116 fasting glucose is on the high side, but only slightly. The best time to test your glucose (for non diabetics) is first thing in the morning and about four hours after your biggest meal of the day.
The sites I looked at the morning, no one was adding oil to make the almond butter. I was surprised. The first lady had pics of first it was this dust that you had to keep stopping the machine and scraping off the sides. Then it was this crumbly mix, then it was butter-fied or whatever.
Fat slows down digestion which slows down the breaking down of the food into glucose which can be bad or good, depending on the food and the source of the fat. The further a food is from glucose the longer it takes to digest and the slower the glucose is released into your system. Which is probably the reasoning behind eating something like almond butter before sleeping.
Have you talked to your doc about this sleeping issue?
If food is your problem, when is your biggest meal? Ideally, it should be breakfast but most humans are backwards on this. I do best if I have a big breakfast followed by 3 small snack/meals and a "sensible" dinner. But then, my issue is going to sleep in the first place! If I can get to sleep, I last 6-12hrs in zzzzzzz land.
03-31-2012, 10:36 AM
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Well low blood sugar must not be my problem because last night I got to sleep around 12:30 Am despite being sleepy at 8PM. I woke five hours later and then went back to sleep and woke around 7:30 to a barking dog. I would sleep longer if not for outside noises. I used a measuring spoon and ate just the almond butter. Two heaping TBS. It is probably full of calories too: like 120 a TBS! Also I do take glucose test upon waking but 12 hrs fasting is best. If I don't sleep 8 and it is only five, maybe 116 isn't so bad. Next the banana smoothy. And or cherry juice. When I was in my twenties I could sleep many hours in a row.
I think why he suggested almond and not peanut butter, is because probably almonds have some magical sleepative (made-up word, but couldn't think of something better) property that peanuts do not--I'm sure there's something special about almonds. Also, I think the low blood sugar property is probably meant to apply to everyone in some "generic" way, according to the specific online article. I don't think he was thinking about people with serious problems with blood sugar. Also, not having sleep, in my case, rules out everything else that people might find problematic, like a food having too many calories, or, on another level, like people who complain about dental appliances causing them to drool too much (I am using a dental device in addition to the CPAP in addition to a huge, wide white chinstrap, and I probably scoop out a bucket of drool in the morning and it is nasty). I feel like I have every conceivable device strapped to my head at night right now. If I were to post a picture of myself with all these devices strapped to my head as my avatar, someone would probably need therapy. I am just one desperate woman looking for peace in body first, which will lead to peace of mind hopefully (never can tell). I think I would live in a van down by the river wearing camel skins, eating grasshoppers and honey all by my lonesome if it brought me sleep. I have experienced such horrible, major suffering the majority of my life that it's now no holds barred. These are just my stupid ramblings, not meant to appear any better than anyone else's thoughts--just my stream of thinking in Crazytown probably.:grin:
Fasting does not equal sleeping although in terms of blood sugar (and blood pressure) readings when first awake and before you move very far is good.
That's a lot of calories to go to sleep on. Calories with nothing better to do than turn into fat.
Reminds me I need to have my A1c checked. Should've had it done the other day when I went in for something else. Silly P.
Last night no almond butter or any special food. I took two 5 HTPs and slept straight thru seven hrs til my dog woke me up. I will never get more than eight if I get eight, because my dog wakes me up. It would have to stay very quiet for many hours. LOL