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800 calorie blood sugar diet - Day 1

Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Can I be clear here, I am not recommending this diet I am just trying it and reporting on how I get on. I have seen my doctor and will be seeing him again in 6 weeks. I will monitor myself regularly. If you want to follow such a strict diet you should talk to your doctor. Also my husband is going to keep a close eye on me for any signs of hypo.

Just a quick note about the diet. It is basically the Mediterranean Diet but with only 800 calories. Rules include cutting out bad carbs i.e. the white stuff - sugar, pasta, rice, potatoes plus the obvious cakes, full sugar fizzy drinks etc. He includes fats in the diet but only the good stuff like olive oil, avocado, nuts. He bans any diet foods, low fat foods and allows full fat milk and yogurts. Exercise is included but only a 10 minute strength routine daily and a 10 minute mindfullness session (meditation) to keep the stress levels down. He provides a list of low calorie recipes and a weekly menu planner to help you make right and varied choices. I don't want to go into every aspect of the diet here but if you have any questions, please ask. You can also get information from www.thebloodsugardiet.com.

Woke up this morning and the first thing I thought was 'oh poop, I'm going on that really strict diet'. I feel both afraid and excited at the same time. Went through my normal routine of weight, blood glucose and also measured my waist as the main thing is to reduce belly fat. Funnily enough he says you measure across the belly button which to me is quite low down and not where I usually measure but I am following his plan - it makes my waist bigger than it usually measures.

Weight 79.2 kilos or 174.5 lbs.
Waist measurement 44 inches.
Blood glucose 157 (higher than normal but I did have those malteers yesterday).
Insulin given last night 37 units.

I am allowed my usual green tea and a glass of water with the juice of half a lemon. Take my 5 tablets with this. (Diabetic, blood pressure and cholesterol tablets).

Breakfast: melon, spinach and blueberry smoothie - tastes very nice - Calories 130

Lunch: Just had lunch and I struggled to finish it, I am so full. A whole red pepper roasted with olive oil then stuffed with feta, cucumber, tomatoes, mint, pomegranate seeds, salad onion, pistachio nuts and the juice of half a lemon. Calories 220.

Note to self, leave off the lemon juice and it was sooooo sour and I can't stop burping.

Just had a 30 minute swim, took it nice and steady with hubby nearby to keep an eye on me. I have also done the 5 strength exercises, 10 reps of each.

Maybe the swim was a mistake, it is 5.30 pm and I am starting to feel hungry. I normally have a snack at 4 pm but not enough spare calories, anyway can look forward to dinner in a couple of hours if I can keep myself occupies.

One thing, phone call from daughter to say house move (see earlier blog) had gone through and she wasnt going to be homeless. Husband put a bottle of champagne in the fridge for a celebration drink. Really not fair, I took it out and told him he can have a large whiskey but I am not ruining my diet on day one.

Blood glucose test before dinner: 93 - lowest it has been for a long time.

Dinner: baked aubergine with spicy lamb mince. Calories 320. This was a miscalculation on my part as I was supposed to eat a whole aubergine but only had half so will need to have another 130 calories later.

I am now going to have to think carefully about how much insulin I inject tonight - might drop it by 2 units to 36.

Had a 90 gram can of tuna on rye cracker - total 120 calories - Total for day around 800 cal

Feeling fine and not hungry, I could hardly finish the meals I made but managed. Lets see what tomorrow brings.
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    My husband and I have started this as my husband’s blood sugar was reading pre-diabetic at the surgery this week. Second day and not felt hungry. Vegetable soup is a good filler for peckish times and it gave me the opportunity to use the soup maker yesterday, without having to supervise the cooking....
    611 days ago
    Anacorzan, keep reading. I am feeling fantastic, don't feel hungry, lots of energy and psychologically in a good place. emoticon
    1460 days ago
    Interesting diet. All food looks very healthy. Good luck!
    1460 days ago
    Thank you crazy, started new blog today for Day 2
    1475 days ago
    Well, hope this helps you in the short term and see if it is right for you for the long term. Good luck!
    1475 days ago
    Pinetree, not sure how I am going to cope either but I will keep up the blog each day to record my progress. You will have seen on my other comments that it is an 8 week diet but it can be reviewed in 2 weeks (to a least give it a chance) at which point I can continue or go onto the 5.2 diet which is where you only do the 800 calories 2 days a week and eat a balanced diet for the other 5 days.
    1476 days ago
    Ro2bent, it is not a quick fix it is a starting point and followed by a maintenance plan but I haven't gone into that yet.

    Fasdaide, I know the theory, reducing metabolism but this guy is well known in the UK for debunking diet myths and he has done lots of research. I have done the rest, and yes, this is just another diet. You can read all about it on his website. I have spoken to my doctor and his attitude is anything is worth a try but keep a careful check on b.g. levels. I have also has a full set of bloods done recently, plus urine and usual HBA1C. I will be seeing him again in 6 weeks. I am not recommending this diet, just giving my experience. I will make that clear.

    Marion, I am going to update / edit my post throughout the day to say how I am feeling, how I am on the food and how I cope with any hunger (which I expect). The blog is for me to help me thrash out what I am feeling. I don't think I can do 800 cal a day but I am going to give it a go.

    1476 days ago
    I am interested to see your comments, as you proceed on this curiously, strict diet.
    Will go to read more about it now.
    Know I definitely could not do it for very long! Do you plan to follow this way of eating long term? Or is it meant to be a short term, sort of burst thing?

    Wishing you Strength & Stamina! emoticon
    1476 days ago
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    Not sure I could do 800 cals a day. emoticon But I wish you success in reaching your goal.
    1476 days ago
    I think you may want to do some more research or call your doctor. Everything I've ever read says it's counterproductive to go under 1,200 calories.
    1476 days ago
    Junko for a quick fix diet find changes that you can live with the rest of your life and maintain
    1476 days ago
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