WEIGHT LOSS FOR HYPOGLYCEMICS
What foods should I eat with hypoglycemia?
Because hypoglycemia is the medical term for low blood sugar, people assume they should be eating sugary foods to combat it. In fact, this is the exact opposite of what you should do. While consuming sugar will raise your blood sugar immediately, it will then crash shortly after and your blood sugar will be lower than before. Think of a caffeine crash, only a blood sugar crash is more medically alarming. Instead try having something sugary to quickly alleviate your symptoms, then have some protein within 5-10 minutes to prevent the crash.
Try to eat foods as close to their natural state as possible. This is staple of many weight loss programs, so it's not a new concept. The more processed something is, the less nutrients it has and the less "food" it really is. Remember, food is fuel, not a treat!
EAT SMALL! One common problem for hypoglycemics is, because they need to eat more often than people with normal blood sugar, we tend to over-indulge each time we do eat. You don't need a whole lot - for a snack have a handful of nuts and a piece of fruit. At meals, use a salad plate rather than a dinner plate so you don't put too much food on it.Eat protein at every meal, including snacks. Protein can be difficult to find since most forms need to be refrigerated and/or cooked. But there are things such as nuts, peanut butter, and protein bars. They even make tuna salad packs you can buy at the grocery store which don't require refrigeration. They have whole wheat crackers, light mayo, relish, and a small can of tuna.
Watch out for sugary fruits, such as grapes. Even though sugar from fruit is considered "natural" fruit, sugar is still sugar, and for hypoglycemics it is not a good thing.
SUGAR CRAVING = EAT PROTEIN
This is something you have to just train yourself on. Your body is going to crave sugar when your glucose is low. But you have to remember, when you start feeling light-headed and dizzy, and getting grouchy...don't reach for that candy bar! Always keep something with protein in your purse, in your car, in your desk at work. Just remember, when you want sugar really badly, it means you NEED protein.
Don't drink too much water. This was a hard one for me. As a hypoglycemic, you are thirsty very often. Try not to drink more than 100oz of water a day as this will actually make your symptoms worse.
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