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…