Hi Nan, that's exactly where I was about
2 maybe 3 years ago. My fasting blood sugar had been creeping up over the years and finally my GP prescribed a blood glucose monitor. After floundering around for awhile, I realized that eating no carbs would bring my blood sugar down. And it did and I also lost weight. This is all about
how we pre-diabetics, diabetics, glucose intolerants, etc. metabolize carbohydrates or rather how we don't
metabolize them. You'll find that to be an individual thing because we're all different. Some of us can eat more carbs at a meal or at one time than others, so this is why it's hard to say how many carbs to eat. It varies. A strict low-carber who follows Dr. Bernstein's way of eating will eat about
30 grams of carbohydrates a day
(6 at breakfast, 12 lunch and 12 dinner or around that). If you follow the American Diabetes Association (if you live in the States), they'll suggest 45 carbs or more in a meal
- yikes! Doing that will keep my blood sugar very very high.
Since I don't take meds, I can't counteract blood sugar spikes. So, whatever you're eating now, I'd suggest cutting the carbs in half. Are you monitoring your blood sugar at home? That's the only way you'll know how your body reacts to different food. As Jeannie and Chris have said, if you cut out the potatoes, breads, cereals and pasta (and anything made with sugar and flour), your blood sugar will probably lower itself and you'll see instant results, that is, about
2 hours after you eat a meal. The "no carb bread" that Chris brought to our attention is actually called Revolution Bread! I didn't use muffin tins because the recipe said to use "muffin top" tins which I don't have (at least I think that's what it said....). Instead, I plopped several soupspoons of the batter onto parchment paper spread out on a
cookie sheet. I ended up making 14 bread muffins. I'm going to make another batch tomorrow and tweak it a little with fewer eggs because I don't need so many muffins and I'm also going to try some grated parmesan in the batter itself, not just on top. Let us know how this new way of eating works for you. Ask questions!
Also, look back through some of our past threads about
food and diet, and you'll learn even more.
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diabetes controlled so far by low/no carb diet and exercise; no meds