Friday, March 18, 2011
Ironically, when I woke up this morning, my fasting blood sugar was 131. That is the first time I have ever seen it go over 129.
So, what happened? I suspect that the dinner I had last night is what did it. I had garlic portabella burgers (YUM) and wanted to put them on some kind of bread or bun. I used some whole wheat sandwich rounds with fiber and flax (16 net carbs each "bun"). This is the highest amount of non-organic, non-sprouted bread I have had for a month. I could taste the difference--there is a lot of sugar and preservatives and other stuff in this kind of bread that isn't in what I have been getting used to.
The reason that I have been going organic and low carb is due to my Doctor, who advocates deep nutrition with organics and raw foods. (Check out her book Deep Nutrition, by Cate Shannahan on Amazon). By making these choices, you can reduce the inflammatory response that the body makes to processed, high-calorie, low-nutrition foods. This inflammatory process exponentially raises the risk of devastating health "event" like a heart attack or stroke. When I first saw her and was tested, I was shocked to find out how high my risk was, considering that my blood pressure and cholesterol were both excellently controlled with medication! Needless to say, this scared me pretty badly, and let me know that I was on the right track, and not a moment too soon!
In the last 6 weeks that I have been changing my eating choices, I have had better energy, better mood, and a comfortable weight loss along the way. I have been building a daily fitness habit, slowly but surely, and am very proud of my progress!
So, yesterday, when I had a double serving of bread that was not organic and sprouted, I think I triggered that inflammatory response again. This morning, I had bad dreams and overslept, woke up disoriented and cranky, and I am very stiff and sore this morning, which has not been a problem up until today. I can tell that my fibromyalgia has been triggered, because I feel somewhat depressed, I am very stiff in my back and legs, and I don't feel like exercising, although I have been enjoying it every day so far.
I am putting these things together with the fact that my blood sugar is 131 this morning, and I think it is very clear that the food choice raised my blood sugar, which triggered that inflammation and is causing me to have a painful and difficult morning.
Wow. Talk about instant confirmation. I don't like feeling like this--sad and stiff and sore. To be honest, I didn't even really enjoy that bread. It didn't taste as good as the sprouted grain bread I have gotten used to, and I knew that it wasn't as healthy for me. So, I am going to remember how crappy I feel right now next time I am tempted to eat something less than healthy for me. I am sure I will make a better choice next time!
And, no matter how crappy I feel, I am still going to get up out of this chair and start exercising. Even if I have to modify it to an easier level, I won't let this setback slow me down much. I have come too far to blow it now!