Starbucks, sugar, and surprises

Today there were a few surprises. First, a kind congregation member treated our staff to Chinese lunch! It just showed up in the office. Wow! That was so kind! It totally lifted everyone’s spirits and we were so blessed by the thoughtfulness.

The other surprise to me is that I have discovered my blood sugar levels are a bit unpredictable. Or, at least it seems that I react to certain foods poorly and other ones that would seem to be high impact pretty much have very little effect on me.

I am eating one-serving sized portions of food and testing my blood glucose levels to see how it reacts. There are surprising results.

For example: what my body does not like:

  • Ramen. Very high after I ate a pack of ramen. Wahhhhh. I love ramen.
  • Sushi. Doesn’t seem to like rice very much. Maybe one or two is ok but I just can’t help myself and eat the whole plate at Mikunis. Wahhhh. More sadness.
  • Large amounts of any carbohydrates. That’s a no, duh!
  • It also wasn’t very happy when I ate a whole roll of sushi and then had a little scoop of ice cream afterwards. Again, duh to myself!
  • Chinese food. Like the lunch today. I ate a tablespoon of fried rice, 1 tablespoon of noodles, 3 small pieces of sweet and sour pork and 1 fried wonton. Maybe the combination was too much.

What it doesn’t seem to mind. These are the things that seem to be high sugar or carbs but my body seems to process it just fine.

  • Vietnamese pho (noodle soup). Maybe because there aren’t that many noodles?
  • Starbucks chai. Yay! I love chai! It would be sooo sad to give that up. It’s weird though — they are full of sugar!
  • A slice of coconut cream pie. What???? Who would’ve thunk? My blood sugar thought it was fine. I’m not complaining!
  • Cornbread
  • Little mint cookies. Okay, they were little. Like 3/4 inch in diameter.
  • Sprouted grain bread or the super thin sandwich bread. Whole wheat. Maybe that’s why. Even when I put no-sugar peanut butter and low-sugar jam! Not a problem.
  • Almond jello. Yay! A Chinese sweet food that my body seems ok with!
  • Fruit and watermelon, if I eat 1 serving.
  • Chai and a slice of pumpkin bread. Amazing. Thought that would make my sugars go through the roof for sure! Nope.

Since I’m not really diabetic and seem to have some degree of impaired glucose tolerance (which precedes diabetes), I’m continuing to eat carefully and avoid sugar as much as I can. My prayer is to not get diabetes (I’m at 50% risk because of gestational diabetes)… so far it looks promising to be able to keep the sugars down. I’ll have to eat carefully the rest of my life but if I don’t get diabetes, I’m totally ok with that!

I like the Glucose Buddy app on my iPhone that I use to track my levels. It’s not super detailed but it works for me. Goal is to stay in the green zone. Here’s a week or so back before I started figuring out what works and what doesn’t.

It’s all a bit baffling to me. And a bit sad that I’m Chinese but my body doesn’t seem to like Chinese food very much. I feel betrayed.

Tonight Albert and I went to Starbucks for a date. It was nice to see our favorite barista back — haven’t seen her in months. The other nice thing was we got the whole Starbucks to ourselves. It was totally deserted. A nice treat… Albert said, “Let’s have a progressive date! We can sit at a different table every five minutes!”

A Yee

Angela Yee is a professional designer (graphic design, stage design, interior design — and teaches leadership skills at

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  1. corriespondent - June 16, 2010

    What if you put an egg in your Ramen?

  2. Kristin - June 16, 2010

    Albert is so funny! And that’s so cool that someone brought you lunch!!! I can’t believe that I never thought to deliver cookies to all of you!

  3. Angela Yee - June 16, 2010

    Hmm good question! I should give that egg thing a try!

  4. Glen Nielsen - June 18, 2010

    Add spinach & drop the egg in w/60 seconds to go … my ramen-of-choice: Sapporo Ichiban … outstanding … never checked blood-sugar though …

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