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Re: [IPk] General Questions

Hi Diane - thanks for your comments - an interesting point re the fat
content - my mother, type 2, has to keep her fat input right down as this
tends to affect her, wheras I, to date, have not found any significant
effect of high fat on Yasmeens bgs.

Thanks again

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From: Diana Maynard <email @ redacted>
To: <email @ redacted>
Sent: Monday, December 16, 2002 11:52 AM
Subject: Re: [IPk] General Questions

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> Hi Melissa
> The concept of trigger foods is one thing I always find weird - why som
> particular foods have such a huge impact on some people and not on others.
> average I eat 2-3 bananas a day and never have a problem with them!
> Cheesecake and Chinese food are my main two trigger foods - largely
> of the fat in them I think. Pizza as well, though homemade pizza is fine
> suspect because I put a lot less fat in!). Bread can sometimes have a
> effect on me though - even when not covered in fat. But I've never had a
> problem with any kind of fruit, potatoes, rice, pasta etc. Strange, isn't
> As for Rob and his GI question, for me what works is to think largely in
> terms of carb content, but keep the GI in the back of my mind. Foods with
> very low GI tend to raise my BG more slowly, so I might take my insulin
> them a little later, or spread it out over several hours. But apart from
> low GI foods such as chickpeas, lentils, gram flour etc. I don't tend to
> notice much difference. What I notice more is the effect of adding fat to
> carbs, which slows down the rise a lot, and makes it last longer (for me).
> Di
> On Monday 16 December 2002 11:41, you wrote:
> > Hi Rob,
> >
> > You will find a huge range of opinions about GI. Try and err! Some
> > simply cannot eat carrots without a bolus that would knock me out,
> > others find that high-GI food has very little effect outside of its
> > straight carb value, and others find only certain high-GI foods
> > problematic. I have just thought about the fact that we haven't
> > 'trigger foods'--maybe that's an American concept that hasn't crept
> > the Atlantic? A trigger food is something in particular that--you
> > it--triggers a substantial increase in bg and might as well be avoided
> > under normal circumstances as it's more trouble than it's worth. Bananas
> > and really rich American-style cheesecake are my real trigger foods. I
> > a banana only when my bg is quite low. I eat American cheesecake
probably 2
> > or 3 times a year because I have to stay up and check my bg every 90
> > minutes or so for around 5 hours! I have met people whose trigger foods
> > were cornstarch, pizza, and rice, though. They went through years of
> > unpleasantness before figuring out what was happening. Keeping a food,
> > insulin, exercise, and bg journal for a few weeks is a tedious but v.
> > way to identify what seems to cause problems and what helps.
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