If you miss a meal and experience these symptoms, or if you have to snack before the next meal because of these, chances are you’re experiencing some blood sugar dysregulation.
Our bodies were designed to go long periods without food because they’re supposed to be able to just burn stored fuel (glycogen and then body fat) when food is not around.
Our high carb diets, consumption of processed foods, constant snacking, damaged fat consumption (vegetable oils), messed up guts, and tired adrenals can all contribute to the development of these blood sugar issues.
Does this sound like you??
It’s time to break up with your morning oatmeal!! Even though it’s a “complex carb” it still raises the blood sugar for HOURS!!
We want to avoid spiking the blood sugar in this way because it’s inflammatory and raises insulin levels. This can lead to excess hunger, cravings, headaches and lots of other symptoms of blood sugar dysregulation.
In the graph on the left, I had oatmeal with cashew butter, full fat Greek yogurt, coconut, bee pollen and raspberries. All of those toppings are low carb and some contain healthy fats.
The presence of those fats was not enough to prevent a spike.
With the chia seed pudding on the other hand, I still had some fat-filled or low carb toppings like raw cacao, pecans, cacao nibs and a few wild blueberries.
The difference is very clear: absolutely NO spike in my blood sugar at all from the chia seed pudding!!
Important notes: neither chia seed pudding nor oatmeal contains a sufficient amount of protein to be a complete,...
Hypoglycemia is tricky to treat! The “poor eating habits” such as consuming vegetable oils, processed carbs and snacking is the low hanging fruit. They need to be removed from the diet (though the person may still need to eat more frequently at first).
But what people often miss is how much the gut, adrenals and nutrient deficiencies play a role!
Once again, diet is only a piece of the puzzle (albeit a very large piece) but we always need to look “under the hood” at how the body is functioning.
I hope if you’re struggling this gives you hope because there are more areas to explore!!
What the heck is “balanced blood sugar” anyway?? It’s another way of saying GLYCEMIC CONTROL.
When we have good glycemic control, our blood glucose stays very stable in a tightly controlled range. There are no steep increases or sudden crashes. As you can see from these graphs, good glycemic control stays within that optimal green range.
On the other hand, poor glycemic control looks like the chart on the right. There are steep inclines and abrupt crashes in the blood glucose.
Why does that matter? Because those spikes and crashes will make you feel like shit!
everyone experiences blood sugar issues differently but here are some things you might feel:
•fatigue or energy crashes
•cravings, intense & urgent hunger
•shakiness, dizziness, lightheadedness
•anxiety, irritability or other mood issues
•brain fog or inability to concentrate
•poor sleep (notice the red crash in the early morning - that person probably woke up with a pounding heart!)
Are you a sugar burner, metabolically flexible or somewhere in between??
Becoming metabolically flexible (able to burn both glucose AND fat for fuel) was the biggest game changer in my health journey.
When I had no ability to tap into stored body fat for fuel, every few hours, I had to eat or I would feel shaky, lightheaded, hangry and anxious. I had no metabolic flexibility. i intuitively snacked and grazed to prevent these feelings.
This is called reactive hypoglycemia. It goes hand in hand with #InsulinResistance.
Now I can easily skip meals, sometimes I literally forget to eat (I used to think people who said that were making it up!), and I never feel INTENSE hunger.
My energy is stable throughout the day, I stopped having acne, I lost weight, and wouldn’t you know it, I no longer have Insulin Resistance, PCOS or PMS!
If your huger is accompanied by the symptoms on the left, your hunger is really signaling an ENERGY crisis!!
If you have metabolic flexibility, or a metabolism that can easily and efficiently burn fat for fuel, you will have access to energy all the time (stored body fat).
But, if you have insulin resistance and a damaged (sugar burning) metabolism, you will be subject to those energy crashes when the fuel from your last meal runs out.
This keeps you tethered to your purse granola bars. In other words, you’ll need to eat very often and your hunger will feel urgent and accompanied by signs of blood sugar drops/hypoglycemia.