It’s been over 4 years since I was diagnosed with gestational diabetes.
So I’m comfortable with managing my blood sugar by eating low carb.
But as a girl with 2 science degrees, I do love a good experiment.
And am always looking for ways to improve.
So for the last 2 weeks I’ve been using a continuous blood glucose monitor to track my sugars 24/7.
Here’s what surprised me this time.
3 surprising lessons from my continuous blood glucose monitor.
1. What you eat during the day impacts night blood sugar.
I hadn’t noticed this before but the biggest surprise this time wasn’t my results during the the day.
It was the spikes some food caused when I was asleep. Especially around midnight.
The most alarming of these was after Fergal’s birthday cake.
I had thought things weren’t too bad during the day.
But when I woke up to my highest spike ever (see below). I decided there won’t be any more butter cream frosting for me.
2. Lentils are OK!
My prime motivation for testing this time was to see the actual impact of lentils because I’m keen to reintroduce them.
My first test – a delicious Spiced Lentil Soup with Tahini Yoghurt seemed fine at the time, but gave another middle of the night shock (see below).
But I wasn’t giving up that easily. What if I reduced the quantity?
So I re-tested with a Sausage & Lentilotto (like risotto made with red lentils). With a small serving of lentils (100g / 3.5oz) and the sausages it was smooth sailing (see below). All night.
Bring on the lentils!
In modest servings of course ;)
3. Spitting out doesn’t work.
I’m a bit ashamed about sharing this one.
But ever since my days of being a wine maker, and learning how to spit out when tasting, I’ve had this bad habit of eating and spitting things out.
Remember that graph above from the Birthday cake? That was even with me spitting out the frosting.
An excellent motivator to stop. Knowledge really is power.
What do you think?
Is it helpful when I share about my diabetes journey? Would you like to see a followup of the other things I tested? Let me know in the comments below.
And have fun in the kitchen!