Pity Party’s Over

Yep, done feeling sad.  Now I just need to figure out what the hell to do to move forward.

I ordered a stationary bike today.  Moderate cardio exercise – about 30 minutes a day – has previously done an amazing job of lowering my blood sugar.  Check out the graph on this post I did 2 months ago.  Exercise is the best thing I know to combat Type 2 Diabetes.  Now as for what to eat…

I tested orange juice again this morning – a half cup again, this time with 3 eggs and coconut oil.  At 1 hour my blood sugar was at 150.  Although the American Diabetes Association says to shoot for blood sugar below 180 1-2 hours after a meal, that seems high to me, and I want it lower than that.  I want it at 140 or lower at the 1-hour mark.  Jenny Ruhl from bloodsugar101 states the following:

Research conducted with human patients, mice, and pancreas beta cell cultures all point to a single threshold at which elevated blood sugars cause permanent damage to your body. What is that level? 140 mg/dl (7.8 mmol/L) after meals.

The research she provides to support this statement is here.

So hm….now 1/2 cup of OJ is too much, at least in the morning.  Not only that but I was hungry again at that hour mark.  I ate 2 more eggs, went shopping, and 2 hours later I was DYING of hunger.  I mean DYING.  It felt like hypoglycemia, though if I would have tested myself my blood sugar probably wouldn’t have been low.  Came home and chugged a cup of OJ to make the pain stop.  Blood sugar instability is no joke.

I should also mention, in the past week my weight has begun climbing rapidly, even though I’m not drinking mass quantities of milk and OJ anymore.  I think I’ve gained 3 pounds this week, in addition to the 2 I’d gained over the past month.

So to summarize:

  • My tolerance for carbohydrates is very poor (though this is probably not new…I just didn’t know about it).
  • My hypertension has worsened since I increased my salt consumption.  My blood pressure has increased about 10 points – both systolic and diastolic.  Just checked it – it’s 155/109 right now.  I used to be in the 140s over the 90s.
  • I’m gaining weight (and no, it’s not muscle).

Ok, currently this doesn’t seem to be working for me.

Let’s take a moment to discuss the elements of the Ray Peat approach that I do like and that have been helpful:

  • Liver – My skin is very happy and I am really glad my family is all willing to eat it.  Put 4 oz of liver into Cronometer and just see how many nutrients this stuff has.  I wouldn’t have tried it without knowing about Peat.
  • Progest E – I can’t say for sure that it’s had a dramatic effect yet with regard to estrogen management, but I have noticed an improvement in mood symptoms related to my cycle soon after I take it.  I’ll definitely continue with this.
  • Dairy – I like dairy a lot and had no idea how many nutrients are in it till I started entering what I ate into Cronometer.  I have no problem digesting it, and the only reason I all but gave it up was because Paleo told me to.  Dairy and I are happy to be back in communication.
  • Avoidance of PUFAs – Dr. Peat’s thoughts on the detriments of polyunsaturated fatty acids make a ton of sense to me, and I’m happy to avoid them going forward.
  • Vitamin E – I’ll continue to supplement with this.  I never would have known how beneficial this vitamin is.
  • Raw carrot – I like carrots and am happy to continue eating them.  Peat says a carrot a day reduces endotoxin and provides a natural antibiotic effect.
  • Coffee – I was happy to learn that coffee has many nutritional benefits.  Currently I can’t drink it because without sugar added it makes me hungry.  But I hope to drink it again.
  • Avoidance of things that increase estrogen, serotonin, and prolactin.  Still learning about these.

Elements of Ray Peat’s work that I plan to learn more about and possibly incorporate:

  • Aspirin supplementation
  • Red light therapy
  • Lifting weights/light strength training

So what parts am I giving up for now?

  • Sugar.  I’ll be fairly low carb again to get my blood sugar under control…but who knows…maybe with exercise I’ll be able to tolerate it again.  But seriously…sugars and starches have not been treating me well.  They’re basically off the table for now.

There are some things Peat advises that don’t ring true to me:

  • Avoiding vegetables unless they are very well cooked.  Something about toxins…I don’t know.  This sounds goofy to me.  Veggies always made me feel really good.  I’ll be eating salads again.
  • Avoiding fatty fish.  I don’t know about this.  Probably need to research more, but I’m not really clear as to why he recommends this, except that omega 3 oils are unsaturated and thus unstable/easily oxidized.  How could it be that EVERYONE EVERYWHERE says that eating salmon is good for you and Peat says it’s not.  I haven’t read the research, so for now I’ll just say I’m doubtful.

