At least I didn’t travel with a blender!

Long time, no blog! During my time away, I forced myself to get onto a plane to fly from Albuquerque, NM to Rochester, NY for my…gasp…30th high school reunion. How can it be 30 years?! Anyway, I do NOT like flying anymore and was having major anxiety about my blood sugar cooperating during travel. Thankfully, my 2 flights to Rochester and the 1st one back to Albuquerque went well, and I did okay. I can’t say the 4th flight from Atlanta to Albuquerque was as okay, though, and I ended up having to take an Ativan to stop a major panic attack. The brief story is that our plane was very delayed taking off, and earlier the pilot had mentioned we had just enough fuel to make it to Albuquerque. So, with every minute we sat on the tarmac, I got more and more trapped/scared feeling.

I traveled with so much food it’s not even funny! I had food stashed everywhere! On the smaller plane from Rochester to Atlanta Delta’s employees were forcing people to check carry-on luggage at the gate due to lack of overhead bin space. I flat out told them that I’m hypoglycemic and if they take my bag (mostly full of food) it would not be pretty should I have a low blood sugar attack in the air causing the plane to divert in Texas. That worked, and they let me keep my luggage. :-)

During the whole trip I strictly gluten free McDougalled and mostly did well. But, on Friday night (July 11th) I started to feel concerningly unstable, so I had to give in and eat a vegetarian burger that not only had gluten in it (paid for that later) but some egg. At least I didn’t need to eat meat or anything and stayed veggie…albeit a desperate vegan cheat. I munched on a lot of sweet potatoes the whole time, and bananas. When I chatted with a woman at work who is also hypoglycemic, she told me that on her recent trip she brought along soy milk, protein powder, and a blender! She figured that her extra luggage full of food and appliances was a lot better idea than passing out in a hotel in Washington, DC! I agree with that. :-)

Yes, as a hypoglycemic, you do not travel light…which I find HIGHLY annoying. I’m tired of heavy purses full of food. But, what can I do? If I wasn’t a gluten free (usually) vegan, it would be easier to find emergency food when out and about, but since I don’t want to have to run into Carl’s Jr. for a Six Dollar Burger, I have to carry healthy food with me.

Right now my diet is shifting a bit. I got tired of constantly cooking sweet potatoes, rice, and beans. I also got bored. I’m doing a mixture of raw and cooked, and eating some fat. I have determined that I need to avoid white potatoes like the plague (half of just one modest red skinned tater shot my blood sugar up too much)…reminding myself that the Thanksgiving dinner in 2010 that blew my endocrine system consisted mostly of white potatoes and wine. I do MUCH better with yams/sweet potatoes. Also, my body clearly does better handling fruit if I don’t eat fat with it. I tested things days ago. After my first “meal” of soy protein powder, a grapefruit, and a banana, my blood sugar only went up to 101 and stayed there. I felt good. Then for my 2nd daily feeding (I swear I eat all the time) I had just a banana and did fine. But, for my 3rd daily feeding (lunch) I ate an apple with 3 small/medium bananas and added 1/4 cup (2 oz.) of almond butter for protein. MISTAKE. My blood sugar was 200 when I checked (and I think it had been higher than that and was already plummeting) and 18 minutes later had dropped to 134. For those who don’t know, losing 66 points in 18 minutes is not a good thing. At that point, although I wasn’t sick, I didn’t feel great. My head felt really funny…kind of woo-woo. My issue has always been too dramatic and sudden of drops, not necessarily how low my blood sugar actually gets. When I dropped 120 points once, I got quite sick…from 187 to 67.

I do really good with one piece of fruit and nuts/seeds…and okay with 2 pieces, but that is my strict limit now. That is, if I’m eating fatty nuts/seeds (or anything else fatty) with it. I will be honest and say, though, that when I did try to do the 80-10-10 raw diet weeks ago and ate no fat but a lot of fruit for lunch, I suspect my blood sugar went REALLY high. I had a very strange feeling in my head. I should have checked my sugar, but was afraid to. I chose to abandon that way of eating immediately. So I can handle some fat if I limit carbs a bit. If I want to eat more carbs, both of the raw and cooked variety, I feel better with low fat.

