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My journey with the NutriSense program. I messed up.

September 1, 2021
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Welcome to Week 2! As you may remember, my name is Logan, and I’m the Content Manager here at NutriSense. I’ve just completed my second week of using the NutriSense program and wearing the Continuous Glucose Monitor [CGM]. I am continuing to feel more energetic and confident this week as I settle into my new routine. 

I have continued working with Carlee from our team of dietitians to discover what meals my body reacts to best [and worst]. As Week 2 began, we started analyzing foods are working well with my body’s makeup. For example, we found that my blood glucose levels react very well to  the spicy Thai basil chicken and rice that I like to make, but not with the chicken and carrot recipe I made for dinner on Tuesday. 

I check my CGM when I wake up and before and after every meal to register how my routines and meals are affecting me throughout the day. This has been helping me stick to the new habits that I have committed to. Additionally, I have been trying to commit to set meal times instead of working my meals in and around the other things that take up my day. I realized that my eating schedule has become more erratic since beginning to work from home last year. 

This week was the beginning of a very big learning curve for me. Carlee [the dietitian that I am working with from the NutriSense team] and I had discussed that I may have a problem with my glucose levels. She helped me monitor my progress over the last two weeks and I am relieved to report that I do not have any issues. Having her help me understand what all of the data collected with my CGM meant was invaluable. 

You may have been told that you shouldn’t eat late at night. After this week, I can tell you all that my personal data has confirmed what I believed to be an “old wives tale.” When I woke up on Wednesday morning, I saw that I had a spike late Tuesday night as a result of eating late. Carlee confirmed that it was due to my eating dinner at 10:30 PM [I was working late and didn’t want to pause to cook]. Our bodies’ hormones that break down food don't function as well that late. That night I had chicken and vegetables, which is a meal that does cause my levels to rise more than others. In addition to setting a deadline for my nightly meals, Carlee and I decided that I should move this meal to one that I eat for lunch and see if my body’s hormones process it better earlier in the day. 

I burned a total of 1250 Kcals this week on the Peloton bike. I am still exercising four times a week. I still struggle with shortness of breath shortly after beginning my workouts, but I am beginning to feel more energetic further into them which feels amazing and encouraging. 

The thing that I am most excited to report back [even after my Sunday blip and late night eating lesson] is that I am continuing to drop weight! I am now down to 241lbs from my original 250lbs! On reflection, this week has been very exciting. Using Mealime and Peloton has made sticking to this program much easier for me since both of those tools do most of the planning for me regarding my exercise and recipe prep. I burned a total of 1250 Kcals this week on the Peloton bike. I am still exercising four times a week. I still struggling with shortness of breath shortly after beginning my workouts, but I am beginning to feel more energetic further into them which feels amazing and encouraging. I have really enjoyed applying data and numbers to my body’s reactions and feelings with Carlee. I think that I am beginning to understand my body better and look forward to continuing to streamline my routines and habits to suit it even better.

I have included a daily breakdown of my data below in case you would like to see what I was working with this week. On Sunday, I had a lapse of will and parted from my commitment. I forgave myself for it but after a look at my data from that day I renewed my commitment to myself and feel empowered to continue my journey to my healthiest self.

Check back in next Wednesday to see how Week 3 goes and don’t forget to check out my vlog entry for this week where I go into more personal detail about my experiences. 

Monday:

Breakfast: Latte 9AM | Glucose Peak: 97

Lunch: Spicy Thai basil chicken w/ rice | Glucose Peak: 71

EXERCISE: 20 mins

Snack: Popcorn | Glucose Peak: 89

Dinner: Chicken Sausage w/ brussels sprouts and mashed potatoes | Glucose Peak: 80


1569 Total Calories


Tuesday:

Breakfast: Cappuccino & Overnight Oats 930AM | Glucose Peak: 80

Lunch: Spicy Thai basil chicken w/ rice | Glucose Peak: 109

EXCERCISE: 25 mins

Snack: Drink | Glucose Peak: 80

Dinner: Not listed | Glucose Peak: 75


1564 Total Calories


Wednesday:

