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  3. Hammer

    2019 Morning Fasting BG Readings

    Lee, that looks a lot like the model that I have. If you notice the right hand side of the top, it has a place for a pot or a pan. That's similar to mine. Here is a picture of my heater... A number of states here have banned kerosene heaters in certain cities, because some people who have these heaters try to use gasoline in them, which would result in a fire. Those same states allow people in the suburbs to have them, since they seem to feel that people in the suburbs seem to know how to properly use them. (I don't know how they came up with that logic.) That unit that you bought, as well as my unit, allows you to place the unit up near a wall, since the heat comes out of the front of the unit, not the back, which was why I selected the unit that I have. These things do radiate a lot of heat, so I think that you will happy with it on chilly nights.
  4. steel

    2019 Morning Fasting BG Readings

    5.7 as long as it's under 6...i've learnt to be happy lol. -- Happy Father's day to all ❤️
  5. adiantum

    2019 Morning Fasting BG Readings

    Hammer, this is the model I bought. Its not an easy task to make way for it. With so many packed crates to move away from where it will be used , & I have to move things so fire exits are kept free. I bought 4L kero yesterday in readiness. It comes with reduced odors these days. Ive been trying to get one for some weeks. The stores here in NSW dont keep them & one store said theyre banned in this state. Sheesh theyre not cheap anymore at $280 AUD / $193 USD Thanks for the fresh air supply.. the dog keeps all doors open here & his doggy door allows fresh air/ cold winds through into the house. Item Specifications: Safety Regulations: Approved Ignition: Electronic piezo Size: 48Hx45Wx35Dcm Heating output: 8,300BTU/2.5kW Min Fuel rate: 0.188 Litre/Hr Tank Cap 4Ltr Fast and easy push start electronic ignition comes complete with batteries. Safe and reliable with automatic safety and tilt cut off switch, perfect for children. Easy read fuel gauge so you can see how much fuel is available and when it's time to refill. Simple to use and portable with virtually no smell.
  6. Hammer

    2019 Morning Fasting BG Readings

    Lee, I also have a kerosene heater, but I haven't needed to use it in many years. A second advantage of having a kerosene heater (depending on the model) is that, you can cook on it. A lot of these heaters have a flat top, with a section that is designed to cook on. Kerosene heaters do radiate a lot of heat, but just make sure that you have adequate air ventilation, like leave a door slightly open in the room where the heater is placed. Kerosene heaters use up oxygen, so using one in a closed room could use up all of the oxygen, and you could suffocate. Years ago when I used my heater, I placed it in my basement family room while I was watching TV. I fell asleep, and when I woke up, I could hardly breath, because there was very little oxygen in the room. I opened the door of the family room, which led to my workshop, and the fresh air that flooded in, made it easier to breath. After that, I always kept the door to the family room just slightly open so that I had a supply of fresh air. I don't know if they still make the model of the kerosene heater that I have, but my unit has a removable tank, which allows me to remove the tank while the heater is on, and refill it with kerosene. By doing that, I didn't have to turn off the heater to refill the tank, so the heat wasn't interrupted during the refilling of the tank.
  7. meyery2k

    Venting...

    Yes, Dowling raises a great point. When I was getting dialed in, I would stop for fish and chips for lunch (lots of carbs) on my long rides and find that I would get the energy boost and keep on. One day, I went to the Chinese restaurant and loaded up on their roast pork. Chinese roast pork uses pork belly which is very fatty. I had salad with ranch dressing instead of the rice. I noticed something different, and to me, better. It took some time to get the energy boost compared to fish and chips but it lasted significantly longer too. Many high-intensity athletes are trying high fat and finding that it works quite well for them.
  8. dowling gram

    Venting...

