You have to look at what you are eating and whether or not you are kidding yourself by eating certain foods.
Take a look at a large store bought blueberry muffin for example The muffin looks OKAY at first glance. Who doesn't like blueberry muffins? Things to look out for below:
- Sodium is 621 mg - watch your blood pressure
- Total carbohydrate 66.72 grams - simple carbs turn to sugar and elevate your blood glucose
- Sugar content - 27.38 grams of sugar
- Minuscule amounts of protein, vitamins and minerals
I am NOT picking on blueberry muffins per se. Just want to stress that one has to become a label reader for EVERYTHING YOU PURCHASE AND CONSUME.
For myself, IF I had a blueberry muffin for breakfast, I would probably do 10-15 flights of stairs two at a time within 45 mins after eating the muffin to try and burn that glucose off instead of sending it to my liver to turn to fat. Since I have gotten into stair climbing, I am amazed at the benefits especially after cheating on a high carb meal once in a while.
When I first was diagnosed as a type 2 diabetic, I learned that much of the real detrimental effects of blood sugar come from the HIGHS and LOWS swing. An occasional higher reading is OK however to have your BG in a constant battle of shooting WAY UP and then taking meds (pills or insulin) and have it drop like a rock can be as bad as having constantly high blood glucose levels.