Uh Oh, Note to Self.

Oh no.

In regards to my last post, Gluten-Free Pizza, which I ate about 2 hours ago, my blood sugars are up at 24. When the normal is supposed to be between 4 and 8, 24 is seriously out of control. I just injected 7 units of insulin to bring that shit down.

I don’t know if it was the dairy, or the tapioca starch, but I won’t be able to eat this pizza again. I’m definitely going to have to tinker with the ingredients to make it dairy free, and maybe use arrowroot flour too. Right now I feel like I ate a football and it’s just sitting in my stomach. I feel disgusting.

Live and learn I suppose, and now my eczema is starting the flare up. Even though I was anticipating this, this is still going to suck.

 

Why did I do this to myself?

I don’t even know if, in retrospect, it was worth it. This is the worst.

Note to self: REMEMBER THIS FEELING THE NEXT TIME YOU CRAVE SOMETHING BAD. Ugh.

A Breakfast/Dessert Recipe and Two Dinners

I’ve been making some delicious food but I haven’t had time to post them. Here are a few things I’ve done. An easy breakfast I made for the kids one morning, there are 2 variations.

Bake 2 sweet potatoes, wrapped in tinfoil with coconut oil, in the oven for 1 hour at 400F. Let them cool a bit, then put them in an oven safe dish. Beat 2 eggs, and mash well with the potatoes. Add 1 TBLS of honey and a sprinkle of cinnamon. Bake for 35-40 minutes at 375F. Take it out of the oven and let it cool. Place in the fridge for the children to eat for breakfast.

The other variation is to cut a butternut squash in half, scrape out the guts and lay them flat, cut side down, on a baking sheet. Bake for 1 hour at 375F. Take them out of the oven and let them cool for a bit. Turn them over and scrape out all the squash into a pie plate or a loaf pan. Mash well with 1 banana, 1 egg, 1/3 cup coconut flour, and 1 TBLS honey. Oh yeah, and lots of cinnamon. Bake in the oven for 35-40 minutes at 375F.  Great for dessert or for breakfast the next day!

I had never made pork tenderloin before, so I called my mom. She told me that I could slice it up and wrap the pieces in bacon. I did, and they turned out amazing. I used pastured bacon, and the slices were thicker than the grocery store bacon. I coupled it with a lovely coleslaw that I made on the fly with red cabbage, sour cream, a bit of mayo, the juice from half a lemon, and lots of pepper.

Finally, I made the most amazing burgers last night. They were salty and moist. I used roughly 2lbs of pork, and 1lbs of ground beef. Mixed it with 2 eggs, garlic powder, salt and pepper. I formed them into patties and pan fried them in some leftover bacon grease that was still in the pan. I served it over a grilled portobello mushroom on some mixed greens, with some yummy guacamole. I just mashed up 1 avocado with lots of cilantro and the juice from half of 1 lemon.

I gotta say, this was one of the best burgers I’ve ever made. Next time I’ll do them up on the BBQ for some extra flavour. However, my blood sugars stayed a bit high after dinner and into the evening. I guess there’s more carbs in avocados than I thought? Anyway, it was delicious.

Nothing Much to Report

We went out for dinner last night. I had a bun-less burger with the house salad with balsamic vinaigrette. I forgot to ask them to leave off the BBQ sauce, so I ate it. I wouldn’t be surprised if it had gluten or a ton of glucose in it because my blood sugars were a bit higher than usual for after dinner. I got as high as a 12.8, which, normally I wouldn’t be terribly concerned about. However, since that’s the highest they’ve ever been since I started my Paleo Challenge, I gave myself 3 units of novorapid. They slowly started coming down, and then I gave myself the now 16 units of levemir (down from 18!)

I gave Martin the crispy onions from on top of my burger because they were probably dusted in flour and then fried. He told me that it probably wouldn’t matter if I ate them. I do love them. But I told him that weight loss meant a lot to me and that I was really trying hard to stick to the Challenge. He commended me and told me he was proud of me while he ate my onions.

It’s not so hard to implement paleo at home. I just got the kids Sarah Fragoso’s book, Paleo Pals: Jimmy and the Carrot Rocket Ship. River is excited to be a paleo pal superhero, but she’s still eating macaroni and gross crap at my mom’s. I need to talk to my mom about the way she feeds the kids. Now if only I could find a way to do it without pissing her off. At least I got her to stop drinking gingerale. What I really want to do is get them to stop using margarine and use butter instead.

Anyway, nothing terribly delicious to report on, hopefully I’ll have a yummy pork tenderloin dinner tonight, but we’ll see.

Here’s some pictures I took from  my walk yesterday. My mom had Rowan, so I got to run with Poe down by the river. It was awesome. She scared a bunch of geese into the river, they were honking and grumpy.

Paleo Challenge Day 5

For the last couple of mornings, my blood sugars have been dropping almost too low. It usually happens after breakfast, around mid-morning.

