugar low, usually 3x more than I need and I am still in a 'eat or die' mode and continue to shovel until I can start to think more clearly. I then suffer with a too high sugar reading usually a little after or in the morning when I awake.
I am having more lows now that I have started to lose weight and am eating better and exercising more. I am also having more lows as my A1C was bad at 8.7 and my GP raised my insulin to combat this, not taking into consideration that I had already changed things on my own.
I have been playing telephone tag with my Endocrinologist and haven't managed to connect as of yet. I will try again this week. I have dropped my insulin levels and am continuing to do so. I know how to juggle, but sometimes guidance is a very good thing. Just even to know I am on the right track.
My husband usually sleeps through these and doesn't even register that I have had a problem until I tell him the next day. I really should just wake him to help me so I have assistance if I need it.
I hope to regain my health the best I can with a new healthy lifestyle. I have been a 'badabetic' for a long time and continued to live my life the way I thought I wanted to live it. I only realize now with more maturity, that I was wrong to do so. I have been blessed that I have no serious complications besides Glaucoma and with proper treatment and care I can lead a long and healthy life.
I truly appreciate having you as my new Spark Friend and look forward to your advice and hope I can help you in a way that you have certainly helped me.
Friday, July 30, 2010
Whoo hoo! My first blog. I have to admit I am a little nervous, but why? We are all friends here, if nothing else I am having one of those frequent chats with myself that drives my family nuts! But hey I have to talk to someone who actually listens (most of the time)LOL!
I have been on Spark People for @ 2 weeks now and I love it. I have to admit that I really was not sure what to expect, as I was only looking for a way to track my food and find an easier way to calorie count. When it flashed up on Google, I thought why not give it a try, what have you got to lose? Imagine my surprise with all that I have gained! Tools galore! Friends that support and encourage you! People who CARE! It isn't like I don't have friends out in the 'real' world, but it is like finding pieces of your soul, with people who have the same or similar issues. I send a huge THANK YOU to my spark friends. Those I have already and those who are yet to be.
One downside is I am on the computer a huge amount. As I have to see who is doing what; what success's have been achieved; what goodies have arrived and who to send to; And of course updating all your nutrition and fitness. But I am finding I am getting up earlier in the day to accomplish what needs to be done and more, so that I can spend the time I need to and desire to on the computer.
Thanks for listening! And again thanks for sharing the goodness of your hearts, pieces of your soul!
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