I've become quite a follower of a low carb diet, and so have seen the benefits of having a VERY low carb breakfast, even if I break down later on in the day and eat a...sandwich or whatever.
So for breakfast I usually have eggs. There's roughly 1 carb per egg, so my breakfast will consist of 4-6 carbs, and allow my body to wake up and insulin sensitivity to rise for the paltry cost of around 1.5 units of insulin.
Occasionally if I go higher I'll try to stick with ridiculously slow burning food stuffs for the same reason. Wasa crackers, etc.
If I dare look at anything faster, it's just going to ruin my morning. I'll have a huge spike of glucose followed by a gigantic nose dive when the corrective insulin kicks in.
Do you take insulin for protein? I have tried eating a no-carb breakfast and my blood sugar still spiked after. I know its not a basal issue because I have fasted and found that it is perfect, so I'm not sure what's causing these spikes.
Well as I said, eggs do contain a little bit of carbs, as do most things in fact.
Eggs work well for me because the carbs they do have are so nicely locked away and so slow to absorb. Perfect for breakfast.
Without any carbs at all, the insulin will have little to work with and so you may still spike, in that dawn phenomena way.
The way I see it is, I'm still doing the same thing I always did, I'm just simplifying the math. The two main pivotal aspects are reduced in their numbers. Carbs and insulin and so their reactions (both good and bad) are limited.
Jet - In the example you gave, are you absolutely sure that your blood sugar did not go and stay low (<70) during the night? I've found that any night-time low (anything < 70 and longer than 20 minutes or so) gives me a post breakfast high BG with as little as 3-4 grams of carbs.
I have a CGMS and every night I rarely have overnight lows. During the period I tried a no-carb breakfast, it would spike from a normal (about 120-140) up into the 200's! It's wild.
Good to hear you rarely go low overnight. That alone makes the CGM worthwhile. I use a *lower* carb diet (30-100 grams/day) and my post meal BG rises are much more mild than when I consumed more than 100 grams carb/day. I do give insulin for protein and fat. See my response above.
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I do take insulin for protein and fat in certain situations. For example, this morning I had two jumbo soft-boiled eggs. I took 2.8 units of insulin extended over 2.5 hours. (This dose is customized for me and learned by trial and error; your needs will vary.) My breakfast-time BG was 86 and two hours post-prandial I'm at 109 and starting to trend down. If I wanted to consume a few carbs (I like to limit breakfast carbs to a low amount, say 4 or 8 grams), I would also deliver a carb pre-bolus about 30 minutes before I started eating.
too much prot can cuz an insulin rise - your body should handle 30g per meal without any rise what-so-ever- some people can eat 100g of prot in a meal with no rise but everybody is diff
Wow that sounds like a good breakfast Laura! If only I had time to make that every morning before work.
Can you come over? lol? You are amazing!
It may sound tasty, but a breakfast like that would spike me to the skies!
My standard weekday breakfast has been less than 1/2 cup of refried black beans, and eggs scrambled with chiles, tomatoes and onions plus my capp with milk - total 20 carbs. But I am working on cutting carbs as I am slowly but surely gaining weight and it freaks me out! So now I'm trying 1/2 vegan sausage scrambled with vegies, the capp and skipping the beans.