Today was my first day performing daily blood tests with my new Glucometer. Dr. Garcia was alarmed by my high blood sugar from my most recent blood test. I was shocked, since I thought I was eating clean after a year of rather consistent Paleo.
As mentioned in a previous post, the wolf in sheep’s clothing was Paleo Treats. Suzanne makes wonderful desserts, as long time readers of this blog may know. What I was naive about was the fact that the sugars in dried fruits are much like cane sugar and they will still spike my insulin.
So I agreed to pay more attention to blood sugar, in the same way I pay attention to calories, carbs, protein and fat. For the next thirty days I will track my fasting blood sugar in the morning upon waking. Being a novice at this stuff, I Googled everything I could about what I needed and I watched YouTube videos. I checked various products on Amazon and when I decided what I was getting, I made certain to order on Amazon Prime for free shipping. Hey, the cost of shipping could mean the difference between having money for Starbucks or not.
This morning was my first time testing my blood sugar, and it was a fascinating experience. I bought this little spring loaded gadget for lancing my finger. I think it’s called a Fancy-Dancy Finger Prick Device. You load a little needle in it, adjust the depth, cock the spring, press it to the side of your finger and press the trigger. It’s supposed to jab a small hole in your finger, so you can squeeze a drop of blood to sample. Well CrossFitters, did you know a knurled barbell and dry chalk will make your skin a little tough? I jabbed myself ten times and wasted five test strips before I got enough blood to sample. The needle was full depth and I certainly felt the pin-prick of the needle, but I get coming up dry. Where in the world is my blood?
Maybe I left it all on the barbell.