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    Okay, so I'm going into my 4th week of primal and with the exception of incorporating fewer IF days during week 3 (life intervenes) I haven't changed my eating habits (I do the 8/16 window IF when I do IF). Exercise has been sporadic throughout, but diet has been consistent.

    Pretty much what I eat is meat (mostly beef, some shrimp and chicken and crab legs, and pork sausage), Macadamia nuts (the occasional cashew in week one), Eggs, some cheese, and occasionally lettuce and tomato or sauteed onions and peppers with meat. There was one day when I had a bean-heavy chili (week one) and one day when I had marinara with Italian sausage (early week 2).

    Now at the end of week 3 everything is getting wonky with my fasting numbers and I'm not sure why. Here are my early morning fasting numbers starting at day one, week one going through today.

    264
    209
    224
    185
    157
    174
    187
    156
    182
    166
    133
    135
    126
    133
    136
    160
    133
    143
    138
    157
    169
    168


    *shrUg* I'm just kinda baffled why they stopped going down and swung around back up.

    Other than increasing my exercising (which I know I need to do to reduce my insulin resistance) does anyone have any suggestions for what I could be doing or doing better to get my numbers down under 120?

    My workouts, when I do do them, usually include alternating kettlebell days and bodyweight days with 2-3 days in between. I'd like to be walking an hour a day, too, but that isn't always practical. I haven't incorporated sprints yet this go-round.

  • #2
    Well, ideally, you would walk an hour a day, and sprint once a week. I would suggest tabata on your off days.

    Edit: you don't get NEARLY enough exercise. If I read it right, you are getting about 90 minutes a week.

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    • #3
      My blood sugar is way lower when I do high intensity training. So v. heavy lifting, tabata squats and sprints, etc. Exercise should really be a priority if you want to keep blood sugar in control. I don't really do the low intensity walking yet though, but I'm sure that it will also help if you can fit it in.
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      • #4
        Mine was 87 this morning and I didn't take any insulin before bed. I ate no carbs for dinner and did some sprints on my bike, pullups and pushups an hour or so before bed.

        I would suggest trying only meat for dinner and exercising before bed.
        Brad

        late onset type1 diabetic 4-27-10 @ age 30

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        • #5
          My sugar is always sky high right after a workout, but nice and low a few hours after, and throughout the remainder of the day. Just backing up the voice here that exercise is way important.
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          • #6
            Originally posted by Dr. Bork Bork View Post
            My sugar is always sky high right after a workout, but nice and low a few hours after, and throughout the remainder of the day. Just backing up the voice here that exercise is way important.
            Wow...It goes up after a workout? Mine goes down to the mid 60s almost every time. Are you eating before the workout?
            Brad

            late onset type1 diabetic 4-27-10 @ age 30

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            • #7
              Originally posted by Dr. Bork Bork View Post
              My sugar is always sky high right after a workout
              That's a sign of severe insulin resistance.

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              • #8
                Here's a tool that may be able to help you make some associations with much less guessing.

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                • #9
                  If you are eating no veggies or fruit, I would suggest that your health is going down hill.
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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by Hedonist View Post
                    If you are eating no veggies or fruit, I would suggest that your health is going down hill.
                    Erm. My health was already downhill. Hence the Primal thing. And as I said in my initial post, I am eating some veggies. Currently no fruit (unless you want to get picky about the proper designation of tomatoes).

                    Initially going Primal chipped away at my numbers, but they've lately started going back up, but they're still about a hundred points lower than where I started. But hey, thanks for the helpful reply.

                    *wanders off to find the smiley that rolls his eyes*

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by Hedonist View Post
                      If you are eating no veggies or fruit, I would suggest that your health is going down hill.
                      Who are you talking to?

                      I eat loads of veggies at lunch but try to go very low carb for dinner because I'm diabetic. This allows me to skip the standard long-acting insulin and still have a non-diabetic fasting BG.

                      Fruit doesn't do anything that vegetables don't anyways.
                      Brad

                      late onset type1 diabetic 4-27-10 @ age 30

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                      • #12
                        You mentioned you did fewer IFs in the last week because life intervened. Not that I think skipping the IF is necessarily an issue, but if the last week has been stressful, that might help explain higher blood glucose. You've also had less time for exercise which can have an impact.

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                        • #13
                          Yeah - definitely has been stressful (and a couple more stress filled weeks still to go). @ this point I think I'm going to have to sacrifice some sleep for the greater good so I can get more time in to exercise. I guess sometimes the 80/20 rule is for accommodating treats & cheats and sometimes it's just there to let you juggle necessary weevils.

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by Phaedrus View Post
                            Wow...It goes up after a workout? Mine goes down to the mid 60s almost every time. Are you eating before the workout?
                            I usually workout fasting.

                            And yes, StoneAgeQueen, I'm very aware I have a high insulin resistance. This is something my doc & I have been trying to reverse since I became pregnant with my daughter in 07. It's especially important now that we are planning my next little Grokling
                            --Trish (Bork)
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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by Dr. Bork Bork View Post
                              I usually workout fasting.

                              And yes, StoneAgeQueen, I'm very aware I have a high insulin resistance. This is something my doc & I have been trying to reverse since I became pregnant with my daughter in 07. It's especially important now that we are planning my next little Grokling
                              I recommend systemic enzymes for you, Dr.BB. I was insulin resistant until I started taking them. I use zymessence- pricey, but worth it.

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