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Easter and Protein, Carb, and Fat Balance

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Wow - it's been two weeks since I posted a blog entry, so it's high time I did. I've been trying to lower my fasting glucose without medication by diet and exercise alone. I am not doing Atkins even though it's had good results for type 2 diabetics, or even the old Diabetic Diet from the 60's that I'd followed before for weight loss with such good results. My goal this time is at the end of the day to make sure I have more protein than carbs, and a reasonable amount of healthy fat, and still keeping the calories around 1600 for the day. While I've not weighed myself so far, my fasting blood glucose has dropped from an alarming 140 down to 114 in just two weeks. in my mind that's success, so I do not want to vary too far from my established routine. As the saying goes, 'If it ain't broke, don't fix it!" Yesterday was Easter and my D.H. actually had the day off for once, so he did what he always does to show he really cares - took over the kitchen duties and prepared all the meals for the day. My guy is an amazing cook, and has shown he can and will adapt to my new way of eating. I made up my mind to eat sensible portions of what was offered and see how my 'numbers' looked at the end of the day. The only way this was going to work was to do a FASTING GLUCOSE test first thing in the AM - no cheating allowed! As usual his offerings were lovingly made from scratch, all as 'clean', natural and nutritious as possible. This time there were many servings of low starch veggies hidden in just about everything - just what you want in lower calorie fare. My eggs arrived on a mound of Potatoes O'Brien with generous amounts of minced bacon, onions, mushrooms, and celery. Lunch was a yummy cheeseburger on a puffy white roll with extra cheese hidden inside the patty, with a side of Baked Lays Potato Chips, and dinner was slow simmered marinara and savory home made meatballs on top of perfect spaghetti al dente with a drizzle of extra virgin olive oil. It was wonderful food - and everything done just the way I like it. I was so satisfied I even passed on the ice cream sandwich, but don’t think I was being virtuous. I was already full to the brim and concerned about the bigger portions and all those starchy carbohydrates. When I looked at my totals at the end of the day I was HORRIFIED. In spite of all the extra veggies my carbs topped my protein by over 40 grams, and I’d eaten over 800 calories more than my eating plan allowed. The only saving grace was a hefty portion of those extra calories came in the form of fat. For MOST diabetics fat is GOOD. It’s something that not only satisfies, it ‘slows the burn’ so all those carbs don’t get dumped in your bloodstream all at once. Be that as it may, I still had to grit my teeth to force myself sit down and do my morning glucose test. When the number finally appeared in the window of my glucose meter my blood sugar had shot up exactly 20 points overnight! With a change like that I was sure I'd be suffering all day from carb cravings and a wheat induced tummy ache. The fact is I actually DID have some of each, but they turned out not to be worse than I could handle. Payback was not near as bad as before when I’d let myself eat whatever I pleased. I also found out that Dr Oz was right about equalizing your carbs, protein, and fat. By the end of today my caloric intake was 300 calories below my target, but I felt so full and satisfied I just knew I must have eaten more than I’d written down. I kept going over my food log to figure out what I’d missed, but couldn't find a thing. I'd logged every bite. FAT may be a hotly debated subject in nutrition circles, but it sure does SATISFY!
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