I have been using the wrong benchmark to judge my daily sugar levels. To my mind, as long as it was below 140, I was safe. Turns out, I should be aiming for a level of at least 100.
What I noticed:
- If I don’t eat rice for dinner, my morning numbers tend to be low at 108-110
- One weekend, I let myself sip 3 gulps of Coke. It did not contribute to a high number the next morning at only 115.
- Eating at a mall restaurant, made my evening numbers rise to around 200. Shocking. Your imagined sense of control on the situation flies out the window.
Last night, I spent some time listening to Dr. Sarah Hallberg’s TEDx Talk on “Reversing Type 2 Diabetes starts with ignoring the guidelines” where she asserts that a low-carb-high-fat diet was the best chance to reverse T2 Diabetes. More of her work can be found here. She is an expert in obesity medicine and internal medicine and claims to have helped her patients to technically reverse their diabetes diagnosis (this goes for patients who have been on insulin for 20 years).
I checked out the recipes that she recommends including this one for chocolate chip cookies and though it seems doable, some ingredients like almond floor and xanthum seem too expensive for normal people like me.
Perhaps, I could do it little by little by avoiding breads and cake as much as possible. Preferring to only eat meat and veggies over carbs like rice and pasta (huhu). It hurts coz I love pasta dishes and noodles so much.