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What I'm doing to lower my blood sugar levels further

Monday, March 17, 2014

I am experimenting with cutting my carbs to an absolute minimum of 15-20 grams/day or as close to that as I can get. The reason is that my blood sugar levels are still not quite out of the pre-diabetic range.
Here are the dietary changes I am making:
I am replacing 3/4 of my plain yogurt with sour cream.
I am reducing my daily berry serving to 2-3 oz. from about 8 oz.
I am staying with very low-carb nuts which eliminates cashews.
I am limiting myself to triple cream cheeses.
I am eliminating things like ketchup and tomato sauce.
I am eating less total, around 1500-1600 calories/day.
I try to spread my calories over 3 meals to avoid over-stretching of the stomach and the additional insulin release that comes from feeling overly full.
If I feel I want a little chocolate treat I will have 1/2 oz. instead of 1 oz. of sugar-free chocolate and I try to have it at most once a week.
I am also doing everything I can to get more sleep by staying off the internet and reducing my stress level when possible. I take melatonin at night to help me sleep better.
I do much more exercise, both strength training and cardio, to improve my insulin-sensitivity.

Member Comments About This Blog Post:
DIDMIS 3/20/2014 12:21AM

    emoticon on taking care of yourself.

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DJ4HEALTH 3/17/2014 9:01PM

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SWEETLIPS 3/17/2014 8:51PM

    CONGRATULATIONS ON WORKING THIS PLAN. I am in my goal as well of getting normal blood sugar and I am pleased. Many blessings to you!

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NAYPOOIE 3/17/2014 4:29PM

    Sounds like a good plan.

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CINDYTW 3/17/2014 2:02PM

  I need to work on some of these things myself. One is my sleep. I have been staying up WAY too late even for me! I need to stay offline after a certain time. I do terrible with food on my days off too, I barely eat then am starving and eat way too much at a time.

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1CRAZYDOG 3/17/2014 10:28AM

    Sleep . . . that's my nemesis lately! I like your suggestions a lot. I'm going to incorporate them. Thank you!!!

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    I'm just starting with this low carb idea, and it's all your fault! lol! Don't know if I'll ever get as low as 15-20! What type of meal plan do you have to get that low??
But I know if anyone can do this, YOU can!

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NASFKAB 3/17/2014 6:17AM

  lovely ideas thanks

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SKATER787 3/17/2014 1:04AM

    Yay to the stay off Internet for sleeping.
Forgot to mention Tryptophan. I like the combo with Melatonin.

Comment edited on: 3/17/2014 1:06:00 AM

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