Had a lovely lunch with my brother, ate 1/2 my plate of shaking beef (saved rest for dinner (that didn't happen)). Went back home, helped him haul about various furniture and stuff he was picking up and wound up taking my BG at 3 hrs PP. 133! Damn it. Apparently sugar in the marinade. A plate full of beef, watercress and a few tomato slices shouldn't do that. Unless it was the effect of me staring mournfully at his Vietnamese coffee full of condensed milk. (not that mournfully, I KNEW what that coffee would do)
I can't think of anything else at that restaurant that might be safer. This could be a problem since the whole rest of the family LOVES the place. I'll have to check if they can customize something for me.
When I test for ketosis at the end of my fast, the Ketonix (breathalyzer) said I hadn't made it. (after a full 4 days!) Either it's not accurate or my liver is a really busy little devil. I'm debating doing a fat fast and then back into a few days of fasting to try to get into keto.
On the other hand, the last 2 days of my fast I felt really great and energetic (except for the short bit where I forgot to drink the salty broth.) That's usually a pretty good sign of ketosis. I might have to spring for the keto blood test strips.
On a happy note, AC is coming by Friday. Major duct cleaning today and installation the next 2 days. HALLELUJAH!
I decided to break my fast last night when I remembered my brother is due to come by today. And that means we will go to his favorite Vietnamese restaurant for Shaking Beef. Yum.
Had a very tiny dinner last night - 1/3 cup greek yogurt (2% ugh) but it was in the fridge and yogurt recommended as a first food for breaking fast. Had a small reaction to the yogurt TMI ALERT - small watery bowel. Apparently typical but unpleasant when breaking multi day fast but ewwwww. Will be prepared next time
Waited 1/2 hour and ate 2 oz of trout and 1/2 cup greek salad. 5.5 gms carbs. Tiny meal but I was very full.
Overall I'd say the fast experience was good and I'll do it again. My energy was excellent on the third day. Yesterday energy was down in the AM and I took a nap. After that I felt great and would have continued, but brother visiting and shaking beef is too good to pass up.
7/27 12pm 111, 6pm before dinner 95, 2 hrs PP 113 (gotta love my liver!), started 500 mg met in evening, before bed 103
7/28 FBG 104
2 eggs, 1/2 avocado and salsa verde, black coffee this morning 8.5 carbs, 3.4 net. Getting used to eating again slowly.
I don't know how fast metformin works but between it and the fast and lc (and not binging on ice cream!) my fbg is down 102 points since last Monday.
4 small eggs fried in ghee and red palm oil*
*no orangutans were harmed. Nutiva brand sourced in Ecuador.
Only did a 36 hr fast this time. May need more time between day+ fasts. I may have to try IF again, although in past I've found it harder than longer fasts. hmmm Experimentation needed. Goal - max weight and BG level reduction along with mood raising effects, versus discomfort level and time.
Managed to eat slightly more than half that plate. Eggs must be the most filling food ever. Lunch leftovers along with a bit from last nights dinner.
I haven't been here for a while and frankly fell hard off the low carb wagon during that time. Depression, anxiety and life hit me hard for a while. Monday a week ago I got a serious wakeup call in the form of a FBG of 206 and an A1C of 8.3. I'd also shot up to 202 pounds from the low of 170 I'd gotten to on LC a year and a half ago.
Doc put me on Metformin HCL 500 one in AM and starting today one in AM and one in PM. (lucky me, none of the digestive Met problems) I went straight back to eating a LC diet and walking and weights.
I'm kind of panicking though that I let things get this bad. I'm very lucky that so far I don't seem to have any of the horrid D side effects, although of course, bad things are bound to be happening inside my body. So off to digging through the depths of the internet, hoping to sort the gold from the dross. So I came across this site (URL deleted because I think this got me in trouble before) with heaps of info from a Dr. Jason Fung whose emphasis is on reducing the insulin resistance that is the hallmark of T2 diabetes. One of the methods he emphasizes to get that down is fasting, both intermittent and longer fasts. Sounds like a plan after reading through how he recommends doing fasting.
His site is fascinating - lots of videos on diabetes, obesity, insulin resistance, fasting etc. Articles also.
I'm starting day 4 now. Non-caloric beverages - water, tea, coffee, no sweeteners or sodas. Bone broth. (I add salt, a bit of potassium and magnesium to the broth) A squirt of lemon juice ok, a Tbs of chia seeds once a day ok, a Tbs of coconut oil ok. It's not been bad and my BG has been dropping fast, down to a low of 100 at bedtime night before last. Dawn phenomenon hit hard this am though and I had a 129. Ugh.
I'm hoping to continue this until I can get down to at least one reading of 83, then go back to VLC (Bernstein style) and IF or periodically do longer fasts. Otherwise I'll stop when either serious hunger hits again or anything like lightheadedness or lower BP. So far I'm feeling pretty fantastic - clearer head, more energy, more motivation and the depression/anxiety is way down.
7/20: FBG 206! Started Metformin Started eating LC again
7/21 Eating LC No BG, couldn't find meter
7/22 FBG 158, Breakfast - 2 hrs PP 189 (hands may have been dirty - out shopping), 2.5 hrs PP 159, Lunch, 2 hrs PP 152, Dinner, 2 hrs PP149
7/23 FBG 154, 2 hrs later - (only coffee) 176 holy #@$%, breakfast, 2hrs PP 124. lunch, 3 hrs PP 131, dinner 2 hrs PP 147
7/24 Start of Fast - FBG 145, 12pm 134, 6pm 115
7/25 6am 130, 12pm 131, 6pm 111, 9pm 100
7/26 6am 112, 12pm 110, 6 pm 104, 10pm 111
7/27 6am 129
I'll try to post daily to stay accountable and to have a handy place to keep notes. Feel free to comment if you want.