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  • #16
    Originally posted by ELCO14 View Post
    Damn Apple I admire the conviction in controlling your type 1. 8 shots a day; dang!

    I *love* cooking my veggies with bacon. My fav is brussel sprouts, bacon and a splash of chicken broth and simmer in a wok... freakin amazing!
    Thank you! If you had asked me 2 years ago if I could even give myself ONE shot, I would have said no waaayyyy. One more week until I can use my insulin pump and then it will be one jab with a needle every 3 days. That's going to be heavenly. And hopefully I will have MUCH better control than I have been getting lately!
    Type 1 Diabetic. Controlling blood sugar through primal life.

    2012 Goals:
    Maintain A1c of 6.0 or lower
    More dietary fat, less carbs, moderate protein
    LHT and sprint as per PB fitness
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    • #17
      Uhhhh yeah...time to get back to this thread for updates.

      I have moved to a new place, started on an insulin pump, and am NOW ready to tweak the diet. Because I ordered myself a wedding dress yesterday!

      Alcohol makes my morning blood sugar too high, and it's just not worth drinking anymore. I may have wine on special occasions, but I'm not about to drink a "relaxing" glass after work on a regular basis.

      I have given up my coffee with cream for good! I think my body was so tired of it that I couldn't even stand the taste anymore, so it was easier than expected. I now am caffeine free, although I have a few teas that do have caffeine in my cupboard, so I can't say that I'll be 100% with that all the time. I still haven't had soda since New Years. David and I gave up eating out at restaurants for Lent because it was too expensive and because we need to not be so lazy when it comes to cooking. I have significantly reduced the amount of chocolate I eat weekly.

      I think cutting out the wine on a significant level will help me see a lot more gains.

      I read Body By Science last weekend and David and I did the Big 5 workout this morning. I can hardly lift my arms, but my legs were obviously not worked enough. I am committed to eating low carb right now, even though I still have that stupid gluten free bread in my cupboard. 1 slice = 24g carb. If I have one with dinner from now until this Friday or Saturday, I can finish it off without wasting it and without overloading myself with carb. Or I can let David finish it and not give myself the indigestion that it is probably causing me.

      So the goals for the rest of March are:
      1. No dairy (not even CHEESE, yes, you.)
      2. No coffee/soda
      3. Less than 75g carb a day, all from safe starch or fruit sources
      4. No alcohol (except sister-in-law's wedding; I will probably break down and that's okay; but it needs to be a small amount)
      5. Limit nuts
      6. BBS Big 5 workout 1x a week


      Quick question: can anyone name anything that is high in quick carbs that causes NO GI distress? I am looking for a new low blood sugar remedy that isn't glucose tabs or annie's gummi bears. So far I have considered honey packets, but I don't think that it necessarily won't cause indigestion symptoms. Ideas?
      Type 1 Diabetic. Controlling blood sugar through primal life.

      2012 Goals:
      Maintain A1c of 6.0 or lower
      More dietary fat, less carbs, moderate protein
      LHT and sprint as per PB fitness
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      • #18
        Since you only have 15 pounds to lose, lower calorie is better... but damn woman, eat something! I'm one of those people that will eat-till-I-puke though. Not the best image, but I do mean I have no problem eating alot. I probably eat 2x as much as you. Lol, I have a little shame in admitting that though. I could eat a 12 oz steak and a half pack a bacon in a sitting. I do eat 12 oz of beef and a half pack of bacon in a sitting. I think something's wrong with me...

        But I hope that gives you some perspective! Most people find a nice sweet spot in the 1500-1700 range for weight loss, 1700-1900 for maintenance. And then just as many enjoy calorie cycling, indulging a few times a week and dipping rather low a few times a week (the "dipping low" being about the calories you're eating now!).

        The more and more I read on this forum, the more and more I realize everyone's just doing their own thing and finding out what works for their life and goals. You know how it is. But I hope that throws some ideas to stir in the pot
        Last edited by kcarol; 03-11-2012, 04:02 PM.

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        • #19
          Thanks for the reply, kcarol. If you only saw my weekend calories! I keep grazing lately, which is why it's been a while since I've posted counts. Having an insulin pump has made it a lot easier to eat more, so I'm doing a bit better now.

