Today I faced evil and had a bowl of cereal for breakfast. And I spiked like crazy. I tried super low carb for about a month. It started off great with lots of flat lines on the Dexcom, but then I started getting fairly high BG readings that were hard to bring down. I think it was the delayed digestion of things like nuts, cheese, etc. I also continued to lose weight which is something that I don't want to do.

So I've added back some carbs while keeping breakfast at about 23 carbs and trying to avoid carbs at dinner and especially after dinner.

Last night my Dexcom kept alarming for lows. I ignored most of them and ate a few glucose tabs from my bedside table. I woke up at 49 which definitely said that my Dex had been right all night. I am really bad about clearing alarms when I don't want to wake up.

So for the first time in almost two months, I had about 35g of cereal and milk for breakfast. I think it's the milk that I miss more than the cereal. But the spike was horrible and the evil cereal/milk combo won out. Tomorrow it's Greek Yogurt and blueberries or peanut butter toast.

Oh, how I miss cereal and milk.

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Breakfast Cereal is indeed evil for most of our blood sugars. I too miss it. And very occassionally indulge, with predicable outcome.

For gaining weight / maintaining weight with low carb, the trick is apparently to eat more protein. Also make sure you are eating enough calories (ie. low carb necessarily is high fat, and moderate protein).

try almond milk...it has nearly no carbs. I find a can eat just about anything if I wait a good 20 minutes or so after I bolus to eat, factoring in I'm not low when I inject. It's about timing the insulin with the carbs, not about the carbs...in my experience. Milk does spike me though.

Love the almond milk, I drink the Vanilla unsweetened variety by Blue Diamond, absolutely terrific. One cup equals 2 grams of carbs and like 30 calories:)

I have a theory that flat days exacerbate dawn phenomenon the day after? I haven't taken notes or done anything organized but I have noticed that I seem to get more pronounced spikes the day after really flat days. Which makes getting flat weeks sort of dicey? I have some really small bowls I use for smaller servings of cereal that seem to work ok. Like 1/2 serving?

I've personally found that total no. of calories consumed affect the dawn phenomenon the next day. Also how much exercise.

I can't do a half serve of cereal - even 1 serve of 30 g is pretty small. It just doesn't cut it. That's like 15 grams only. Next to nothing.

I don't have a dexcom but I've been trying to write everything down lately and I had a "flat day" a couple of weeks ago... the whole day around 160ish which is GREAT for me. The next day started great then BAM 250 that wouldn't budge.

I've given up on cereal but I drink milk with breakfast every morning. It helps wash down the peanut butter and toast. Scaling up the amount of peanut butter at breakfast helped me gain some weight. I originally ate about 40 grams but I'm up at about 64 grams now.

Maurie

Maybe we should add this to the "Ya know your diabetic when" post. Ya know your diabetic when you crave something as simple as a bowl of cereal with milk in the morning.

Most non D folks see cereal as a quick convenient breakfast and would love to have bacon and eggs sometimes. Us diabetics would just love the sweet crunchy taste of a bowl of Captain Crunch occasionally. Life is sometimes cruel.

Gary S

You can use a small amount of granola and mix it with lots of different fresh berries..(they almost have no carbs) an a handful of nuts and lots of yogurt..yummm..you feel satisfied after that meal and you don't get peaks...

I eat cereal all the time and don't have any more problems with it then anything else. I usually eat fairly large bowls. Like 70 grams. It makes no sense to me that people with diabetes seem to have so much trouble with cereal. I generally don't check after meals but I can easily feel spikes as I feel horrible. Tonight about 1.5 hours half after dinner I felt like total s*** and checked to see 177. If I ate cereal and I spiked I would certainly feel it. I can't say it never happens but not anymore then anything else. It's not the cereal that is evil its the f***** diabetes.

"I generally don't check after meals"

Yeah, I could eat a big bowl of cereal with fruit and milk for breakfast and a sub sandwich for lunch (with fries) and 3 slices of pizza for dinner too if I didn't check my blood sugar.

lol

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