In my last post, Managing Hypoglycemia, I went through some technical aspects about how the pancreas works with the rise/fall of blood glucose levels. I think it's important to show the differences in the diet and how it affects blood sugar levels.
I'd really like to mirror what I used to eat and what I eat now. I thought I did "ok" but now I see the havoc I wreaked on my blood sugar.
Used to eat:
Breakfast: bowl of honey bunches of oats or peanut butter and jelly toast (sometimes a couple eggs with it), or oatmeal
Snack: grapes or piece of fruit if possible
Lunch: peanut butter and jelly sandwich, chips, fruit
---insert wanting to fall asleep---
Snack: cheez its and yogurt
Dinner: some type of meat, bread, veggie
Now what I eat:
Breakfast: eggs, meat, veggies or smoothie
Snack: nuts (and fruit sometimes)
Lunch: meat, fruit, veggie
----insert exercise typically----
Snack: juiced vegetable drink (sometimes will have a few nuts or cheese with it)
Dinner: meat, veggies, potatoes or fruit (meal I will eat a grain but not every day)
There's quite a contrast. The amount of grains I eat is drastically different. After breakfast, for what I used to eat, so many times I would get a fuzzy feeling that I couldn't shake. Some days I would be starving, irritable, have a hard time concentrating, and my hands would get shaky. That, my friends, was hypoglycemia. But then I battled it with eating more sugar. And once your body gets used to sugar, it craves it.
Take a look at what I do now. Breakfast time I try to not have any grains and I don't eat much fruit unless a smoothie. It sets my day. No blood sugar dips and then feeling crummy. I also try to not eat grains during the day. Grains are empty calories and really mess with the blood sugar. I will eat some at dinner but they are paired with good protein so it doesn't affect me usually. Also notice how many vegetables I try to eat now. Vegetables are great for your blood sugar and of course the health of your whole body. When I juice, I feel amazing afterwards.
So the main take away is this...changing your diet to have more meat, fruit, and vegetables will balance your blood sugar better than anything. The lack of blood sugar spikes and drops also means you'll maintain a healthier weight, slow the aging process, and keep your organs functioning optimally.
Here's some meal ideas as examples of what I do...
Kale, sweet potato, peppers, onions cooked in coconut oil and put on top of eggs.
Omelet filled with sausage and veggies.
Ham, tomato, bacon, onion, mayo lettuce wrap.
Salad with sausage, sweet potatoes, egg, cheese, onion, candied almonds.
Zucchini noodles, sausage, onion, sautéed.
Carrot, tomato, cucumber juice.
Juicing as an afternoon snack does great for me.
Homemade cheesy potato casserole, BBQ chicken cooked on the stove, Caesar salad.
Pork chopsticks sautéed veggies, mashed potatoes.