Gary Taubes is a wonderful source for current research on fats. Non-dairy creamers--bleech. I eat quite a lot of saturated fat & my lipid profile improved. Others have experienced the same. Can't be that much milk in your tea for you to have to give it up.
What I do wth MDI is take part of meal bolus right away & another several hours later for fat/protein as soon as I see BG starting to increase. Just from testing a lot experience I've learned that as soon as I see a 20 pt rise, I know a spike is around the corner. I have gastroparesis, so I'm not a good example having slowed digestion to begin with. Sorry!
Well, my childhood-derived idea of tea (when we'd ask for tea, my mother would put a few teaspoons in our milk), is one cup water, one cup milk in a 2-cup measuring cup, with sweetener. So it is rather a lot of milk -- say 2 - 3 cups of milk a day. My friend who used to live in England calls it "cambric tea". It definitely does a number on my BGs, although I have discovered that, for some unknown reason, the tea itself is partly to blame.
I COULD switch to cream, it's just that I haven't had the courage to do it. I'm due for a lab test next week, and want to see if my (at least) reduced carb eating has made any changes. I do know my weight has come down 20 lb. from my pre-coma carb binging (and I DO mean binging -- I was totally out of control!!)
It is really confusing to read varying sources, especially the ones that say that fat causes you to gain weight (don't want to do that -- I'm currently 5 lb. above BMI 24.9 -- can't lose that last 5 lb., but I figure my body is just plateauing, and I have to wait it out, but the other part of me says, "what's 5 lb. anyway??), and the ones that are so anti-saturated fat and red meat. Needless to say, my favorite is beef, of course!
I did have a copy of Bernstein, but loaned it to someone and never got it back. Maybe I should buy a new copy, and get Taubes' book too. The coma, plus the fact that my BGs are harder to control now than they were before the whole incident started makes me think I need some diabetes re-education, and re-thinking eating habits.
Oh, that is quite a bit of milk. I was thinking it was just a splash of milk in your tea. My mother did the same with coffee when I was a kid. I hated drinking milk & she'd put a little coffee in my milk. When older, I only drank cofee in the form of iced coffee (a NY thing) because coffee was a childhood cold beverage.
Understand how you feel about fats. It's a 180 from everything we've been told for decades. (I was a low fat vegetarian for around 30 years before D came to visit.) Saturated fat is the boogey man, but vegetable oils are good. Low fat is the best, healthiest way to go. All untrue. We've become phobic about fat consumption while shoveling in the carbs. Fact is that excess carbs piles on the pounds. I've never counted calories, but my low carb diet is high calorie. I lost too much weight at first. Protein & fat are essential, carbs are not.
Vegetable oils are unstable at high temperature. Saturated fats are the safest to use for this purpose.
I also eat fish, nuts, chia seeds & take EFA capsules (krill oil).
Since getting on lower carb diet, my cholesterol profile is the best it's ever been. My cholesterol has always been extremely low, with HDL well below range. Finally HDL is in range. First time ever! So I'm definitely a convert.
Actually, the milk is the last thing to go. I could start using cream instead. I'm a rather limited eater, and need to work on eating more vegetables, but I like meat, cheese and nuts, and have lately eaten some Greek yogurt, which seems to help regularity!
But I would definitely have to change my insulin dosing, because fats and protein do raise my BGs and keep them up for a fairly long time. Not as high a peak as with carbs, but a longer one. Which means learning to use a square-wave bolus, which I have only occasionally experimented with. Not too old a dog to learn new tricks, I think! :-)
Like I said before, it's more a matter of courage, than inability to do it.
I personally am a low carber but only to stay on the smallest dose of insulin as possible. I'm sure once I get more comfortable with using insulin I may even eat some ice cream or a cookie once in a while and bolus for it! :) I'd say each person is different and whatever works for one may not for another so if you wanna eat that cookie bolus for it (or run for an hour if you are type2lol) and enjoy!
You DO know, of course, that as your pancreas continues to shut down, your insulin doses will go up, even if you don't change anything in your routine. I liked the analogy I found in one of Joslin's old Diabetes Manuals: How much water do you need to put out a fire? Answer: Enough. The same thing with insulin. Some people need more, some need less, but we all need ENOUGH!
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