    Sebrina. When I read your post about your diet the first thing I thought is you've bought into the false thinking that good fats are bad for you. Nothing could be further from the truth. Yes bad fats like transfats are bad but good fat isn't. Good fat doesn't make you fat, Carbs do. There is one truth that no one has mentioned. When you cut carbs you are cutting your source of energy. The body is a marvelous thing. When carbs are cut it looks for a substitute and it uses fat instead. That's why the new Keto diet and Atkin;s works. Before my diagnoses I ate a lot of carbs mainly in the form of bread. When I switched to low carb and ditched the whole wheat bread and increased my fat intake I lost 40 pounds in less than 3 months and I've maintained my weight ever since. Good sources of fat are butter, cream, Coconut oil, olive oil, avocado oil, bacon and meat and fish and some other foods. The best source of good fat is a ripe avocado.
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  10. Kit

    Venting...

    I echo @meyery2kabove. It sounds like you are being good and doing what you are told. Sadly what you ate experiencing is exactly the kind of thing that happens when you do that. Carbohydrates have a very real affect on out blood glucose levels. Our bodies turn them directly into glucose. Protein has a minimal affect. Fat has next to no affect at all. Because of this, many of us follow a lchf (low carb, moderate protein, high fat) diet as it plays best with our numbers. Breakfast was at 5:30am this morning. I had 2 pieces bacon, two eggs fried in the bacon fat, and a mixture of sautéed greens with a little onion, bell pepper, and mushrooms. My mother's wake is tomorrow, her funeral Tuesday. I have been so busy, I didn't even think about eating again until almost 5:30pm. I just sat down to a ribeye steak served with a sauté of mushrooms, bell pepper, onion, asparagus tips, and more of those greens. There was alsosome butter in there When cooking I make use of a number of healthy fats. Lard and tallow (NOT hydrogenated!), butter, olive oil, avocado oil, and coconut oil. I avoid canola oil, soybean oil, corn oil, and similar which are a source of high inflammatory omega 6 fats. Modern people eat wax too many pufas (polyunsaturated fatty acids). I know this flies in the face of everything we are told. I too faithfully followed their instructions and my glucose levels were way too high. I was diagnosed with an A1C of 10.4. Two months later I was down to less than 800 calories a day because my numbers were way too high. And they were still too high. That's when I ran across the blood sugar 101 web site (google it) which led me here. I spent two days reading every post there was (including archives), created an account, said I was going lchf, and never looked back. 6 months after diagnosis I had an a1c of 5.2, and I've basically bounced in the high 4s and low 5s ever since. And that's with halving the medication I was on. As you can see from my description above, I focus my vegetable intake on low carb above ground vegetables. And the few for vegetables I eat are more for seasoning such as garlic, onion, and similar. I limit my fruit intake to either the non sweet fruits, such as avocado, zucchini, yellow squash, or a few berries every now and then. Usually when they are in season and taste the best. I like to make a parfait of a few sliced strawberries, a few blackberries, unsweetened whipped cream (berries have all the sweet I need). Give it a try for a week or two and see what kind of affect on your numbers. I'm sure you will be surprised by the results. From your post, it sounds like you have a young child. I'm 46 years old and I bury my mother in two days and it's breaking my heart. Don't make your child go through this too young. I'm almost 47 (in 1 month) and i feel like I am too young!
  11. Hammer

    Venting...

