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LanieG
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   Posted 9/25/2009 12:44 PM (GMT -7)   
This explains how walking (or exercise) helps manage blood sugar.
 
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loverain
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   Posted 9/25/2009 2:03 PM (GMT -7)   
Thanks for the link, Lanie.  I've been unable to walk as much as would like to because of the rain we've been having...hope it will let up soon so I can get back to walking.  I'm 63 and go to the Senior Center Monday through Friday and have been using the recumbant trailblazer.  I wonder how using that compares to walking.  I do thirty minutes on it.  I really like it and it does seem to help my BGL.  I am still having some problems lowering my FBG but I'm working on that.  I can never thank you enough for being here for all of us.  I'm pre D and on no meds. Joni

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   Posted 9/25/2009 4:44 PM (GMT -7)   
One would think you would love rain, loverain wink
 
The trailblazer is fine -- keep it up Joni!  Every bit of exercise counts.
 
How's your diet?  Have you tried cutting out the white (pasta, potatoes, rice, etc.) foods?  In terms of improving the FBG, snacking works for me.  Seems like I'm eating all the time (nuts, cheese, celery).  My problem area is the morning so I have been experimenting with a couple of slices of fatty Italian sausage and a glass of wine once in a while before bed.  The jury is still out on that one.  My November A1c will prove me right or wrong.
 
Your attitude is great!  Us no-meds people are pulling for you :-)
 

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loverain
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   Posted 9/25/2009 9:02 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi Chris,
I do love rain and that's exactly why I call myself loverain, but it's been a bit much lately and I'm ready to say bye for a while!

I quit eating rice and potatoes a while back...I really don't miss them anymore...I have been eating a slice of whole wheat bread a day and about two low carb (4 carbs) tortillas a week. My two hour PP levels are usually 120-125. Today I didn't eat any bread or tortillas at all and came in at 109 two hours after a dinner of meat loaf, salad and cabbage. I'm happy with that number! I am not much of a snacker...sometimes will eat a small package of peanuts or a handful of mixed nuts. I think I will try snacking a bit. Maybe I let myself get too hungry and over eat a bit at mealtimes? What do you think good two hour PP levels are? I read that 120 is good? I am trying to learn and hope to control this with diet and exercise. Thank you so much for replying to my post. I appreciate you and am open to all ideas that will help me along. I hope to be able to help others as time goes by. Joni

TVEditor
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   Posted 9/26/2009 6:14 AM (GMT -7)   
That's what I found too (don't miss the potatoes, etc.). I've read that eating carbs makes you crave more carbs. This seems to be true. After a round of golf, my partner usually buys a pack of chips. Now, I can actually eat just one, contrary to the old commercial [img]/community/emoticons/turn.gif[/img]


120-125 is a bit higher than acceptable (I had to go looking for a conversion chart (I wish we could make that a sticky thread around here)... in Canada we use a different scale). You should be aiming for around 100 I think but you notice that after your no-bread experiment, there was an immediate improvement? You almost got the PP number down to ideal just by eliminating the bread!



They say you can subtract the fibre numbers from the carb numbers in things like whole wheat bread but that trick never worked for me. Interesting though, after a year of no bread, I now find that I can tolerate 2 slices of rye bread a day, as long as they're in different meals. Rye bread has a lower glycemic index (Google that phrase for more info) number than other breads so I guess that may help. I don't trust all the G.I. numbers I've read so I still experiment.



I wasn't much of a snacker either but when I started reducing the portion sizes (important) at each meal, I found I was starving 2 hours later. The fast-food machines (I call'em Carb Dispensers ;-) at work were too tempting so I began filling my pockets with nuts and other good things. I've mentioned this before ... I found some inexpensive pretzel & cheese packs meant for kids' lunches that are very low carb and tide me over until the next main meal.



You're on the right track! Keep going [img]/community/emoticons/yeah.gif[/img]

P.S. In my search for a conversion chart, I found this www.faqs.org/faqs/diabetes/faq/part1/section-9.html.

about half way down the page, there is a chart with plain descriptions of what the numbers mean.
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LanieG
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   Posted 9/26/2009 6:38 AM (GMT -7)   
I think our tolerance for carbs is individual as you've both discovered.  If I eat a slice of bread, I would spike, but I haven't tried rye bread.  I've just given up bread completely except on a rare occasion like with a special dinner.  In any case, Joni, the meter is your best friend and will tell you what food works.  And all kinds of exercise is great, not just walking, so keep on doing what you're doing.  And remember it's not only good for the blood sugar but everything else in the body, too.  I'm sick and tired of rain, too!  It's been raining here for 4 weeks.  Last year we had a drought, now it's a flood practically.  rolleyes   
 
Hey, Chris, I posted a conversion chart already! turn   
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