Friday, August 22, 2008


Last night my blood sugar was high after exercise, around 148. It is the first time this happens since I changed my diet and started monitoring my blood sugar. Usually it is the other way around. I did not know what to make of it.

Not coincidentally, I was crabby as hell last night. After getting home from the Y, the girls were getting on my nerves. Actually, it was not just the girls. I had sensory overload. Every loud noise, bright light, and fast movement proved overwhelming. Clutter and misplaced things drove me to the edge. Isabel was jumping on the bed, and her knee landed on my ankle (pretty painful, I tell you). That was enough to make me scream like a banshee. I lost my temper, and afterwards felt spent.

In the morning, my blood sugar was still high at 134. This is baffling to me. The only thing I can think of is that yesterday I ate bread twice. In the morning I made an egg sandwich for breakfast, and for dinner I ate a quick grill cheese sandwich right before leaving for the Y. The bread is not made of wheat. It's a whole grain bread made of millet and flax. Still, based on my glucose levels, it seems like bread is something I really need to be careful about.

Of course, it could turn out that something completely different has caused the spike. I am still very new at the whole monitoring thing, and do not have enough data yet to build a profile over time. I don't know how my reproductive cycle may affect my blood sugar, for example. I do not know if lack of sleep or bodily pain can affect my blood sugar levels. I do not know the precise effects of exercise on me yet. I have read that sometimes your blood sugar can actually rise after certain types of exercise (such as lifting weights) or if you do not exercise vigorously enough to burn the increased glucose that your liver is making.

In any case, today I have not consumed any bread, and the only carbs have come from fruit (a banana), the milk in my morning coffee and a cheese stick I ate as a snack. For lunch I stuck to protein and veggies, and I intend to do the same for dinner (we are having Tandoori chicken kabobs).


  1. Will you be seeing your dietitian again?

  2. I need to call her. I am not sure how it works. I know my insurance and I were billed a lot, and I am not sure if that includes one visit or more. She gave me her card, told me to e-mail with questions, and said that once I accomplished my new goals we would make more changes (like adjust my intake).

    So, bottom line, I will see her again. I just hope I don't have to pay more for it.

  3. Ingrid,

    Mi cuñada es nutricionista/dietista. Si necesitas alguna orientación o ayuda, avísame. Ella es experta en diabetes, es puertorriqueña y vive en Florida.

    Sobre el alza en los niveles de azúcar...eso pasa a veces por más que uno se cuide. Lo veo en mami todo el tiempo. Los malos ratos,las tensiones, las enfermedades y las emociones fuertes, entre otras cosas, pueden afectar los niveles de glucosa en sangre.

    Tranquila, que todo pasa.

    Un abrazo,


    P.D. Mi segundo nombre es Enid y lo uso mucho en internet. Mi primer nombre es Ixia. Abrí una cuenta en gmail con mis dos nombres. A tu orden cuando gustes.

  4. Hola, Enid. Mi nutricionista es también experta en diabetes. Le voy a escribir a contarle sobre mi progreso (15 libras en un mes) y a contarle del azúcar alta el viernes. Pero mil gracias por la oferta y es probable que uno de estos día te tome la palabra en cuanto a la oferta.

    Un abrazo.

  5. bread has really negative affects on blood sugar. You need to talk to your doctor about this. At least you learned when your blood sugar is high you get crabby and irritable.