I've known about SLD for many years, and have tried it (with the oil) several times. Never for more than a couple weeks. Never really had any results that made me enthusiastic about sticking to it, although I find the theories behind it fascinating and have recommended the book to many people!
A little background:
I have diabetes, and my medication (metformin) causes bathroom issues & gives me stomach cramps--every day, but only for a few seconds, & I feel worse NOT taking it, believe it or not! I've tried SLD with both oil & chia seeds and my digestive system just couldn't handle them in large enough doses to feel any AS.
On top of a few other problems, I have had terrible, terrible insomnia for many years. And a sort of "combination insomnia"--trouble falling asleep, nightmares that wake me up, trouble going back to sleep. With some types of dieting, especially IF (intermittent fasting), I can't sleep at all, or only get about 2 hours of sleep per night; after a few days of this, I start feeling suicidal. Also, I find myself hungry and going over my allotted calories when I'm awake an extra 5 or 8 hours!
I had been very hesitant to try SLD with sugar water even before I was diagnosed with diabetes 2 years ago, but I just keep gaining & gaining weight, so yesterday I decided to try the SW. Even though I "shouldn't" eat sugar or refined carbs, I do...and if I can get SLD to work this time, I hope I'll be eating so much less of other foods that it will all balance out.
Yesterday morning I (rather impulsively) had 4T sugar. I tested my blood glucose about an hour later and it was 98, which is great for me. I felt fine for most of the day, although I did take a couple of naps (not unusual for me on the weekend). I didn't feel any AS. Last night I took 4T sugar again, but also added 4T cornstarch. (And if you're wondering, "Why cornstarch?!"----
Raw cornstarch is digested very slowly; it is more like a fiber than a "starch". It can fuel a person for several hours* while keeping blood sugar levels steady. It may even prevent blood sugar from spiking and crashing when consumed along with glucose:
This morning I had noticeable AS. Feeling a bit more cautious about sugar, I only used 2T but repeated the 4T of cornstarch. I ate pretty small amounts of food today, even though I did a lot of cooking, and haven't snacked on anything sweet.
Another bonus was that I didn't have weird dreams last night!
Last year I sort of put together some seemingly random information about nightmares, cortisol, and diabetes--it literally came to me in a dream--and started doing experiments with raw cornstarch. My nightmares ceased IMMEDIATELY. So for quite a while, I was taking cornstarch in water before bed. However, a few months ago we had to move on rather short notice, and with all the physical exertion of packing, cleaning, moving furniture, etc, I was usually exhausted enough to fall asleep without all my supplements and rituals. I got out of the cornstarch habit.
Thursday night and Friday night I had some very disturbing dreams, although they weren't violent enough to wake me. Last night (Saturday) I slept really well, no bad dreams, woke up early without an alarm feeling energetic, and haven't napped today!
If anybody is interested in trying cornstarch for long-lasting energy, it must be raw
. Once it's cooked, it is more like a sugar--digested very quickly and will spike blood glucose. I just mix it into cold water.
*It seems like it would be a really good fuel for everyday workouts as well as any exercise requiring more endurance.