I’ve also been taking walks when I can and am obsessed with yoga at this point. The changes it’s making in my body are amazing (and strangers have been commenting on my arms and shoulder muscles), I’m feeling more comfortable in my skin, and it seems to be helping my blood sugar related panic/anxiety disorder. A psychologist at work is the one who noticed I’m having less panic attacks as I’ve been doing yoga the past few months. Those with blood sugar issues know, stress very negatively affects our ability to control our sugar levels. Yoga and meditation are very important…or some other type of moderate exercise and meditation. Too vigorous exercise usually throws my sugar off. I do have to watch the wild dancing!

Until next time…

Be well,
Carrie

No really, I’m not 5 months pregnant.

Leave it to my body to be a pain in the tuchus.  As you know, raw fooding, in general, was working GREAT in terms of keeping my blood sugar shockingly stable…despite the boredom.  Plus, almost everything I was eating while raw was alkaline, so that was good news for my bone density issue.  And, I didn’t have to wonder if gluten was lurking in something, because I was eating fruit, veggies, nuts, and seeds (with one dose of not raw soy protein powder in the a.m.)  But…and there is always a but with me…my notoriously pitiful digestive system did not rejoice about all the raw food I was consuming.  It rebelled big time.  I would post photos, but really, you don’t want to see them.  My sister and friend are still trying to recover.  LOL!  My stomach started getting increasingly bloated/puffed out to the point that I seriously looked at least 5 months pregnant.  It was swollen and firm to the touch.  Plus, there was increasing tooting issues (I’m honest) and worsening constipation.  How the heck could fruit and vegetables constipate?!  But that’s my annoying intestines for you!

I finally couldn’t take it anymore, and went back to mostly cooked food…limiting myself to 2 modest sized pieces of fruit a day, and after just 2-3 days the pregnancy is gone and everything inside feels calmer and is functioning better.  I’m already seeing my weight head downward, which I don’t need it to do though, so I’m increasing calories.  Which also goes to prove that there IS something about fruit that actually makes you hold weight and/or gain.  It’s not like I’m eating less calories now.  I think I’m eating more, but am tending to lose by limiting fruit.

I was nervous that my blood sugar would suddenly start acting up eating a haphazard mixture of grains, sweet potatoes, beans, vegetables, fruit, and soy…mixed with fatty nut and seed butters.  I came to the realization that fatty diets are clearly not great for people with diabetes or hypoglycemia a while ago.  My plan is to do a modified (although it’s not THAT modified as people who don’t need to lose weight are allowed some nuts and seeds) McDougall diet, whereby I limit acidic grains and beans (but eat some) and get more of my carb needs met with things like sweet potatoes…and eat some nut and seeds (probably as ground butters).  I’ll aim for low fat, but not necessarily SUPER low fat.  I’ll continue to limit fruit to 2 a day, and eat some raw vegetables here and there for variety, but not have most of my diet being raw food.  I may actually be moving toward a balanced approach!  Call the newspapers!

What IS helping, is that with time, my body has calmed down from the initial implosion in late 2010.  Some of the things I’ve been trying recently I could NOT have tolerated when my blood sugar was super brittle long ago.  Something I’ve discovered that is very true is that the better job you do keeping your blood sugar stable, the more stable it gets.  But, just one bad mess-up can make my sugar unstable for weeks.  And, my body does not tolerate alcohol at all.  I have almost an allergic reaction to it now…from just a tablespoon or so!  I made the mistake of sipping a tiny sample of wine at Trader Joe’s recently, and got severely dizzy and stumbled around the store!

Learning as I go,

Carrie (Atheria)

Fruit works…but might make you fat.