Ok, that’s really all I have to say today.  Back to somewhat low carb, for now.  This isn’t the end of my health-seeking pursuits, of course.  Just a pause, and hopefully a return to baseline.

Downhill From Here?

There’s nothing like data to snap you out of denial.

Stupid data.

It was nice thinking I was “Pre-diabetic.”  I mean, everyone I know is pre-diabetic.  It’s practically a rite of passage into adulthood in my world.  Both of my parents take Metformin.  My husband is in the “Pre-D” range and has been for years.  My friends are either there or will be soon.

But to be diabetic….it’s disappointing.  I feel like I’ve failed.  I crossed a line into the land of the deadly chronic diseases.  People die of this shit.  My father in law is minus a foot because of type-2 diabetes.

I cried a few times yesterday.  Today I just felt sad.

I don’t know much about this.  Sure I can test my blood sugar, but I don’t know how much damage I’ve done at this point.  I read things about beta cells – they die, apparently, when you’re diabetic…and some folks say they can come back.  Maybe the damage is minimal.  It’s only been a month or so of eating higher carb.  If I took my A1C right now it would probably be bad.  I’m really fortunate to have my Ray Peat Facebook groups.  There are some critical thinkers there that caused me to question things and test my blood sugar after meals.  I’m glad they did.

I like Ray Peat.  I think he knows a lot of things.  I’m not sure if I trust him with my life though, and right now I’m questioning whether or not to include carbohydrates in my diet at all.  Today I tested 8oz of orange juice with eggs for breakfast.  At 1 hour my blood sugar was 170.  Not good enough.  4 ounces tested ok yesterday…I guess I could do that.  But why.  Why bother?  It’ll just make me hungry.  I know RP says to eat carbs with every meal so the liver can detoxify PUFAs…or something like that.  It would be nice if some other geniuses would corroborate his theories.  He’s such a lone wolf in the world of health and nutrition, and I’m out of time for experimenting.

Just feeling a little hopeless and discouraged.  I ordered cynoplus from mymexicandrugstore.com. It’s a T3/T4 supplement, and maybe I need it.  I don’t know.  I’m wondering right now if I’m ever going to feel energetic and alive again.

Maybe it’s downhill from here.

I wonder if my blood sugar is high when I drink too much wine and eat mozzarella cheese?  Let’s find out.

143.

Not too bad.  Maybe I’ll have wine and cheese for breakfast too.

I’ll come around…Just processing things.

Good night.

Diabetes

I didn’t do a glucose tolerance test.  Jenny Ruhl, who manages this informative site says the following about diagnosing diabetes:

If your blood sugar went over 200 mg/dl (11.1 mmol/L) at any time you tested, you just registered a diabetic blood sugar level and should consult with a doctor as soon as possible. Two random tests results of 200 mg/dl are considered diagnostic of diabetes according to the Diagnostic Criteria for Diabetes Mellitus published by the highly conservative American Diabetes Association.

Yesterday my blood sugar was almost 300…and over 180 at the 2 hour mark after eating.  It wouldn’t be hard for me to get the same result again, I don’t think.

So I guess I’m diabetic.  The time during which I ate low carb I was probably diabetic too…but it was managed/masked by never eating carbohydrates.

Awesome.

Tonight I listened to Ray Peat’s KMUD interview on the subject of Energy Production, Diabetes, and Saturated Fats.  Here are my notes from the interview:

On Polyunsaturated Fatty Acids:

