Updated: Sep 22, 2019
Is it really possible to eat more food and need less insulin to provide energy for our cells, and still maintain good blood sugars? I know this is an interesting or even a tricky question...but the true answer is YES!
This theory entirely depends on what kind or the macro type of foods you choose to eat at one time. Fill your plate with vegetables (low in carbs/high in fiber) along with 3-4 ounces of lean protein and serving of healthy fats. This combination of macros (complex carb. w/fiber + lean protein + healthy fat) will balance well with how beautiful our plate looks and how our body responds.
When we consume healthy sources of carbohydrates with plenty of good fat and protein, the glucose from the meal enters our blood slowly, and the pancreas responds by secreting a measured amount of insulin. Or in a case where you need to inject insulin, then the dose of insulin units can be lower.
Make a plan to eat foods that have a low glycemic index or that don't dramatically effect blood sugar and combine this with the two other macros (protein & fat). This can help to reduce the bodies insulin needs and provide more healthy foods that'll satisfy you too.
Of course, portion size is something to consider as well... and if we eat more vegetables and less starchy and simple carbohydrates, this makes the process and the end result nicer and healthier too!
I'm a HUGE fan of a balanced plate covered with delicious vegetables.. this is key to getting the vitamins and minerals our body needs and reducing insulin needs.
Below is an example of enjoying more beautiful food and needing less insulin, and your body and taste buds are going to love!
Green salad, tomatoes, onion, cucumbers, sliced carrots (vegetables) and avocado with a broiled salmon steak for (protein & healthy omega 3 fat). You can add a small baked sweet potato (complex carb. w/fiber) with a tsp. of real butter.
So how much insulin will your body require for meals like this? *Important to discuss with your doctor the proper insulin treatment for you when making any changes.
Always take into consideration:
Your blood sugar # before eating
If you have any insulin already on board (this includes both long acting and short acting insulin)
How active you've been or plan to be after eating
Then decide to dose the insulin you feel you'll need to balance your blood sugar back within your goal range.
So how much insulin do I dose for a meal like this, which includes a small sweet potato!!?
If my blood sugar before a meal is around 100, I will dose 2 units of Novolog (fast acting bolus insulin). I also have 11 units of basal long acting insulin Tresiba on board that I dose in the AM. Just 2 units of bolus insulin will cover and process the carbohydrates in this meal, and allow me to avoid a blood sugar spike and return me to an average blood sugar goal of 100 mg/dL.
Try this out for yourself and take notes on your bodies response after eating macro balanced foods with lots of vegetables.
Were you able to take less insulin to reach your goal blood sugar?
Comment below or send me a message, I'd love to hear how it's going!