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Restricted eating experiment
Since I was diagnosed with diabetes in 2015, I have been trying to stay on a low carb diet. I was warned by my diabetes nurse that as I was not overweight, dieting would not improve my situation as much as it would for someone who was very overweight. I understood what she meant, but I knew that I had a hard pad of fat on the front of my ribs. Much as I tried to convince myself that it was a six pack that was just rather ill-defined I knew exactly what it was. Inspired by Dr Bernstein's books, I did very well for the first year. Then stress took its toll, with family illness and problems at work and my discipline broke down. I knew very well I was eating the wrong things but I simply could not stop myself even though I knew what I was risking. I have struggled to analyse this to try to avoid doing it again, but I was just wilfully eating badly - not so much meals but snacking, which was usually at night. I would wake the next morning and berate myself for my stupidity. I think one of the worst things about this disease is that you don't become IMMEDIATELY ill after doing the wrong things, if high blood sugar made us feel bad, it would help keep us on the straight and narrow.
As my stress has reduced so my eating discipline has recovered, but I know that snacking is my Achilles heel. For that reason I want to try five hour restricted eating. This involves having an "eating window" of five hours and then not eating again for nineteen hours ( I don't mean I'll be eating continuously in that time - I wish!- but I can eat one or two meals within that time frame). I am a creature of habit, and what I am hoping is that I will get used to eating this way and be able to stay with it even when I am stressed. My intention is to make entries on this blog as to how I am getting on and document what happens with my BG, weight and how I feel.
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