diet and low blood sugar?
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I am gradually changing my diet but every time it seems that my blood sugar drops and I get shakey. Then of course I eat something I shouldn't and feel like I failed and give up and just keep eating. What can I do to help myself stay in a healthy way with out feeling like I am going to pass out? Also what is a carb without fat?

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Sheila, there's a bunch of good choices for keeping your blood sugar up in the appropriate levels. I should ask this first though, have you been diagnosed with diabetes or is there a history in your family? If you don't feel comfortable answering that's fine, it's just something to be aware of and I wouldn't want to give you advice that would go against a medical plan you have already in place. Fruit is a good choice for a carb source. Bananas, apples, blueberries, and strawberries are all great choices. These will give you a quicker influx of sugar-a more complex carb like a sweet potatoe will take a longer time to digest. Don't give up, I know it can be tough if you feel like you're crashing constantly when you work out but if you bring your sugars up with some healthy carbs I'm guessing you'll feel much better. Good luck!


6 years ago
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Sheila,
Carbs are not a bad thing, just pick the more healthy options when it comes to choosing them. Try to stick with whole grain, or whole wheat. Fruits are also a good choices for carbs. Your body needs carbs to function so don't be afraid to have them, just choose the better options. Good Luck!!!

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Courtney Murzyn 28k
6 years ago
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How frequently are you eating each day? Are you allowing more than 3-hours to pass in between eating sessions? That could a be a reason for sudden drops in blood sugar= too much time in between meals. Try to really PLAN OUT all of your meals and snacks for the day so that you don't go more than a few hours without eating. This is actually something that everyone should try to do whether they are diabetic or not. It keeps you energized throughout the day and prevents huge drops in blood sugar and also prevents huge pig out sessions with food when you finally do get to eat something.

True story: My parents are both guilty of this...they eat lunch around noon and then work all afternoon and by the time they run errands after work, drive home, and then fix dinner it will be 7:00 or 8:00 before they eat anything again. That is 7 or 8 hours without any food! No wonder they are starving and eating everything in sight at dinner. And, of course, they are not losing weight like they want to. I've been getting on them to PLAN ahead and pack some snacks for around 3:00 so they won't go so many hours without food.

Just take a few minutes to plan your eating for the day and you will be all set. Keep some quick healthy snacks with you at all times and that way you won't reach for something "bad" in a hurry or panic and you won't feel like you failed.

Jennifer Barbarino 54k
6 years ago
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Thank you all for your advice. No I am not diabetic. I am a 34 year old who is about 30-40lbs overweight. I work a lot. I like to eat every hour or so(even if not hungry, I will still grab something). I have tried many things to fix my diet and have failed miserably. I am trying simpler changes now with it not all at once. Like an apple first thing in the morning and waiting 20 min and then having some protein with fat or carbs without fat(this is why I was wanting to know what it is). Late morning some almonds. A regular but smaller portioned lunch. Wait 2.5-3 hours and then have fruit and be ready for a regular supper. I am not limiting too much during lunch and supper because I don't want to binge after saying I can't have something. Any other ideas are very welcome. And I do know that I need to make the choice and stick with it, sometimes excuses get in the way. I am teachable (slowly).

Sheila Hiles 13k
6 years ago
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Your blood sugar drops to the point you get shaky - how often? This should not happen very often at all, as in very seldom. You said you weren't diabetic, so you've been tested for this? If you were my sister and you told me that you get low blood sugar and shaky more than once or twice a month, and you really had no idea as to WHY it happened, I would make you go get tested. If it is because you didn't eat for 6-8 hours or you get that way during your workouts and hadn't eaten within 4-5 hours, then that would be the reason. Short of that - get tested.

I totally agree with Jennifer B above, and will just cut and paste what she said for emphasis:

"How frequently are you eating each day? Are you allowing more than 3-hours to pass in between eating sessions? That could a be a reason for sudden drops in blood sugar= too much time in between meals. Try to really PLAN OUT all of your meals and snacks for the day so that you don't go more than a few hours without eating. This is actually something that everyone should try to do whether they are diabetic or not. It keeps you energized throughout the day and prevents huge drops in blood sugar and also prevents huge pig out sessions with food when you finally do get to eat something."

If you haven't given yourself a few weeks to eat like this, be patient and do that.


6 years ago
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I have had blood tests done twice in the last 5 years and everything has been in the normal range. Ususally on the low end for everything but still in the normal range. I will keep trying to figure it out I guess until something works and I feel good too. Maybe I am simply having with drawls from reducing my amount of sugar. Wish it were a bit easier though.

Sheila Hiles 13k
6 years ago
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Hi. If your blood sugar levels are fluctuating more than they should (which results in mood swings, shakiness etc.) and if this happens often I would recommend a blood sugar test done. This will put your mind at ease whether you are pre(diabetic) or not. This is important. Normal blood sugar levels are the following:
Blood sugar levels chart for non-diabetics - goal blood sugar levels (source: http://healthiack.com/health/what-is-normal-blood-sugar-level#levels-and-indication)
- less than 110 mg/dL or 6 mmol/L on an empty stomach = normal value between
- 110 mg/dL or 6.1 mmol/L and 125 mg/dL or 6.9 mmol/L on an empty stomach = limit value
- more than 125 mg/dL or 7.0 mmol/L on an empty stomach = possible diabetes
- more than 198 mg/dL or 11.0 mmol/L anytime = possible diabetes

If you test negative for diabetes than the reason for your fluctuations of blood sugar levels could also be the drastic decrease in intake of sugar. If your body (and your pancreas, for that matter) is used to get lots of carbs (sugar) per day than the adaptation to foods without sugar can be difficult.

Also make sure you check out "glycemic index" literature. In short - different foods have different carbs. One act fast (high glycemic index) and are digested fast (which spikes blood sugar levels fast), others are digested slow (low glycemix index) and act slow (which rises blood sugar slowly). You can still eat sugar, but make sure you eat medium to low glycemic index foods.

Hope this helps.

jzbob81 125
about 1 year ago
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Take a small snack before working out. Yogurt has tons of sugar in it and is a good probiotic.

aldnelson 3.5k
11 months ago
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Eating less carbs is a troublesome thing. It's justifiable not to succeed 100% at the eating regimen you pick. The key will be persistency. Continue rolling out little improvements to your eating routine and in the long run you'll be the place you need to be, eating what you need to eat. pay for research paper writing

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8 months ago

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