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Intuitive Eating, Low Blood Sugar, Med Reductions, OH MY!

Saturday, January 05, 2019

So my premium coaching task of the day is to practice intuitive eating. Interestingly enough I have been doing that throughout this process without knowing it had a name. When I started this leg of the journey I made three "rules" for myself 1) I was going to have chocolate EVERY SINGLE DAY; 2) I was never going to do an activity I hated; and 3) I was allowed to eat whatever I wanted as long as I wrote it all down. If this was going to be something I could do for the rest of my life it had to be this way or no way at all. I am also diabetic and if I don't eat in response to symptoms of low blood sugar regardless of what the calorie allowance may say at that moment it can be VERY bad...so I've been eating this way all along without knowing it. So score on that front.

Anyway, about that low blood sugar thing...I had one last night...a bad one. I woke up freezing and shaking and having visual disturbances that putting my glasses back on didn't fix so I came out of my bedroom to the bathroom, checked my sugar and discovered I was at 47. The bottom end of normal is 70 so 47 is a pretty significant low, one that could have been dangerous had it not awakened me. 4 or 5 glucose tablets and a half cup of cocktail peanuts over the course of about 45 minutes got me back to a place where it was safe to go back to sleep. Last bad low I had was the end of August, about 15 days before they took me off my insulin. I guess each of these improvements in my diabetes is going to be signaled by a major hypoglycemic episode. That kinda sucks because I feel pretty horrible today. Sort of hung over.

However...after messaging my specialist about it and giving her the information she requested about my current weight and med dosages, she told me to cut one of my meds by half immediately and to keep her informed of anymore lows or if my post meal sugars showed a rebound over 200 and we'd adjust again accordingly. So that's where we are today. One med gone since September, a second cut by half to start January. Rock on! #Flourishat50 #OnwardtoONEderland
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    Glad you understood what was going on. We all should know our bodies warning signs and what to do. WTG
    377 days ago
    George815, I had been on 20 units of daily insulin for about 18 months when I started this round at SparkPeople back in May. Once I lost the first 20 pounds or so I started throwing lows. I was skating an hour and a half to two hours a week and eating within my calorie range. I went ahead and cut my insulin dose in half and made and appointment with my doctor. We did an A1C and since I had dropped from over 10 to 5.4 in 3 months, she took me off entirely the second week of September. My most recent A1C was three weeks ago (3 months off insulin) and I was at 5.9 but I'd been on a plateau with my weight nearly that whole time. I dropped off that plateau just after that appointment so I'm guessing the additional weight drop is what caused me to start going low again this time. I'm being very closely monitored and I keep meticulous records here using Premium so that I can take detailed charts to my doctor. Apparently it's working. :)

    377 days ago
    Oh my that is scary! I am glad that you woke up.
    377 days ago
  • PICKIE98
    Wow, that is scary. I always keep sunflower seeds and fit and active mozzarella sticks on hand,even in my purse. OJ with sugar stirred in is also a quick fix. I am so happy that you are aware and organized enough to take the correct measures and call your doc immediately!
    377 days ago
  • GEORGE815
    Wow. I am also Diabetic. Can't believe you got that low. Great you aware of your condition and able to take the necessary precautions to improve yourself.
    What did you do to get off insulin in August? I have been on insulin for about 1 year.
    377 days ago
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