Ask Questions about Blood Sugar Control Here

Ask Questions about Blood Sugar Control here.

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  1. hi mate,

    alot of poeple eat too much fruit – I believe it’s better to eat a higher % of veggies and aim for 9-12 servings per day (6 veggies 3 fruit) type of split.

    your questions are all about degrees of tolerance and control. going cold turkey is one way and the body can deal fine without starchy carbs – in fact many poeple seem to thrive on this type of pattern.

    Because of your weight and previous eating patterns you may still have trouble with good glucose balance, this should improve –

    make sure you eat regularly and include protein, veggies and good fats in all meals – then you can use starchy carbs according to activity patterns…..

    protein pulses are something I recommend – in my muscle buildign programme regenerate – they have some good evidence and real world benefits.

    BCAAs are insulinogenic – in that they will raise insulin levels, whey also does this – the more refined the more it’ll raise insulin.

    in fact hydrosylate riases insulin through the alpha cells on the pancreas making it a potential alternative to insulin use for diabetics.

    home testing kits are useful – normal blood glucose lies soemwhere between 3-7 mml/l – but it’ll go way higher straight after food.

    on the low side or below 3 you’ll feel that low blood glucose feeling –

    keep me posted

    matt

  2. Matt

    Thanks for the blood sugar leaflet. I’ve only recently started exercising seriously after quite a few years of being a heavy smoker and drinker. I’ve now given up both. However, the one thing I’ve never been able to give up are the refined carbs and yes, I regularly ‘crash’ during the day.

    Anyway, I’m now running regularly at least three or four times a week. If I go for cutting out the refined sugar completely how am I going to feel? Is it too drastic? Should I aim for reducing it gradually? I’m asking because I get the feeling my craving for sugar simply occurs because I consume too much of it. the rest of my diet tends to be good although I now think I may be taking too much fruit and not enough veg.

    Your help is appreciated.

    Thanks
    Martyn

  3. Ross – there’s alot of information in there and it’ll take a while to address all the questions which I will do –

    I’ll aim to reply by the end of this week.

    Matt

  4. Hi Matt,

    Thank you for producing your blood sugar control ebook. I have found it very interesting and useful. I thought I’d take you up on the offer of asking questions on this website. This is a rather long post to give you some context for my questions. But if you don’t have time to read my whole post just skip my PREAMBLE bit and go straight for the questions.

    A large part of the book focuses on what happens when blood sugar is too high and/or following a roller coaster pattern, I am also interested in learning as much as I can about low blood sugar. I’ll first explain why and then come in with a few questions.

    PREAMBLE:

    I had been a victim of the blood sugar rollercoaster/high blood sugar myself for many years not so long ago: I was 19st and only 5ft8 in July 2009.

    Then I moved to a diet where I ate clean natural unprocessed foods and controlled my carbs, had 6 meals a day with at least 45g of protein in each meal. I also trained twice a day for at leat 5 days a week interval running and resistance training of some sort each day: This got my weight down to 12st 5 in May 2010.

    However, since that time my weight has gone back up 14st 10, I am using 3g of creatine post workout (after first loading it- so I will have had some water weight gain) and am working out less than I was due to pressures with my studies. Even so, I still want to loose fat: I sometimes see this with my waist measurements but hardly ever on the weighing scales.

    What has put some fat back on is to an extent too many carbs, possibly too much protein, maybe too much fat for my reduced level of physical activity. I am not sure which but, if pushed, I’d probably blame the carbs, to a leser extent blame too much protein and not enough omega-3.

    However, I am now restricting my carbs more than ever (no carbs in my pre and post workout drinks, just BCAAs L-leucine and whey isolate, hydrolysed whey or peptopro or a blend). My workouts are now only 3 full body workouts and 2 or 3 HIIT running sessions a week. I keep carbs very very low on days when I do not train with weights. I know of the importance of carbohydrate ‘re-feed’ days and have one of these once a week or every 10 days. I have also increased my omega 3 intake and ensured I am not adding any omega 6 on top of the meat and eggs I eat. I also eat a wide range of nuts to keep my omega 9 up. I think that my fiborous veggie intake is good. However, I cannot say that the fat is rapidly coming off me like it was last year.

    So, something is not right but what is it? Could it be solely attributable to my creatine use? Or is there more to it?

    I then read the section of the blood sugar book on LOW blood sugar and I am now wondering if I have been too overzealous with restricting my carbs and it has made my blood sugar too low. This is because in the mornings (even after a low carb breakfast walnut, goji berry linseed and pumpkin and hemp seed mix with milk and cottage cheese) I:

    (a) am irritable and sometimes feel really angry
    (b) feel tired
    (c) find it really hard to get out of bed (when I haven’t in the past)
    (d) Feel like I am close to getting a headache (but don’t quite get one)

    Also, on my low carb days if my meal times get delayed just slightly I

    (e) am irritable and sometimes feel really angry
    (f) feel like I am close to getting a headache (but don’t quite get one)

    If I concentrate on an activity or do some physical activity these symptoms seem to go away. Also, these symptoms seem to be at their worst on a low-carb day that immediately follows a high carb/carb refeed day. But I don’t think that they should be happening. And, they seem to be clear examples of low blood sugar.

    1st SET OF QUESTIONS:

    1. What is going on when one’s blood sugar is low?

    2. Does this state inhibit or stop fat loss? If so, why?

    3. How can we ensure our blood sugar is not low even when we are trying to control our carbs for fat loss purposes? Is it

    just trial and error or is there a more accurate way of doing this?

    4. Could a home tester blood sugar kit help us with testing blood sugar levels? If so what levels should our blood sugar stay within?

    2nd SET OF QUESTIONS:

    I am quite influenced by David Barr’s work on ‘protein pulse feeding’. I think the basic idea is after not feeding for 2-3 hours or more, the ingestion of BCCAs and fast acting protein whey (especially hydrolysed or peptopro) turns on the signals of muscle growth in your body. The ideal times to do protein pulse feeding are, therefore, pre and post workout and upon waking. You can also put fast acting sugars in these protein pulse feeds (but I do not). My worry is this: If I am protein pulse feeding (particularly on waking), I wouldn’t want my blood sugar going up too high. So my questions are this:

    5. Do BCCAs send blood sugar up or increase insulin secretion?

    6. Do fast acting protein drinks such as peptopro and hydrolysed whey send blood sugar up or increase insulin secretion. And, if so, do they do it more than a whey isolate or concentrate?

    Many thanks in advance for any help or advice you can offer.

    Best wishes,

    Ross

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