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How can I reduce my blood sugar levels via diet?

I have been doing a blast in the morning, a boiled egg & carrots for mid-day snack, a big salad with 3 oz. of chicken for lunch with a few whole wheat crackers, another boiled egg for after work and on the way to second job, then a Glucerna bar for my break there.  I have tried a little almond milk or a little cereal with almond milk after work at 10 or almonds or nothing, but no matter what I try, I cannot get my sugar below 103 in the mornings.  Do you have any suggestions?

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5 years ago

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sdownour, it would be hard to tell you with out more info. Are you on any meds? How long after you eat are you taking your glucose reading? Are you a diagnosed diabetic? Are you exercising? How many calories are you eat per day?

Healthy wishes

Wally Bishop C.N.C.

5 years ago

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Wally, no meds just diet controlled. This is a morning fasting reading............I know it is OK, as it is under 120 but I would like it under 100. Yes, I am diagnosed as diabetic. I would love to have time to exercise (walk) but I work from 7am - 10pm Monday - Friday so unable to do much of that, try on weekends. I am guessing I stay under 1200 or around there on most days. It is the evenings that mess me up as I do not eat dinner. I try to eat something when I get home at 10:30 but it is late and nothing seems to make my sugar lower in the morning. It is usually fine on weekends when I have the time to eat later in the day.
Sdowner, my guess is not enough calories spread out over the day. You should never have your calorie intake less than 1200 ever. Not having dinner and then eating late isn't helping either. If there is not enough carbohydrate in your diet in the evening, in the late am hours like 4,5 and 6am you blood sugar can drop substantially. This will cause your body to release glucagon a hormone that is the opposite of insulin. Glucagon tells muscle cells and the liver to release sugar into the blood stream. You could be experiencing what is termed sunrise diabetes readings. I know its a low reading and could be much worse, but these may be the causes.

Also I saw you were eating cereal late at night. This could be part of the effect. Cereal are a high glycemic food. This means you have a big surge of insulin after you eat it. Then the body starts to run low on glucose so the body secretes glucagon to raise blood glucose levels because you are sleeping and can't do anything about it.

Diabetics need to eat 6 times per day and they need to eat low glycemic foods. You should shoot for 1300 to 1500 calories per day however get with an RD or Nutritionist to determine how many calories you really need.

So are you saying where you work you don't get breaks or a meal time? I always took my breaks and did a walk to ensure I got my exercise.

I hope this helps,

healthy wishes
Wally Bishop C.N.C.
I only get 15 minute breaks so not really enough time to do the things you need to do and walk. I work though my lunch as there is work to do and I get paid for the over time. I work 2 jobs back to back so no time between for dinner. I do have a boiled egg on the way and the Glucerna bar on my last break. I think what I am looking for is something I can eat when I get home at 10 or after that will work. When I do the cereal, it is only a little but clearly not working the way I need, so what can be eaten that late that will keep my sugar down in the mornings? Does anything come to mind?
Almonds have been shown to help stabilize blood sugar. Maybe a bit of raw almond butter on an apple slices or celery or some sprouted low-glycemic Ezekiel bread (or toast). Or try a NutriBlast that is mostly made of veggies or low GI fruits and some almonds or almond butter. If you crave something sweet a Blast made from spinach, unsweetened almond milk, a Tbsp almond butter, and some raw cacao and maybe some berries or 1/4 avocado would allow you to get some added nutrients using some foods that won't spike your blood sugar and also fill you up from a hard day's work.
Sdowner I am convinced that eating more calories and more often will greatly help you. eat 5 to 6 times per day and at least 1200 calories daily. You should focus on low glycemic foods.

Health Wishes,
Wally Bishop C.N.C.
Thank you for the advice & I will try this!
Well, I got off work early tonight, so thought I would check my sugar and it was only 88, so Wally I think you have hit it right on. I just made a blast of ginger, avocado, kale, spinach, peaches, a few blackberries & blueberries, flax & chia (just a little of all of it tho) so we will see what that does in the morning. I had some tuna & lettuce at 7 instead of my normal Glucerna bar, so that is probably sugar was lower. If this works, it will be great because that was like blueberry, peach, ginger ice cream and I could do it again and again!
no significant change in the morning so back to square one! What a challenge this is becoming............
I am a nurse. You do not need your blood any lower than it is. You arefighting a battle you do not need to fight. 105 is wonderful. Just relax. Do as he said. 88 is to low, you will feel weak.
You have to give your body time to change. like at lease 2 weeks. Don't give up yet. These suggestions I gave you are important and should be done regardless if results happen or not. eat 5 to 6 times per day and consume a minimum of 12oo calories per day.

healthy wishes
Wally Bishop C.N.C.
I know Wally.....I like fast results and had it with the NB!! I felt a lot better the second day I used it.....like those results. I will make some lentil soup tomorrow and take that to eat maybe at 4 and have a smaller salad for lunch. I will also take something with carbs & protein to eat on my break at 7.....maybe like a wheat tortilla with refried beans & cheese. I will figure it out eventually! I just thought there would be an easy solution....but of course not! lol thanks!
Sdownour, I love your attitude! Trust me we all want fast results but our body doesn't respond that way at least when we take a healthy approach.

Just focus on making healthy choices and you are going to do great! Keep up the good work.

Healthy wishes
wally Bishop C.N.C.

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