          I actually did mean to post my count from yesterday:

          1 banana (90cal, 23g carb)
          2 beef patties (431cal, 27g fat, 42g protein)
          1/2 a mushroom and spinach fritatta with a tiny bit of cheddar cheese, fried in bacon fat (324cal, 24g fat, 5g carb, 20g protein)
          1 med sweet potato with butter (206cal, 23g carb, 11g fat)
          chocolate chips (60cal, 10g carb, 3g fat)
          roast pork wrapped in prosciutto stuffed with onions and garlic (240 cal, 33g protein, 7g fat)
          lots of wine... (366cal, 12g carb)

          total: 1730cal, 85g fat, 73g carb, 95g protein

          unless I did math wrong. entirely likely.


          Now weekdays...that's another matter. 10 hour days with very little free time makes for difficult mouth-stuffing.
          Type 1 Diabetic. Controlling blood sugar through primal life.

          2012 Goals:
          Maintain A1c of 6.0 or lower
          More dietary fat, less carbs, moderate protein
          LHT and sprint as per PB fitness
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          • #20
            Fasting blood sugar has been in the 85-110 range for the past WEEK! Coffee/cream and alcohol free is doing my body good, yo.

            I did go to the GI doc last week. They are going to do another colonoscopy, upper endoscopy and an MR-entero (MRI, basically) to take another look-see. Apparently this new GI doctor thinks that I DON'T have Crohn's That would be wonderful! I went in and told them about all the symptoms I'd been having and then said that this has been happening on and off over the few years since I've been dx'd, and they think that since it has been going away without medication, it can't be Crohn's disease. BUT I do wonder how many people the GI docs see that are primal, sooo....we'll just have to see!
            Type 1 Diabetic. Controlling blood sugar through primal life.

            2012 Goals:
            Maintain A1c of 6.0 or lower
            More dietary fat, less carbs, moderate protein
            LHT and sprint as per PB fitness
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            • #21
              OMG I had a freaking TERRIBLE night, and consequently, terrible feeling day today. Let's go through the happenings, shall we?

              1. 7 PM last night, decided, heck I want to make chebe bread buns and have REAL burgers. And sweet potatoes, all in ONE fantastic meal. Not bad for a Monday night, right? Wrooooonnng. I counted carbs meticulously, because that's what I have to do, and saw that I was going to eat exactly 132 grams of carb. Insulin pump told me to take 8.80 units of insulin for that much food, so I did.
              2. Finished eating all this around 9:00. Did a little work here and there, 11:00 rolls around, I check my blood sugar. 230, not good, but I've seen worse after lower carb meals, so I just take some correction insulin, plus a little bit more for that handful of chocolate chips that I seem to crave before bed every night. I set a just-in-case alarm for 2 AM to check blood sugar again.
              3. 2 AM rolls around, mouth is dry and I have to PEE: bad signs. Blood sugar was 541. FIVE HUNDRED AND FORTY ONE. Holy balls. Never seen that before.
              4. Took 8.90 units to correct that high! So apparently, if I'm going to have more than 100g carbs at once (hint: I won't ever again!), I just need to double that freaking insulin. Or not sleep so I can keep checking the blood sugar.
              5. Woke up at 6, checked it again. 360. Corrected again.
              6. Woke up again at 7, checked it again. 130. Thank you Jeebus.
              7. By 9:00, 64. Eat some dang carbs again.
              8. By 11:00, 170. Take some dang insulin again.
              9. By 2:00, 80 and dropping, eat some dang candy from coworker's desk.
              10. By 5:00, 180. Take more #$%@$*& insulin!!! gaaahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh

              I'm so frustrated. I KNEW it was a high carb meal, but I did my BBS workout the day before, and I typically NEED the extra carbs the next day (not 130g extra, but at least 60g extra, or else lows will be coming). I hate that I can't just relax EVER and I have to count carbs every single fucking day for the rest of my life if I want to keep my feet on my legs and my eyeballs in my head. 541. If I hadn't checked it when I did, I would have been in a coma by morning. fffffffffffff me.
              Type 1 Diabetic. Controlling blood sugar through primal life.

              2012 Goals:
              Maintain A1c of 6.0 or lower
              More dietary fat, less carbs, moderate protein
              LHT and sprint as per PB fitness
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              • #22
                Okay....now that I've calmed down a little bit, I can look at this rationally.

                I MUST have had an air bubble in my tubing to have a blood sugar that high. I need to be more careful to check for those. This is only subcutaneous insulin dosage, and not intravenous, so an air bubble isn't deadly...but it does mean you get air instead of insulin. So an extremely unfortunate dosage of high carbs with an air bubble will get me coma-high blood sugars! Fun, right?

