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12/3/15 10:13 P

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The way I understand it, the trick is combining protein and carbs: the night time snack should contain a small amount of carbs, say around 15 grams, and at least an ounce of protein. The protein and carbs are digested differently so it slows down the carb release, keeps it going longer to keep a trickle going so the liver doesn't get triggered too soon... and I don't do it AT bedtime but at least 20 minutes before, so the digestive process has already started when I fall asleep.

Some suggestions I've used: cottage cheese and a single slice of toast. Tuna salad and crackers. Hummus with my favorite raw veggie, like celery... (legumes have a nice combination of carbs and protein just by themselves)...

I'm having trouble with my sleep apnea right now so everything is out of order, y'know? LOL
... But it normally works for me...

Basically, we are all just a little different, so you have to just experiment a little and find something that you like that works for you.

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12/3/15 12:30 P

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As you guessed, this is not as simple as you might think. There are times when my blood sugar is a bit high that the right answer is to eat a small amount of carb.

Dawn phenomenon is one time that might be the case. If your BS is high because your liver is "helping" you out, eating a small amount of carb can shut off your liver and bring your BS down.

Like everything else with diabetes, your meter is your friend. You need to use it to figure out how your body works and what works for you.

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12/3/15 12:26 P

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I just read the "Healthy Living with Diabetes" email and got a little confused. Of course, it makes sense to not eat if your BS is high, but how about if it is protein/fat and not carbs? How does the only eating if your BS is low work with the Dawn Phenomenon? I know that even when I am eating a fairly low carb diet my morning is always 120. How would eating a protein/fat snack like a piece of cheese or some nuts work for that, and would I eat it even if my BS was high before bed?

Sorry, just wondering because I have read so much about eating a snack before bed to combat Dawn Phenomenon.

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