Something amazing happened yesterday. Take a look:
(For the American folks, that 5.8 mmol/l is a 104 mg/dl.)
Can anyone guess what I had for breakfast? I’ll tell you at the end of this post…
This is amazing because every every morning I eat a pretty low carb low GI breakfast, and every every morning I spike within the first two hours and then come down hard. I’m doing everything I can insulin-wise, including an aggressive bolus (a superbolus, in fact) followed by a major decrease in basal to 0.05 u/hr for the next three hours. Ideally I’d pre-bolus, but with 2 kids to feed and clothe in the mornings, I’m worried about the impact a delayed (or worse – forgotten!) breakfast would have. Safety first!
When I was pregnant, I ate balkan yogurt (high protein, high fat) with berries and walnuts for virtually every breakfast, and it worked pretty darn well. But it also made me pretty darn sick of balkan yogurt and walnuts. (I’ll eat berries any day, any time!) So that’s off the table, literally.
Low GI dry cereals are a disaster. Low GI hot cereals are better, but still far from ideal.
It may be that a further reduction in breakfast carbs is necessary to eliminate that spike and reduce my insulin such that it doesn’t cause a crash, but I’ve been nervous to go below 20g of carbs. This is partially because I’m breastfeeding and less comfortable with messing around with my nutrient profiles while doing so, but also because I haven’t yet wrapped my mind around how to get over that morning liver dump hump (why does that sound so gross?) with less insulin. (To be fair, my version of an “aggressive” bolus at breakfast is 2-3 units for 20-30g of carbs, otherwise the mid-morning crash is even bigger.)
Maybe I’m missing something, though. Maybe I just need to try lower carb. But what does one eat for an uber-low, or even zero-carb breakfast that will stick with you until lunch but does not contain artificial sweeteners or involve eggs every morning. I like eggs, but if I eat them every morning, I won’t anymore. Also not interesting to me is “dinner for breakfast”. No chicken breasts, thank you.
I’ve even tried a few meal replacement options – drinks and bars. You know, Martinis and chocolate! (Kidding.) To be honest, this is where I’ve had the most luck. They’re also really quick, which is great! The downside is that I don’t recognize about 80% of the ingredients in either. I’ve been able to avoid artificial sweeteners, but it’s hard to say for sure what else I’m not avoiding.
So I’m looking for breakfast options, preferably of the low-carb, low-GI variety. Something really quick (or make-ahead) and healthy (including low-sodium). I’d also play around with some zero-carb (or almost zero-carb) ideas… Anyone? Suggestions (of either food or food-related resources) are welcome!
So what was the breakfast that gave rise to this lack of a rise? What perfect food was it that made me almost flatline (in a good way)?