  • “Essential Fatty Acids”  – vegetable oils, polyunsaturated fatty acids (PUFAs).  Scientific evidence is hugely against their use as a part of a healthy diet.  Cites an anecdote in which someone went on a very low fat diet and lots of symptoms improved – improvement was likely because he eliminated PUFAs that were causing problems.
  • Linoleic acid causes heart disease and cancer and it’s been marketed as preventing heart disease.
  • In the 50’s they were feeding mink lots of fish, and they developed an icky disease.  Fish oils seem to be toxic as well.  When the omega 6 oils seemed to be incriminated as causing heart disease, the omega 3s were promoted instead.  They’re both bad.
  • The safe oils are butter, stearic acid, coconut oil, palm kernel oil, beef/lamb fat, and olive oil.  Chicken fat and pork fat are as bad as corn oil because those animals (non-ruminants) are eating corn.
  • Stuff growing in the ocean has access to trace minerals, but things grown inland (e.g., farmed fish/shellfish) will be deficient in these unless they’re being given an appropriate diet (and they’re probably not).
  • Randall found that when you raise FFAs, you inhibit ability to oxidize glucose.  Stress increases FFAs, and oxidizing glucose is what you need to overcome stress.  Counterproductive.  Our systems are designed not to eat PUFA.  The PUFA turn on the stress hormones that interfere with the energy, which results in more stress hormones.  Body is designed to work on saturated fats.  We happen to be living in a time where poisonous fats are prevalent and promoted.
  • Butter turns off adrenaline, ACTH, cortisol, while corn oil turns them on.  The excitotoxic system of the brain is turned on by PUFAs.  So PUFAs = inflammation, Alzheimer’s, diabetes, block use of sugar so blood sugar remains high
  • People with cancer have lots of PUFA in their body, according to a study.  Putting rodents on a diet of saturated fat prevents/delays breast cancer.
  • Adding PUFAs shorten lives of animals with tendency toward heart disease.
  • Niacin is effective for heart disease and diabetes – lowers the FFAs.  That isn’t being promoted by anyone because it’s so cheap.
  • Liver is high in niacin, as well as other animal foods (milk, eggs).
  • Fish in the Amazon have fat that is almost as saturated as butter.
  • Cows bacteria detoxify unsaturated fats that they eat, so (I think he was saying) industrial beef is not as bad as chicken/pork.
  • Vitamin E actually destroys PUFAs.

On Diabetes:

  • Diabetes is an energy deprived state.  Alzheimer’s is becoming known as diabetes of the brain.  Inflammation = a failure of energy.   Diabetes – all you can do with glucose is make lactic acid (and you can test for this).  Doesn’t produce enough energy for normal function.
  • Diabetics are forced into fat burning mode, and that would be ok if it was saturated fat being released.  The fat cells prefer to burn saturated fat, so these get burned first.  Our tissues become more concentrated with PUFAs over time, the older we get, because that’s what’s left after the saturated fats are burned off.  Then when we’re under stress and don’t get enough sugar we have to burn PUFAs which damage mitochondria, destroy genetic material inside mitochondria, which gives rise to cancer.  This only occurs in the presence of PUFAs.
  • People who change diet take about 4 years to eliminate most PUFAs, though a thin person can change over to saturated fats very quickly.  If you eat frequently and avoid stress causing foods and don’t let self get hungry enough to have stress hormones release FFAs, you can quickly switch over to an efficient metabolism.  Frequent eating, always with sugar and always with absolutely NO PUFA, allows slow disposition of toxic fats.  Our liver treats PUFA like it treats other toxins.  If it has the energy, it attaches them to sugar and prepares them to be excreted.
  • If you lose a lot of weight quickly you’re stressing liver (high liver enzymes).  If liver stays energized (frequent feedings, good nutrition) it can slowly eliminate these fats.  But when under stress you damage cells and you knock out the enzymes that are needed to detoxify.
  • What to eat?  Fruit and cheese (the host says this…not Peat, but he agrees with it).

The Takeaway Message:  Don’t eat Polyunsaturated Fatty Acids (PUFAs).  They’re poison and they give you diabetes and cancer.  To fix your metabolism, eat frequently, always have some form of sugar, make sure nutrition is good, including niacin.  Wait up to 4 years for the damage to be repaired.

I don’t know if he’s right or not.  Jenny Ruhl says that diabetes is caused by genetics and poisons in the environment (BPA, Phthalates, pesticides).  Conventional wisdom says diabetes is caused by eating too much.  Doctors say diabetes is caused by eating sugar.  I say who the fuck knows.

My plan going forward is as follows:

1.  Exercise.  Some form of exercise every day.  Guess I’ll be taking a lot of cold walks this winter.

2.  Blood sugar testing.  This morning I had 4oz of orange juice and 2 eggs cooked in coconut oil for breakfast.  An hour later my blood sugar was 133.  Ms. Ruhl says ideally you want it below 140 at the one-hour mark, so that qualified.  I’ll keep testing different things to see what I can get away with.  I don’t want to damage myself by subjecting myself to high blood sugars for hours and hours every day…so I’ll be testing conservatively.  This may look low-carbish at first, but only until I can increase glucose tolerance.

