Strange Observations #4

Motha f*ckin’ Chicken — I am so done with you!

Every time I eat it, regardless of how I eat it, my blood glucose level goes up and STAYS up. At around 11 this morning, I took my bgl; it was 102 . I took my insulin (20 units of Novalog). I ate 1/2 cup of chicken salad for lunch (s/b chicken, diced onion, mayo, sour cream, mustard, spices). Four hours later, my bgl is 165! After 4 hours, it should have come back down. It does with all other proteins that I eat, and especially if there are little to no carbs with it.

This is not the first time I have observed this. I am noticing it every time I eat chicken. Why? I am dumbfounded! Beef, pork, fish, eggs… they all decrease my bgl. Why does chicken raise it and keep it high?

Chicken… we are done. You will curse me no more!

Strange Observations #3

Sleep… when I was consuming a high carb diet, I slept constantly. Sometimes up to 12 hours per day. I led a mostly sedimentary lifestyle, so yeah, it’s no wonder the weight stayed on and I was tired all the time. Since I began this LCHF WOE, I have only been sleeping about 6 hours per day and usually only in 3 hour implements. The past week, I’ve been sleeping even less than that. The first couple of days I slept maybe 4 hours within a 48 time period. The next few days, 3.5 hours within a 44 hour time period. I was so in need of sleep night before last that I took a 100 mgs of Trazodone. Normally, that would have knocked me out for 8-12 hours. But, I only slept 3.5 hrs.

I explained my dilemma to my brother and he said, “Maybe the high carbs was causing the trazodone to give you that much sleep.” Hmmm, he may be right!

Don’t get me wrong, I am not going into sleep dep or anything like that, just a mild case of insomnia. I just really enjoy sleeping. I love dreaming. Hell, most of the time my dream world has seemed more real than this one. I did manage to get a nice 5 hrs sleep midday yesterday. It felt good, but sadly I don’t remember dreaming.

In further developments, I think I have solved my issue with Chicken. I have been eating skinless, boneless chicken tenders just sauteed in coconut oil with some garlic powder, pepper and salt. And I think the issue is that the chicken is not absorbing any of the coconut oil, or not very much of it, so it is staying a leaner meat. With just some cheese or a pat of butter on my vegetables, I was definitely not getting many grams of fat with my meal. So, I began making chicken salad instead, using a full fat mayonnaise and a full fat sour cream for the dressing and viola! I have not gotten sleepy after eating it! Yay me!

Now to make it through the next two days until payday when I get some really good foods in here to eat!

Onward and upward! Embracing Fat! Loving this WOL!

Strange Observations #2

Chicken – it completely puzzles me. Not just because it makes me sleepy (as I described in Strange Observations #1), but it also does weird things to my blood glucose levels.

With most proteins, 2 hours after I eat them (even if eaten with veggies) and check my blood glucose level, my blood sugar is no higher than 135. However, every single time I eat chicken (with or without veggies), my blood sugar is between 150-165 two hours after.

This leads me to ponder if chicken breaks down into sugar faster than other proteins. And it also makes me wonder if I should be eating way less chicken than other proteins.

Unfortunately, the only proteins in the house at the moment are eggs and chicken (well, there is peanut butter, but I try to avoid that). And although I dearly love eggs, I cannot eat them for every meal because I will quickly run out of them and be only left with chicken. Four days left until pay day.

LC Chicken Salad

Ingredients:

2 skinless, boneless chicken breasts, boiled & cubed
2 Tbsp Homemade Mayonnaise
1 tsp dijon or yellow mustard
1/4 cup full fat sour cream
1 – 2 Tbsp dill pickle relish (or to taste)
1/4 cup diced celery
1 small slice of red onion, diced
salt and pepper to taste
a dash of tumeric
a dash of dried or fresh thyme
a dash of Ms Dash Table Blend

Mix all ingredients in a bowl and chill. Makes 4 servings.

You can add this to a piece of lettuce and make a lettuce wrap. Or eat with some avocado slices to add more fat.


Nutritional Breakdown:

Chicken (2 breasts):
Calories – 340
Fat – 6 grams
Protein – 64 grams
Carbohydrates – 0 grams

Homemade Mayonnaise (2 Tbsp):
Calories – 180
Fat – 20 grams
Protein – 2 grams
Carbohydrates – O grams

Mustard (1 tsp dijon):
Calories – 4
Fat – O grams
Protein – 0.24 grams
Carbohydrates – 0.47 grams

Sour Cream (1/4 cup FF)
Calories – 120
Fat – 10 grams
Protein – 2 grams
Carbohydrates – 2 grams

Dill Pickle Relish (1 Tbsp)
Calories – 0 (there may be a trace)
Fat – 0 grams
Protein – 0 grams
Carbohydrates – 0 grams (there may be a trace)

Celery (about 1 stalk for the 1/4 cup)
Calories – 6
Fat – 0.07 grams
Protein – 0.28 grams
Carbohydrates – 1.19 grams

Red Onion:
Calories – 4
Fat – 0.01 grams
Protein – 0.08 grams
Carbohydrates – 0.91 grams

Total Values:

Calories – 654
Fat – 36.08 grams
Protein – 68.60 grams
Carbohydrates – 4.57 grams

Per Serving (yields about 4 servings):

Calories – 163.5
Fat – 9.02 grams
Protein – 17.15 grams
Carbohydrates – 1.15 grams

Note: I got the Nutritional Values of all foods HERE