                Anyway...back to regular fooding. I'm going to a wedding this weekend, and it's someone very close to me so I expect to be in the throes of wedding-related eating from now until Sunday afternoon. BUT I will be sensible!

                I was talking to the fiance's uncle last night, and he has recently become a hypnotherapist. I let him hypnotize me to teach me effective relaxation techniques, and I feel amazing right now! It was very different from the typical TV hypnotism BS. It's all about using positive language to suggest to your subconscious things that you wouldn't otherwise be able to accept due to rational thought. It's pretty cool.
                Type 1 Diabetic. Controlling blood sugar through primal life.

                2012 Goals:
                Maintain A1c of 6.0 or lower
                More dietary fat, less carbs, moderate protein
                LHT and sprint as per PB fitness
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                • #23
                  Hi apple;

                  As someone with two MA degrees and a PhD I can promise you graduate school will not help your long term health in the least unless you are strategic. As you are well aware, it causes extreme stress from deadlines and politics and teaching (if that's a factor for you) as well as seemingly unlimited and justifiable reasons and situations to drink alcohol and eat crap food. Not to mention the uncertainty of a job at the end.
                  Last edited by missblue; 03-23-2012, 05:34 AM.

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                  • #24
                    I have a few interviews lined up. I'm just on internship right now, no classes anymore. I had wonderful dreams last night involving one Mr. Daniel Craig, so I'm pretty relaxed right now

                    Alcohol doesn't factor in too much anymore. Every once in a while I'll want a glass of wine or two, but even that is dwindling. I figured out all I really want is to drink out of a fancy glass...so I just put sparkling water in a wine glass and I'm happy! Crap food kind of comes into play every so often when I'm with friends, or when someone at work doesn't want to finish their french fries. Otherwise, I think I do pretty well day to day.

                    Thanks for the advice though! I'm so close to finishing that I just imagine graduation day and can calm down at this point. The hypnotherapist asked me to keep practicing, too, so I'm doing really well as of this week.

                    However, it's more the chronic health issues that are bugging me. I am on my way out the door soon for an MREntero (like an MRI + small bowel study put together). Hopefully they'll be telling me that I DON'T have gastroparesis or something.
                    Type 1 Diabetic. Controlling blood sugar through primal life.

                    2012 Goals:
                    Maintain A1c of 6.0 or lower
                    More dietary fat, less carbs, moderate protein
                    LHT and sprint as per PB fitness
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                    • #25
                      I'M OFFICIALLY A MASTER OF SCIENCE! Whoooooooooooooooo

                      Anyway, the last few months I have seen a lot of weight gain. My diet hasn't been perfect, and I've been following the Body by Science workout, so some of it can be contributed to lazy eating, and some to muscle growth. HOWEVER, +15ish pounds since February is CRAZY! I have an extra inch on my hips, each thigh, and about 1.5" extra on my waist. (None on the bust front, sadly...) So my endocrinologist has decided it's time to recheck my thyroid and do an ultrasound.

                      I had decided 2 weeks ago to start the iodine protocol I found here (thanks, MDA members, for highlighting that!). Should I quit the protocol and wait to get labs done? I don't want to interfere with the readings if possible. However, I also don't want to go on synthroid for life. My plan so far:

                      Tell my endo that I have been taking these new supplements: iodine, selenium, b-complex, magnesium, vit c. Bring the literature, maybe (except all I have is the iodine references google doc... might not be considered scientific research, lol). Ask her opinion, and if I can keep trying this to regulate thyroid hormone production before I try hormone replacement drug therapies.

                      Anyone have a better plan?

                      In other news, my (new) endocrinologist suggested getting a temporary continuous glucose monitor implant to read glucose readings every 5 minutes for 72 hours. This will be to readjust insulin pump settings to get me better blood sugars throughout the day. I'm excited! Nothing like this was offered at the last office.
                      Type 1 Diabetic. Controlling blood sugar through primal life.

                      2012 Goals:
                      Maintain A1c of 6.0 or lower
                      More dietary fat, less carbs, moderate protein
                      LHT and sprint as per PB fitness
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                      • #26
                        That's awesome to the power of n. Congratulations.
                        If I just said LOL, I lied. Do or do not. There is no try.

