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Hiker with Diabetes Needs Help!

Tuesday, July 08, 2014

Yes, I need some BIG help!
I just spent the day burning lots of calories hiking Mt. Monadnock.

It was a 4 hour hike on a hot, humid day.
I ate a peanut butter and jelly sandwich during the hike. The only itme I eat such a sandwich is on a hike day. Now it appears that the sandwich threw off my blood sugar tremendously. My morning reading was 153-way high for me.

That's a shot of my husband John eating some Home Made trail mix. It is full of nuts, seeds and a few raisins. I don't think that the trail mix was a problem with my blood sugar.
What do other hikers with diabetes eat on hike days? I need to make a change.
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    It's not easy (at least for me, yet) to manage food intake while hiking or active for long parts of the day. I can't imagine the difficulty fueling with diabetes. Like others suggested, I wonder if eating smaller amounts but more often would help. Or perhaps use a higher fiber bread makes a difference with slowing down digestion? Good luck! You are doing great!
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    Raisins raise my blood sugar. It could be that your activity level was such that your liver had to pump out glycogen to keep blood sugars stable, and that takes time for the blood sugar to come down, then.

    Make sure you're getting enough protein.

    842 days ago
    Wow, diabetes is a tough one when you are burning calories hiking. My favorite is a granola bar that I got from SparkPeople Recipes, I think it's called breakfast granola or something like that. It does call for splenda brown sugar and has honey in it, but take a look and see what you think.
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    My FBSs have been higher than usual without any change in diet or exercise. I don't eat anything white and always have a bedtime snack of 15 gms of carbs with protein. A few other people have also remarked that their FBS have been higher lately too.

    It seems to me that all that exercise would have countered the PB&J sandwich. I think the link that Kateljm suggested above is a good place to start!!

    842 days ago
    I can't help you with what to eat, but you really amaze me with your fitness! I would sure like to come up there some day and hike that mountain!
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    all the best
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    Jackie, I found this link on backpacking for diabetics:

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    Comment edited on: 7/8/2014 7:48:14 AM
    My DH is diabetic and we ride motorcycles, so the problems are similar. You have to test more often, and those little test strips don't work above 90 degrees (it's different for every brand). And carrying food is difficult; it's hot and there is very little space. He eats a lot of beef jerky.
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    I think we are talking about Type 2 Diabetes, right?

    I suffer from insulin resistance especially with my muscles.

    I follow the program that restricts fat intake, even plant-based and especially animal based. The fat coats the cells wanting the glucose.

    Peanut butter and trail mix are definitely off the program.

    Dates, greens, fruit, water, low fat plant-based is my regimen. And, it works!
    842 days ago
    Would taking a cold stuffed baked potato with some cottage cheese or tuna in it help. Because the potato is baked and cold, it alters the carbs to make it resistant starch, and lowers it's GI rating, meaning that it doesn't spike the bloods like other foods would.

    What type of bread did you use? and I am not familiar with the "jelly" part of the sandwich but wonder if this is part of the culprit. Maybe wholegrain bread with peanut butter and some mashed banana in place of the jelly, or take an egg sandwich instead.

    Maybe this is something that you should run by your Registered Dietitian, or your Dr.

    Good luck,
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    My thought would be that it wasn't the food but the stress of the hot hike like NANCYPATI said, or something else going on, so continue to be mindful, and maybe record to see if there is a trend, but don't panic over one morning blood sugar. emoticon
    842 days ago
    I don't hike but I do long bouts of exercise and the peanut butter sandwiches are one of my "go-to" snacks, fruits and nuts, cheese, and such are all things I use to keep blood sugar stable - not much help obviously though - this morning I had a really high morning blood sugar also and it didn't really make sense to me since I did 3.5 hours in the pool yesterday - sometimes it isn't what we eat as much as something else - stress does it to my body - not sure why it was so high this morning though.
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  • LUVS2BIKE101
    Although I'm not diabetic, would eating part of your sandwich every hour instead of all at one time help with keeping your numbers level throughout your journey?
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    Before heading out I have a high protein breakfast such as eggs, then trail mix, cheese, peanut butter and an apple go with me. Great job on those rocks!
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