First off, thanks to everyone who weighed in with their own problems with delayed insulin. As I mentioned, I’ve had numerous conversations with endocrinologists and still have never gotten a good answer as to why it happens — but as you all apparently know as well, it does. And it’s really annoying. Perhaps one of the Sweet Life experts can weigh in on this, but I wonder if the problem is the same if you’re just on shots. By which I mean, is the problem stemming from an issue with my pump infusion set? Am I having problems with “tunneling” — the phenomenon where you start to heal a bit around the cannula, and insulin absorbs differently? Or is the insulin actually spreading out in my body but just not taking action till I start to move — in which case, it wouldn’t make a difference if I were on a pump or not?
In either case, it’s infuriating. But I have found a potential solution — albeit one that I’m not sure most people will want to take me up on: eat cabbage. Like, lots of it. My husband is still out of town and I’m finding that whereas he uses my absences as an excuse to binge on salad bowl-sized servings of pasta, I act out differently — namely, via cabbage and tuna fish. As I mentioned last night, that sounds kind of gross. But both those foods have virtually no effect on your blood sugar — and in the case of the fish, provide a convenient vehicle for eating what would otherwise be a sickening amount of mayonnaise. In my mind, at least, that’s a double win.
But back to the cabbage — arguably the healthier of the two — try this: shred some cabbage and some carrots. Chop up some cilantro, mint, basil and a handful of peanuts. Mix a dressing of rice vinegar, peanut oil, and a touch of sugar and salt. Toss it all together and voila — a delicious, Vietnamese-inspired salad with virtually no carbohydrates. I also find that it takes a fair amount of effort to chew raw cabbage, which means that I often give up the fight well before I actually finish the bowl.
And if you’d rather have a sandwich than a bowl of cruciferous vegetables, I suggest trying Symlin. It slows down the emptying of your stomach, which gives your insulin a bit of a head start to begin acting. Granted, there are still times — like yesterday — where the food wins the race, and also, Symlin does increase your chance of going low. (My suggestion: wait a bit before taking insulin, and do a dual wave.) But I still think it makes a difference.