Lower carb, high fat vegan success


Salt…my new friend.

I wanted to give an update on how I’m doing and what I’m doing.  I’ve been sticking to a mostly raw food diet with the exception of one dose of vegan protein powder in the morning and most of my nut and seed butters are roasted.  I’ve discovered just how sensitive I am to carbs now, which sucks!  I was doing good with only 1-2 pieces of fruit per day in terms of my blood sugar, but started to feel carb deprived, so I increased it up to 4 pieces a day, but my numbers started going up. (insert frown here)

The past couple of days I’ve only eaten one piece of fruit in the morning, and the rest of the day has been TONS of nut or seed butters, salads, and avocados.  I choose not to count coffee, tea, and whiskey.  HA HA!  (If I do have a drink, I aim for low sugar booze and only have one.  Don’t worry, I’m not an alcoholic.)  My sugar has been fabulously stable and I can go long periods of time without food.  Plus, I can eat more calories but have my weight remain stable, which is great!  My digestive tract, which is notoriously horrible, is clearly on the mend too.

Now, what did happen was that I have been having some dizzy spells…black spots in my vision and all…and felt like I was going to pass out a few times.  It happened in Sprouts again yesterday.  When I had to go to a doctor a few weeks ago, my blood pressure was only 96 over something, but it wasn’t until my sister asked me how much sodium I’m currently eating that I realized…UH OH…not much!  The only salt I’ve been getting is in the nut and seed butters, and when I tabulated, that’s only about 700-800 mgs per day.  My sister said there are articles on the importance of eating 2300-3000 mgs of sodium per day when on a low carb diet.  It’s so easy to accidentally not eat enough sodium when you’re living on vegetables, protein powder, fruit, nuts, and seeds.  So, I’ve started adding salty wheat free tamari to my salads and already feel the difference.  I’m not aiming for 3000 mgs as that seems too high and sodium leaches calcium from bones really bad, but I’m aiming for around 2000 mgs.

An added bonus to all these greens I’m eating is that my fingernails are growing like weeds…and I think my hair is growing a little faster than its slow normal.

Carb wise, I don’t count exactly and just ballpark it, but I seem to be eating less than 100 grams of carbohydrates per day…probably in the 90s, maybe 80s.  That seems to be my current sweet spot (pardon the pun).  Granted, my body often changes its mind, so a month from now that could be different.  But, my fasting blood sugar was a great 85 yesterday.

Take care,


How heat and cold affect blood sugar

My sister just sent me this INTERESTING article on how saunas, steam rooms, and hot baths affect blood sugar and metabolism.  Many years ago I spent an evening with Durk Pearson and Sandy Shaw (Life Extension) and they told me how being cold raises metabolism a lot.




Anxiety and Hypoglycemia 

I just wanted to quickly share this Facebook post and linked article about the connection between hypoglycemia and anxiety/panic disorders.

Facebook Post

Anxiety and Hypoglycemia Improvement

I actually developed a severe panic disorder that almost became agoraphobia because of my hypoglycemia that hit in 2010.  When my endocrine system blew, for a while I was having such severe and horribly scary low blood sugar attacks, I became petrified I’d have an attack.  Of course, sometimes my anxiety would get so bad it actually would throw my blood sugar off due to stress.  My triggers were remote places not near hospitals,  or feeling trapped in any way where (in my mind) I could die of an attack because food wasn’t accessible or I couldn’t get to medical care fast enough.  I’m MUCH better now, but do occasionally feel twinges of anxiety in remote places or if stuck in a traffic jam, etc.  Keeping snacks in my car and purse help me feel safe.  But the biggest help was getting my hypoglycemia under control via diet so that I didn’t have to fear low blood sugar attacks. 

My only disagreement with the doctor in the article is her assertion that meat/eggs/cheese are needed.  You can eat higher protein and still be vegan. 

Be well,


I can’t do yoga after every meal!