The good news is that my blood sugar has been doing shockingly well on a raw vegan diet of quite a bit of fruit (but nowhere near 30 pieces a day), 4 oz. of nuts/seeds, and one salad a day (along with one morning dose of non raw soy protein powder). More good news is that despite not quitting coffee/tea, my system seems to be pretty alkaline, which is important regarding my bone density issue. The bad news is that I am suspecting those theories are right about the fructose in fruit causing weight gain. When I was raw many years ago, I thought I noticed that, and would make sure to eat no more than 5 pieces of fruit a day. I just talked to a male friend who recently returned to a vegan diet and is trying to lose weight. He tried raw (after my exuberance about it) and gained weight in just a few days due to the fruit…and went back to cooked food. Another female friend has not had weight melt off as she thought it would switching to raw. I’ve had to continually cut back on how much I’m eating just to maintain, and I’m still up a little. Now, as some of you know, I had been complaining for a long time (while cooked) that I couldn’t keep weight on…and got too thin. I am picky and don’t want to be too thin or too heavy. I like to weigh a certain number.

As I was Googling fruit/fructose today, I read what I thought I’d heard about fructose a while ago…that it doesn’t trigger an insulin release like other sugars do. Now, for a hypoglycemic, that is actually a really good thing on the surface and probably why I’ve been doing so good. But there is a downside to your body not releasing insulin. It messes up your leptin level, and that controls weight. This may explain how this slim, really healthy looking woman raw fooder that I followed a bit years ago only ate about 5 apples a day and not much else, but didn’t wither away to 70 lbs. She maintained a healthy slim weight on VERY little raw food. Now I know why! Of course, this would save money, so that’s a good thing, but I don’t want to have to keep eating less and less when I’m not eating truckloads now. I’m starting to miss the days of struggling to NOT lose weight! Keeping in mind that keeping my blood sugar stable and being alkaline are the most important things, I should just shut up, because raw IS working. And, if you are lazy like me, raw is awesome! No more cooking beans and grains and burning things! But, yes, I’m neurotic about my size. I’m going to try eating less fruit and more salads/veggies (which means I could also handle more fatty stuff) but I don’t know if it’ll work because, in general, my body seems to need carbohydrates in sizeable amounts. I may end up needing to reincorporate some cooked stuff like sweet potatoes, but that also means I need to watch my fat intake as I clearly do better with starchy stuff when I limit fat. So, here we are…trying to walk a fine line. I really don’t understand how the HIGH fruit eating very low fat raw vegans don’t gain 50 lbs. eating 20-30 pieces of fruit a day, even when eating low fat. I have read some people’s posts complaining that they are gaining weight on a fruitarian diet, and they are often poo-pooed, but I know they are not making it up.

Another concern I read online is that fructose is handled by the liver as a fat
, which would explain why people with high triglycerides are told to limit fruit consumption. I need to look more into that.

Hmmm…

Carrie (Atheria)

I’m still in shock, but raw fooding is working!

With the added complication to my hypoglycemia and gluten issue of the recent diagnosis of early onset osteoporosis, I have turned back to raw food in an effort to get more alkaline.  In the very late 90s/early 2000s I was a vegan raw foodist.  I wasn’t a purist and still drank coffee and ate some roasted peanut butter back then, and I wasn’t hypoglycemic back then, but I did really good on a high raw diet.  My hormones got better.  My digestive system that had always sucked got better.  The main reason I eventually quit rawwing was that I was having symptoms that I was blowing out m gallbladder because I ate A LOT…I mean, A LOT of fat when raw.  In order to feel “full” I loaded up on truckloads of nut/seed/peanut butters, avocados, fatty dressings, etc.  I don’t even want to think how many grams of fat I was eating each day.  I started getting nauseous a lot, and thought, “Uh oh!”

It is interesting how my body has changed since Black Friday 2010.  When my endocrine system first blew, I could not even eat a banana.  I don’t think even tried after the first try for 2 years.  When I bit into a banana back then, it tasted sickenly sweet…like someone poured white sugar in my mouth, and I gagged and spit it out.  For a long time after my hypo showed up, I was like The Princess and the Pea in that my taste buds were hypersensitive to sugars.  I could taste an eight of a teaspoon of sugar in a whole package of food.  Plus, bananas and other “sugary” fruits threw my blood sugar off big time.  But, with time, my system seems to be calming down.  I did learn that the more stable you can keep your blood sugar, the more stable it gets…and it seems to be very true.