3.  No more PUFAs for me.  I don’t know how anyone eats healthfully without spending a ton of money.  It pains me to review our finances and see how much we spend now on groceries…and that’s with chicken and fish still in the mix.  Oh well.  It’s probably cheaper than losing a foot or something.

And on that cheerful note, good night.

My Body Is A Science Experiment

…and this experiment is failing.

Today I measured my blood sugar…every hour, from 8AM till 7PM, and documented what I ate, so I could learn the effect that my new higher-carb diet is having on my endothelium.  Well, I learned.  And it isn’t good.

8:00AM – Fasting blood sugar today was 138 mg/dL.

It’s been on the rise, and these days it’s high whether or not I eat starches.  I got up twice in the middle of the night last night and had a snack, trying to avoid the Dawn Phenomenon (stress hormones causing a large release of glucose into the blood).  Didn’t work…but it was better than yesterday!  Yesterday’s fasting blood sugar was 147.  These are the highest fasting blood sugar readings I’ve ever recorded…and I’ve been recording them with some regularity for the last 20 months or so.

8:45 AM – Breakfast: 5 grapes, milk with honey mixed in, 8oz of orange juice.  About 10 minutes later I realized there wasn’t much protein or fat there and I had 2 eggs scrambled in coconut oil. Here’s the breakdown of my breakfast:

  • Calories: 536
  • Protein: 22g (18% of calories)
  • Carbohydrate: 76g (54% of calories)
  • Fat: 17g (29% of calories)

9:45 AM – 1 hour after eating

  • Blood sugar: 295

WHAT?!?!

Holy Schnikeys!  I’ve never seen a number like that on my meter.  That’s like…really fucking high!  I washed my hands – cuz maybe there was a drizzle of honey stuck on my finger or something – and then tested again…still fucking high.

  • I felt fine, a little low energy.
  • Temp and pulse were good – 98.7 and 87, respectively.

10:45 AM – 2 hours after eating

  • Blood sugar: 186

Ok, now this is where I started to get worried.  It’s one thing to clobber my body with a bunch of simple sugars and have my 1-hour post-prandial reading be high (…or really fucking high…) but the 2-hour reading shouldn’t be over 140, even by pretty conservative standards.

Uh…hm.  I guess maybe I’m diabetic?

Well, there are ways to determine this for sure.  What a doctor will typically do, given my fasting blood sugar reading and my post-prandial sugar levels, is order a Glucose Tolerance Test (GTT).  This involves the patient ingesting 60 grams of easily-digestible carbohydrates and then measuring blood sugar every hour for the next 3 hours.  I had this done when I was pregnant at 28 weeks (and I failed…hello gestational diabetes).  Well, I don’t need no stinking doctor…I can measure out 60 grams of carbs and see what my body does for the next 3 hours.  And I’m going to do this tomorrow.  So stay tuned.

Ok, back to my freak out.

OMG OMG OMG…diabetic?  Like for reals diabetic?  Without the “pre-” in front of it?

Anyway, on with my day.

At this point I was questioning everything.  Maybe Ray Peat is brilliant but doesn’t really know shit about impaired blood sugar management?

11:45 AM – 3 hours after breakfast

  • Blood sugar: 112 (whew…at least I’m prolly not gonna die TODAY.)
  • Temp: 98.8
  • Pulse: 86
  • Blood pressure: 141/89
  • Felt ok, no hunger, low energy

12:00 Noon – Ate lunch.  Decided to do another test.  My body didn’t like simple sugars much so how about complex carbs?  Ate a really big meal of the following:  7oz boiled potatoes, 3 T. butter, 3 T. sour cream, an egg, and some cheese.  The meal was 52% fat, 39% carbohydrate, and 9% protein.  And a lot of calories.

1:00 PM – 1 hour after eating

  • Blood sugar: 94

Wha?  What the hell is that?  I’m diabetic dammit!  Where’s my 3-figure blood sugar reading?  Are potatoes some kind of miracle food that lowers blood sugar?

  • Temp and pulse remained steady at 98.6 and 88.
  • Felt ok, no hunger, a little lethargic.