Today is the end of day 4 of me strictly McDougalling because I stubbornly refuse to accept that carbohydrate filled NATURAL foods that God created can be detrimental.  There’s that, and the fact that i just love starches.  I want SO much to believe that Drs. McDougall, Barnard, Esselstyn, etc. are right about fat being the cause of blood sugar problems, not sugars/carbs!  And I’ve read wonderful success stories!

So what is my status?  It’s been weird.  But my body is always weird!  My fasting blood sugar has been good (under 100) but I was still too high 2 hours after lunch (253 range…that has come down to the 170s to 180s range) while my post dinner numbers have been (until today) really good…like 115 to 120s.  I was puzzled as to why my lunch readings were so much higher than my dinner readings.  I was eating the same things!  Last night, it suddenly dawned on me that on a typical day, I do my bone building 50-55 minute yoga routine after dinner.  I wondered if my nightly yoga, even though it’s not exactly aerobic, was bringing my blood sugar down into a healthy range?  I’ve gotten SO many other benefits from yoga (regaining bone density, stoppping anxiety/panic attacks/gaining muscle), could it also correct diabetes?!  Well, as fate would have it, because I drove to Aspen today (FABULOUS PLACE!) I had to do my daily (a.k.a. obsessive) before dinner instead of after dinner.  So, this was my opportunity to test my theory!  I ate around 6:35 p.m. in my car during the 3+ hours drive home and was sedentary except for cursing at other slow drivers.  When I checked my blood sugar around 8:35 p.m. just as I got back to Denver, sure enough, I was high at 187!  I was 174 after lunch today.  My nightly, post dinner yoga routine is what has made my evening blood sugar readings so much better!  But, I cannot do 50-55 minutes of yoga every time I eat!  That means I may have to accept the fact that high carb, low fat just isn’t going to work for me.  Years ago, when my hypoglycemia was at its worst, my diabetes counselor at work made me pour oil on everything I ate to slow down my digestion to stop me from spiking.  But, that just concerns me long term.  And I don’t want to gain 100 lbs.!  That being said, at age 49 it’s getting harder to keep weight off no matter what I do anyway.  I’ve only been eating 1400-1500 (maybe…probably not even that high) calories of fat free, natural, whole vegan food and still the needle on my scale wants to creep up.

I think I’m just going to stop eating altogether and just drink black coffee.  It’d be easier.  Just kidding.  I think.

I should also note that eating VERY low fat/high starch is not agreeing with my temperamental digestive system.  But, I have felt “clearer” for lack of another way to say it.  I don’t feel sludgy like I do when I’m eating a ton of nut/seed butters, avocados, olive oils, etc.

Going back to yoga helping bring blood sugar down, there was a study I read a couple of years ago that had diabetics take a simple 10 minute walk after each meal and there was dramatic improvement in their blood sugar levels.  Once again, exercise is important for health and longevity.

When I stick to lower carb/high fat, my fasting blood sugar sometimes isn’t as good (but not horribly above 100) as when I’m eating high carb/very low fat, but my post meal numbers are clearly better…like perfect (under 120…and sometimes under 110, with the rare under 100).  But, I also end up feeling carb depleted.  It’s such a fine line to walk!  I need carbs, but not too much or too little!

I seriously don’t know what the heck to eat tomorrow.:-/ Although I’m glad I’ve stopped spiking up into the mid 200s, I’m not happy that I’m stuck in the still too high 170s-180s after eating carby, boring, meals with no fat.

But, yes, yoga is awesome!


Don’t blenderize your food!


Electric Blender

On Good Morning America this morning they did a comparison test with some people about if drinking smoothies affects blood sugar and hunger differently than just eating the whole food in its natural state.  They had people eat the exact same ingredients on 2 different days and check their blood sugar every 15 minutes for 2 hours afterward.  As Dr. McDougall has said, the more processed a food the more glycemic it is.  People’s blood sugar jumped way up on the smoothy and then plummeted bad…making them starving 2 hours later.  Whole foods didn’t do that and the way the nutritionist described it is that the fiber in whole foods acts like “mesh” to slow down the digestion, not spiking blood sugar.