Anyway, although I am still paranoidly taking a dose of one serving of soy protein powder every morning, the rest of my food (not counting coffee/tea) has been raw overall.  I am eating tons of fruit and cannot get over how good my blood sugar is doing.  Although I’ve not been checking my sugar often, I don’t feel like I’m spiking.  I could swear I heard somewhere that the fructose in fruits actually doesn’t make your body release insulin like other sugars do…but am not sure that is totally true.  Right now it feels like it’s true.  I’m eating fatty almond butter and a dash of Vegenaise as dressing on my evening salads, but I’m not stuffing myself full of fat this time and am eating more fruit.  I’m a small person, but am averaging 1 large grapefruit, 1 large apple or mango or pear, and 8 bananas a day.  I eat about 4 oz. of almond butter (or almonds and Brazil nuts) each day and a big salad.  I’m still tweaking how many calories I need, and today is a day when I need more, so I’ll add in some extra nuts and/or fruit.  The one day I felt STARVING and literally drank melted peanut butter, I realized later had been a day when I simply hadn’t had enough fruit calories.  I’m still somewhat leery of fruit since so many people tell hypoglycemics to strictly avoid fruit, so I’m gradually increasing my intake.  I felt good upon awaking this morning and my blood sugar was 99.  (I feel the best in the 90s to low 100s.)

Now, my body could very well mutiny at any given time, but I think I’m onto something.  I’m even drinking liquid chlorophyll…blech…!  But GREEN is very good for you!  The lazy part of me who hates cooking is loving that packing my lunches now is much easier…an apple, bananas, almond butter.  I’d like to get a Vitamix to liquify veggies as I do need to increase my green foods intake, but geeze those things are pricey.

The best thing is that I was able to go to Durango, CO and Mesa Verde by myself last weekend and not have a major panic attack.  When my blood sugar is not doing well, I’m prone to panic attacks.  Munching on bananas the whole weekend kept me going and feeling good.  I may end up actually getting my life back.  Anyone who knows what anxiety/panic disorders are like knows they can be a constant struggle, but the better I control myy blood sugar, the better I do.  They are clearly tied together.  It’s weird, but fruit actually makes me feel “safe” now.

Peace,
Carrie (Atheria)

Eating alkaline for bone density might also help hypoglycemia!

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This blog may be morphing from me trying to make my way back to 100% vegan while dealing with hypoglycemia and not being able to eat gluten, to how to save your bones as a gluten free hypoglycemic.  Ugh.  In my panic over finding out that at only 47 I’ve got pretty major osteoporosis and osteopenia (depending on the area), and arguing with my doctor about the osteoporosis drugs with HORRID side effects I do not want to take, I’ve been frantically researching how to help myself naturally.  One thing I’m proud of is that I’m not someone who just expects to have an MD “save” me while making no effort to save myself.  I am proactive.  And, as I do believe there is a reason for everything, some “accidental” good may have come from my bone issue.

Although researching online is enough to drive one batty from all the contradictory information, I am pretty convinced that (1) exercise is mandatory…especially yoga, rebounding, and/or weight training, and (2) eating a low sodium, alkaline diet is a smart thing to do.  After reading Yoga for Osteoporosis, I’ve got hope that a practice that is thousands of years old can help me.  Coincidentally (or not…as I think I was intuitively picking up something was wrong) I had started doing yoga at home about 6 weeks ago or so.  I really DO hate weight training, which I’ve done a bit of this week, but DO like rebounding, so I’ll probably focus on walking when I can, yoga, and rebounding, with a little bit of kettlebells use.  (It actually is kind of fun to swing kettlebells around.)