2:00 PM – 2 hours after eating

  • Blood sugar: 133.

My notes next to this reading in my notebook say, “Weird.”

I guess it’s not that weird though…the huge amount of fat I put on the potato slowed the absorption of the sugar into my system.  Didn’t hit at one hour, it hit at 2 hours.  But even that hit is pretty mild.

3:00 PM – 3 hours after eating

  • Blood sugar: 125
  • Temp/pulse: 98.6/88
  • Hunger – 0

4:00 PM – 4 hours after eating

  • Blood sugar: 113
  • Temp/pulse: 98.8/84
  • Hunger – 0

5:00 PM – 5 hours after eating

  • Blood sugar: 102
  • Temp/pulse: 98.8/85
  • Hunger – 1

So summary up to this point:  Eating simple sugars gives me the blood sugar of a diabetic.  Eating potatoes with lots of fat keeps me satiated for 5 hours and doesn’t have much impact on blood sugar.  Not what I would have expected!  And then….

5:45 PM – Ate dinner.  More potatoes (4 oz), 1 T coconut oil, 1 T sour cream, and an egg.  The meal was 61% fat, 11% protein, and 27% carbohydrate.

6:45 PM – 1 hour after eating

  • Blood sugar: 161

Huh…well, maybe I needed to really douse those potatoes in fat the way I did at lunch to suppress the rise in blood sugar?  Whatever.  So confusing.  No fun when your experiments aren’t replicated.

Didn’t get to check my blood sugar at the 2 hour mark because I was putting my little girl to bed, but I checked about a half hour later.  it was 125.

Overall summary:  Simple sugars make me diabetic.  Potatoes aren’t magical after all.  Fat is magical but only in extremely large quantities.  Interestingly, the potatoes and massive quantities of fat were so satisfying I ate about 500 calories less today than yesterday, with no hunger.

Going Forward:  It’s time to get serious about managing my blood sugar.  I’m going to do the homemade GTT tomorrow, just to get a baseline, and then after that I’m going to be limiting carbohydrates to about 15g per meal. I’ll also be exercising most days – probably a combination of light cardio (e.g., walking) and lifting weights.  I’ll continue eating Peat-friendly foods, and I’ll continue tracking my temps and pulses.  If they suffer or if I start feeling depressed most days I’ll think about adding T3.

On a side note: One thing is for sure….No matter what, I’m going to keep eating liver.  My skin looks amazing!  Love that Vitamin A.  Old acne scars have even disappeared.

Will report the results of my Glucose Tolerance Test.

Today I’m thankful to have the time, the means, and the intellect to be able to experiment like this and interpret the results.  I’m a very fortunate person indeed.

Tomorrow is my favorite holiday.  Happy Thanksgiving.

A Day In the Life of My Physiology

Today I kept track of everything I ate, when I ate it, how I felt physically, and my temps/pulses so I could identify patterns.  I’ve learned a few things.  But first, the data:

6:00 AM Wake up:

  • Temp: 97.9 deg F
  • Pulse: 76
  • Breakfast: 2 oz cheese, 8 oz orange juice, 1 Tbs coconut sugar (mixed into the juice)

7:15 AM – 1 hour later:

  • Temp: 97.9
  • Pulse: 75

So, unchanged.  In an interview I heard last week, Ray Peat said temps/pulse unchanged after eating breakfast indicates too much protein/not enough carbohydrate to get the thyroid going.  Ok, then.  I wasn’t hungry at this point but I then ate the following:

7:15 AM – More breakfast – 8 oz skim milk with 1 Tbs coconut sugar added

8:10 AM – 1 hour later:

  • Temp: 98.1
  • Pulse: 80

Well, I guess that helped a little…temp is still a little low for me.  So….

8:15 AM – More breakfast – 1 Tbs honey

9:00 AM (45 mins later):

  • Temp: 99
  • Pulse: 80

Ok, that’s more like it.  But geez.  That means my total breakfast was 566 calories, 23g protein, 80g carbs, 19g fat.  Lesson learned: in order to wake up my thyroid for the day I need 3-4 times as much carbohydrate as protein.  Now all of this would be great…those are reasonable calorie and macronutrient totals for a meal…except then….

…then I started getting hungry.

Up till this point I wasn’t particularly hungry but I was eating to raise my temperature (and in the process shut off stress hormones – primarily cortisol – from overnight.)

