Saturday, June 19, 2010
That's what I think I have. While at the spa with my mom, I met twice with a nutritionist and she said some things that backed up what came up when I met with one 2 years ago that seem to suggest I have this condition. I didn't want to pay for their fasting glucose tests out of pocket in order to confirm the diagnosis. When I get back to Israel next week I will follow up with my doctor and maybe an endocrinologist. But everything I've read about insulin resistance makes sense with my experience of how I feel and respond to foods (For YEARS I have gotten hungrier after eating a bagel ) and also, the treatment is diet modification anyways, so who cares what the tests say, if I can change my diet and feel better!
Adding some small (100-200 cal) snacks into my day has made me less hungry at meal times and kept me happier and not waking up in the middle of the night.
I also realize that despite efforts to eat well and to track, I'm always low on protein. I need to up it, so I bought some rice protein powder.
I'm also going to begin taking Vitamin D and Omega-3 pills every day. I've been low on Vitamin D and haven't done much about it.
I think that these changes will make a big difference in how I feel and minimize the ways that I self-sabotage (primarily, bingeing) because I won't sugar crash so badly.
I feel very frustrated because I think to myself that I'm such a healthy eater (compared to roommate and friends anyways) and so why am I punished with this problem? But, on the other hand, many people are inuslin resistant and don't realize it. At least I am in tune enough with my body to realize how and why things are happening and taking steps to change it. Also, at least I don't have any food allergies that I'm aware of. Many people have those.
Many years of having anxiety problems that were untreated, anorexia, and hypothyroid in my teens, have also really taxed my system, I'm sure.
In a sense, my solution is to eat more (protein). So I'll just focus on the joys of that :)