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Spike after a carvery

PortDan

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Type 2
I've just got back from a very nice meal out but disappointed to see that I've had a huge spike after what I thought was a pretty healthy meal.
A slice each of Turkey, Ham and Beef, green beans, 5 sprouts, red cabbage, with 2 small stuffing balls...with gravy.
Now I know the stuffing balls have some carbs....but surely not enough to take my pre meal 5.5 up to a 10.5?!
No starter or dessert.
The only other thing I wonder is whether the Diet Coke I ordered was actually a "normal" Coke and I just didn't notice.
Can't think what else it could be?
Have I missed something?
 

Kaylz

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Type 1
green beans, sprouts, cabbage and the stuffing all have carbs and gravy can be surprisingly high given they use a thickening agent, usually cornflour or the likes but food isn't the only thing that can effect BG, illness, stress, weather etc can all play a part so seen as it's a one time occurrence you can't put it down to just the meal
 

Anitram

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Type 2
I've just got back from a very nice meal out but disappointed to see that I've had a huge spike after what I thought was a pretty healthy meal.
A slice each of Turkey, Ham and Beef, green beans, 5 sprouts, red cabbage, with 2 small stuffing balls...with gravy.
Now I know the stuffing balls have some carbs....but surely not enough to take my pre meal 5.5 up to a 10.5?!
No starter or dessert.
The only other thing I wonder is whether the Diet Coke I ordered was actually a "normal" Coke and I just didn't notice.
Can't think what else it could be?
Have I missed something?
I'm sure the chef at the Carvery makes his own stuffing so it would be difficult to put a carb amount on it but a single ball of Paxo sage & onion stuffing, for example, is almost 10g carb. That's the item that stands out for me, assuming you didn't have any potatoes. Next up would be the gravy, especially as the chef would undoubtedly have made it himself using meat juices and flour rather than using gravy granules and boiling water.

I once read that when ordering a diet drink in a restaurant always ask for a can or a bottle so that you know it's diet. Good tip and I've done so ever since.

Martin
 

Kaylz

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Type 1
I once read that when ordering a diet drink in a restaurant always ask for a can or a bottle so that you know it's diet
or if like me and carry your meter everywhere you can test it with a strip if you get scooshy sorry draught xx
 

ColinUK

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Type 2
or if like me and carry your meter everywhere you can test it with a strip if you get scooshy sorry draught xx
Never thought about testing the drink. Guessing diet versions will register as nothing but others will go sky high.
 

Kaylz

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Type 1
Never thought about testing the drink. Guessing diet versions will register as nothing but others will go sky high.
So I've seen yes, I don't really drink anything but water so never tried it myself, even my mum and Bruce don't drink fizzy soft drinks anymore so can't even try it out lol xx
 

trophywench

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Type 1
Plus the ham could also have been glazed, and that's usually done at least with brown sugar if not with golden syrup.

Surely Xmas meals only happen once a year? It wasn't utterly disastrous; it'll be 12 months before you have another one; don't waste any more energy worrying about it!
 

Inamuddle

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Type 1
I am always careful about diet coke wheni am out. Agree that only if you see it come from a bottle or a can , can you be certain, but i think it would have gone much higher if it had been "real" coke.
 

Lilian

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Type 2
I do not know how the red cabbage was cooked, but if it was braised red cabbage it is usually cooked with apple and sugar. I always order coka cola (not that I have it much), from a bottle, because I was once given ordinary coke instead of diet. When I pointed this out to the waitress, she was quite blase about it, and told me it didn't really matter because it tastes the same, or something like that. At the time I had some of the urine sticks which I tested it with. The reason I did this was because I had seen a programme on TV where this was often the practice.
 

J47

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Type 2
well I have heard about weather, I guess illness, makes sense but, general stress, which is unavoidable part of life, can spike BG, too, man, this is, quite an adjustment

by the way sorry to hear about your carvery, experience

I used to love a carvery
 

travellor

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Type 2
It depends on your usual carb intake. If you are very low carb, it's normal to react to a higher carb level in this way.
 
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