Now, keeping in mind that when you have a blood sugar issue, you are supposed to exercise…I’ve had issues with not sticking with it.  But, now I have ZERO excuse to sit on my butt.  That is, if I want to have a good quality of life when I’m 80.  A friend of mine in her early 80s is going through living hell due to her back basically crumbling.  I would not wish that on anyone.  So, exercise will help my skeleton and, hopefully, my hypoglycemia.  And here is where the good from bad comes in…

After just a few days eating a much more alkaline diet, I noticed that my forever bad digestive system was noticeably better, I was sleeping for the first time in years (seriously), and my blood sugar was staying stable!  And it stayed stable even with a lot of fruit and fat!  Now, it “could” be that my sugar did so well because I was seemingly eating constantly trying to get enough calories in…but I don’t know.  I just know that I felt better in numerous ways.  Looking back on even my prior 16 years of veganism, and although I was never a junk food person, my healthy diet was quite acidic…let alone since then when I’ve had to eat animal products for my hypoglycemia control.  I’ve never been a huge vegetable eater.  I typically had 2 small servings of veggies a day.  But I did eat a lot of grains (tons of wheat until Dec. 2012 when taken off gluten), beans, peanut butter, other nuts/seeds, etc. that are all acid forming.  And I’m not even mentioning coffee.  (That is the ONE thing I refuse to give up, but even the most strict diet allows 20% acid foods.)  I also ate a lot of salt in the forms of canned foods and fake meats.  The only time in my past when I actually ate more alkaline foods was when I was mostly raw fooding in the early 2000s.  But I was eating truckloads of peanut butter (not raw, I know) at the time to feel satiated, like 3/4-1 cup of peanut butter or tahini a day.  Almonds and Brazil nuts are supposedly alkaline, so my fridge has a bunch of almond butter in it right now.

Here is where the but comes in.  I’ve been feeling good this past week eating an alkaline, whole foods diet, but despite the seemingly constant eating, I’ve dropped too much weight again.  It is not uncommon for me to lose a pound a day, and when my normal weight is only 91 lbs., it can quickly become scary.  When I saw myself in the mirror this morning, I freaked.  The only way I know how to get my frustrating body to gain weight and keep weight on is via acidic animal products. :-( So yes, right now I’m back on eggs, cheese, meat, etc. :-( I’m so frustrated I could scream.  Of course, stress over all of this is probably WHY my metabolism is freaking out again, so I guess I need calming yoga more than I even realized.  Hopefully, I’ll have to do this just temporarily, as I know all of this protein and acid is NOT good for my bones, not to mention the fact I do not want to have to eat animal products.  I did want to tell others though, with blood sugar issues, to try a more alkaline diet to see if it helps you too.  Although millet, buckwheat, and supposedly quinoa are alkaline grains, I was avoiding all grains and getting my starch from lots of sweet potatoes.  I was also getting more carbs from fruit.  On top of that I started eating a lot more veggies, especially green things like kale, tofu, and almonds/Brazil nuts.  Oh, and I did continue my a.m. ritual of a dose of soy protein powder “just in case”.  I might switch back to Now Foods’ pea protein when I run out.  I don’t want to be over-soyed.  Of course, TODAY none of that matters with the crap I’m eating in desperation.  I am making sure, though, to eat lots of green veggies with the crap I’m eating, to lessen the blow to my PH regulation as much as possible.

I do want to mention that I veered off McDougalling again, not because of blood sugar issues per se, but because I started to feel a little weird.  It’s really hard to explain it, but I felt “carbed” in a strange way.  My friend has experienced the same thing, and agreed it’s a subtle feeling of being off, that is hard to describe.  It was kind of like I felt at times like my sugar was about to drop bad.  It wouldn’t, but it was a feeling that made me feel nervous it would.  I wasn’t checking my sugar all of the time, but I was starting to suspect my sugar might have been too high at times.  I can’t prove that now though.  And, like I said, I was technically doing fine and not getting sick.  I do think I need some nuts, etc.  I was VERY lowfat.

And this is me today trying to remember to get HAPPY!  http://instagram.com/p/nRINdrumJ-/

PH-ly yours,

Carrie

20october@gmail.com

Like I don’t have enough health issues to deal with…now osteoporosis!

