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oceangoinggal
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Registered on: ‎08-11-2010

Dill Pickles??

This is really odd. After weeks of anguishing over my blood glucose readings and feeling really frustrated something strange happened to me.  For 2 days in a row I was eating kosher dill spears with my sandwich at lunch time.. My glucose level was high at 215. The first morning after eating the pickles it had dropped to 185 then this morning it had dropped to 150. I realize these numbers are still high but they are a big improvement over where I have been. It seemed no matter how good I had been there was little improvement. I looked over everything I ate all week and the pickles were the only thing that was not there before. I am not saying that pickles are some sort of "miracle" I am  more inclined to think this is some sort of weird coincidence. Give me some opinions here. I have been diagnosed for about 18 months now and have never been much below 130 any morning. No matter how close I had been on my diet.

 

Laura

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xenablue
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Re: Dill Pickles??

Keep experimenting with the pickles and log everything.   My guess is it's more the vinegar helping your BG numbers and/or that you're eating those instead of something else with carbs, but only some careful lab work on your part will tell.

 

Good Luck!

 

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jabman
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Re: Dill Pickles??

Hi Oceangoingal,

 

welcome to the forum,

 

I am no expert on this by any means, I am sure someone will be along with some answers. I know you said you were looking over everything you ate but have you tried to switch what you are eatting? It could be certin foods making your bg higher maybe you could experment on what you are eatting also keeping a food journal can help.

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jptdad
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Registered on: ‎11-30-2009

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Could be you replaced an evil something with a healthy. This might help:

 

Measure Carbs Fibre ECC Protein
 
Pickles, cucumber, dill
cup, chopped or diced 5.89g 1.72g 4.17g 0.89g
cup (about 23 slices) 6.39g 1.86g 4.53g 0.96g
large (4" long) 5.56g 1.62g 3.94g 0.84g
medium (3-3/4" long) 2.68g 0.78g 1.90g 0.40g
slice 0.29g 0.08g 0.21g 0.04g
small 1.52g 0.44g 1.08g 0.23g
spear 1.24g 0.36g 0.88g 0.19g
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oceangoinggal
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Re: Dill Pickles??

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Thanks everyone for your responses. Now wouldn't it be great if had  I found a wonder cure!! LOL. I do appreciate your input.  Next month I  am going on a cruise and I was thinking oh boy!! a way to eat all the sweets and still have good numbers........I wish!  I can just see me now dragging a case of dill pickles on board the ship. Thanks again for the help and the welcome.

 

Laura

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grannyred
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Re: Dill Pickles??

Laura....welcome to the boards........Pickles???? I use them for a sugar craving....maybe you are on to something....LOL

Have fun on the cruise.....I'm going on a little Mexico cruise in December.........a big treat for me cuz I don't have to cook and I can eat every two hours......wooohooo!!!

 

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Dragonstar
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Re: Dill Pickles??

*sighs*

 

Pickles...  I can't even keep a jar of them in the house anymore. And I get the giant gallon size ones.  Courtney has always loved them and since they're a extreme low-carb food, she will go through the jar in nothing flat when she wants a snack.

 

I have to order her.   "Leave at least 3 in there so I can make some pasta salad for us!"  *Dreamsfield of course.*

 

:smileywink:

 

 


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maplesyrup
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Re: Dill Pickles??


oceangoinggal wrote:

Thanks everyone for your responses. Now wouldn't it be great if had  I found a wonder cure!! LOL. I do appreciate your input.  Next month I  am going on a cruise and I was thinking oh boy!! a way to eat all the sweets and still have good numbers........I wish!  I can just see me now dragging a case of dill pickles on board the ship. Thanks again for the help and the welcome.

 

Laura


Laura, have a wonderful time on your cruise.

 

Lucky you, places that have buffet meals are the best for us as diabetics. We get to choose the amount of carbs that we put on our plates!

 

If you don't already have one, it might be a good idea to take a little paperback carbcounting book on board. You can usually see the menus beforehand and check out the foods in a matter of minutes in your stateroom.

 

If you are eating at one of the restaurants, rather than ask for a diabetic friendly plate, ask for low carb. Often chefs simply do a heart healthy plate- hi carb/low fat.

 

Re the dill pickles.... I have a jar in the fridge at all times and find it is the best way to curb a yen for something sweet.

 

Betcha the waiters would be happy to bring you a dill at any time, breakfast and coffee breaks included :smileyvery-happy:

 

Dianne

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After 7 years I could no longer tolerate metformin so am doing my best to keep control with a max dose of the sulfonylurea and lots of walking, some swimming.
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oceangoinggal
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Re: Dill Pickles??

Maple Syrup,   MMMMMMM that is one of the things I miss from my New England home. Real maple syrup. Now I am reduced to using  chemicals combined to sort of taste like maple syrup and be sugar free too. Not a great substitute for a gal from New England. Sometimes when my fmily from NH visits they bring me some real maple syrup. I use it sparingly and enjoy every drop. That aside thanks for the welcome. I am glad to be here. I belonged to this site and was mostly around the "Type II Clubhouse" Now I cannot seem toget in there anymore so I came hunting for this site. 

Thanks for the good tidings regarding the cruise. I love to cruise and plan to enjoy to the fullest. This trip I have 2 friends going with me from NH. They too both live in Florida.

 

 

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muffnette
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Re: Dill Pickles??

Laura if that is the only change you really made - while I too am no expert it very much sounds to me like its the pickles - no they are not a miracle cure - HOWEVER vinegar has been shown to lower blood sugars - doesn't mean you can go on an all pickle diet (lol) but really - I notice if i ever include anything that has "vinegar" w/it - my #'s are lower than they would be otherwise... for some people vinegar DOES help w/lowering the bs even if its a little bit - that is my guess!

 

ENJOY those pickles!  (as a side note i experimented before and pasta obviously is a blood sugar raiser - but when i eat a vinegar/oil salad WITH pasta my #'s are lower than if i didn't have the salad.

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