Right now I’m still eating “veganpaleo” and doing pretty darn good.  My food is predominantly raw too.  But gosh I’m missing more carbs!  I freaked out last night and ate 2 small bananas with sunflower seed butter before bed even though I wasn’t hungry, and my fasting blood sugar this a.m. was a little high at 108.  That’s not awful by any means, but it is technically pre-diabetic.  The bananas probably did it, but I’m not 100% sure.  The odd thing I’ve noticed (comparing how I respond on lchf vs. hclf) is that when on high carb/low fat, although my blood sugar spikes bad after eating…my fasting numbers tend to be better than when I’m eating low carb/high fat.  But, when I stick to my fatty salads, my post meal blood sugar readings come out great.  So I’m better fasting-wise on one plan and better post meal on the other!  Needless to say, I cannot do both.  I really think it would be easier to just not eat.:-/

Blood sugarly yours,


I refuse to become diabetic!


Some people don’t believe that hypoglycemia CAN progress and become diabetes, but I have witnessed it in my own family with my mother.  The simple difference between the two is that where a hypoglycemic’s blood sugar shoots up high and then plummets fast…making the person feel sick, a diabetic’s blood sugar shoots up too high and stays there.  Over time, a hypoglycemic’s pancreas can burn out due to exhaustion…and TA DA!  You’re diabetic!

I now know why I’ve felt so much better for months now…in terms of not needing to eat as often and not having low blood sugar issues.  It’s because I’m starting to run high.  That is not what I was hoping for!  There were some signs 6-8 months ago, but I chose to pretend not to see them.  But after about 1.5-2 weeks on my high raw, lower carb, fatty diet lately…I started to feel carbohydrate depleted, so I tested something on Wednesday that backfired big time.  I really wanted to test McDougall, Barnard, Esselstyn, etc.’s theories that it’s a high fat diet that causes blood sugar issues, not carbohydrates.  Since I was feeling carb deficient, for breakfast I had my soy protein powder with some fruit (not much, actually), and then for lunch (since I did want to stay high raw) I tested 2 bananas, 1 nectarine, half of a large tomato, and some romaine lettuce.  I did’t eat 10 bananas like some Raw Til 4 or 801010 people do because I did want to be cautious.  Clearly, it was not a good idea.  My blood sugar an hour later was 256!  Then, another hour and 10 minutes later still up to 248.  Not good.  So, I drank a cup of black coffee to help bring my sugar down and took a 2 mile walk in 95 degree weather.  That wasn’t a good idea either.  All of a sudden, before I made it home, I started to feel light-headed and my legs felt weak.  By the time I got home, I felt shaky too.  By then, it was just before dinner time.  I checked my sugar and it had plummeted to 78.  I was trying to hold out for another 30 minutes before eating, but a few minutes later my blood sugar was down to 68.  I ended up needing to pop 2 glucose tablets to boost me back up while making dinner.  I ate a low carb dinner of vegetables with A LOT of peanut butter and it straightened me out and I felt better.

Now some friends have responded saying that what I ate for lunch would throw anyone off…but…that’s not the case.  Other people really DO do fine with 10 pieces of fruit.  And, it’s not just fruit.  Months ago when I was McDougalling, I happened to check my fasting blood sugar one morning and it was 140 or something.  Right now I’m checking my blood sugar often just to see how I’m responding to different foods, and it’s clear that I need to limit ALL carbohydrates, not just fruit.  I met a nurse who works with diabetics last night and she said I need to limit carbs to 30 at a meal, and 15-20 at snacks, but that is hard for a vegan.  Everything has carbs!  Heck, a 1/4 cup of sunflower seed butter (yes, I regularly eat that much) has 16 grams.  I eat that much for the protein content of about 14-16 grams.  Being as limiting as I could for lunch today, I think I got about 39 grams of carbs.  I feel good though, gotta say.  I should have checked my sugar 2 hours later but forgot.  I can tell I feel stable though.  My sister keeps pushing the Primal Diet on me, but I’m not giving up being vegan.  I’m just going to do the best I can limiting….but not EXTREMELY limiting…..carbs.  If I cut carbs too much I risk having zero energy and low blood sugar too.  It’s a total, annoying juggling match!  Right now I’m aiming for The Zone.  I should eat for every meal what I ate today for lunch because I feel good.  That would get rather boring though.  I had half a large tomato, some romaine lettuce, half an avocado, mustard, a pitiful 1/3 cup of rice, and 1/4 cup of sunflower seed butter.

