Sunday, August 11, 2013
I have had my blood sugars under good control for about 6 months now with a combination of weight loss, diet and exercise. Yesterday afternoon I kept noticing I was extremely thirsty and checked my blood sugar and was somewhat dismayed to find it was up to 220. Being the problem solving nurse that I am I tried to figure out why;
We had lunch with friends after church so a morning that had been totally without exercise. It was a vegetarian lunch, most of which came from their garden and the total calories were less than 400. We had green beans from the garden, a small baked potato from the garden, tomatoes and cucumbers from the garden and a vegetarian "loaf". This was followed by a simple dessert of peaches over ice cream. I noticed that she had sweetened the fresh peaches. My portion of ice cream per my request was about 1/4 cup. I had also asked what was in the loaf and she said croutons, celery, onions, seasonings and some cream cheese. Nelda and I are good friends so I gently suggested that their wasn't much for protein in her vegetarian entree. I make this type of loaf frequently but they usually have nuts or legumes of some sort in their make-up. For a beverige we had water. The meal was followed by a visit where we sat around and chatted. When we went home I checked my blood sugar.
My educated guess was that I had a day totally devoid of exercise when at home I would at least have been moving around straightening up, cooking and serving a meal, etc and probably would have taken an after breakfast and after lunch walk about the yard at the very least. Then we had a meal which was reasonably healthy but almost totally without protein or fat. For diabetics this is not a good way to eat.
I got up this morning and checked my BS and found it normal as it was 2 hours after breakfast at 150. Today after breakfast I walked around the yard and pulled a few weeds, then walked down to the garden and hunted out squash and watermelon that needed picked, loaded them up for my husband and then walked back up the hill. It would seem that if you want to keep diabetes "reversed" you have to stay with the program. Your exercise is literally your insulin and by combining fats and proteins with the carbs in your meals you slow down your digestion enough to keep those BS levels down in the safe range. It doesn't pay to get too complacent!