Breakfast: Cappuccino 930AM | Glucose Peak: 88

Lunch: Chicken Bowl 1030AM | Glucose Peak: 67

Snack: No snack today | Glucose Peak: 86

Dinner: Grape Avocado Fish Tacos | Glucose Peak: 81


1514 Total Calories


Thursday:


Breakfast: Cappuccino 1030AM | Glucose Peak: 92

Lunch: Grape Avocado Fish Tacos | Glucose Peak: 90

EXCERCISE: 20 mins

Snack: Protein Shake | Glucose Peak: 84

Dinner: Chicken Fried Rice | Glucose Peak: 81


1849 Total Calories


Friday:

Breakfast: Cappuccino 1030AM | Glucose Peak: 90

Lunch: Breakfast Burrito | Glucose Peak: 102

EXCERCISE: 30mins

Snack: NONE

Dinner: Sweet and Sour Meatballs | Glucose Peak: 101


1768 Total Calories

Saturday:

Breakfast: Cappuccino 1030AM | Glucose Peak: 91

Lunch: Quiche | Glucose Peak: 97

EXCERCISE: 30mins

Snack: Quiche | Glucose Peak: 96

Dinner: Sweet and Sour Meatballs | Glucose Peak: 101

1768 Total Calories


Sunday:

This day was a lapse for me. After I slipped from my commitment to myself, I resolved to continue on a stronger note and stick to my committed program. 

Check in next week for my progress.


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Eat with NutriSense This St. Patrick's Day
Eat with NutriSense This St. Patrick's Day

Would eating the same meal, at the same time, have the same blood glucose response for three different people? See what our team found out after sampling a delicious corned beef and cabbage dish in preparation for St. Patrick's Day!

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Build Healthy Habits During Lent
Build Healthy Habits During Lent

Do you know what you're giving up for Lent this year? For those who observe it, this can be a good time to give up bad habits, and add healthy ones into your routine! Read on to find out more about how to build healthy habits this season.

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Do You Know How Healthy Your Breakfast Cereal Is?
Do You Know How Healthy Your Breakfast Cereal Is?

Cereal is one of the most popular breakfast foods out there—but how healthy is it, really? Review the nutritional content of some popular breakfast cereals, and learn how to choose a healthy option for your individual needs.

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Obesity: What You Should Know and Some New Research on the Condition
Obesity: What You Should Know and Some New Research on the Condition

Did you know that more than two in five adults have obesity? Find out more about the pressing public health issue, review some new research that is shedding light on the condition, and learn how to diagnose and treat it.

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Tips for a Healthy, Happy Purim
Tips for a Healthy, Happy Purim

Purim, a joyous occasion celebrated around March or April every year, is just around the corner! Read on to learn more about the holiday and the delicious foods that accompany it.

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Vinegar and Blood Sugar: Does It Lower It?
Vinegar and Blood Sugar: Does It Lower It?

Read on to find out what impact, if any, vinegar really has on our body’s ability to balance blood sugar.

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Meal Frequency and Insulin Sensitivity: How Many Times Should You be Eating in a Day?
Meal Frequency and Insulin Sensitivity: How Many Times Should You be Eating in a Day?

If you have insulin sensitivity, is eating two large meals a day or three to five smaller meals better? Find out more about the relationship between meal frequency and insulin sensitivity, and how many times you should be eating in a day.

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Understanding the Causes and Symptoms of Endometriosis
Understanding the Causes and Symptoms of Endometriosis

Endometriosis is a common yet often ignored condition. Learn more about the symptoms to watch out for, how you can seek treatment, and read first-hand accounts from two women who have dealt with endometriosis.

