I'm a twenty year old female who has been eating mostly paleo for about six months. Since changing my diet I have gone from weighing 150lbs to 120lbs (I'm 5'5"). Despite doing my best to limit my intake of carb heavy foods occasionally when the weather gets really cold I eat a bit of oatmeal for lunch, usually about 2/3rd cup which I flavor with a tbsp of honey. I'm trying to regulate my insulin levels because I think its what has been causing my irregular periods over the last few years and I want to avoid issues that might arise later like Pcos because I know these things can affect fertility and I plan on having children in a view years down the road. I'd like to know if including oatmeal or having a bit of etc fruit will prevent me from regulating my insulin levels? My typical diet goes as follows:
Breakfast: A piece of fruit (apple, grapefruit or some berries) followed with a small piece of meat such as a few slices of turkey bacon or left over chicken or pork.
Lunch: Salad with meat, usually chicken or ground beef or a medium pork steak.
Super: A large piece of meat along with some vegetables (Squash, salad, broccoli etc)
Throughout the day I have a few snacks like a handful of almonds or a few dates.
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on January 18, 2013
at 06:35 PM
I wonder if you are "craving" carbs (oatmeal) at lunch because breakfast doesn't have enough calories to sustain you until lunch. Make a bigger breakfast, something warm and filling to start your day. Eggs with veggies, leftovers from dinner the night before that include a starchy veggie carb, this will sustain you longer and keep your blood sugars more stable until the next meal.
Especially if you are eating dates mid morning, which are really high in sugar, your insulin levels are probably spiking and dropping . . . which creates the cravings in the first place.
Good sustaining breakfast, small protein snack (handful of nuts) lunch of veggies and protein, another little snack then dinner, making enough at dinner so you have leftovers for breakfast or lunch the next day. By being sure to eat every couple of hours your insulin levels will remain stable and you will not crave carbs or sugar.
on January 18, 2013
at 06:06 PM
If you are really curious, you can actually check your blood sugars after every meal to see how certain things you eat affect them... and thus gain insight to your insulin. The higher your sugars go because of what you eat, the more insulin your body needs to release.
You can get a glucose meter and some test strips for 30-40$. While this may be a little pricey, the information it can give you is priceless. I discovered that my blood sugars were elevated by a lot of things that it theoretically shouldn't have!
Agree with Renee that oatmeal is not paleo though.
on February 02, 2013
at 08:48 PM
One large issue with wheat and oats is that they have a high glycemic index (GI). Sometimes higher than table sugar. For instance, sucrose (white table sugar), has a GI of somewhere around 60, while oatmeal has a GI of around 55. Pure glucose is 100. Apples meanwhile around around 38, and that grapefruit is around 25.
The GI is a measure of how foods affect blood sugar and insulin.