Plan for New Year - no Xylitol and more sleep
Monday, December 31, 2012
I don't call it a New Year's resolution but a plan because a plan is something I change as needed as the situation changes. After all it is silly to continue doing something that is not working, no matter how good an idea it seemed to be at first.
Recently I have found that Xylitol, as much as I enjoy it as a sweetener, still seems to lead me to overeat a little and possibly interferes with my sleep when I have it at night. I'm not sure if it is the carbs in it or the fact that it tastes sweet but I want to see how my body does without it, at least until I have my body fat where I want it and my blood sugar closer to ideal.
I have also noticed that whenever I stay up past 9pm that I end up eating another meal or snack, not in large quantities, but still usually upping my carbs enough to make a difference in my body's ketone production. This defeats the purpose of trying to lower my H A1c and reduce my body fat percentage. While I have been exercising regularly I have not seen any improvment in the last two weeks with my running. So from now on I am planning to be in bed at 9pm at least 6 nights out of 7. This will improve my chance of getting quality sleep and will help me to get up earlier in the morning.
One additional change I am contemplating is to add Co Q10 to my daily supplements as it helps the body generate energy for heart function.
Co Q10 is considered a safe and effective long-term therapy for cardiomyopathy and for people with heart disease in general and especially important for people to supplement who are on statin drugs. It is also a good thing to supplement for anyone who is middle-aged or older as production of it in the body goes down with age.