I’ve also downloaded a couple of apps to test out for tracking. (Logging food is SO tedious.) One is Calorie, Carb & Fat Counter by Virtuagym and one is mySugr Diabetes Logbook.

Trying to see the glass half full, I don’t need to eat as often anymore…so my food bills should go down.:-/ I can easily eat lunch and then not eat again until 6:30 p.m.  But having an “indulgence” being eating HALF a banana is freaking annoying!  I am NOT happy right now.  My digestive system is indeed doing better without tons of cooked starchy stuff.  That is a plus too.  I need to remind myself of the positives right now.

Feeling deprived,


Back to Raw Food


Some of you know I battle both chronic digestive problems (not uncommon for hypoglycemics) along with hypoglycemia…which just complicates matters.  (I also have neck damage that leaves me with a constant migraine.)  Although certain ways of eating have seemingly agreed with my body’s constitution as I’ve walked along the healing path, things often stop working after a while as my temperamental body changes its mind.  Combine that with me sometimes just getting bored to death with specific diets, and, well…I veer off course.

Lately my digestive woes have gotten really bad.  I took a photo of how swelled up my stomach was last week, but I won’t post it as I don’t want to gross you out.  I seriously looked at least 6 months pregnant.  Combine that with pain, constipation, and gas and it wasn’t fun.  I had been going back and forth a bit between a strictly low fat McDougall type cooked, starchy diet, and a more moderate cooked, starchy diet with fats.  Finally I just couldn’t take it anymore and went back to a mostly raw vegan diet.  When I was raw eons ago, my digestive system worked for the only time in my life.  I only quit it back then because (1) I got bored and (2) I was eating SO much fatty stuff that I started to blow out my gallbladder.

I also noticed that on the very low fat McDougall plan, lately, I started having blood sugar drops that made me shaky.  And, sometimes my fasting blood sugar number was high on both the low fat version of cooked/starchy and higher fat version of cooked/starchy.  That being said, I carelessly thought I could just go back to eating a lot of fruit and salads and nut butters, etc. without paying attention to sugar intake and be fine.  Wrong.  Clearly, how my body handles food blood sugar wise has changed since 2000 when I was raw before.  I cannot take my body, at age 49 now, for granted…especially with my family’s history of diabetes.

I wasn’t eating 30 bananas a day or anything EXTREME, but I was eating a couple of bananas at at time, etc.  But, I started to feel weird…like…uh oh…something is off.  I got out my blood glucose meter and freaked when I saw my blood sugar in the 200s after eating with high fasting numbers too (not 200s…but clearly pre-diabetic and one time, technically diabetic).  I am NOT letting myself become diabetic.  I flat out refuse.  And, since I have clearly had my digestive system improve by going raw…I was frustrated.  So, being the stubborn fighter that I am, today I’ve tried eating only one piece of fruit at a time, and have mostly eaten the fruit with some protein and/or fat.  There is MAJOR improvement in my blood sugar control!  For example, for lunch I did eat one banana (I do need some carbs) but instead of more fruit, I then ate a big fatty salad that had a lot of sunflower seed butter in it and olive oil.  My sugar only went up to 120something afterward.  That is great!

I’ll try paying more attention to the GI (Glycemic Index) of the fruits I eat — although I cannot give up bananas — and focus more on large salads, nuts, seeds, avocados, and other non sugary vegan foods.  I’ll use fruit in controlled amounts for some more carbohydrate.  I would feel totally limp and have no energy if I ate only veggies and nuts.  I hope to report back soon that I’m doing great.  I feel very stable today and don’t look pregnant…so that’s hopeful!

I posted on my other blog about the cool effect raw food has had on my dreams.  https://bridge4spirit.wordpress.com/2016/06/21/raw-food-vivid-dreams/

Take care and eat your veggies!