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The Benefits and Risks of Popular Ayurvedic Herbs and Spices
The Benefits and Risks of Popular Ayurvedic Herbs and Spices

Ayurveda is an ancient Indian holistic healing system that dates back over 5,000 years. In the second installment of our series on the practice, review the benefits and risks associated with popular Ayurvedic herbs and spices.

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Can Eating Pizza Raise Your Blood Glucose Levels?
Can Eating Pizza Raise Your Blood Glucose Levels?

Pizza can be challenging to enjoy eating without worrying about how it affects your health. But while it may be indulgent, it is possible to prepare or order it in a way that won’t wreak havoc on your health or blood sugar levels. Read on to find out more!

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Do Artificial Sweeteners Raise Insulin Levels?
Do Artificial Sweeteners Raise Insulin Levels?

Review our post on the impacts artificial sweeteners have on blood glucose, insulin, and other areas of your personal health.

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What Research Says About Sleep and Blood Sugar Levels
What Research Says About Sleep and Blood Sugar Levels

Recent research has shown that sleep and blood glucose are intricately connected. Read on to learn more about what this means for your blood sugar levels and overall health.

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Understanding the Relationship Between Menopause and Metabolic Health
Understanding the Relationship Between Menopause and Metabolic Health

Did you know that menopause can affect your metabolic health, and vice versa? Read on to understand the relationship between metabolic health and menopause, and how to manage metabolic health during your menopausal journey. 

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How a Continuous Blood Sugar Monitor Can Help You Find Your Perfect Diet
How a Continuous Blood Sugar Monitor Can Help You Find Your Perfect Diet

In this episode learn the truth about how we react to certain foods in regards to our blood sugar response and how you can tailor your diet according to your CGM results.

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All About Blood Sugar With Molly Downey, RDN
All About Blood Sugar With Molly Downey, RDN

This week, dive into how to eat your carbs and manage your blood sugar, too with Molly Downey, RDN, LDN.

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A NutriSense Dietitian's Favorite Kitchen Staples
A NutriSense Dietitian's Favorite Kitchen Staples

Food can be fun, pleasurable, and nutritious all at the same time. Read on to learn more about the two nutrient-dense kitchen staples one of our dietitians swears by to help optimize her health!

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10 Tastiest Nutrient-Dense Foods From Around the World
10 Tastiest Nutrient-Dense Foods From Around the World

Instead of the type or amount of food you eat, you should focus on the amount of nutrients you're adding to every meal. Here are some of our favorite nutrient-dense foods from around the world to help you get started.

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Do Pineapples Raise Blood Sugar Levels?
Do Pineapples Raise Blood Sugar Levels?

Learn everything you need to know about pineapples, your health, and your blood glucose levels, and see how our dietitians like to eat the sweet, tropical fruit. 

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Setting Up The Right Diet Plan For Prediabetes [+Sample Diet Plan Included]
Setting Up The Right Diet Plan For Prediabetes [+Sample Diet Plan Included]

Learn more about the relationship between prediabetes and your diet, and see how to build a diet plan that works for you with some great tips, tricks and recipes from our nutrition team!

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What You Should Know About Acupuncture
What You Should Know About Acupuncture

Learn more about the research on, as well as the benefits and risks of acupuncture, a form of alternative medicine that involves inserting needles into your body for pain and stress relief.

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Triglycerides and Blood Glucose [+Tips to Lower Triglyceride Levels]
Triglycerides and Blood Glucose [+Tips to Lower Triglyceride Levels]

Learn everything you need to know about the relationship between triglycerides levels and blood glucose.


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A Guide to Ayurveda
A Guide to Ayurveda

From acupuncture to chiropractic treatments and homeopathy to holistic healing, complementary and alternative medicine is increasing in popularity. Read on to learn more about Ayurveda, a healing system that originated in India thousands of years ago.  

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Sugar and Cholesterol: Does Sugar Raise Your Cholesterol Levels?
Sugar and Cholesterol: Does Sugar Raise Your Cholesterol Levels?

Learn about the impact sugar has on your cholesterol levels and ways to manage your sugar intake.