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  • #16

    Baglady: It's also a possibility that your pancreas took so much abuse that it's dying anyway. That happens, unfortunately, and the older you get the more likely it becomes. The legumes could definitely be part of it. Corn tortillas, definitely.

    I would go to fitday or thedailyplate and track every bite you eat for a week. You may be surprised at the carb creep. It does happen. And if you're stressed it's probably more likely than not that carb creep is part of it, as we tend not to be as strict with our diets when we're stressed.

    If you're going to do this you have to commit to it seriously and decide that you are never eating the non-primal foods again. And since you also have a diabetic condition, you have the additional restriction of "carbs as low as possible," which means restricting things like dairy, nuts, fruits, and sugary veggies like tomatoes and carrots as well as the more processed and obvious nonfoods like pasta, grains and bread.

    What's a typical day's diet like? Give us an example of what you ate yesterday.

    Primal eating in a nutshell: If you are hungry, eat Primal food until you are satisfied (not stuffed). Then stop. Wait until you're hungry again. Repeat.

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    • #17

      "could this merely be a result of stress and no exercise?"

      Baglady, forgive me for butting in here, as I realize you know and trust Griff...

      ... and also, I am very much a diabetic, and I have no idea if you are, and even if you are, everybody's different...

      But my experience with my blood sugar now that it has stabilized (more or less):


      Significant stress that I can't control (for example, NOT work or project stress--rather, car trouble, financial surprise, bad news from an earlier medical test, or simply an unexpected bad mood...) can elevate my fbg by as much as 20 or 30 points, and can effect how my body responds to meals.


      If I exercise at any time the day before, I can hope to see numbers in the low to mid 90's as my fbg, and if I exercise early in the day I can hope that my afternoon and night-time fasting numbers will be identical to my morning number. If I don't exercise for more than a few days in a row, I can expect my fbg to be in the mid 110's more often than not.

      I'm having to learn to treat stress-reduction and exercise as if they were in my pill box.

      So yes, at least for some people, stress and exercise can have a significant effect on blood glucose measurements.


      • #18

        gottaluvalab please don't hesitate to share with me, I have been around for a few months and feel Griff has a real good understanding and he's kinda a researchy fellow I have learned to listen to. He inspires me.

        Griff I am back at my primal log and will start posting my meals and all there. I don't want diabetes and will do what I have to. Your help will be much needed as I am also expecting the Berkley Labs, you know the ones where they tell me if my LDL are still small and sticky? I can't remember the names but i know I got the ones you suggest. so please come take a looky when you can I should get them later this week.

        Gottaluvalab....I am feeling it is the lack of exercise and have just started back now that my work load is again to a managable level. If you look at my journal from last fall you will see where I was at with exercise. I am upping the crossfit classes to 2xper week now too.

        With yawls help I am sure we will figure it out and once I do I will do a happy dance. I just hope it's not too late and I end up in the boat Griff mentioned above.

        Thanks yawl!!!

        Primal Since 10/2009