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Update on the wheat thing

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

I've been on my "low-wheat" food plan now for about 2.5 weeks. I am very happy with my blood sugar numbers, and, since I've reset myself, I am feeling terrific at 80 or 90 (no feelings of "low" like before at these numbers). With that said, I am enjoying an overall lower carb intake, which is also contributing.

Being Science Girl, I realized that I have over 8 months of numbers (mine!) right here at SparkPeople to analyze and look for trends related to wheat. After all, I love data! So, I went back through all the Fridays over the last couple of months and did a rough estimation of my % carbs from wheat both before and after March 3 (which is when I decided to minimize). A theme is visible:
Before March 3, usually consuming greater than 50% of carbs from wheat.
After March 3, usually consuming less than 30% of carbs from wheat.

I wish I could develop a "Wheat Index" for foods as a guide which would yield a better estimation. I realize there is the Glycemic Index which is similar, but not exactly what I am looking for.

As of now, I consider myself on a "low wheat" food plan. I'm also exercising, taking my meds and keeping my stress down which is also helping. I've found this to be a very interesting experiment that has been relatively easy to do. I think this March will be simply marvelous.

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    Yep, definetly a Science girl. I am so glad you can see the concrete facts for you, that is always a big help in the motivation arena. You said you were not experiencing feeling bad when your sugars are low now. It takes a bit each time you drop lower and lower but your body gets the message that you do not need as much medicine to fix the insulin deficite as you were previously needing and it drops until you adjust the medicine a little less. Each med drop the sugars level off. Each sugar drop you can take less meds. When I was able to get back into the gym in February my body showed a great sugar drop and again I had to train myself to recognize the symtoms of needing to drop my insulin a little more. I am now at half the insulin I started spark at for my long acting insulin and almost none of the insulin I need before meals. I totally love skipping that needle one more time. You are doing so great and I am encouraged by your motivation and change. You are a force to be reconned with!!
    1432 days ago
    Great job!
    1434 days ago
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