A mystery high
Even though I have a lot of background and explaining I’d like to post first, I may as well jump right in with my issue du jour. It’s 11:25 am, my usual lunch time. I decided to test my blood before going to warm up my lunch, and, surprise! It’s 148 mg/dl. I check from the other hand – still too high at 141. So here I am hungry with high blood sugar. What was my mistake and what do I do now?
I suspect the mistake was either the cup of skim milk I drank with breakfast at 7am, or the 5-6 pieces of mixed nuts I ate an hour ago for mid-morning snack. But of course since I didn’t check my sugars any other time this morning I really don’t know. (Insert grumbling about lack of readily available constant blood sugar monitoring technology here.)
I’m not sure if I’m supposed to wait for my sugars to fall before I eat, but I’m hungry and my lunch is pretty innocuous: approx. 5 oz. of bbq chicken breast, and 20 french green beans. Its more meat than green so not exactly a gold-star lunch but at least it has the low-carb thing going for it, so I’m going to take my 120mg Starlix and dig in. This makes me think that as long as I’m trying to unravel the mystery of why my blood sugars are running high, I might need to start measuring my foods and running them through FitDay or another diet-tracking site to find out exactly how many carbohydrates I’m taking in at each snack and meal in addition to simply writing down what I’m eating.
Fellow diabetics or low-carb dieters: what tools do you use to figure out carbohydrate values for your foods that don’t come out of a box or package?
Update: BG 1 hour after lunch: 124. Barely back under target. 🙂