Thursday, January 05, 2006

The Sheik vs. The 5 elements

I've kind of started a trend post-New Year of waking up somewhere in the 128-137 range. This morning was 132. Not too bad, but before the holidays I was waking up to 94-112s and I liked it. I liked it a lot. But, I can accept the new numbers because I feel like my body has probably got some rogue sugars hanging out in tiny little spots and it's going to take some time before they lose hold and finally go away.

This is my theory about blood sugar. And I'm perfectly willing to accept that it's either totally insane or it's kind of basic diabetic knowledge that I somehow am just coming to understand. Your bloodstream is like a wet towel. If you leave it piled up to dry in a corner, after awhile the outer edges and most of the towel will appear to be dry but the inside will still be almost nearly as wet as the first day you left it there. For that core to actually dry, it's going to take a couple of weeks or a good long stretch in the sun. And if it somehow gets even the tiniest bit wet again, then you have to start the whole thing all over again.

That's how I feel about my blood and my diet. If I'm hardcore for 2 weeks, then the numbers start dipping into "normal person" range. But if during those 2 weeks, I slip up even the tiniest bit, I have to reset the clock for the next 2 weeks.

But I'm trying. I've been fairly good. Since New Year's I'd say I've eaten 100% vegetarian, 85% raw and completely avoided any sweets binges. BUT, last night I had a little ice cream after dinner. Not a ton, but enough to make me expect high numbers in the morning.

So this morning, I was 132. Fine. Especially when the last thing I put in my body was Dreyer's French Vanilla. I take my 3 Metformin, my 2 Prandin and I dial up a 7 on the Lantus pen. Then I prepare my breakfast. The 5 element smoothie.

1/4 cup of water
1 Lemon
1 Banana
1 Pear
Dash of Crystal Salt
Dash of Cayenne
Tbsp of Flax Oil

Blend it up. Drink it down. It's not nearly as bad as it might seem. I'm not sure what the 5 elements all refer to, but there's a video of the guy making it at and he explains them all. It's about minerals and sweet and sour and I don't really have any idea... I'm not a salesperson or a shill for the company, I'm just using their products because I was turned on to them by my now cured cancer friend. I'm not sure if it's bad blog etiquette to plug websites. If it is, and there's actually anybody reading this, let me know.

Then, for the first time of the New Year, I go to see my trainer. The Sheik. He's not really a sheik, he's not even middle-eastern, he's Indian. But my co-worker and I who train with him lovingly refer to him as "The Sheik". He does not know this.

For an hour and ten minutes we work on arms, back and legs.

I get back home and test. It's now two hours since the smoothie. I'm expecting at best 180s, but as of late, after the smoothie it's gone as high as 225. It was a dead solid perfect 89.

I'm hopeful that if I can avoid the late night ice cream, in a few weeks I can once again drop the Lantus from the regimen and go back to just being a pill popper.

Which brings me to this. I'm doing this raw food, 5 element smoothie, herbs and minerals diet and it seems to be working for me when everything I've sort of heard or read about diabetic diets would indicate that a breakfast that includes an entire banana and an entire pear and not a ton of protein or fiber would kind of be the worst thing I could take.

I had a dietician when I was first diagnosed and I found it insulting. On every visit she would look at my diet log and then she'd hold up little pieces of rubber food and say, "Instead of 4 egg whites and 1 piece of toast with butter, why don't you have (holding up rubber toast) one piece of toast with say... (rooting around a deskfull of rubber fruits and vegetables and then holding up a rubber spoon with rubber peanut butter in it) a tablespoon of peanut butter?" Lady, I'm thirty years old, you don't have to SHOW me what toast and a tablespoon of butter looks like.

I don't need a dietician who's going to tell me what's good for me. I understand the food pyramid. I want a dietician who's going to say what I should focus on so that I'm going to get a maximum amount of viable vitamins and minerals in my diet and also maintain healthy muscle tissue and blood sugars. Has anybody found their dietician to be useful in that way? Anyone? Or are the dieticians kind of like the researches who keep telling us that if we keep our A1C low we'll avoid complications? Redundant.


Blogger Kerri. said...

I've never found visits to the dietician to be useful. I get better information from magazines like Self and Health (and other rhyming volumes). Like you, I am familiar with the food pyramid and the plastic bagels and empty boxes of cereal make me question why I went to college.

"Eat a healthy diet and you'll be healthy." She reinforces her point by banging her fist on the table.

And the plastic food quivers at her wrath.

6:11 AM  
Blogger Shannon said...

Hi. I saw your blog link on Kerri's site. Did you know that there is actually a type 3 diabetes out there? It's when a type 2 diabetic winds up becoming type 1. Or if you are type 1 and become resistant to insulin like a type 2 diabetic would. Those two instances make a person type 3.

Welcome and I'm glad to see you blogging. I don't know if you meant to be funny, but I had a good chuckle when reading your first post.

10:55 AM  
Blogger Type3 said...

Hi, Shannon. I haven't heard of Type 3, but I did just recently read on about LADA (Latent Autoimmune Diabetes in Adults) and I'm pretty sure that's what I would qualify as. They also sometimes refer to it as Type 1.5. Cute. Here's the deal:
Characteristics of LADA

- Adult age at diagnosis (usually over 25 old) {I was 30.}

- Initial presentation masquerades as non-obese type 2 diabetes (does not present as diabetic ketoacidosis) {yes}

- Initially can be controlled with meal planning with or without diabetes pills {uh-huh}

- Insulin dependency gradually occurs, frequently within months {or years in my case. luckily}

- Positive antibodies {yep}

- Low C-peptide levels. {not even sure what that is}

- Unlikely to have a family history of type 2 diabetes. {yep. just me. I'm special}

9:30 PM  
Blogger Type3 said...

Oh, and Shannon I'm glad I amused you. I hope I can in the future as well.

9:36 PM  

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