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   Posted 7/31/2009 5:27 PM (GMT -6)   
I've restricted my calories and increased my exercise and now my sugar keeps bottoming out on me!!!  Aaarrggghhh!  What can I add to my diet to stabilize my sugar and not have the dips!!  I hate having to grab something quick and adding calories to my diet!  Any advice?  Thanx, Judy

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   Posted 7/31/2009 6:45 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Judy,

Hopefully, you are not restricting calories by skipping any meals. Any carbs you eat
should be those that are slowly absorbed, such as whole grain products, fruits and
veggies. The change in your blood sugar will be more gradual. Try to cut back on eating
refined carbs. They tend to make your blood sugar rise rapidly making your pancreas
secrete excess insulin resulting in low blood sugar.

Did you know that one pound of fat is equal to 3500 calories? Too much fat in the diet
is really hard to metabolize and hard on the liver and kidneys.

Good luck to you. I applaud your efforts. I am trying to lose weight too.
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   Posted 7/31/2009 6:50 PM (GMT -6)   
Hey Judy! Sorry you are having problems. I do know that if you are exercising more than usual, it will cause your pancreas to produce more insulin, causing low blood sugar! I would eat very well balanced until your body gets adjusted to exercing more!



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   Posted 7/31/2009 7:27 PM (GMT -6)   
thanx guys! I know the prednisone is a major factor too! Arrrggghhhh!!! Judy

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   Posted 7/31/2009 10:11 PM (GMT -6)   
I was told to eat protein at every meal and snack.   When you are eating a meal, always begin with protein - a few bites - before eating the carbs.  And same with a snack.  Eat a bite of cheese, or a few almonds before eating the rice cake, or apple slices or whatever your snack is.  The protein helps slow down the metabolic process of carb to sugar. 
I need to really get on it - I have put on 10 lbs this summer - and I don't know how - exactly.  Does anyone feel they gained weight after starting Plaquenil? 
 Anyway - good for you - don't get discouraged!  It will be so worth the effort.  I'm gonna start working on it, too.
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   Posted 8/2/2009 3:57 PM (GMT -6)   
Hey Judy!  You need more protein sweetie!  Lean protein, like chicken breasts or salmon.  Combine either of those with some brown rice and a spinach salad and you're golden!  Keep the portions small.  That is where people start to back track and wonder why the weight isn't coming off.  The chicken or fish should be the size of a deck of cards, and about 1 cup of rice.  Go crazy on the salad.  You can't eat too little of that stuff.  The added protein will help stabilize your blood sugar.  I have issues with the "lows" too and adding more protein is the key.
** Caution**  If you're on Warfarin or Coumadin or any other blood thinner, keep in mind that foods containing vitamin K will make your blood thicker.  So your dose of blood thinner will need to be monitored closely.  Any of the green veggies including lettuce are high in vitamin K.  Spinach is the highest. 
Don't restrict your calories too much.  If you do and you're exercising too, then it puts your body into starvation mode.  It will hold onto your fat!  The average woman needs 1600 calories every day just to live.  When you add exercise to your routine, you need to be eating 1800 - 2000 calories a day. The less you weigh, the fewer calories you need.  I know it sounds backwards but it's true!  LOL. 
You can email me if you want to also Judy!  I'm so proud of you for getting to it!!! YA!!!
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   Posted 8/2/2009 9:26 PM (GMT -6)   
Thanx for all the tips guys.  I figured I needed more protein.  I am on a fairly high dose of coumadin, so I have to watch the VIT K.  I'm really excited.  I'm feeling good and trying to take advantage of the fact that I have some energy!  Judy
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