At 9:45 my hunger shot up to a 4 (out of 5 – my own personal Likert scale).  So I ate 4 oz orange juice and 1/2 ounce of cheese.

At 10:10 AM (a half hour later):

  • Temp: 98.6
  • Pulse: 74
  • Hunger = 2

Pulse/temp were dropping a bit.

I was getting tired of being hungry so I ate some sausage.  Meat always kills my hunger.  But then I realized, Oh Nos! If I eat too much protein and not enough carb my temp will drop further and stress hormones will turn on!

…so I ate 2 tsp of coconut sugar.

At 10:45 I felt exhausted.  And still hungry.  Ate grapes and cheese.  Took supplements and some caffeine.

11:30 AM:  Still hungry.  Ate homemade blueberry gelatin.  (protein + sugar + nutrients…perhaps the perfect food?)

12:00 Noon – Still hungry.  Tired of being hungry.  Ate eggs and didn’t even bother adding a carbohydrate.  I just wanted the hunger to end.

1:00 PM:  Hunger much better now (probably from the eggs squashing it like a bug).

  • Temp: 98.6
  • Pulse:88

Fine…whatever.  Let’s just think about something else now, ok?

1:45 PM:

  • Temp: 98.9
  • Pulse: 87
  • Hunger: 0

2:00 PM – laid down for a nap with my daughter.

2:40 PM: Woke up with a startle, heart pounding hard.  (<– classic sign of adrenaline turning on.  Not enough sugar in body.)

  • Temp: 98.0
  • Pulse: 90

Got up and ate grapes, honey, milk, and a little cheese

3:40 PM

  • Temp: 99.4
  • Pulse: 94

Wow!  My body really liked that grape/milk/honey/cheese combo.  An hour after eating it I was all toasty warm in our 66 degree home.  I felt great too.

For the rest of the afternoon I felt pretty good.  Finished the day off with liver for dinner and some chocolate.  Today’s macronutrient breakdown was as follows:

  • Calories: 2355
  • Protein: 131g (24%)
  • Carbs: 240g (39%)
  • Fat: 99g (37%)

What did I learn today?

1.  My body doesn’t know what the hell to do with sugar.  Concensus among Peatarians is that you have to give your body time – months or even years – to fix what’s broken.  Can I be patient?  Yes.  Will I change anything in the meantime to keep from making myself absolutely insane?  Yes.  Modifications in the meantime will be as follows:

  • No more white sugar or coconut sugar for a while.  There are nutrients in fruit that support the metabolism in ways plain sugar just doesn’t.  So I’ll stick to juice, whole fruit, and some honey for carbohydrates.
  • I’ll increase dairy, which is a more complete food in itself.  That way I don’t have to spend a lot of energy trying to match the perfect amount of carbohydrate with the perfect amount of protein.  I think I’ll also increase milk and decrease cheese.  Too many calories in cheese.

2.  I have almost no idea how to decrease calories (in order to lose weight) without causing stress hormones to increase and undermine my efforts.  When I’m hungry, I’m going to eat.  If I don’t eat, adrenaline will increase and I’ll stay fat.  I just need to keep fiddling with this and find a way to eat in which I’m not so hungry.  Maybe more protein in the morning and less carb?  Maybe a big-ass breakfast (BAB) that’s 50% carb, 25% protein and 25% fat?  Dunno.  Maybe be patient and let my body heal.

3.  This chick is pretty amazing.  Emma Sgourakis is a Peat-expert in Australia, and I love this article she wrote about sugars.  I’ll need to read it several times, but it made some things very understandable.  Must read more of her blog.

So anyway… all this data: Will I do this every day?

No.

But I might do it again.

Blahs

Today I’m feeling sort of achy and tired.  I really really really hope I’m not getting another cold.  I’ve used the Progest E for the last two days (haven’t used it today yet), and I’m wondering if that is making me feel tired.  When I was having infertility treatments 4 years ago I was on high doses of progesterone and they made me really sleepy and a little loopy.

It’s also a very grey day…snowy and cold.

Blood pressure is running high the last couple of days.  Just now it’s 152/105.

Fasting bood sugar…also high at 125 or so the last few days.  Last night I got up in the middle of the night and ate something to prevent stress hormones from rising…but still the high blood sugar.