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                        • #27
                          congrats on finishing grad school-- as for the weight gain, maybe it's correlated with the stress of that final push to the finish of grad school? i've been in grad school for like 5 years now, and it stresses the hell out of me (ms and ph.d. really fun times). but when i have a break after exams or a summer of work, seems to help.
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                          • #28
                            Officially up to 12.5mg iodine. Eating brazil nuts for my selenium as I prefer a whole food...taking natural calm + vit C powder. With all these supplements I'm taking it makes sense to try to reduce the amount of cellulose/stearate/whatever filler that's usually in supplement tablets. I am taking capsules for B vitamins. I also start the day with l-glutamine powder in water to heal up mucosal linings of the intestines.

                            Anywayyyyy...that was a boring little monologue regarding my morning supplement routine. I'm going out for a walk before the rain starts this afternoon...
                            Type 1 Diabetic. Controlling blood sugar through primal life.

                            2012 Goals:
                            Maintain A1c of 6.0 or lower
                            More dietary fat, less carbs, moderate protein
                            LHT and sprint as per PB fitness
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                            • #29
                              Just bought Merrell pace running shoes. I LOVE them!!

                              I set myself a goal for September: lose the majority of the fat that I've put on over the last few months. I'm giving myself until late August to do so, really. I need to fit in that wedding dress! It fit perfectly when I first tried it on in March. I tried it on again in the store when I took some bridesmaids to try on their own dresses and it was super tight around the hips to the point that I could hardly move. SOO...time to get serious.

                              I went on a 3.5 mile bike ride this morning. Would have gone farther but those hills were treacherous on my legs! Practically mountains, I swear. Strapped my Garmin watch to the handlebars, so I know all the fun details about my ride. Like how it took me 24:19 to finish the ride (took a good 3-4 minutes water/rest at the top of a particularly rough "mountain" or it would have been shorter). I'm kind of proud of myself because I've been so lazy recently...but that short ride is a little pathetic. Obviously I have been lazier than I thought this past semester.

                              I went on a run in my new shoes on Friday, but I didn't take my Garmin, so I have literally no details about that workout. Only that it took 10-15 minutes, and roughly half of that time was spent walking to catch my breath, because apparently I can't jog...just run.

                              Plan: Continue the BBS lifting workout 1x a week. Run or bike 2-4 times a week, but no more than that at the moment. I want to get into half-marathon shape again, even if it is considered "chronic cardio."

                              Been eating fewer calories overall, and it hasn't done anything for the fat I've gained recently It has done WONDERS for my blood sugar though Mostly because I have the free time now to actually track the food and give myself better insulin calculations.

                              So tell me if this makes sense, or if it is supremely stupid:

                              The above exercise plan for a 146ish pound 5'9" woman eating 1400-1600 calories a day; 50-100g carb, 90g protein, and the rest fat (on the higher end of carb range with workout days). Yes, no? I'm afraid to eat more because I DO have a freaking $1200 wedding dress ordered in a specified size already. If it doesn't fit, I can't wear it, period. There's no room to let it out!
                              Type 1 Diabetic. Controlling blood sugar through primal life.

                              2012 Goals:
                              Maintain A1c of 6.0 or lower
                              More dietary fat, less carbs, moderate protein
                              LHT and sprint as per PB fitness
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                              • #30
                                June whole30

                                Going to do a whole30 for June. So I have 2 days to clear out the cheese and cream in my fridge. There isn't too much of it, totally doable.

                                Personal whole30 rules:
                                No grains or legumes
                                No processed meats, added carageenan, msg or sulfites
                                NO DAIRYYYYY
                                No nuts
                                No alcohol
                                No white potatoes

                                While the whole30 typically prohibits weighing in, I am on a limited time constraint to lose this added butt padding. I will move away from weighing in every morning and lessen it to 1x a week.

                                I do want to keep my carbs up to 50-100g a day to prevent further thyroid disruption. I will be having some fruit and sweeter veggies like carrots, bell peppers, etc.

                                I also JUST started making water kefir, so I will be drinking that. It has trace sugar in it, but oh well. I'm not going to let my kefir grains die just so I can conform perfectly to someone else's diet.
                                Type 1 Diabetic. Controlling blood sugar through primal life.

                                2012 Goals:
                                Maintain A1c of 6.0 or lower
                                More dietary fat, less carbs, moderate protein
                                LHT and sprint as per PB fitness
                                Play more!

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