Yep, done feeling sad. Now I just need to figure out what the hell to do to move forward.
I ordered a stationary bike today. Moderate cardio exercise – about 30 minutes a day – has previously done an amazing job of lowering my blood sugar. Check out the graph on this post I did 2 months ago. Exercise is the best thing I know to combat Type 2 Diabetes. Now as for what to eat…
I tested orange juice again this morning – a half cup again, this time with 3 eggs and coconut oil. At 1 hour my blood sugar was at 150. Although the American Diabetes Association says to shoot for blood sugar below 180 1-2 hours after a meal, that seems high to me, and I want it lower than that. I want it at 140 or lower at the 1-hour mark. Jenny Ruhl from bloodsugar101 states the following:
Research conducted with human patients, mice, and pancreas beta cell cultures all point to a single threshold at which elevated blood sugars cause permanent damage to your body. What is that level? 140 mg/dl (7.8 mmol/L) after meals.
The research she provides to support this statement is here.
So hm….now 1/2 cup of OJ is too much, at least in the morning. Not only that but I was hungry again at that hour mark. I ate 2 more eggs, went shopping, and 2 hours later I was DYING of hunger. I mean DYING. It felt like hypoglycemia, though if I would have tested myself my blood sugar probably wouldn’t have been low. Came home and chugged a cup of OJ to make the pain stop. Blood sugar instability is no joke.
I should also mention, in the past week my weight has begun climbing rapidly, even though I’m not drinking mass quantities of milk and OJ anymore. I think I’ve gained 3 pounds this week, in addition to the 2 I’d gained over the past month.
So to summarize:
- My tolerance for carbohydrates is very poor (though this is probably not new…I just didn’t know about it).
- My hypertension has worsened since I increased my salt consumption. My blood pressure has increased about 10 points – both systolic and diastolic. Just checked it – it’s 155/109 right now. I used to be in the 140s over the 90s.
- I’m gaining weight (and no, it’s not muscle).
Ok, currently this doesn’t seem to be working for me.
Let’s take a moment to discuss the elements of the Ray Peat approach that I do like and that have been helpful:
- Liver – My skin is very happy and I am really glad my family is all willing to eat it. Put 4 oz of liver into Cronometer and just see how many nutrients this stuff has. I wouldn’t have tried it without knowing about Peat.
- Progest E – I can’t say for sure that it’s had a dramatic effect yet with regard to estrogen management, but I have noticed an improvement in mood symptoms related to my cycle soon after I take it. I’ll definitely continue with this.
- Dairy – I like dairy a lot and had no idea how many nutrients are in it till I started entering what I ate into Cronometer. I have no problem digesting it, and the only reason I all but gave it up was because Paleo told me to. Dairy and I are happy to be back in communication.
- Avoidance of PUFAs – Dr. Peat’s thoughts on the detriments of polyunsaturated fatty acids make a ton of sense to me, and I’m happy to avoid them going forward.
- Vitamin E – I’ll continue to supplement with this. I never would have known how beneficial this vitamin is.
- Raw carrot – I like carrots and am happy to continue eating them. Peat says a carrot a day reduces endotoxin and provides a natural antibiotic effect.
- Coffee – I was happy to learn that coffee has many nutritional benefits. Currently I can’t drink it because without sugar added it makes me hungry. But I hope to drink it again.
- Avoidance of things that increase estrogen, serotonin, and prolactin. Still learning about these.
Elements of Ray Peat’s work that I plan to learn more about and possibly incorporate:
- Aspirin supplementation
- Red light therapy
- Lifting weights/light strength training
So what parts am I giving up for now?
- Sugar. I’ll be fairly low carb again to get my blood sugar under control…but who knows…maybe with exercise I’ll be able to tolerate it again. But seriously…sugars and starches have not been treating me well. They’re basically off the table for now.
There are some things Peat advises that don’t ring true to me:
- Avoiding vegetables unless they are very well cooked. Something about toxins…I don’t know. This sounds goofy to me. Veggies always made me feel really good. I’ll be eating salads again.
- Avoiding fatty fish. I don’t know about this. Probably need to research more, but I’m not really clear as to why he recommends this, except that omega 3 oils are unsaturated and thus unstable/easily oxidized. How could it be that EVERYONE EVERYWHERE says that eating salmon is good for you and Peat says it’s not. I haven’t read the research, so for now I’ll just say I’m doubtful.
Ok, that’s really all I have to say today. Back to somewhat low carb, for now. This isn’t the end of my health-seeking pursuits, of course. Just a pause, and hopefully a return to baseline.