I eat no breakfast unless I am hungry.
The only system that works with my nasty DP, is my basal goes up around four AM, I wake up around 5-5:30, usually at about 85-95, then I bolus immediately with 3-4 units of novolog. For breakfast I drink 24 ounces of coffee with cream. This works just about perfectly. I have to have the coffe, since I run on about 3 hours sleep a night and am dependent on it. i can live without a real breakfast.
I have a thin piece of whole wheat toast with light margarine and scramble an egg in a small glass bowl, microwave it for 25 seconds and place it on top. Yummy!
After a post-op profound loss of appetite, my sweetie slowly brought it back with an array of enticing breakfasts that felt like treats---small beautifully plated servings of egg dishes with a sprig of parsley and a small piece of bacon and a sculpted slice of avocado, for instance. I have learned to make cheesey eggs now and alternate it with a pseudo-pancake if my sweet-tooth is demanding: 2 Tbsps almond flour, 2 eggs, vanilla (lots as I am a vanilla junkie!), liquid stevia to taste, almond milk and a dollop of heavy cream. In my dotage, I'm learning to really enjoy breakfast, finally! Since dx it's been for me a "necessary evil" that I never used to eat at all. Better late than never!!!...Judith in Portland
1. a CDE/RN just suggested that caffeine can raise your blood sugar. Anyone see this if they just have black coffee? This person went as far as to suggest that you give insulin for that spike - just as you would for stress, hormones, infection. I'm nervous about how much to start with, even though I think it's true.
2. If preparing these fabulous sounding breakfasts (mmmm I want to go in the kitchen and make all this stuff, but I just had lunch), consider bolusing while you're cooking (30 minutes ahead of time, even) - not so you crash, but so the insulin and food takes effect at the same time.
3. Favorite breakfast #1 (old faithful) - 1 piece Ezekial Sprouted Grain Toast (15g), several slices of expensive cheese, 1 pear (weigh it after it's cut up!), 1 c. coffee with cream and Splenda
Favorite breakfast #2 (really easy, if you have everything) - egg whites scrambled out of a jar (not egg beaters - those have weird coloring and smell), fresh spinach, shredded cheese, 1 low carb tortilla (10g). This has a bigger carbon footprint but feels gourmet!
4. Favorite breakfast #3 - now how the hell do I bolus for this??? HELP
Froz. banana, 2 tbs froz. plain non-fat greek yogurt, 1 c chocolate soy milk, 1 c no-carb vanilla protein powder, 2 tbs peanut butter ---> blender. I estimate 45-60 carbs for this and still go high. But it tastes SOOOO good...
In response to #1 - yes, I struggled with morning highs for years, only on days that I was in the office... so confusing because in the office I was getting LESS exercise... finally found a CDE that called it the "Brewed Factor". She said it was quite rare, but there are some T1DM's that have a spike in bg when drinking brewed caffinated coffee. The liver responds with fight-or-flight response by throwing out stored glucose from liver when drinking brewed coffee - the same response that the body goes thru when in stress moments. She said it doesn't occur when drinking caffinated soda - only with brewed coffee...
Gotta know Lilly - are you like me... quite sensitive with stress hormones (called 'brittle' 35 years ago after diagnosis. For example, I've also learned that I suffer from "Euphoric Hypoglycemia"... when I'm around people who make me very happy (ie: certain friends and my mother) I require much less basal insulin as I'm spilling out less stress hormones, etc...
Not sure if I'm sensitive to hormones - I guess I am, but it's hard to acknowledge and identify when I'm truly stressed. But I have been extra sensitive to coffee lately (shaking hands, racing heart - feeling low! but not actually low) so I'll have to pay more attention to it!
I am sensitive to adrenaline in high stress situations like road races and musical performances (I'm a violinist) - definitely see a spike in those circumstances.
Switching to decaf coffee helped me to smooth out my am bg's. You might give decaf a try?
You 'eekin' decaf?!
Not so much eeking decaf as eeking not having caf! I am a coffee junkie. I'd probably have to adjust my pump settings if I stopped drinking coffee?
Hah. Ur talking to a coffee junkie too... just junked out on decaf these days to keep my sugars smooth. I totally respect how easy it is to get hooked on the wonderful strong aroma, rich taste and relaxation that coffee can offer. :)