I just read that article and it's very interesting. I'm new to all this, been testing blood sugar for about 3 months now because of high blood sugar tests during a physical both last year and this year, but what I've discovered for myself and about myself to keep my numbers in the 80's and 90's are a few things: small portions, small "snacks" in between the three meals, no carbs except what's in vegetables (not potatoes) and exercise. I eat lean meats or salmon, several crunchy vegetables both cooked and raw, salad with olive oil and vinegar for a typical dinner. Breakfast is coffee with milk, sauteed mushrooms/onions/green pepper (or any color) and 2 slices of turkey bacon. Sometimes an egg, otherwise the egg substitute. And once a week I sautee 3 pieces of shrimp with the vegetables for breakfast. Snacks are a handful of almonds or walnuts, a low-fat mozzarella stick, a slice of Canadian bacon and a lettuce leaf (I make a wrap!), 3 or 4 spoons of Kroger's carb-master yogurt. about twice a week I eat an apple with natural peanut butter or 2 dried apricots with unsalted cashews for a snack. I've learned that if I eat larger portions of the same food above, my sugar readings will go higher than I want, so portion control is important. I'm not hungry in the least and don't crave bread or pasta or potatoes, though I do love (or did love) to eat them. (And let me tell you, being from an Italian family, that part is really hard.) My numbers are more important to me than a serving of them. It was tough through the holidays but I'd have half a cookie, a few bites of the cake but not the frosting in a birthday cake - but that was all and it was with other food. This is the way I've been able to keep my numbers down for 2 months after a lot of floundering around. And, believe me, I experimented a LOT with foods and portions. I exercise daily varying from 20 minutes to 45 depending on my schedule. I've needed to lose weight so this diet and exercise have allowed me to lose 10lbs in three months even with the holidays when I did cheat sometimes. I've read articles, books and spent a lot of time reading on this forum. With a history of diabetes in my family, I realize this is what I have to do now and so far I am controlling it where before I was overboard. Now, everyone's different and what I do may not work for others. I suppose I'm "prediabetic" but I'm going to stay on this regimen as long as my numbers are down. If my body decides it's going to change and not respond to this diet, I'll have to deal with that at that time. So, good luck to everyone and I hope we all have the strength to be sensible - I wasn't for so long.
It might appear that my lengthy response above had nothing to do with the article but it does. I tried the insulin-resistance diet with the linking of proteins and carbs but my numbers were still higher than normal. With me, anything with white flour, rice or potatoes drives my numbers up. Because of that, I just don't attempt to eat them (unless I want to cheat with a bite or two but I do that rarely. Too much of "I bet you can't eat just one" sort of thing.) The resistance diet may work well with others but not me, so I think each person needs to find what works for him or her.
Yes, Sandy, I believe it comes down to how each person's body reacts. We're all at different stages of diabetes, maybe. Or, the pancreas is working differently in different people. When I tried the protein-carb linking, my numbers were up. Out of process of elimination, I've found what works for me but it might not be appropriate for others. I can take a bite of a carb with the rest of my meals and it's ok, but I can't have a 'portion' of it. I'm also losing weight and gaining strength along with the low numbers and I'm really happy about that, I can tell you! (I use the elliptical trainer, resistance machines, treadmil and some weights.) In any case, I don't feel deprived because I do like the food I eat. This forum has been really informative to me. I've learned so much from everyone. Have a great weekend.
Sandy, I would also like to know how you've altered your excercise for those results. I might be stuck in a rut here. I could use a change. And I sure agree with you, Chutsman, about portion control. It's been in the news and discussed a lot in the media but we also need to make the changes in the home. I had a distorted view of what a "serving" was. On the bright side, even French women are now getting fat.