    The above comments are all really good suggestions. Looking at your meals, you should get rid of the toast, fruit smoothies, all fruit, all bread and wraps, rice, pasta, and you should eat fat....the good fats, not the bad fats. Use olive oil liberally, eat the fat on beef, the skin on chicken, use real butter, not margarine or those spreads, if you drink tea or coffee and you use milk in it, use heavy cream instead of milk, avoid all cereals, stay away from grains (and no, whole grains are NOT good for you), avoid potatoes and any other starchy vegetables, like corn or peas. If you're wondering what you can eat, we have a recipe section here that has all sorts of recipes for low carb foods. All meats are good, as are eggs, and most green, leafy vegetables, as well as broccoli, cauliflower, and pretty much anything that is contained in a chef's salad (except the croutons). The thing to do is to read the nutrition labels on foods to see how many carbs it contains, and if it doesn't have a nutrition label, look it up on the internet. As Mike mentioned, if you don't have a meter, get one and test before and after each meal, because by doing that, you can see what each food does to your glucose levels, and having that information, will allow you select foods that don't spike your glucose levels that much. For example, if you want to eat an apple, you test before you eat it, then two hours after you've eaten it. If you see that your glucose levels are a lot higher after you've eaten the apple, than they were before you ate the apple, then you know that you can't eat a whole apple. Days later, if you decide to eat an apple, you can just eat half of an apple, and do the same testing. If your after meal spike is still too high, then you know you can't eat half of an apple. The next day, you decide to eat one quarter of an apple, and do the same testing. If your after meal spike is close to your before meal reading, then you know that you can eat a quarter of an apple. This is what Mike referred to when he said that we "eat to our meter". Keep this in mind....carbs are addictive....the more you eat, the more you crave. If you lower your carb intake to say, 50 carbs a day, and eat that many for a while, then one day you cheat and eat something that has a lot of carbs in it, you will want to keep eating a lot of carbs, and it's harder to go back to eating 50 carbs a day for a short period of time. If you lower your carb intake, you might get what we call "the carb flu", which makes you feel like you're under the weather for a while. That is the result of your body trying to adapt to the lowered carb intake. It's only temporary, and it will go away. Sabrina, you are not alone here....we have all gone through similar experiences like you're going through. This forum is like one big family, and we all try to help each other with whatever issues we might have, so feel free to come here and vent, or to ask questions, or to share your experiences, that's what we do here. We welcome all questions, not just questions about diabetes, because considering that this forum has over 60,000 members worldwide, whatever you have questions about, someone will have the answers, or at least, will be able to point you to where you can find those answers. Oh, and welcome to the forums!
  12. adiantum

    2019 Morning Fasting BG Readings

    7.2 Happy Fathers Day !!! Yesterday I bought a kerosene heater on ebay so am very keen for its delivery. The new ones have safety cut off features which pleases. Not knowing if the new house will be air/con I thought this type to suit my needs better especially if theres a power failure. It can be used outside on a deck etc
  13. meyery2k

    Daily Chat

    I had an interesting reminder about being happy with what you have. I am often richer than I realize. I have been "adopted" by a group that races in triathlons. I join them on their training rides and those are like my race days. It takes my all to keep up. I have become stronger and learned skills and technique. I have discovered that I am a strong downhill rider. That seems humorous but apparently my weight, size and bike setup allow me to gain a great deal of speed going downhill. I have been put in the lead on the downslopes and the other cyclists will draft on me. If the slope then changes to going up, I drop and they use the momentum I helped them gain to improve their time (if they are doing time trials). I am also considered pretty reliable in the straightaways and participate in the peloton. It was noticed that while I am not particularly fast or a great sprinter, I have a steadily consistent output over a long period of time and don't tire or flag. Kind of like a Mack truck I suppose I get waxed during climbs though. Today, I encountered one of the riders running while I was riding and we took a break and talked story. She can kick my butt in a climb, no ifs ands or buts. I commented how jealous I was of her and she replied that she wished she had my power and speed on the downhills and flats. I couldn't believe it! Lately, I have been doing more climbing. I realize that, while I may never be a great one, I can always improve upon what I can do. I shared that thought with Ellie (the cyclist) and it was like an "oh duh!" moment. I rode away humbly reminded to be happy with what I have and what I can do. While I envy others of their skills/strengths, I am also envied.
  14. Hammer

    2019 Morning Fasting BG Readings

    A 77 (4.28) today. I'm sorry to hear about your mom Kit.
  15. meyery2k

    Venting...

