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-/