Sugar Experiment #1

I separated the two components of my weekend nutritional problems to see if I could better understand what is going on. I went to the same restaurant and had the same margarita martini, guacamole, and taco bowls (I ate them this time, as I was hungry), but did not have the chips (full disclosure, I had two chips) or ice cream after dinner.

I also learned that I was significantly overestimating the amount of lime juice in the margarita martinis, so I fixed that on my Houston, We Have a Problem blog. My estimated consumption for dinner last night was 36g of net carbs, including 14g of sugar (Saturday was 110g of net carbs, including 42g of sugar). I had a low carb breakfast on Sunday, so there were no residual sugar problems by the time I ate early evening.

We went to the grocery after dinner, and that was confirmation that I definitely feel increased sugar cravings after that meal. I could have easily had ice cream or any number of sugar treats. I normally don’t struggle so much with cravings, so I definitely think either the alcohol or the ingredients in the food have encouraged me to desire ice cream! At the same time, it’s good to know that when I have a plan, I can avoid the sugar cravings.

I was exhausted by the time I got home, so I went to bed early. I woke up in the middle of the night feeling hot again. My heart rate was a little elevated, but nothing like the 120s I’ve seen previously. Looking at my data this morning, my heart rate went from like 85 (which is higher than usual, for sure) to a maximum of 95. It stayed elevated throughout the night and started coming down early in the morning. This morning’s resting heart rate was 73, which is higher than expected after good nutrition, but not as high as Saturday morning, where it was 91!

I felt the same symptoms, after lowering my carbs as much as possible with this meal. But, I didn’t feel them to the extent that I experience when I eat sugar on top of that meal. Therefore, I don’t feel like avoiding the extra sugar completely solves my problem, so I cannot blame the sugar entirely. There is a component that comes from the alcohol or other ingredients in the food. As much as it pains me to say it, this is probably a meal I should have in moderation.

I still need to separate the alcohol from the food to see which component is to blame for the symptoms. I also need to look at the sugar component independently, but that one will have to wait until I have a continuous glucose monitor.

I don’t feel so great today, so I will be fasting to allow my body a break from alcohol and three days of eating out! I will have to continue my experiments at a later time!

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