Blood Sugar Control Best Practice: My Top 5 Do’s and Don’ts

It's the end of the year and many people are about to start their annual new year resolutions list. I thought it would be a great time to compile some of my top tips to help keep our blood sugar management in check. 

1. Do be prepared. Always being prepared isn’t just for Boy Scouts. Having your supplies readily available to you makes staying on top of your numbers less daunting. I’ve got an awesome collection of fanny packs loaded with strips, tips, and honey packs ready for when I’m out and about. I even keep an extra meter in my shaving kit just in case I fry my main meter in the sun on a beach in Cuba …yup it happened!

Don’t wing it. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve been out for dinner only to realize that I only have 2u’s left in my insulin pen. This is how we get into trouble. Forgetting insulin, dead dexcoms, pod changes, etc. You get it. Every day counts living with T1D and we need to make sure that we put our numbers...

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Top Take Out Options on a LCHF Diet

Yes, you can order take out without sending your blood glucose to the moon! Here is a list of my top favorites:

Japanese: Wakame (seaweed) salad, edamame, sashimi and any grilled fish. I usually go for a large assorted sashimi and grilled calamari. Just be careful of any ponzu sauce that may come with the fish, it is typically made with orange juice and will spike your bg. PS: Don’t fall for the “brown rice” trick, it will have the same effect on your numbers as the white.

Chinese: Typically known as the arch enemy of blood sugar control, Chinese food can actually be done right. I always order the beef and broccoli with extra beef. Any sautéed vegetable and meat dish is acceptable as long as the sauce isn’t made with cornstarch. My favorite place even has sautéed shrimp with cashew nuts & scrambled egg dish!  

Mexican: My wife’s personal favorite. It took me a little while to figure out what to order that wouldn’t...

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10 Tips For Dining Out With Diabetes

Okay, so let’s get down to business. How can we enjoy eating out while not blowing our meal plan and sending your blood sugar skyrocketing into orbit?

Here are some basic guidelines that you can follow to help keep blood sugar in the normal range and reduce the risk of fat storage:

  1. Be obnoxiously picky. Ask to substitute or add items. Request your food to be cooked in butter, coconut oil or olive oil. It’s quite common now for people to have food allergies and other food sensitivities so many restaurants don’t have any problems doing this.

  2. Stay away from fast-food chains. Choosing local restaurants will usually offer a larger menu most times with locally grown vegetables, locally caught seafood, and good cuts of meat. Many times I will choose a variety of foods from appetizer menus to make up a meal. Greek and Middle Eastern restaurants are very good options as they have a variety of meat skewers and salads.

  3. Say no to bread on the table. Remove the temptation of...
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