Although I’ve been doing good, in general, on a very high carb, very low fat McDougall type diet lately, I will admit that there have been a few times the past few days when I felt weird.  It’s truly hard to explain it as it was fleeting, but weird…almost like my blood sugar was acting up and then it would stop and I’d feel okay.  I even got away with a TINY bit of sparkling wine on Saturday…like no more than 2 oz.  But, for me, that was major.  Then, last night, I could not sleep AT ALL.  It was really bad.  My sugar felt okay but I just couldn’t sleep, and here the higher carb intake had been helping me to sleep before.  When I woke up this a.m. I felt a little off, and I was, so I had to pop just half of a glucose tablet.  I respond to small amounts of glucose quickly due to my small size.  That concerned me, and then I weighed myself, and SHIT!  My weight has dropped again!  Now, I know many people would be like, “Whoo Hoo!  I’m eating truckloads and losing weight!”  But, I cannot afford to lose anything.  I had just finally gotten my weight up to my normal thin weight. :-/ So, on my way to the dentist this a.m. I had to give in and eat some fried eggs…and all day long I ate fattier things and some cheese and mayo.  I wanted to eat extra protein since my sugar was acting up a little this a.m. and I had to get in some denser food/calories.  Obviously, eating bowl upon bowl of brown rice with fat free “refried” beans doesn’t keep weight on me.  And yes, my goal is STILL to be 100% vegan 100% of the time.  But, I’ve had two steps forward and one step back most of the time…sigh.

Anyway, I had already accepted that I would need to cut back on carbs a bit so that I could add in fattier stuff (too much carbs WITH lots of fat makes my blood sugar freak out).  Now, I’m not talking super low carb.  I’m talking not crazy high carb like I’d been eating…and the use of the word crazy is not to imply carbs are bad at all.  I was just eating A LOT of starches and fruits.  So, after accepting I needed to change my diet’s ratios of protein/fats/carbs, I got an email from a doctor at work giving me my DEXA Scan results from last week…and the results are not good.  At age 47 I already have osteoporosis in my lumbar area and osteopenia in my femoral neck (hips)!  To say that I’ve been freaked out all day is an understatement.  I’ve been doing (and getting addicted to) yoga for about 6 weeks now, but now I’ve GOT TO do it and any other weight bearing exercise I can….while changing my diet to a very alkaline diet.  The drug options like Fosamax and Boniva suck butt…and I’m not a fan of pharmaceuticals in general.  But the side effects are scary.  Of course, one article says eat this and don’t eat that while another article contradicts it.  But, from what I can tell, eating truckloads of veggies and fruit is a good thing….grains, animal products, beans, peanuts, not so much. :-( So I guess it’s kind of a good thing that I was planning on cutting back on starches anyway, since I should avoid grains and beans as much as possible…sigh.  I just went out and bought a bunch of green vegetables, and thankfully have become a huge fan of kale.  I also got raw almond butter and a package of almonds, as almonds are one of the few truly alkaline nuts.  I picked up some calcium added tofu also.  Fermented soy is better, but the tempeh at Trader Joe’s had gluten in it.

So let’s see….now I’m dealing with not being able to eat gluten, an 18+ year long 24/7 headache from whiplash, hypoglycemia, hormone issues, AND osteoporosis at a young age.  Isn’t life grand?  That being said, there are even worse things that I have to be grateful I’m NOT dealing with.  There is a part of me that feels that this showed up to make me put my beliefs about food being thy medicine to the test.  I really do need to turn down the drug options and treat this with an alkaline diet, yoga, walking/hiking, and weight training.  There is a story in this Yoga Journal article that is inspiring about a woman who fixed her bone issues with diet and exercise only:  http://www.yogajournal.com/health/2616

I will admit that although I’ve never been a junk food person, my diet, even when vegan for 16 years, was pretty acidic.  I’ve never eaten the amount of veggies…especially green veggies….that I should.  My diet has been often very grain and peanut butter and bean centered.  And, of course, peanuts turn out to be VERY acidic.  Ugh!  As I look for the reason behind things, wouldn’t it be “funny” if in my efforts to help my bone density, I actually straighten out my blood sugar?  Eating a lot more veggies certainly can’t hurt!  I’m thankful, also, that my newly beloved sweet potatoes are alkaline!  Whoo Hoo!  I’m going to be relying on them for my carbs much of the time.  I am going to continue to carefully increase my fruit intake too.

