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Post by chopper on 9/9/2019, 5:12 pm

What foods are best to eat before a match and at the break between CF and 45? I'm diabetic and use insulin and would appreciate whether proteins,carbs, or a snack style meal would be better. I know I can't eat a lot of the yummy meals they serve at the 2700 matches, I think they hurt what fundementals I do have, and make me sleepy or tired.
 Thanks, Stan

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Post by lablover on 9/9/2019, 6:23 pm

Stan, I’m diabetic as well and struggle with my sugar during a match.  I just got the Libre device that you wear for 14 days at a time and it monitors my sugar every minute.  Just got it and used it for the first time during this weekends shooting a 2700 and EIC match.  For lunch I had some fruit and a small sandwich, chips from the provided awesome food the match supplied.  Took my insulin before eating etc and I was convinced I ate too much.  

By the time I got the the rapid fire stage my Libre app was sending me a txt saying your sugar is gonna crash soon you better eat something.  I had a small protein bar in my pocket and ate half of it and was good to go.

I understand your struggles with what to eat and have the same issues you do so I make sure I have food handy at all times!  Testing with a finger stick is almost impossible during a match.  That’s where I found the Libre device so awesome!  No finger pricks needed at all.

I sometimes make my own sandwiches with bread that is low carb.  I also find meat sticks and cheese are great to eat and almost a freebie for diabetics
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Post by fc60 on 9/9/2019, 6:24 pm

Greetings,

Also diabetic, type 2.

I seem to do best with a protein breakfast. A small snack sausage microwaved topped with cheese, a handful of nuts, and an espresso with Stevia and Heavy Cream.

This usually holds me over through the 22 and CF match. For lunch, I go back to the Protein snack.

I also find that taking a drink of water after each target change keeps me hydrated.

Your situation may require the consult of your doctor/endocrinologist. Now I think of it, this is probably your best resource for factual information.

Cheers,

Dave
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Post by Mike38 on 9/9/2019, 8:04 pm

I eat a normal breakfast. Then as a snack between .22 and CF I have a Cliff Bar (protein bar, popular with long distance bicycle riders, which I also do). Another Cliff Bar and a cup of fruit or apple for the break between CF and .45. I don't like to get a full stomach, but if I don't eat I get the shakes.
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Post by chopper on 9/9/2019, 10:19 pm

Thank you guys. I did hear about those Libre devices and never thought that my situation could benefit from them. I did not realize it was so instantaneous and with a notification, that is pretty slick.
  I noticed that you guys all consume proteins in smaller sizes or as snack size portions. That is what I'll do more of, and I love snacking on meat and cheeze sticks and jerky, but never did that at a match. 
  I think this is my 3rd year shooting 2700s and I read on this forum that they can be a real endurance sport. I have another topic on some gripping issues I have, and I do need to condition my strength in certain areas to perform a full match. I now know I need to fuel this motor better and more efficiently. 
  Thanks much, Stan

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Post by Wobbley on 9/9/2019, 11:16 pm

When you eat a lot of protein, make sure you drink enough water to help you digest it.
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Post by weber1b on 9/10/2019, 2:11 pm

I try to eat proteins mostly, some carbs and starches as well. I avoid anything that is high in sugar content just before or during a match. All foods contribute some level of sugar as they get digested, I just try to avoid a blast of sugar. I used to avoid caffeine but figured out any issues I was having were more sugar related than the caffeine.

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Post by Arthur on 9/11/2019, 8:25 pm

Type II also. Egg McMuffin and coffee for breakfast. I eat 1/2 sandwich after .22, and to other half at lunch. Not too much bread, no hard rolls! A little fruit also. Plenty of water. Too many carbs and the sights get blurry.
Glucerna shakes are great to have in case I feel a little shaky. Quick to drink and a nice bump, but not too much. 
Always trying to balance. 

Good luck
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Post by Vociferous on 9/11/2019, 8:54 pm

Meat, eggs, and coffee for breakfast. Meat and cheese snack after 22. Meat and salad for lunch. Monitor water very carefully- to much and I'll have to pee by the first string of timed fire.


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Post by adminbot1911 on 9/11/2019, 9:20 pm

I eat the same thing pretty much every shooting day.

McDonald's number 2 with orange juice and a coffee because caffeine doesn't affect me like it does some other people. Only as much water as I need.

For lunch, if not catered, Subway turkey foot long on wheat bread with all the fixings.

This isn't the best meal plan in the entire world, but it's easy to be consistent when shooting matches in Virginia, or Pennsylvania, or New Jersey, or Maryland, or Ohio... most cities have these places. One less thing to think about overall.
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Post by john bickar on 9/11/2019, 11:54 pm

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Post by Outthere on 9/12/2019, 5:33 am

Whatever you do, don't eat a turkey sandwich.  :-)

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Post by shootingsight on 9/16/2019, 10:46 pm

If any of you have ever made wine, you know about using a refractometer to measure sugar level of grape juice.  Sugar level determines how much the grape juice will bend the light, so by measuring refraction angle, you can calculate sugar content of the grape juice.

Same is true for the human eye.  Glucose levels in the ocular fluid will determine how much the cornea refracts light entering your eye, so your 'focus' is affected by blood sugar level, which eventually drives ocular fluid glucose level.  This is why diabetic attacks often have blurred vision.

Key message is to keep your sugar levels stable during match day.

Also, keep your hydration levels up.  If you dehydrate and your eyeballs shrink by even 1/100th of in inch in diameter (I'm not a doctor, so I don't know if this could happen), but if it did, your vision would shift by 1/2 diopter.  That's big.

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