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Fat Tuesday

Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Somehow, Fat Tuesday has a more positive meaning for me now than in years past. It used to stand for overindulgence and gluttony right before a period of sacrifice and reflection. Now it should be renamed SUGAR Tuesday for me. Although I have no intention of having one last dive into sugar before the season of Lent begins.

Fat is now my friend. Healthy fat. (some would say that is an oxymoron much like jumbo shrimp!) Fat is what keeps me satiated and away from the sugars that are deadly for this type 2 diabetic.

A shout out to my good SparkFriend _Ramona for sending me some more information and tools to use to work on lowering my blood glucose levels. She sent me links for www.bloodsugar101.com that have given me a program to follow to lower my blood sugars. This protocol involves checking my blood glucose levels about 7 times per day in effort to gain a better understanding of how certain foods interact with my system. The protocol itself helps keep me on track. BS levels are checked upon arising in the morning for a fasting blood sugar reading and then I check 1 hour after a meal and then 2 hours after a meal to see how the foods I am eating affect my blood glucose levels.

The website has some very good information and links that are proving helpful to me.

So far my postprandial readings are within the target levels. The big mystery remains; why are my fasting glucose readings always higher in the a.m. than my bedtime readings. My doctor suggested that one possible cause is sleep apnea which triggers the release of cortisol because of the stress, which triggers the of release glucagon. I may have to take the test to see if my sleep is being interrupted just to see if that has anything to do with it. As always, there is more to discover.

As with any medical condition, knowledge gives power. The sense of controlling your condition gives you hope. I saw this power at work when my young son and I came up with "protocols" to deal with his asthma episodes.

I have yet to decide what sacrifices I will make this Lenten season, but that is my goal for today.

I had a priest once who would always say, with cheerleader-like enthusiasm, "Let's make this the best Lent EVER!" It always made me cringe, but I get what he was getting at. Any opportunity for reflection, sacrifice and spiritual enlightenment is one that should be taken advantage of. So I will attempt to make this my best Lent EVER! I hope you will do the same.

Happy Fat Tuesday everyone! I may just celebrate with some grass-fed butter and coconut oil in my coffee!
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    google the 'dawn effect'. Short version, blood sugar rises in the mornings, most noticeably with diabetics.
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    1461 days ago
    I like the way you pursue information about your diabetes and that you have a spark friend to share your journey with and share information with, that is awesome. Happy Lent.

    1461 days ago
    Nancy, you always teach me so much with your blogs. Thank you for that. I love how you work to improve your plan/goals on a constant basis.

    My Lenten task is to meditate each morning, read from RULE FOR A NEW BROTHER each day, and write my blessings either in my journal or in an SP blog, even if only listing the blessings of the day.

    Wishing you the BEST Lent.
    1461 days ago
    I'm glad you're finding the site helpful... I am too, but I'm finding the book even more so. Very succinct and straightforward. From my BG results and keto experiences over the last year, what I've learned is that there is always something to learn, and as much as the 'experts' know, there is more they don't. Some of what goes on with my body makes sense in light of current wisdom, and yet many other things don't; and while the wisdom represents the 'normal patterns' there is much that doesn't fit in the tidy boxes. What I do appreciate is that as long as I stay the course there is always movement in a positive and healing direction.

    Today I'm struggling to accept that despite a year's hard work, my numbers aren't completely 'normal' (I wish I had numbers from a year ago to which I could compare today's) and I can't seem to find the resource or information that would give me the answers I seek/need to make an even greater impact... but if slow and steady is what I've got, slow and steady it is, LOL.

    For Lent I'm going to fast Wednesdays and Fridays as per the Orthodox tradition. I'm also going to fast from me-focused pursuits and focus my daily doings on pursuits that bless others, and I'm going to pray the Divine Mercy Chaplet every day at 3:00 PM. As a family we are opening our home for a faith study on the 'The Second Greatest Story Ever Told' Wednesday evenings (using FORMED.org), and daily shutting all media off at 8:30 PM for family time, and prayer.

    Did you see the SparkArticle today on Unique things to Give Up or Take Up for Lent? Check it out:


    I'm so happy to have you with whom to share this journey with on so many levels!
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    Comment edited on: 2/28/2017 2:39:11 PM
    Great job!
    1461 days ago
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