I have hypoglycemia. I was diagnosed two years ago after having a very dangerous event happen to me. I had been eating chocolate with my team all day at work while we were working on a very tedious and stressful project. I came home and started to walk my dog. After I got a few blocks away, I started to get very disoriented. I couldn’t recognize the street names, and I didn’t know where I was. I started to walk in circles around the same blocks. Finally, I realized what I was doing, and I just decided to walk in one direction and hope that I was walking toward home. I was. But, it scared me so bad that I made an appointment with my doctor. What if I had been driving?
He really didn’t think anything could be wrong with me because I’m an athlete. He said I probably was just burning so many calories so fast that my blood sugar dropped. But, he ran a 3 hour glucose tolerance test to be sure. When I called to get the results, they just told me to come in to see the doctor. When I got there, he told me that he wanted to see me to make sure I didn’t have a new boyfriend who was shooting me up with insulin in my toe or something. He had never seen such a severe case of hypoglycemia, and he was very concerned.
The only thing I can really do about it is to make sure my blood sugar levels stay pretty consistent. So, that means avoiding anything that creates blood sugar spikes like processed sugar and heavy meals, and I have to eat enough protein. I have to eat every 2-3 hours in order to keep my blood sugar stable. In addition, my acupuncturist wants me to avoid wheat, dairy (except yogurt) and processed sugars. I don’t do it all the time, but I feel bad when I don’t.
My friend Lisa has hemochromatosis. Her body stockpiles iron, and she had to get her blood checked frequently because it’s very dangerous to have too much iron. She also had acid reflux and was having difficulty sleeping. She started acupuncture, and our acupuncturist recommended she give up the same things I avoid. Lisa took it a step further and is also following the diet recommended for her blood type. Now, her iron levels are normal, she no longer has acid reflux and she sleeps like a baby. She lost 18 pounds in 2 months and doesn’t restrict her eating other than eating the recommended foods.
Diet plays a really important role in how we feel. When I gave up the wheat, dairy, processed sugars and limited my caffeine to one cup a day, I felt amazing. Unfortunately, I wasn’t as diligent as my friend Lisa, so I haven’t seen long term results, but I am going to get there. We are enjoying sharing recipes and ideas for foods that fit within our guidelines. I thought I’d share some with you. If you want to eat healthier, you could just eat these sort of things to feel better and have consistent energy levels through the day. Every little bit helps.
Breakfast:1/2 c oatmeal 1/2 c sweet potatoes, baked 1 small apple, chopped and microwaved for 5 minutes dash cinnamon 3 oz. greeek yogurt Agave Nectar for sweetener if needed Roasted veggies (see below) with a fried egg over the top sprinkled with dairy free cheese or pumpkin seeds. Black beans and rice with an egg over it. Snacks: Greek Yogurt (very high in protein) with sliced fresh fruit and walnuts Dark chocolate peanut butter with strawberries and raspberries (This is my friend Keri’s solution to chocolate cravings.) Pitted Dates stuffed with almonds or cashews You may think I’m crazy, but I eat sweet potatoes all the time. I cook up a half a dozen large ones and snack on them all day long. I never get tired of their creamy sweetness. 1 c baked sweet potato 1 T peanut butter Mix together and heat. 1 c baked sweet potato 1/4 c ricotta cheese 1 T pumpkin seeds 1/2 banana, chopped Dash cinnamon Mix together and heat. 1 c baked sweet potato 2 oz almonds Top heated sweet potatoes with almonds My friend Lisa’s recommendations for snacks:’ 365 Brand Soy Crisps, Sea Salt Flavor Willamette Valley Granola Chips Lunch and Dinner Ideas Roasted Veggies: I buy lots of vegetables – whatever is in season and looks good. Examples are:
- Butternut Squash or any winter squash
- Sweet Potatoes
- White Potatoes
- Brussel Sprouts
While salmon is in oven, make basmati rice using vegetable or chicken stock as the water. Both will come out at around the same time. Add some fresh fruit.