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.