Well, I’ve gotta to do downward dog.

Peace,

Carrie

I have to accept the fact that fats are NOT my friend and stop whining.

Well, after just ONE day of adding fatty stuff into my diet (for feedings #3, 5, and 6) there was a noticeable difference in how I felt…and not in a good way. Although I didn’t have a low blood sugar attack, I didn’t feel totally stable blood sugar wise either…and got almost no sleep last night. I had this horrible restlessness. Obviously, I have to stick with a low fat diet whether I want to or not and stop whining about it. I can handle a little peanut butter (or similar high fat item) occasionally, but to make a habit of eating vegan mayonnaise, olive oil, peanut butter, tahini, etc. is clearly out for me. This sucks. But, I have to remind myself that my two main goals are to feel good and be vegan. That diabetic guy on a chat board who said he’s tested his body’s response to food for years, and is 100% positive that if he eats more than 5 grams of fat at a meal, his blood sugar gets wonky…is right.

Low fatly yours,

Carrie

On Angels’ Wings Prods.
Hypoglycemic Journey

I want to whine…although I’d much rather wine. ;-)

I’m feeling the need to whine.  Thank you all for listening. :-)

Because I was pretty darn convinced that it really IS a fatty diet that causes blood sugar problems, and because I clearly have been doing better back on a very low fat diet…but am getting bored out of my mind and am tired of cooking rice, sweet potatoes, and other stuff seemingly all of the time…I decided to dabble in a mostly raw food very low fat diet yesterday.  I see all of these 80-10-10 type people who swear you can eat truckloads of fruit, as long as you avoid fat, and be fine.  I’ve been afraid of fruit, to a degree, and never eat more than 2 pieces a day.  But, since I was off from work, I decided to try it.  I have to admit, that for the most part, I did shockingly well.  I didn’t have blood sugar plummets or anything and was amazed.  But (and there’s always a but) by later in the afternoon I felt cold…like unhealthily cold…and just didn’t feel what I would call “strong”.  I did end up eating a cooked dinner and my final snack before bed was cooked (and higher in protein…but vegan…at least I’ve been able to stay vegan for over a week).  It was a subtle thing, but something just felt wrong, like I was frail.  And, sure enough, I lost a pound in one day.  My weight has finally been back up to normal and I do NOT want to lose a pound a day.  I’m sure I probably under ate fruit/veggie calories as I find it very hard to shove in the huge volume of food the low fat raw fooders eat.  That could have been why I didn’t feel like I was totally thriving, actually.  I do know that I need to eat more raw food than I have been eating.  Almost all of my diet for a long time has been cooked to death.  That’s not good either.

I don’t know if you have looked into Ayurveda, but I do find it interesting.  My constitution is very Vata with a bit of Pitta, and Vata types are supposed to thrive on warmed, oily, sweet food.  Now, although that makes me happy to hear, I’m not about to start eating sugar. :-) I do think that having different constitutions could explain why different people thrive (or not) on various diets.  My sister is very Pitta and thrives on lots of cold salads and doesn’t do as well on a cooked, starchy diet.  Although I can enjoy a good salad, I can’t live on them.  I just don’t feel right and I need more carbohydrate.  I’m someone who is very in tune with my body, and I notice even subtle things.

