I may not write every day on this topic, but will frequently update on the ketogenic diet and how it goes for me.
I am determined to conquer this diabetes thing somehow, whether through the keto diet, exercise, and nutrition, intermittent fasting, or whatever else I have to. My goal is to keep it natural, until I absolutely cannot. I will be going to the doctor first thing next week for a blood test to see what type of diabetes I have.
I went to the herbs and vitamins section at the store yesterday, and purchased chromium picolinate (500 mcg), fish oil (1400 mg), cayenne (40,000 stu), and cinnamon (2000 mg). (I have at home some other things I’ll be taking, such as magnesium -500 mg- and turmeric -300mg, and a multivitamin).
I also bought some 5 pound weights so that I can hopefully lift and gain a little muscle to help with glucose.
My blood sugar stayed around 90-120 mg/dl today (except right after a meal where it would jump to about 130) after having been 136 mg/dl for the fasting sugar level.
I had curried chicken strips with jalapeños for lunch. It was so good. It was also really simple… Just fried three strips in olive oil with jalapeños, added curry powder and salt, and it was done.
For a snack I had 1 square of 86 percent cocoa chocolate.
I started feeling lightheaded sometime around 1:00, and thought my sugar might be low. I was really dizzy and had to lay down. My sugar was 117, so that wasn’t the problem. After laying down a bit, it occurred to me to get my blood pressure checked.
It turned out my blood pressure was low. By the time I checked it, I was already feeling slightly better, but it was 110/70, which apparently is on the low end of normal, bordering low blood pressure.
I drank a little water and started feeling better.
For dinner I had a stir fry of hamburger meat, cream cheese, sliced cabbage, elephant garlic, onion, red bell pepper, and added tomato sauce to that. (This may not be actually keto… Probably just low carb because of the red bell peppers and tomato sauce. I’ll have to look into it to be sure). I don’t know any measurements as I just kind of threw it together. This is the kind of thing we eat all the time, since I stopped buying pasta over 2-3 years ago (Cabbage slices work as a great substitute for pasta).
When my sugar got up to 137 mg/dl 2 hours after eating this, I was a bit upset about that. Mostly because I had done cardio for about 15 minutes and lifted weights as well… I thought it shouldn’t be that low.
Then it occurred to me that maybe drinking water would bring it down. I researched and found that many places said it would. One suggested drinking 2 cups quickly, waiting 5 minutes and having another cup of water.
I did this and my blood sugar dropped from 137 to 109!! Wow!
I realized a lot of my problem might be dehydration. Admittedly, I really don’t drink enough water. And I really don’t feel thirsty that often, which is probably the reason for that. After seeing how it affected me, I will be forcing myself to drink more water to see if it improves things for me overall.
When I awakened this morning, my sugar was lower than the previous morning at 122 mg/dl. It’s still not where I wanted it, but at least it’s not in the danger zone of about 140. Maybe over time I can improve this.