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Response to Marthe48 (Original post)

Tue Jan 7, 2020, 07:40 PM

47. I understand your excitement!!!

Last year, I did the same thing!!! I got a CGM, started intermittent fasting and lost 30 pounds in 3 months!! BTW, fasting was the treatment for diabetes before insulin was invented. I use my CGM constantly and don't eat any meal until my BG gets down to around 90. Then I eat a normal meal with the recommended 30/20/50 protein/fat/carb model. Once that meal starts affecting my BG about 1.5 to 2 hours after that meal, I check my BG again. Just as it's peaking around 150-160, I start walking. After walking about 30 mins, it goes back down. I repeat this for a mid-afternoon snack and for dinner. I tend to carb load at my first meal and eat fewer carbs the rest of the day. My dinner is usually just a protein and nuked fresh veggies. I find if I do a bigger dinner it takes longer for my BG to go down the next morning, delaying my first meal the next day. My fasting BG was 143 and I was prescribed Metformin. I switched from a GP to an endrocrinologist which completely changed my goals. The GP follows the American Diabetes Assn range up to 180. The Endocrinologists Assn uses a range up to 150, so I follow that range instead of 180. I figure the lower, the better. As of my last endo visit in November I am off Metformin and managing my diabetes with diet and walking. No heavy cardio, no machines. I don't even need to leave the house. I just walk. So with my CGM and my Fitbit, I control my diabetes, it doesn't control me. I don't eat or walk until my number tells me to. Everything depends on that number on my CGM. I am up to 25 miles per week and my diabetes is under control. Congrats to you on your success!!!! Carbs are not necessarily the enemy....your body needs carbs. But there are good carbs and bad carbs. Stick with fresh carbs (fruit) and stay away from processed carbs. Use fiber (like oatmeal) and protein (eggs, meat, peanut butter, cheese sticks) to slow down the BG. But losing the weight is a major reason numbers go lower. Again, congratulations!!!! I agree that this is the way to eat for the rest of your life!!!

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