Congratulations with the success you have had with your riding and increased fitness.
Everyone's body reacts differently to exercise. My numbers tend to go up when I exercise so my doc suggested a protein drink before I exercise.
You may want to try a small snack of carb and protein before going out such as cottage cheese or apple slices and peanut butter. You might also want to take your meter and if you are on a 2 hour ride, check at the 1 hour mark. If your numbers are going down, some trail mix or some other easy to pack food may do the trick.
45 is definitely too low and while everything worked out well, you could have gotten into trouble real fast. Another thing to remember about exercise is it will positively influence your blood glucose for another 12 hours or more. Even if your numbers are not ultra low when you are done with your ride, I would look for an overall drop.View Thread
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One of the biggest things I have learned in life is do not try to change everything in one day or you will be overwhelmed and probably not stick with your new program.
That said, You may want to change the most obvious things first such as eliminating cookies, candy, chips or sugared soda. After cleaning those things out of your house, try making a menu for the next two or three days. If you are like me, I get home from work tired and busy and try to put dinner together without a plan...It is usually the easiest choice, not the best.
Have you set goals for your fasting blood glucose? Time to set some and when you meet them, what will be your non food reward?
Time to look forward, no need to look back. I am sure others will bring great ideas for moving forward in the next day or so.
I try to do as much as I can but I work, go to school and take care of my family and home. If I need a short cut and can afford it...where is the problem?! At least it is not a bag of burgers on gooey white buns, taco's without real meat, hamburger helper with 40% of your daily sodium intake and no fiber or heaven forbid boxed mac and cheese.
We had spinach salad last night with grilled chicken breast. I cleaned the spinach, toasted the organic walnuts, made my own croutons with whole wheat bread, boned, skinned and cooked the chicken and chopped the dates, onions and avocado. If that wasn't enough I made my own olive oil and white balsamic vinegar dressing. The whole process took about an hour.
Hmm, I could have cut 20 minutes off the prep time had I bought a bag of cleaned spinach. Would that have meant I cared for my family less or it had less nutrition? NO. But unfortunately I haven't figured out how to grow the spinach without stems and in a bag.
I hear you on the exercise and higher numbers. I walk for exercise and immediately afterward, my numbers will be sometimes as high as 175 but if I don't exercise, my numbers will be higher all day long. Maybe if you did more repetitions at a lower weight?
There is a test which can be done to determine your pancreas function. I am sorry but I do not know the name but you may want to ask your doc about it. It is possible you need different meds than you are currently on.
Keep an eye on this thread, things get pretty slow on the weekends, it is possible that others will chime in with other good ideas.
When was the last time you worked with a diabetes educator or dietician? It may be time to look at your diet to see if there are areas you could make improvements. Small tweeks may make a big difference.
You may want to start a food diary along with your readings to see if particular meals affect you more or less than others. Be honest about your portion size, measure if necessary. This may help you figure where the problem is. There are times I will slip back into old food habits and from time to time really have to take a strong look at what I am putting in my mouth.View Thread