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Lack of sleep & choosing bad foods

Discussion in 'Newly Diagnosed' started by nessie216, Jan 14, 2020.

  1. nessie216

    nessie216 Type 2 · Member

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    I’m fairly new to the diabetes scene - I was diagnosed in June 2018 but found out I was pregnant in July 2018 so was put on Insulin and very closely monitored until I had my baby in March 2019

    Since having DD I have not looked after myself with regards to food

    I have recently gone back to work and I’m struggling with choosing the right foods to eat and getting enough exercise and more importantly getting enough sleep

    Anyone give me any pointers of how to change my routine to get healthier?

    Alarm at 6.30
    Shower at 6.45
    Feed baby (breast fed) 7.00
    Pack bag for work & leave by 7.30
    Lunch at around 13.00 (usually leftover from night before)
    Leave work at 17.30
    Home by 18.00/18.30 depending on traffic
    Looking after children until 17.00 bedtime
    Feed baby 19.00
    Cook dinner
    Attempt to eat dinner 20.00
    Baby wakes up!
    End up eating dinner 22.00
    Clear up etc
    Watch a bit of telly in my pjs
    Attempt bedtime 23.00
    Feed baby 23.30
    Attempt sleep 0.00
    Feed baby 2.00
    Attempt sleep 2.30
    Feed baby 5.00
    Attempt sleep 5.30

    I’m exhausted :-(

    I try to cook proper meals like spag bol, chilli, curry, quick roasts, saus and veg etc
    Mid afternoon I tend to grab sugary snacks even though I’ve had a fairly good lunch
     
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  2. JoKalsbeek

    JoKalsbeek Type 2 (in remission!) · Well-Known Member

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    I'm not surprised you're knackered! What a schedule! Also, I hate to say it, but spag bol, chilli, cury etc are jam-packed with carbs. You want to steer clear from starchy foods. (It's not just sugars that up your blood glucose, it's starches too, so most beans, potatoes, bread, pasta, rice, corn, cereal etc. Not to mention fruit and such). Since you're breastfeeding, you can't go ultra-low carb, as you're "sharing" nutrition with your baby, but if you cut down to 50 grams of carbs a day you should both be okay. So eggs, cauliflower rice, meat, poultry, fish, full fat greek yoghurt, most nuts (walnuts and pecans for instance), olives, cheese, above-ground, non starchy veggies, that sort of thing. Have a read here: https://josekalsbeek.blogspot.com/2019/11/the-nutritional-thingy.html hopefully it'll help. But again, as long as you're breastfeeding, don't cut out too much. And maybe use a pump to keep some breastmilk in the fridge, so your partner can take over a few feedings at night: the way you're sleeping (or not sleeping, more accurately) is hitting your blood sugars as well.
     
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  3. jjraak

    jjraak Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    Hi.

    Just browsing and spotted your post.

    Thus was posted in other thread, I tried it last night.. Quickly started yawning minutes after trying.... Nothing to lose by looking, and maybe giving it a go..

     
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  4. Lotties

    Lotties Prediabetes · Well-Known Member

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    Trying this tonight since someone borrowe'd and broke my binaural beat machine that was brilliant.
    Edit-spelling
     
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    #4 Lotties, Jan 14, 2020 at 6:54 PM
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  5. jjraak

    jjraak Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    hope it helps you too.

    Just off to google biaural beat machine..:)
     
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  6. Lotties

    Lotties Prediabetes · Well-Known Member

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    Me too :D. They nicked all my tapes as well.
    You can get apps on android, including brown noise and also on YouTube but my phone stops after w hours and I wake up.
    DrummIng seems WAY easier.
     
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  7. Lotties

    Lotties Prediabetes · Well-Known Member

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    BTW it had led glasses and they are also called light and sound machines.
     
  8. Rose22

    Rose22 Type 1 · Well-Known Member

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    You have a lot going on at the moment, and mustn’t underestimate the demands of looking after (and having had a baby) does have on your body, mind and energy. I think trying to carve out possible rest/sleep time where ever you can might help, and knowing that this is a phase, that’ll shift and change as your baby goes in to the next phase. I know that when I wasn’t getting enough sleep with my children, I was really tired, drained in energy and hungry! I craved sugar to try and boost me. It’s a cycle, crash and burn. Sleep deprivation effects how we function, can respond to things, heal, metabolism etc. I’ve been there, it’s so tough, so keep going and know it’ll change soon. Once you start to get longer stretches of sleep between the feeds/waking it’ll make a big difference. Lots veggies and protein might help give some needed energy until then, plus drinking lots water! Focus on one thing and go step by step so don’t feel overwhelmed. Like rather then sugary snack in afternoon, nuts and yoghurt or something filling like that. Even doing that each day will help make a change.
     
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