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Old Mon, May-04-20, 14:10
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Nancy LC Nancy LC is offline
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Default Disappointing blood sugar readings

So, I'm being quite good staying low-carb. My one downfall has been peanut butter and peanuts. But they're gone now and I'm limiting the peanuts to 1 oz a day. Anyway, my blood sugar hovers around 110 now. Used to be in the 90s. I have gotten fatter and low-carb doesn't seem to work for weight loss for me. My ketosis is .5 or so, according to my blood meter.

I'm exercising more. I've gone crazy with gardening as one does in the spring. My favorite exercise is shoveling dirt and digging. Phew! Hard work. I'm getting fitter but I'm still quite out-of-shape. But I can do 4 wheelbarrows full before I'm pooped.

Any ideas on returning my blood sugar to better numbers? I'm not sure I can go carnivore if meat is going to be in short supply in the coming months. My cat has called dibs on the chicken I've stockpiled.

I did go nuts on dairy which I don't typically do because it does bad things to my joints and sinuses, but I'm trying to improve my gut health, so I was making kefir and yogurt. I'll probably be retiring the kefir grains and I've stopped with the yogurt (although, that was the best damn yogurt I've had. I fermented it for 24 hours and drained it overnight and used whole milk. WOW!)

I suppose two things I can do is try to extend my overnight fast (not easy for me) and give up dairy. Any suggestions?
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Old Mon, May-04-20, 16:12
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Honestly, start with dairy. I think that is going to make the biggest difference. Yogurt has a lot of carbs.
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Old Mon, May-04-20, 18:30
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Nancy, are the high readings in the morning only or pretty much any time you test?
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Old Fri, May-08-20, 17:54
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I listened to a lecture that you need at least twelve hours between your last meal and your first meal the next morning to really lower your blood sugar consistently. And that even taking black coffee within those 12 hours can raise blood sugar.

I tried that for 3 months before my physical and had the best A1C and cholesterol reading in a long time, 4.3.

I also take 500 mcg GTF chromium at least 3 times/day and that keeps my blood sugar under control as well. I've done that for decades.
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Old Sun, May-10-20, 05:15
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I listened to a lecture that you need at least twelve hours between your last meal and your first meal the next morning to really lower your blood sugar consistently. And that even taking black coffee within those 12 hours can raise blood sugar.

I tried that for 3 months before my physical and had the best A1C and cholesterol reading in a long time, 4.3.

I also take 500 mcg GTF chromium at least 3 times/day and that keeps my blood sugar under control as well. I've done that for decades.


I've found chromium really helps with cravings, too.
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Old Sun, May-10-20, 07:29
Bonnie OFS Bonnie OFS is offline
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Dr. Bernstein warns against peanuts, so I stopped eating them (either plain or as peanut butter) except as a rare treat or ingredient in stir fry.

Dairy is my own personal Waterloo - I shouldn't have any but have a hard time keeping away from cheese & yogurt. After a recent illness that affected my gut I'm now more sensitive to lactose. That should help me cut down on dairy.

Stress - both good & bad - can cause an increase in blood sugar levels, so maybe it's just a temporary thing.
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Old Tue, Jun-30-20, 11:45
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Hi Nancy -

it might be pure coincidence but I am having some success with apple cider vinegar. I just put a teaspoon or so in a big glass of water several times a day.
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