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ZOE report on day 10

Sunday, April 25, 2021

Because of some continued issues with lack of true hunger but still desire to eat and other reasons, I decided to invest in a research program (ZOE) that uses a continuous glucose monitor plus one blood test after two provided meals, and one "poop" test to determine changing glucose, fat-clearing from my blood, and my intestinal microbiome. It is not a cheap program, but the cost and service is spread out over six months. I am on day 10. I had gotten back into some habits I didn't like, thinking I could eat on whims. I didn't gain, but it felt like too much dependence on eating. To get the most out of this program, it's good as often as possible to have at least three hours between ingesting any calories. (I had been sipping my doctored coffee too much and popping this and that at will after years of NOT doing that.) I don't think I will stay as limited after I finish, but will definitely have more gaps between eating. The provided meals included some sugar and flour. I thought that might set off some yearnings in me, having had problems with those in the past, but it didn't at all. Maybe because I really want to see what my regular food does to me, and I have really limited my sugar and less so flour since January of 2020. What do all my really whole grains and legumes do to my sugar and fat usage?

One thing I have found out that I would never have guessed is that my blood sugar dips slightly into the too low zone (under 70 mg/dL) every night for a few hours. This is even when I ate some dried fruit just before bed. It did not shoot up, either. I tend to stay in the safe zone-under 150 mg/dL and near that high only for a short time each day- the rest of the time, though it does predictably go up after meals. (As an experiment, I ate one meat meal- I can go weeks without animal food- with a vegan cheese and NO carb and my blood sugar predictably stayed amazingly steady, though that night it dipped the same way as always.) I use their app to track my meals. When the 2-week monitoring is over, I will return the device and in six weeks get a full report and four months of counseling support for recommended changes. I am not sure it is going to help my appetite problem. They say they design their recommendations individually on the data they get from the device, tests, and my accurate records. They look not only at glucose but at how fast your body clears the fats you eat, which I am very curious to hear about. I have tracked my food only a few weeks at a time for these last eleven years and boy, will I be glad when I don't have to write everything down. I may have lost a couple of pounds but that is not worth micromanaging my food like that since I tend to eat mostly unprocessed plant foods these days and my weight has stayed within a few pounds for many years. They will also tell me about my biome, which I would be surprised to find is not in pretty good shape as I have been feeding them a lot of the good stuff for years.

I am not one for spending a lot of money on diet anything, having done too much of that before age 40. But this seemed so reasonable and clinical, not some author's pet idea. I am willing to be influenced to some degree by food authors but the truth is you never get the whole truth from any diet book. It is the nature of the investigative temperament to develop a perspective and sell it, and confirmation bias supports it. I have the same issue; we just about all do. So I often at least entertain the other side. But in the end I have to just take my best shot and admit there are no guarantees.
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