As you saw from this post I went on a detox for 10 days where I did not eat any carbs in order to get me to eat less sugar overall. I also wanted to see what it would do to my health, especially in relation to my diabetes health.
Here were the numbers I had before I went on the detox:
Average 7 day bG (blood glucose): 9.2mmol/L
Percentage bG in target: 64%
Estimated HbA1c: 7.4% or 57.4mmol/mol
And here are the numbers after the detox:
Average 7 day bG (blood glucose): 8.0mmol/L
Percentage bG in target: 75%
Estimated HbA1c: 6.6% or 49.1mmol/mol
So there is quite a difference! I also noticed how much better I felt during the 10 days, I didn’t get bloated or get that slump in the afternoon.. Also as soon as I went back to eating ‘normal’ I felt a big difference in my mood. A couple of the girls in my team at work and I went to see a colleague who has had a baby and she ordered pizza for us, so I thought that I would treat myself and have some, as I’ve done so good during the detox. I regretted it so much afterwards. My tummy was so bloated, my sugars spiked like never before and I felt angry… So, I’m back to eating low(er) carb and I feel good again.
I am not a hard core follower of diets and know I will ‘cheat’ from time to time. I had a little chocolate today after work and I have added fruit and porridge/oatmeal to my diet, and my love for peanut butter toast will see me having it soon again. I am concentrating on eating good, complex carbs when I do have them and enjoy the treats I have from time to time. During my 10 days without any carbs I realised how much I rely on them and how much bread I eat. Don’t get me wrong I like bread and mostly eat wholemeal, seeded bread, but do I really have to have bread almost every day for lunch at work (with my soup or as sandwiches). That can’t be that healthy, surely? Also, the low carb diet made me think outside the box as I did not know what to eat without adding carbs and got bored of the food I ate all the time. Having to think about new things to eat and satisfy my curiosity made me think about how bland and boring my ‘normal’ diet was as well, so looking for inspiration and new, healthy recipes really has sparked a new found interest in food and what to have for lunch at work. I will be posting some yummy recipes soon!