As a part of my treatment for my diabetes I had to talk to a dietitian! Luckily, I do not need to continue with that since it’s optional.
Dietitian: Are you that fanatic that you even have coconut oil in your coffee?
Here in Sweden, almost all dietitians are freaked out over saturated fat, which is a huge part of our Paleo diet. What to do? I just nodded and said I would think about eating more polyunsaturated fats instead… She almost laughed at me when I told I ate a lot of bearnaise sauce the last days since it apparently is unnecessary to have treats like that. Haha.
But since I was clear from the start about how I eat we didn’t discuss that very much actually. It was more focus on how I should manage exercising and sugar levels. She believes that it is very important to keep the glucose level on the same level throughout the whole session, meaning that I would need to fill up with sugar both beforehand and during the training. This seems ridiculously to me, since one of the reasons to exercise would be to lower the sugar levels.
My plan is to ask some other people with more experience of this and then be careful when exercising and measure the glucose levels to see what happens. I have already got some interesting thoughts and comments, from other type 1, that low intensity training have the tendency to lower the glucose levels whilst high intensity training have the tendency to raise the levels due to adrenalin. That is something I will keep in mind when experimenting.
We did also discuss some different techniques to keep the food in the stomach for as long as possible, since that will lead to a slower release of glucose from the food. Seriously? Very weird to use techniques for that. I’d rather just don’t eat the amount of carbs that would cause a problematic raise of my glucose levels.