When I first wake up, I usually do a blood test, then, no matter what it is (unless it’s really low, I’d say 4 or lower) I give myself 6 units of novorapid insulin. I need to have a bit of insulin in my system and this has been my routine for years. I’m now on day 6 of the Paleo Challenge and I’ve already reduced my long acting insulin (levemir) by 2 units. I went from 18 to 17 for a few days, and last night I reduced it to 16 units.

I’m not really working out so much as staying active. I spent the day at the park yesterday afternoon flying kites with the kids. I’m going swimming again this morning with Rowan. Instead of being sedentary, I’m trying to keep moving. I’m already sleeping better, my blood sugars are improving. Paleo is really working for me. I did have some dairy this weekend, but this is the start of a new week, and I’m back to being dairy-free for the challenge.

I just did a blood test and it was 4.8. This is fantastic. I’ve never had such pristine blood sugars so consistently since I started paleo. Not only do I love this challenge, I love the way I feel.

Without further ado, I’m off to swim with my son!

Blood Sugars

I’m on day 2 of the Paleo challenge, and so far, my blood sugars are cruising pretty low. Which is great. Hyperglycemia, (high blood sugars) can cause all sorts of terrible things to happen in the body of a diabetic, including, Wiki said; “kidney damage, neurological damage, cardiovascular damage, damage to the retina, or damage to feet and legs. Diabetic neuropathy may be a result of long-term hyperglycemia.”

That’s some pretty scary stuff. There was a point a few months ago when I was having 20’s pretty frequently. For those of you unfamiliar with the lingo, blood sugars means the amount of sugar in your blood. I like to keep my blood sugars between 5/mmol and 9/mmol. 20 is  way too high, 3.9 is pretty low, but it should be monitored to make sure it doesn’t drop any lower.  Anything lower than a 3.1 is too low and should dealt with immediately. That’s how it works for me, anyway.

Having been much more active in the last few days than I have been, I’ve noticed that my blood sugars have been on the lower side of normal. Today, after lunch, it dropped to 2.8 so I had myself a banana. I’ve been avoiding sugary fruits because I’m trying to lose weight, but when the blood sugars drop, I need sugar, ASAP. I’d much rather eat a banana than white refined sugar.

I read a really interesting article by Robb Wolf that discusses type 1 diabetics and crossfit workouts. As a diabetic, it’s better for me to focus on strength training than high intensity cardio because during a high intensity workout, the liver releases a lot of glucose, which messes with my blood sugars. When they get too high, I would does myself with some insulin, but later on my blood sugars would drop too low because of the excess insulin and because the workout brings the sugars down for hours afterwords.

Looks like walking is my new best friend for cardio. Along with weight lifting.

Also, Robb Wolf wrote this but I definitely think they are good rules to live by to help my diabetes:

1-Eat a ketogenic diet. Use the Zone calculator to find your block numbers, then use 42 ways to skin the Zone to bring your carbs to below 50g/day for men, 30g for most women. Adjust fat upwards appropriately for calorie maintenance and when you need to up calories overall for maintenance. I’d add the additional caveat to make this a gluten/dairy free paleo diet. We have seen instance of people REVERSING Type 1 diabetes with a paleo diet because they put their autoimmunity in remission.

2-SLEEP. Screw up your sleep and you are killing your insulin sensitivity. This goes for everyone but especially for the Type 1 diabetic who will battle to keep blood sugar levels normal/low.

3-Chill out. Stress messes with insulin sensitivity AND it releases sugar from the liver. Don’t do it.

4-Ttrain Smart. I mentioned some examples above. Lift heavy, then sit on your ass. Repeat. Intensity (in the puke on your shoes sense) is what drives hepatic glucose release. Take a walk for some “cardio”. Be content with being able to lift a house and have 5% bodyfat, but a shitty Fran time.

5-Train Dumb, but map it. Most of you are CrossFiters and thus, will ignore the most important part of this (number 4) because you will DIE if you do not see God during a WOD. Fine, I’m not going to argue with you on the topic, it’s your life, but at least use your head. Start the intensity low (this may mean stepping back a little…you can do it) and mapping your blood glucose response after various WOD’s. How much does Fran elevate your numbers? Helen? Filthy Fifty? You need to build an inventory of what WOD’s do what to you. Then…hope for the best, because every time you do a WOD like this things are different. And you may have a dramatically different response than you might have guessed…hence, recommendation number 4.

Alright, so I have my plan. Eat paleo. Reduce carbs. Focus on strength training. Sleep more. Do different workouts and watch how they affect my blood sugars.

One more thing, I’m pretty excited about the lows only because it means I might start reducing my long acting insulin! Less insulin means less weight! (Please know that I have an appointment to see my family doctor soon and that I’m doing everything real slow, nice and easy so I don’t end up wrecking my body.)