Blood Sugars that Made my Day!
If you’ve had diabetes for any length of time, you’re probably aware of the psychological impact of blood sugars. Often those unexpected highs or lows can really ruin your mood or set you back emotionally for a bit. But, today I wanted to share a string of blood sugars that really made me happy! The psychological affect can be positive!
This is definitely the best string of blood sugars I can ever recall having over a 30 hour period. The other reason I’m excited is that I took some clear steps to get these results and it’s something I can sustain. I recently had the epiphany that I need to focus my paleo diet on leaner proteins and veggies. It’s easy to fall into the trap of eating too many tasty, fattier meats or nuts multiple times per day. So, I made breakfast muffins and hardboiled eggs (luckily I only like the whites) for easy meals this week. When I’m hungry, I want to reach for high protein rather than high fat snacks.
Both mornings I swam with the Masters’ Swim class at 5:30 a.m. It’s finally clicked that I really do need to bolus a unit of insulin before swimming to combat dawn phenomenon. It only took months of getting out of the pool with a blood sugar 60-100 points higher than when I got in! By bolusing before swimming, I don’t have to give myself insulin after my workout which sometimes led to a blood sugar after breakfast.
I only had to take a few units of fast acting insulin all day yesterday: breakfast both days has been egg muffins that have bell pepper, spinach, and chicken in them, topped with some avocado. After bolusing for the dawn phenomenon before swimming, I didn’t bolus for breakfast. Lunch was also low carbohydrate yesterday- paleo chicken salad with veggies; I took 1 unit of fast acting insulin. Around 3:00 p.m. I had 2 hardboiled egg whites. As I drove down to a meeting at the kids’ preschool I had a handful of cashews. I didn’t bolus any additional insulin for either afternoon snack. Since I got home after my family had eaten dinner, I finished the other half of my chicken salad from lunch; bolused 1 unit. Finally, before bed I tried a little paleo treat: green apples with coconut milk, coconut oil, and cinnamon; another unit of fast acting insulin at bedtime to cover the treat.