    When you have diabetes, there is a problem with glucose management. Many of us find that we have to avoid simple starches like bread, pasta, rice, and root vegetables. The sugar in fruit, fructose, spikes many of us. Fat is not the bad thing we have been led to believe. There is documentation that fats were promoted as bad to encourage the disastrous "food pyramids" many governments and dieticians recommend. Search these posts and you will see many examples where people struggled with the <Fill in the blank> Diabetes Association's guidelines. They stepped out and tried low carb and many saw dramatic improvement. One possibility can be that, while your A1c is good, you are spiking and then crashing. Walmart has the Relion meter and 100 strips for about $20. Try this... Test before you eat. Record this. Test about 1 hour after you eat. Record this. Test about 1 more hour later. A normal response would be to see a higher number at one hour (non diabetics rarely go over 120) and then be back to about where you started at 2 hours. If you are still elevated 2 hours later, test at hour 3, then hour 4. Eventually you will see the number drop and, indeed, maybe even go lower than where it began. Great, right? Not necessarily. What happened is that if you are insulin resistant your body refused to uptake the glucose. Your body just continued making insulin and, eventually, overcame the resistance but now there is too much insulin so your glucose went too low. We call this eating to your meter. Eventually you will find meals that don't spike you. The other idea would be to try and lower your carbohydrate intake to 100g a day and, in time to 50g or lower. Many of us do that and it really helps us. Even those that use insulin would say that limiting carbs helps them use less insulin and not get into this swinging highs and lows. I was diagnosed a little over 3 years ago. I weighed 313 pounds and would huff and puff walking around the house. Diet and exercise were like hitting a reset button for me. I lost 100 pounds in a year and took up cycling. I now regularly long distance cycle. You DON'T need many carbs. Let me repeat that, you DON'T need many carbs. Low Carb High Fat gives me all the energy I need. My BP and cholesterol are also excellent. My carbs are primarily from non root vegetables, nuts, and small quantities of berries now and then. Cyclists on the road have all this carb heavy gels, cubes, whatever. My energy stash is a small pack of salted macadamia nuts. They laugh until I ride most of them into the ground lol... I don't want this to get overly long so I will stop here but I would encourage you to take a little jump in faith and see what happens. I was extremely skeptical when I first came here but, think about it, people that live with diabetes would know far more about it than those who read about it in books.
  16. SabrinaLeibas1

    Venting...

    Thank you guys for you quick replies and support. As I said before you have no idea how much it means to me. As far as my diet, breakfast: usually 2 eggs, 1 what toast and I’ll pick a fruit smoothie. Lunches are skimpier usually only a salad and a fruit. If not a salad a what sandwich or chicken wrap and fruit. dinner is either fish(cod or shrimp) and chicken. (I try to stay away from beef and pork as they’re high in fat and just pretty much bad for you) a side of veggies, and rice or wheat pasta As previously stated I usually do fine. And only have hypo twice a month... but it keeps progressing. I used to only have i once every month, and before that once around every 8-10 weeks. I went back to the gym recently as of this week. First full week back so now log in an hour a day at the gym 5 days a week. 30 min cardio 30 muscle training. Im currently not on any medications as my A1C is with in normal range and I don’t suffer from high blood sugar anymore so there’s no need for metformin or glimipride (what they had me on when I was originally diagnosed) Being as young as I am, I believed if I worked hard enough I didn’t need the medication to handle my high blood sugar, working out and eating right really helped me get off the meds. I dont think im skipping over anything but if there’s more questions I’ll gladly answer them
  17. TX_Clint

    2019 Morning Fasting BG Readings

    104 today
  18. ran23

    2019 Morning Fasting BG Readings

    98 today. Now to see what Trader Joe's has to offer.
  19. meyery2k

    Venting...

    Sabrina, welcome! Diet, medication, and exercise can play significant roles as explained already. Please tell us what, if any, medication you are taking and your meals. Some have found that they can manage this with diet and exercise and don't need the medication which simplifies things a little. ~ Mike
  20. meyery2k

    2019 Morning Fasting BG Readings

    92 today. Saw Pickles yesterday...
  21. IrinaHarr

    2019 Morning Fasting BG Readings

    @kit - so sorry to hear about your mom, please accept my condolences 💟 118 today
  22. buddy7

    Do not stand at my grave...

