As far as exercise, what has worked the best for me in the past is walking at a fast pace for 30+ minutes. It is easy on the joints and as I got into better shape I could get farther and farther in that 30 minutes. I hope this helps.
Life is an ongoing Experiment of One, so here's to science!
My Primal Journal: http://www.marksdailyapple.com/forum/thread37576.html
Been I while since I posted, so if anyone is still keeping track of this thread, I thought I would give a brief update.
With the exception of yesterday morning, the last 4 days have shown fasting blood sugars of 96 to 105. Wednesday threw the numbers off because I broke down and had a bacon, lettuce, tomato, and avocado sandwich on homemade bread. Bread has always been my down fall, I LOVE it, and this sandwich was very good. That day, 3.5 hrs after eating, my blood sugar was 122. The next morning it was 115 and was slightly elevated for about half the day. I THINK the key to the good sugars in the morning has been a snack of mostly protein around 8pm. I was having a mix of almonds, sunflower seeds and pumpkin seeds but I think the carbs in those nuts were effecting my morning sugars. This morning my sugars at 6:50 am are 148 (OUCH). Last night around 8:30 I had a protein shake made with milk and vanilla protein powder and the nut mixture listed above - oh, also had about 6oz of whiskey (bottle almost empty - I was just trying to help clean up the cupboard - honest!). I am hoping the sandwich the day before and my splurge last night is the cause and the sugars will go down as I hope back onto the wagon.
Also, I am going in for my fasting blood tests this morning and will make an appointment to go over the results with my Dr. next week. I will go for a walk to get my ffasting sugars down prior to my blood test this morning, so I am hoping the results are much better than last time. I asked Dr.about the VAP cholesterol test and he ordered it with my labs. BTW it will cost an additional $45 in case you were wondering. I will post the results when I get them next week.
Last edited by JimN; 02-03-2012 at 07:00 AM.
Sorry it took so long to report my blood work. Life got in the way. Bottom line is my Dr. told me that if he did not know my history he would not think I was diabetic. So here are my results...
VAP Large Buoyant LDL
Note: I did not have the cholesterol test done in Sept and can't remember fasting BS in Jan 2011. My Dr. wants to check my blood work in 3 months to see if things continue to improve.
Last edited by JimN; 02-25-2012 at 06:02 PM.
I have the "dawn effect". My fasting BS tended to be around 115 in the beginning. Ranges from that high to a low around 85. I stay below 50 grams of carbs, do IF - no breakfast and wait until glucose is below 100 to eat the first meal of the day, and eat very little fruit - most days none. I have no spikes or drops and my post-prandial BS is often lower than my pre-prandial BS within an hour - which I am thinking may be the only difference between what happens metabolically with someone like me and someone who is already diabetic before starting primal.
Over time I am noticing a shift downwards in my morning BS and my overall "average" daily BS. Many mornings now I have a fasting BS below 100. My feeling is that if I stay the course and continue to improve the exercise part of the lifestyle and lose more weight that eventually I will be able to maintain healthy blood work in a higher carb category. I feel that the fast improvement that people like you and like me get with primal is wonderful - and quite motivating. But, the real value is the longterm benefits.
Last but not least, I discovered this thread when looking at the general topic of requests to Mark for blog topics. I think that the topic of what happens to people's blood sugar metabolism when they first switch from carb to fat burning metabolism would be helpful to everyone, whether normal, pre-diabetic, or diabetic.
Last edited by justaseeker; 03-06-2012 at 06:26 PM.
I feel like I ought to be wearing a bumper sticker that says: "Don't follow me I am lost." I am just a seeker like everyone else.
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As a diabetic, I eat some fruit, not daily. I avoid bananas and other really high sugar fruits, and stick to berries, etc.
The focus is not to spike my blood sugar. My AIC was 5.8.
I found that diabetic counselors and such really were not my best ally. When I followed a diet from one of them years ago, my blood sugar was higher than ever. I never went over 200, and eating the way they suggested did it. They insisted I eat more carbohydrates "You NEED carbohydrates" and I got really sick. Then I was told I could "take more medicine". I was really angry and went off that.