I’m not sure exactly what I’m doing wrong.  Or maybe I’m doing everything right but this isn’t working.  Things have been significantly confounded by being sick recently – I’m still not completely over it, and as I mentioned above there’s always the risk of a new bug entering my microcosm.

I’ve incorporated bag breathing today – someone on some forum said it’s recommended for lowering blood pressure and increasing CO2 in the blood.  Blood pressure is unchanged.  Dunno about the CO2.

My temps and heart rate are good, according to the Peat crowd – high 98s for temp and high 80s for pulse.  I feel full, like maybe I’m eating too much. I still haven’t gotten the hang of eating this way yet.

Going to go play a video game now.

Progest E and Milk

My cycle is super screwed up.  If you’re male or otherwise offended by discussion of my period, I give you permission to leave.

Ok, where was I?  Yeah.  My cycle.  In the last 2 months I’ve had my period 3 times.  And before that it was 10 weeks with no period.  So a bit unpredictable.  I’m not sure what’s up with the current extremely short cycles I’ve been having lately – 3 of em! – since October 1st…but I’ll tell you what.  I don’t like it.  And it’s not like they’re these cute little 3-4 day jobs either – no, they last 7 or 8 days each.  So I pretty much have my period, have a 10 or 12 days off, and then I have another one.  Awesome!

It wasn’t always like this.  For a long time I had 25-day cycles.  Every 25 days I’d get my period.  It was a bit shorter than most people – I guess the average cycle for most women is 28 days – but it was predictable.  Then almost 3 years ago I had a miscarriage.  Since then they’ve been all over the place…sometimes long cycles, sometimes short.  It makes it very hard to predict exactly when I’m going to be really really moody.

Well today was 10 days after day 1 of my most recent period.  My mood was not good.  I felt like killing someone.  I had a headache.  These are not common things for me anymore, especially since I started eating Peat-style.  I took a guess and decided that maybe I’m ovulating today – it’s exactly halfway through a 20 day (ridiculously short) cycle, so maybe…?  I just ordered Progest E, which Dr. Peat recommends for balancing excess estrogen in the system, particularly beginning on ovulation day and throughout the rest of the cycle.  So today I took 3 drops of it.  My wanting to kill someone went away within 10 minutes.  All of my other obnoxious hormone-related symptoms went away within a couple hours.  I feel back to normal.  Placebo effect?  Maybe.  Or maybe it actually did what it’s supposed to do.  I’ll keep taking it for the next 10 days.

In other news…my fasting blood glucose was 129 today – higher than I like it, of course – but I’m not surprised.  I find it’s higher in the AM if I don’t eat in the middle of the night, due to the release of stress hormones.  Still, my body isn’t storing enough glycogen to get through the night.  It’ll come in time I’m sure.  But today I decided to test my post-prandial blood sugar to see if I’m actually showing signs of insulin resistance.  From what I understand, you want your blood sugar to be below 140 after 2 hours.  So I ate breakfast (orange juice with sugar added and cheese), and tested it 2 hours later – it was 118.  Oh good.  Well, I’m not too worried then.  I’ll keep tracking my fasting blood glucose though because it makes a nice graph.

So I took my little girl off of milk about 6 months ago.  I did this because Jack Kruse told me to and I trusted him without requiring much explanation or proof.  I no longer feel that he’s trustworthy, and I now realize there are a lot of nutrients in milk that she should have access to.  So I’ve been gradually introducing dairy again into her world – first with butter, then with cheese, and a few days ago I started mixing regular cow’s milk in with the flax milk she currently drinks.  In the last few days she’s developed skin problems – 2 different rashes on her face and a small rash on her arm.  She tolerated the cheese and the butter really well, so I think there’s some additive in the milk that isn’t working for her.  I hope that’s all it is.  I’ve been giving her liver to make sure she has enough Vitamin A – and oh my god, she loves it!  She never asks for more meat, and she asked for more liver twice!

Speaking of Jack Kruse, I prowl around his forum now and then to see what he’s up to.  He seems to be recommending the use of crystals now.  *shm*  I could say more, but it seems pointless and a little mean.  I will say this though – several of the regulars over there have been complaining of iodine supplementation causing thyroid problems.  Be careful with that stuff, people.  High TSH is not as meaningless as some people would have you believe.  (To Jack’s credit, he doesn’t recommend iodine supplementation, so I can’t point the finger at him for that one).