2.17.17

Riding The Wave Of A 150 Carb Breakfast

It’s Saturday. I look around my kitchen like, “How many nutrients can I pack into one meal?” The kitchen counter holds the answer: fruit. A meal based on the classics: oranges, apples, and bananas. The excitement mounts… but simultaneously, the anxiety builds–how can I balance that many carbs? Instead of running in fear from the carb-load, I decide to embrace it, count it, and ride the wave of a high-carb, plant-based diabetes meal.

There’s always a backdrop to any diabetes situation. How much exercise is in the system? Where did your blood sugar start? Well, I started with a BG of 118. Did 30 minutes of yoga prior. With exercise in the system, I feel more prepared. Exercise is the secret weapon. 

Here’s the complete ingredient list: 3 small oranges, 2 bananas, 1 apple, 1/4 cup of blueberries, 1/4 cup pineapple chunks, 1/4 cup soaked pumpkin seeds, 1/2 cup soaked almonds, and dashes of cinnamon (to cure diabetes, wink, wink).

Estimated carb total of 150. I dial up 5 units of Novolog, injecting it 10 minutes prior.

Days prior, I began the Dexcom life (and love it). While eating, I watch the watch. About 15 minutes into eating the meal, a rise in the BGs is noticeable.

Slowing the pace, I shift toward eating the almonds and pumpkin seeds, allowing the insulin to catch-up and waiting for a plateau of the sugars. Then as I saw the BGs plateau around 170, I resumed eating the second half of the meal. About an hour later, the sugars had settled into a nice zone in the low 100s.

Lessons learned include taking a pause during the meal if you see a rapid rise in levels. This was not a strategy available to me before the CGM, and with the watch, it certainly helps keep tabs on the meal’s progress into the system. I knew that I had the right amount of insulin onboard, being just a matter of time before it overtook the first wave of sugars. (Shoutout to Dr. Stephen Ponder, the founder of Sugar Surfing)

Former co-founder of DiabetesDailyGrind, Ryan's mission is to motivate others with diabetes to live their own authentic life. Most days, when not in the hospital during his medical residency, you can find him on the bike, surfboard, or yoga mat. He believes in the power of clean eating, and loves his Dexcom.

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