    What gracious and epithet words by Mary Elizabeth Frye I’m sure those touching words were all ignored by family and friends. At her passing. R I P…….. Mary Elizabeth Frye
  23. Ahnanimus

    2019 Morning Fasting BG Readings

    107 For a moment I thought "that's my favourite radio station", then "nah, that's what you get for spending the day sailing and topping it off with dinner and sinful dessert "😞
  24. buddy7

    How plastic is affecting our environment!

    Waste collector Document and Management! What’s a waste collector? A person employed by a public or private enterprise to collect and remove waste and household garbage and residential homes, commercial and businesses, or other collection sites for further processing and disposal, they are other collectors who collects all types of nasty horrible stuff we disposed of, including the scary ones, i.e. hazardous waste, solid and liquid wastes, as well as gas particles released from the industry runoff of pesticides and fertilizers from the agricultural practices as well as household sewage from urban regions, have come to a point beyond disposal. In keeping the environment clean pleasant and healthy. Looking at the documentary, I was able to put together a creative comprehension of my own thoughts as I see it. And noted, I saw nothing special about their clothing for handling liquid and other hazardous waste, baring their Hi-Vis overalls and infrequently the odd pair of gloves worn by the odd waste collector. Look, this is a dirty job, should they be more protection? Recently I happen to pass through North London, seems to be a city struggling with a high build-up of waste garbage, which gave me some thought, when did they last had a collection on those streets? And couldn’t help thinking of the immediate impact this must be having on the local environment. The term waste management generally relates to those materials which are produced by human activity and is usually undertaken to reduce the effect of these activities on their health and the environment. Useful resources from the waste. Waste management involves all solid, liquid and gaseous or radioactive substances which are managed with different methods and expertise is required for each of them. Waste management practices are different for different countries of the world be it developed or developing nations. Brings me to the point of developing nations where unaffordable Infrastructure struggles to manage their human active waste, which has become obvious in most 3rd world countries. The amount of garbage and litter seems to have a nadir effect where pollution is at its worst. This type of management is different from urban and rural areas, for residential and industrial waste producers. Management of residential and institutional waste in cities and metros is done by the local government authorities or what we call as Municipal Corporation, while management of non-hazardous commercial and industrial waste is done by the generator of such waste. Landfill; Disposing of waste in a landfill involves burying the waste under the ground which is a common practice in most countries of the world. Landfills are often established in abandoned or unused quarries, borrow pits or mining voids. If a landfill is properly designed and well-managed it can become a hygienic and relatively inexpensive method of disposing of waste materials. Landfills which are older, poorly designed or poorly managed create a number of adverse environmental impacts like the attraction of vermin, wind-blown litter, and generation of liquid leachate. A by-product of landfills is gas which mostly comprises carbon dioxide and methane, which is produced as and when organic waste breaks down. This gas might kill surface vegetation, create odour problems, and is a greenhouse gas. Waste which is deposited is normally compacted to increase its stability and density and is always covered to prevent attracting mice or rats. To extract the landfill gas many landfills have gas extraction systems installed. Gas is pumped out of the landfill using pipes which have holes and are flared off or burnt in a gas engine to generate electricity.
  25. Kit

    2019 Morning Fasting BG Readings

    78 here Likely all the wine I drank last night trying to sleep. Didn't work.
  26. dowling gram

    Do not stand at my grave...

    So true Kit. I've always felt that as long as we keep a person in our memories and heart they haven't really died. My husband passed away 2 1/2 years ago and sometimes I feel him very close to me.
  27. dowling gram

    Venting...

    Hi Sabrina Kit is right. You will always have to keep in the back of your mind that you are diabetic but it need not consume you. It may be that you have to change your diet or medication or start taking some if you are not on anything. You can live a normal life you just need a little help to get things right. Please let us know what your diet is like. What we eat is the biggest factor in getting control of our blood glucose and keeping it on an an even keel without extreme highs and lows. The right Medication can help too so tell us if you are on anything and what it is. We will help you through this. We have all been there. We may not have had your lows but everyone here has had some problem at first until they got things right and we are here to help.
  28. Diana_CT

    2019 Morning Fasting BG Readings

    123 this morning
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