Diary Free | Gluten Free | Sugar Free | Soy Free
I’m Tiffany McCauley. I’ve been a food blogger for over ten years now and have three published cookbooks to my name. I love what I do. But I realized that after ten years of blogging about healthy foods and healthy eating that my blood sugar was getting continuously worse. Particularly my fasting blood sugars.
I was told I am not only pre-diabetic, but that I also have “Dawn Phenomenon” which is where your liver spikes your insulin just before dawn while you sleep, no matter how low your blood sugar was when you went to sleep. I was told there was nothing I could do about it and that it was just part of the diabetic process for me.
Nothing could have been further from the truth. While I would certainly never discount anyone’s experience with Dawn Phenomenon, I actually did resolve it. I no longer have those spikes in the early mornings because I manage my food well during the day. My fasting blood sugars are now well under 100 on a daily basis (about 77-84) with only the occasional spike that gets to 101 at most.
Now I won’t lie, it’s not easy. I’m the type of person who easily turns to food for comfort, or any occasion. So it’s been a serious struggle for me to limit the amount of food I eat to my pre-selected calorie counts. But when I adhere to my limits, I do great!
I make sure to focus on protein and fiber intake, I get lots of water and plenty of rest ( I was always a night owl, but that had to change too.
I do my best to try and move every day in some fashion. If I don’t make it to the gym, I at least try to take a walk around the neighborhood. Just something to keep my body moving for a while each day. I’m no gym rat, but activity is important when you’re pre-diabetic.
While eating low carb is usually a pretty good idea when you have blood sugar issues, I’m a firm believer that not all carbs are created equal. A slice of white bread will be far worse for blood sugars than a bowl of high-fiber beans. So for that reason, while I do make a lot of low carb recipes, that is NOT my main focus.
I need to mention that I’m just an “average Jane”. I’m not a medical professional on any level. I cannot give you advice on managing your own blood sugar. I cannot tell you what to eat or how many calories you need every day or how many carbs you should avoid. You’ll need a registered dietitian for that. (And choose one carefully. Not all dietitians are created equal!)
What this site is, is a collection of recipes that work for me. This is what I eat that keeps MY blood sugar in check. That does NOT mean that my recipes will do the same for you. Diabetes is tricky stuff. You really have to figure out what works for you and what doesn’t. So use my recipes with some modicum of caution, pretty please.