DAY 16 - LCHF Road Test

 

So today I bought my glucose and ketone monitor. Unfortunately they were out of stock on the keto sticks so I had to settle for just a glucose test.  I took my blood glucose about 3 hours after lunch. Before I tell you what it is here's a bit of background info for you.

Our blood glucose level, or blood sugar level, is the amount of glucose (sugar) in the blood. Blood glucose levels respond to food, specifically carbohydrates but other influences like physical activity, travel, changes in routine, stress and illness, can also cause BGLs to go up or down. Blood glucose monitoring is a valuable diabetes management tool. It can help to give you a sense of control and assist with necessary lifestyle and treatment choices. The frequency and timing of your blood glucose monitoring, and the recommended range, is individual and should be determined by your diabetes healthcare practitioner.

What do the numbers mean

Normally, blood sugar levels stay within a narrow range during the day. A good level is between 4 to 8mmol/l. After you consume food, your blood sugar level will rise and after you have had a night’s rest, they will usually be lowest in the morning as you've fasted.

The recommended range of blood sugar levels are:

  • 4 to 7 mmol/l before meals.
  • < 10 mmol/l one to two hours after meals.
  • about 8 mmol/l at bedtime.

My results

My blood glucose level came in at a low 4.4 mmol/l just 3 hours after my lunch.  (There was possibly a piece of dark chocolate about 1.5 hours prior!!). This result indicates to me that I've actually been sticking to the straight and narrow of no grains, limited fruit if any and definitely no bread.  I recall a blood test run by my GP reported my fasting blood glucose level to be 5.6 mmol/l, which was taken in the morning after fasting overnight.  Interestingly this was higher than my results today that were taken in a non-fasted state.

I am now really keen to find out what my ketone levels are. So I'll be on the hunt tomorrow for some keto sticks for my monitor.  Stay tuned for my results.

FOOD INTAKE

  • Breakfast: Coconut bread with avocado and cheese
  • Lunch: Left over crusted potato veggie pie, with added spinach leaves
  • Snack: yoghurt, coconut flakes, ground flaxseed, sunflower seeds and raw chocolate
  • Dinner: Tempeh stir fry, brussels sprouts, red cap, kale, spring onion, garlic, spices, fresh ginger
  • Snack: yoghurt, coconut flakes, ground flaxseed, sunflower seeds and raw chocolate
  • Beverages: water x1L, green tea x2 cups, rooibos tea x1, camomile tea x1

Yours in health