Well, the quote “All good things must come to an end” seems to be quite true…sad to say. I truly thought that fat in the diet was the main culprit with hypoglycemia (and diabetes) but now I’m not so sure. I can’t even remember why, now, but I had veered off a strict very low fat, whole foods, vegan diet weeks ago and started eating more moderate amounts of protein, fat, and carbohydrate. My blood sugar did fine, for the most part, but over time I noticed that my ability to sleep was getting worse and worse. I need 9 hours of sleep (or more) to feel really good, and I’ve been lucky to get 4, maybe 5 (on a “good” night). I can fall asleep, usually, but then wake up around 2 or 3 a.m. and toss and turn for the rest of the night. I got so fed up with being tired all the time, that I decided to go back to a very low fat, very high carb vegan diet to see if it would help me to sleep again, like it had before.
On Saturday I did fine blood sugar-wise, and slept “better” than I have been sleeping…but still not GREAT. While out dancing, though, I was hit with really bad stomach gas bubble pain from the truckloads of beans, I’m guessing, and it ruined the night for me. I had to go home early. But, at least my blood sugar did fine. The other problem was, I lost weight. Yes, in one day I can drop weight. So, I decided to stuff myself full of whole foods carbs yesterday (Sunday) to try to stick with the diet but get more calories in, since I do not want to lose weight. (Oh, that’s right, that is why I had veered off a strict McDougall diet weeks ago…I just could not keep weight on and needed the calories in such things as peanut butter.) Well, I felt off all day, blood sugar-wise. I should have checked my sugar but didn’t. I have a feeling my blood sugar was actually too high. I felt funny in my head, and that usually means my sugar has spiked way up. It seems that I do okay with controlled portions of starchy low fat foods, but if I stuff, my blood sugar jumps up too high. But, you need to stuff to get enough calories in. It’s frustrating. Anyway, I stuck it out even though I didn’t feel totally normal. My dinner seemed fine, but about an hour after dinner I started to feel NOT good. I held out and tried to ignore it and tell myself that I was fine, but I finally checked my blood sugar at the 2 hour mark because by then I really didn’t feel good. Sure enough, my blood sugar was way lower than it should have been just 2 hours after eating…so…I had to have spiked and then plummeted. I had to fry up some eggs and cheese to get my blood sugar to stabilize. Although I’ve been able to avoid eating dead animals for a while now, I have had to give in and eat eggs and cheese a couple of times when my sugar has acted up and I was struggling to stabilize it. I do hope that someday SOON the eggs and cheese won’t be necessary.
It seems like my body just changes its mind about what it wants on a regular basis! It’s so annoying! I felt really good on a very low fat, high carbohydrate diet previously, but now my body is saying, “Nope. Sorry. We have changed our mind.” GRRRRRR…So, as of today, I’m back to a more evenly BALANCED (ironic that I’m a Libra yet swing to extremes with food) hopefully full-time vegan diet where I’m cutting back on carbohydrate a bit and increasing fat and protein. So far, it’s been a really good day and I’ve felt stable. Of course, this means I’ll not sleep hardly at all. :-/ I clearly slept better on higher carbs. It’s like what works for one issue doesn’t work for another issue. Talk about aggravating.
I need to let go of my stubbornness and accept the fact that my body just does not like ANY dietary extremes. Too low carb and I get sick constantly with low blood sugar attacks. Too high carb and I get sick too. Too low fat or too high fat…not good. I’m back to that Buddhist line…The Middle Way. I’ve also given up the idea of being able to ever do extreme exercise again, and am sticking with fast walking and yoga. I’ve only been back to yoga for 2-3 weeks now and already feel like I’m getting some muscle tone, plus my chronic head pain is at a lower level of pain. I think when you have hypoglycemia or diabetes, you need to be gentle with your body in many ways, not only with diet and exercise, but also with taking time for rest, meditating (am getting into mindfulness meditation right now), spiritually, having love in your life in some form (yes, pets count), etc. Pamper your body and soul. I think Louise Hay said that diabetes is caused by “a lack of sweetness in one’s life”. Something to contemplate.