Grazing And Type 2 Diabetes

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I will take a portion of 15 grapes to work and eat them over a period of 2 hours. OR it might be 25 mini shredded biscuits. How does this affect my bg testing? Do I need to stop this? I think both examples are acceptable carb limits. I really think it depends on what your bg levels are when you graze. After you eat you want to return to a normal bg, usually around 100 or under, before you eat again. If you are constantly grazing you may be keeping bg in a high state too long. 115 pounds, Breast Cancer dx'd 6/16, 6 months of chemo and 6 weeks of radiation 2000 metformin ER, 100 mg Januvia,Glimperide, Prolia, Gabapentin, Meloxicam, Probiotic with a Prebiotic, , Lisinopril, B-12, B-6, Tumeric, Magnesium, Calcium, Vit D, and Occuvite mostly vegan diet, low fat and around 125 carbs a day, walk 5-6 miles every other day and 1 hour of yoga and light weights. I will take a portion of 15 grapes to work and eat them over a period of 2 hours. OR it might be 25 mini shredded biscuits. How does this affect my bg testing? Do I need to stop this? I think both examples are acceptable carb limits. It would appear if you are sticking to 15 grams of carbs or less and this works for you then it is th Continue reading >>

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  1. Aaron1963

    Ketogenic Cheese

    I was interested to try some feta cheese, being Ann (Comedy) seems to love it with her Greek salads. So I finally broke down and bought some of the stuff here, even though there wasn't any price listed (it ended up being about the same as the other imported cheeses, which is quite expensive here in Korea). I tried it today just by itself, because I wanted to know what the taste was like. It was very salty to me. Most cheese I can eat just straight, and the feta I could if I wanted to, but would be much better in a salad I think where the leafy veggies would offset the saltiness of it.
    So after having a new item I hadn't had before, I looked up the nutritional information and recorded it in my database, where it automatically calculates the KR. I was quite surprised, it came in at only 1.8, which is a bit lower than most of the cheese I'd been eating up till now. Cheddar seems to be the best of what I've tried, at a KR of 2.2 Still all of them aren't really good. I hadn't really paid much attention to the KR of cheeses before, even though I had it calculated in my database. So it got me thinking - what is the best cheese for those of us on a ketogenic diet? I did a bit of research and came up with St. Andre Cheese. It's a French cheese made with triple cream and supposedly has 0 carbs. Sounds like just the thing for me, unfortunately I don't think it's available here. I may try to find a specialty cheese shop, but expect if they have it that it'll cost a small fortune. The KR for the St. Andre comes to a very respectable 4.1. Anyone ever tried it and have any opinion on it? I'm not looking to consume it together with any particular food. In fact, a lot of the time I just like cheese by itself, to help round out a meal. But when I'm striving for a KR of 3.0 or higher, all the cheeses I've been eating till now have a negative effect towards that goal. Well, perhaps that's not totally correct, being I do need protein, and cheddar has a pretty high protein to carb ratio (95% : 5%) vs. feta at 77% : 23%. So if I need some more protein, the cheddar isn't actually a bad way to go, while getting very minimal carbs. But if the St. Andre can do it with zero carbs, it'll be that much easier to reach my target KR.

  2. AnnC

    I don't eat a huge amount of cheese any more because of the fat/protein ratio. But I love feta and olives in my salads, so work around it in my meal planning. Mozzarella, sharp cheddar and Parmesan all have places in my meals, and I just adjust to include them when I need to.
    This is the feta I'm currently using:
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    The herbs mentioned are mostly rosemary, and it's just great in my salad. It goes very well with the kalamata olives I add as well.
    You're much more dedicated than I am, Aaron. I only calculate my KR at the end of the day, and as long as I'm well over 2.0, I'm happy. My general carb and protein limits ensure that, so I have a lot of flexibility within the range of foods I like to eat and look forward to in my meals.

  3. Aaron1963

    I think it's not so much dedication as I'm just an analytical type of person and like to completely analyze everything down to the minutest details. Running the numbers for a meal is more interesting to me than eating the meal itself. So I'm always looking at things and seeing how to tweak the numbers to even better.
    The combination of salty olives plus the salty feta cheese would end up being too salty for my tastes I'm afraid. But not sure if feta cheese is always so salty, or it's just the brand I bought. Some salt in a salad though would be good, just not too much. Maybe I'll soak my olives in fresh water to desalt them some and then use my remaining feta cheese in green leafy salads along with some olives.
    Today I've been experimenting with the cream I've been adding to my coffee. Cream here isn't always the easiest thing to buy, being only a few places even sell it, and if they're out of stock, I'm out of luck. The store that sells it was closed yesterday, so I didn't have any cream today. As a result, I added butter into my coffee instead of cream. The taste wasn't so nice as with the cream, but I actually don't really care for the taste of coffee anyways, so it was fine by me. It's only a matter of degree of how "bad" or "tasteless" it is. Well, in analyzing it, the KR of butter is much higher than cream. Butter has only a trace of carbs in it. Cream, when I pour 100ml into a cup of coffee ends up having significant carbs, as in 2.8g. The KR of butter vs. 38% cream is 8.5 for butter and 4.5 for cream. 9.0 is the maximum KR possible for any food. So butter is almost the maximum, whereas cream is only 50% of the maximum. Quite a difference there. So based on today's test, I think I'll just melt the butter into my coffee everyday, and skip the cream all together. I'll just reserve the cream for my berries. Well, I was experimenting with some other things today as well, so my carbs were a bit higher than my target, but overall by using butter in place of cream, I figure I can end up with a similar KR for the day and cut down on the carbs by 5 ~ 8 g. Looking forward to implementing that all the time so I can get my carbs back down to where they were a few weeks ago, prior to my diet shifting gears into maintenance mode.

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