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The Diabetes Experiment

January 22, 2011

“Doctors are men who prescribe medicines of which they know little, to cure diseases of which they know less, in human beings of whom they know nothing”

-Voltaire

Today I am re-taking up the Primal Challenge. While I am on the challenge (which I suspect will be indefinitely) I will still be tracking my weight and measurements at the bottom of the f@ camp page, but I will also be tracking how my blood sugar reacts.

During this time I will be eating nothing that contains added sugar or is made with flour and limiting my consumption of rice and legumes to no more than one or two servings a week.

I will also be exercising. Five days a week I will be walking 30-60 minutes. One day a week I will engage in 10 minutes of sprints. And two days a week (with at least 3 days in between) I will be doing a 20 minute whole body workout that focuses on intensity and full body movement over slow isolation exercises.

The framework for my experiment is set up for the first 2 weeks of the Challenge where I will be updating my fasting blood sugar, my food journal, and exercise journal daily.

From there I will probably update on a weekly basis. During the experiment this post will remain at the top of the main page of my blog. After that I’ll un-sticky it and post a link at the bottom of my Author page and the f@ camp page.

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Day 1

Fasting blood sugar

  • 264

Foods eaten throughout the day

  • 10:30 am – 5 eggs; 2 sausage links; 1/2 a banana
  • 4:30 pm – 3 mild Italian sausage links, 1/4 cup cashews
  • Beverages – Unsweetened iced tea throughout the day

Daily Exercise

  • Today was an exceptionally long work day for me, so I neither walked nor worked out.

Day 2

Fasting blood sugar

  • 209

Foods eaten throughout the day

  • 11:30 am – 5 eggs; 1 Italian sausage link with sauteed onions and peppers; 1/4 cup marinara; sprinkle of mozzarella
  • 6:00 pm – 2 cups white chili with chicken; 1/4 cup shredded cheddar
  • Beverages – Unsweetened iced tea and water

Daily Exercise

  • 20 minutes full body weight training

Day 3

Fasting blood sugar

  • 224

Foods eaten throughout the day

  • 10:30 am – 6 oz chicken
  • 2: 30 pm – 5 eggs; 4 oz diced chicken; 12 pistachios
  • 5:30 pm – 1/2 lb snow crab meat
  • 8:30 pm – 24 cashews
  • Beverages – Unsweetened iced tea and water

Daily Exercise

  • Walked 35 minutes

Day 4

Fasting blood sugar

  • 185

Foods eaten throughout the day

  • 7:30 am – 1/4 cup cashews
  • 11:30 am – 1/4 cup cashews (it’s been a weird morning)
  • 12:30 pm – 4 oz steak
  • 6:30 pm – more cashews (okay, it’s been a weird day)
  • Beverages – 1 diet ginger ale; water

Daily Exercise

  • Walked 45 minutes

Day 5

Fasting blood sugar

  • 157

Foods eaten throughout the day

  • 6:00 am – 3 eggs; 4oz chicken; 2 oz cheese
  • 4:00 pm – pistachios
  • 6:30 pm – Taco Salad (Consisting of seasoned ground beef, lettuce, tomato, and shredded cheddar on a plain ceramic plate – no freaky giant Mexican corn bowl).
  • Beverages – Diet Ginger Ale; water

Daily Exercise

  • Due to inclement weather I’m doing a light kettlebell routine instead of walking. Heavy weight training tomorrow.

Day 6

Fasting blood sugar

  • 174

Foods eaten throughout the day

  • 12:00 pm – 4 oz steak, 4 eggs, hash browns
  • 8:15 pm – Almonds
  • 9:00 pm – seasoned ground beef with marinara and mozzarella
  • Beverages – Diet Root Beer & water

Daily Exercise

  • No exercise today 😳
  • :mrgreen:pssst! Just call it a rest day. Yeah, that’s the ticket.

Day 7

Fasting blood sugar

  • 187

Foods eaten throughout the day

  • 8:30 am – cashews
  • 1:30 pm – pork stir fry
  • 6:00 pm – almonds
  • Beverages – Diet soda; water

Daily Exercise

  • Missed again

Day 8

Fasting blood sugar

  • 156

Foods eaten throughout the day

  • Noon pm – Almonds & Macadamias
  • 5:30 pm – Chicken
  • 7:00 pm – Hamburger patty; provolone
  • Beverages – Unsweetened tea; water

Daily Exercise

  • Walked 30 minutes
  • 20 minutes bodyweight exercises with kettlebell warm up

Day 9

Fasting blood sugar

  • 182

Foods eaten throughout the day

  • 11:30 am – Steak, eggs, & hash browns
  • 5:00 pm – macadamia nuts
  • Beverages – Unsweetened tea; water

Daily Exercise

  • none

Day 10

Fasting blood sugar

  • 166

Foods eaten throughout the day

  • 11:00 am – Almonds
  • 6:30 pm – Shredded lettuce with seasoned pork, chicken cheddar cheese, and homemade salsa.
  • Beverages – Unsweetened tea & water

Daily Exercise

  • None

Day 11

Fasting blood sugar

  • 133

Foods eaten throughout the day

  • 8:30 am – Macadamia nuts
  • 12:30 pm – Eggs, bacon, & sausage
  • 6:30 pm – Macadamia nuts
  • 8:30 pm – Crustless quiche (shrimp, bacon, onion, and zucchini filling)
  • Beverages – Unsweetened tea & water

Daily Exercise

  • Bodyweight/Kettlebell routine

Day 12

Fasting blood sugar

  • 135

Foods eaten throughout the day

  • 9:00 am – Macadamia nuts
  • 3:00 pm – Chicken/Pork BBQ (NC style – seasoned with vinegar and red pepper flakes) with cheese
  • 8:30 pm – Sausage & eggs
  • Beverages – Unsweetened tea & water

Daily Exercise

  • None

Day 13

Fasting blood sugar

  • 126

Foods eaten throughout the day

  • 6:30 am – Macadamia nuts & sausage patties
  • 5:00 pm – 1/4 lb hamburger patty with ketchup
  • 6:30 pm – flank steak with sauteed mushrooms, peppers, onions, and zucchini
  • 9:30 pm – cashews
  • Beverages – Unsweetened tea & water.

Daily Exercise

  • None

Day 14

Fasting blood sugar

  • 133

Foods eaten throughout the day

  • 2:00 pm Macadamia nuts
  • 4:00 pm Flank steak and cheddar cheese
  • 7:00 pm Meatballs with sauteed vegetables and marinara
  • Beverages – unsweetened tea and water

Daily Exercise

  • None

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3 Comments leave one →
  1. January 23, 2011 00:27

    I know you can do this!

  2. January 29, 2011 07:41

    Interesting how your blood sugar went up when you didn’t exercise

    • January 29, 2011 09:35

      Hrm. Yeah, I was thinking the same thing until I took my blood sugar this morning. See, I missed exercising yesterday, too, but it still went down again.

      Don’t get me wrong, I agree with you that the exercise part is important. It goes a long way towards mitigating insulin resistance, but here in the beginning there’s probably also going to be a fair amount of fluctuation as my body adjusts.

      Today I have a walk planned as well as bodyweight training, so we’ll see what happens.

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