Now here is where I get really whiny.  I’M BORED!  I’m bored to death with very low fat, whole food!  I feel like I’m being punished having to eat the way that works for me!  Yes, keeping my blood sugar stable IS the most important thing, but having to eat such a limited diet sucks.  I just want to be able to eat a “whatever” vegan diet like I used to!  I want to have some olive oil here and there and peanut butter!  Oh how I miss avocados!  From experience, I know that I simply cannot handle a really high carb diet AND lots of fat.  My hypoglycemia gets bad.  One hour after such a meal weeks ago, I didn’t feel good, and my blood sugar was already down to 82.  I’m tempted to at least try eating a bit less carbohydrate (but not low carb…think moderate carb) and add some fatty stuff for variety (and also more protein…like nuts, seeds, peanut butter) to see if I can tolerate it.  But I also have this thought that I shouldn’t mess with what’s working (very low fat).  Looking on the bright side, if eating a more moderate everything regime makes me sick, I do now know what works and can go back to very low fat.  One of the things I do worry about with a very low fat diet like I’ve been on is my hair.  I’ve had hair loss issues since the mid 1990s as it is and I do get concerned that eating really low fat will make me lose more hair.  I cannot afford to lose anymore hair.  So far, things seem okay (not noticing more loss) but it hasn’t been that long either that I’ve been very low fat.  In the mid 90s when I was strictly eating very low fat, I noticed eyelash loss.  I thought it was just me, but then another friend who was also eating very low fat started noticing thinning eyelashes.  It was weird.  That’s also around the time when I DID start having thinning hair.  But, the hair issue has continued many years later even when eating fatty stuff.

Today’s blog has been a type of “thinking out loud” stream-of-consciousness thing.  I probably lost you long ago.  LOL – I do want to pass along, though, that I do seem to be able to tolerate a high carbohydrate diet IF I keep my fat intake very low.  It does get tiring having to be a chemist in order to eat. :-/ I look at food and think, “Okay, how much carbohydrate, protein, and fat is in this?”  I just want to be able to eat like a normal person!  And be vegan, of course…which isn’t like the average person, but in that regard, I don’t care to be average.

Peace,

Carrie (Atheria)

Twins tested high carb vs. low carb

http://m.nydailynews.com/1.1597066

I love this!  The high protein/fat diet made the one twin almost officially diabetic!

Right now I am back off fat and eating higher carb and feeling clearly better than the days I ate higher protein and fat with less carbs.  I got fed up when I woke up 4 times with my heart racing/pounding hard and cut fat out the next day.  I started off including animal protein in my low fat plan but am on day 2 of not eating chicken or fish.  If things backfire, I may consider eating egg whites and non fat cottage cheese for extra protein, but I hope to avoid animal products.  But, I’m still early in and sometimes my body changes its mind.  I am truly convinced, though, that fat IS a major blood sugar problem contributor.

Carrie

Realizations…fat and stuffing…

This is quickie blog.  I’ve come to two realizations that I think I’m 100% right about.  (1) Overeating ANYTHING if you are hypoglycemic will mess up your blood sugar big time and (2) too much fat in the diet really does negatively affect blood sugar control (true for diabetics too).

I actually was feeling good on Dr. John McDougall’s suggested very low fat, very high carb diet except that I kept losing weight I can’t afford to lose (now, for those needing to lost weight…it’s  not a problem) until, in my desperation to gain weight back, I stuffed myself with food and definitely overate.  At that point, my blood sugar freaked out, and out of fear I quit the diet.  A couple of years ago, after overeating a lunch that was too yummy at Annapurna’s my blood sugar skyrocketed and then fell 120 points…and I got very sick.  When you are hypoglycemic, you’ve GOT to eat small/medium meals.  Stuffing yourself silly doesn’t pay.

I’ve been back on animal products (except today…am trying to get off them altogether or at least cut back) the past week and have put weight back on, thank God, but…my blood sugar really hasn’t felt all that great.  Of course, my carb intake has gone down a bit because I’ve replaced some of my carbs with protein and fat.  At first I thought my lower carb intake was throwing me off (unlike some hypoglycemics I really need a decent amount of carbohydrate)…but then I realized that the increase in fat was throwing me off.  I happened to “accidentally” eat low fat the first part of yesterday and felt better than I’d felt in days.  Then, later in the day I ate a banana with a bunch of natural peanut butter and started to feel my blood sugar get unstable about an hour later.  I can tolerate a little fat, but not a lot.

So, don’t overeat and don’t eat too much fat.  That’s my verdict.

Peace,

Carrie