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Re: [IP] Tobogganing LOW..
On 29 Dec 2000, at 13:02, Todd & Shelly Tyler wrote:
> Hi all: Well here is a question I have been meaning to ask for awhile. How
> much do you "carb-up" to accomodate for exercise/activity?
I'm struggling through the same problem right now.
My line of work causes frequent lows. We run a janitorial business
and have recently let someone go so have had to fill in on those
buildings for a couple weeks (until we find someone to put in there--
not easy to do during the holidays).
So we have frequently had several 4 hour shifts of cleaning to do.
It's not super hard work (especially if hubby does all the
vacuuming), but it's just enough to drain all my blood- AND stored-
glucose. That usually happens within 2 hours.
If I do a lot of lifting (such as the other night when we had to clean
up a "toxic spill" when someone's toilets overflowed BLECH), the
hypo may come some time after I've stopped the exercise.
If I eat "fast carbs", I invariably go low, even if I've reduced my meal
bolus to 25 gm/unit. So far, the best food for me is either an
almost purely protein/fat meal (two good-sized pork chops with a
bit of sour cream gravy) or something like pizza (which I douse with
Ranch dressing, making it a very high fat meal) or lasagne or
cheddar-cheese-loaded-spaghetti. I bolus a tiny amount for the
pork chops in a square wave (almost more like a slightly higher
temp basal), and for the pizza & lasagne I do a dual-wave. That
usually lasts me through a 4 hour shift.
Other foods, such as potatoes (which I indulged in this past week
cuz of Xmas) or a Dagwood-type sandwich or even chocolate, just
don't last long enough, even if I start the activity with bgs > 200
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