I work to control my Diabetes very closely. That’s no surprise to regular readers. Part of the way I control Diabetes is by eating at regular times; I call it eating by the clock. Breakfast between 5:30 and 6:00; snack at about 9:00 or 9:30; lunch around 11:45; snack at about 3:15; dinner at around 6:00 or 6:30; and, my last snack at about 8:30. It seems like I am eating all of the time! But, it works for me. And, of course there are those times when I have to be flexible which means a snack might get moved before a meal.
You should know that most meals are about 50 carbs and snacks are 12 to 17 carbs. When I first started meals were about 60 to 65 carbs, which was a huge decrease from the 100+ carb meals I was having before diagnoses.
Last week things happened at work which caused my lunch to be very late – like almost four hours late. So, I had my morning snack between 9:00 and 9:30. I ate my afternoon snack at 11:30 knowing I might not get lunch until 1:00 or 1:30. I was wrong.
Lunch came at 3:15. By then I was feeling the effects of not eating. I didn’t have any other snacks around me. I was able to get out and eat, but just before I ate, I found my concentration wandering. I felt a bit clammy. There was a headache beginning. I made two errors at work – not like me to do. Clearly I was approaching a low sugar point.
How could I have avoided this? Simply by having a few pieces of hard candy in my pocket or desk drawer. That’s all it would have taken. I know better, too. I know I should always have something around “just in case.” Please learn from me on this one.
Am I going to change my eating schedule because once in three years it didn’t quite work? No. But, I will always have a little something extra around – hard candy, orange juice, a part of a candy bar, or a ‘granola’ bar. Anything that will give me a quick hit of sugar or carbohydrates. Just remember that anything you eat will take about 15 minutes to elevate your sugar levels.
You probably already keep something on hand. If you don’t, please learn from my error.
As always, thank you for reading.