Warren, I agree with L & J, 7's and 8's are silly for an A1C. Also silly are doctors and others worried about 'overdoing diets' (my nutrionist is always worried about 'nutrition' -- go figure ;-) The low-carb diet produces the same effects for me as it does you ... lower A1c's so I keep on keeping on. I also tend to agree with/follow your example of cheating once in a while . So far, I can tolerate slips here and there and again agree with your outlook on life but as Jeannie says, just one potato or just one slice is hard to do. As long as we moderate, things should be OK. (?)
An analogy; my doc says my blood pressure is good. I told him that when I check it at the local pharmacy, it seems high ... even when I do 2 or 3 readings spaced over 40 or 50 minutes, they all read different. "Ahhh, labile (in motion?)... good! If they were all the same, I would worry" he said.
So, I infer that sustained or continuous BG spikes are dangerous. Occasional are probably OK.
My .004 worth (Canadian 2 cents ;-)
Chris - Forum Moderator, Diabetes
~ Diagnosed Type 2 in July 2008 ~ Dropped 40 or so pounds after following HealingWell advice ~
~ Diabetes under control / no meds - so far - knock on head
I used to eat 100% wrong -- now I eat 95% right