In recent months I’ve been feeling quite burned out with eating low-carb in addition to having multiple food allergies. There were some extremely stressful things going on in my life and my schedule was just overbooked in general. Then, several weeks ago I went on a trip to the US where, due to customs restrictions, I couldn’t bring any meat or fresh produce across the border. I was attending a workshop where I had unknown access to a grocery store and unknown kitchen facilities.
Between the two, I totally abandoned low-carb eating. And I’ve enjoyed eating so much more since doing that. I really like being able to eat cereal, bread, and granola bars, things I have not figured out how to make in low-carb versions (and cannot purchase) with my food allergies.
However, my blood sugar is a disaster. I’ve been spending very little time within target range, and when I downloaded my Diasend results just now, it confirmed my suspicion. I’ve never been able to keep the kind of super tight control some on this site manage, even when eating really low-carb. But an average of 8.5 mmol/L (153 mg/dl), standard deviation of 4.2 mmol/L (76 mg/dl), and only 44% of readings in range is reminiscent of my pre-CGM control.
I know that the best way to deal with this is to return to a lower-carb way of eating, but…I just don’t want to. It is just SO MUCH WORK to manage both multiple food allergies AND eat a low-carb diet. I look at the low-carb communities where people have so much convenience food available to them and I think that I would have no problem at all following a low-carb diet if I could do that. If I could eat out sometimes, or pick up pre-made bread or pre-made pizza, or even just snack on eggs and cheese. It would all be so easy. But that’s not my reality.
So, I’m not sure what the point of this post is, but I need to get back on track with my control. This morning I was hit really hard by a severe low that left me with visual distortions and a numb mouth and face for a good half an hour. A couple days ago I spent hours without my Dexcom being able to read my blood sugar. Even though I dread the thought, I really can’t continue with my blood sugar on this crazy rollercoaster.
I think part of what frustrates me is that before my thyroid went out of whack several years ago, I could maintain good control while eating carbs. But that just hasn’t been the case ever since. Something in the way my body works has changed to make my blood sugar far more volatile, and the only solution I’ve found for it is to restrict carbs. And it really irritates me, becuase I wish so badly that I could at least have some flexibility to enjoy food rather than sticking to an ultra, ultra strict diet.