Sometimes you feel like a nut, sometimes you don’t.

tjalmondbutterMy gluten free vegan diet has been all over the place for a while, because I started to take for granted that my hypoglycemia was “under control”.  It seems to be human nature to keep pushing the envelope to see how much you can get away with when you are feeling better.  One of the things that has tended to be indulged in too much is fat, in the form of tons of nut and seed butters (including peanut butter, which is actually a legume) and avocados, mostly…with the dousing of olive oil here and there.  Mostly, though, addictive peanut butter and sunflower seed butter have been my excesses.

Although my blood sugar regulation HAS clearly been better of late, I have started to notice feeling “off” blood sugar wise, a bit, after eating a very fatty meal.  Now, this would not be news to Dr. Neal Barnard or Dr. John McDougall.  In fact, it isn’t news to me.  If you dig through OLD posts, you’ll see that I clearly did better when I stuck to a low fat diet.  But, gosh darn it, eating low fat gets SO boring.  So, eventually, I’d start adding in a quarter cup of sunflower seed butter here, an avocado there, a quarter cup of peanut butter AND an avocado with dinner, etc.  Now, I can tolerate a bit of almond butter or avocado or whatever, but it tends to be a trigger for me.  It’s hard to  have a little.  I am really trying though.  Ha!

On and off the past 4-5 days I have stuck to low fat and felt better hypoglycemia wise.  Although I did freak out after a period of no overt fats and chowed down on clearly too much fatty stuff Sunday night.  The next day I felt GROSS.  I have also had the realization that excessive nuts and seeds is not good for my IBS and digestive woes.  (If you don’t know this, MANY hypoglycemics have IBS and digestive problems.)  Now, most people would get “the runs” from too much fatty food, especially nut butters, but not me!  It has the opposite effect.  I get very gassy and clogged up.  Like a friend of mine, I do seem to handle other fats like the fat in avocado better, digestive wise.  If you think about it, in the wild, animals don’t eat a half cup of nut butter at a time.  They don’t eat nut butter at all!  LOL!  If an animal finds some nuts, it takes them ages just to get the hard shell open to even get to the meat of the nut.  So, eating a couple nuts is it…not half a jar of almond butter.  I think the more we do what animals do in the wild the better.  I have often watched horses eat grass and hay and thought, “They know what they are doing and they don’t binge.”

So, it seems I do need to pay attention to my fat intake…but not obsess.  And, I need to limit peanut butter, sunflower seed butter, tahini, almond butter, and cashew butter.  A couple of tablespoons is plenty…not 4-8 tablespoons!  My tummy will thank me.  My pancreas will thank me too.

Be well,


Need to really drop extremes!

If you don’t know, I juggle more than one health issue…so I’m using that as an excuse.  Besides the hypoglycemia (that started this blog and is the main focus) I also deal with a 20+ year chronic pain issue due to severe whiplash and life-long digestive problems.  An issue I’ve had, particularly with the blood sugar issue and cruddy digestive system, has been that what helps one thing, aggravates the other issue!

The vegan paleo, mostly raw diet I’ve been doing lately DID help my digestive woes some (although not totally…but there was some improvement) but I woke up around 4 a.m. Sunday morning with low blood sugar and had to suck on a candy to get my blood sugar back up.  My hypoglycemia HAD been doing really good for quite a while now, so this step back was upsetting.  Thankfully, I didn’t have a BAD attack, but getting shaky and such isn’t fun.  In retrospect, I think what happened is that I was eating less and less carbohydrate and didn’t notice the gradual decline.  My body is very carbohydrate sensitive, and if I don’t eat enough carbs during the day, my system has a hard time keeping my blood sugar up.  I  had eaten less fruit on Saturday, so that’s probably it.

In any case, I have intuitively felt that although I’d been doing pretty good lately (up to that point this weekend) my diet may have been getting a little too limited in terms of variety and was becoming unbalanced (especially regarding protein).  So, yesterday I put some potatoes, beans, rice, and soy protein powder back in my diet.  Right now I’m still eating quite a bit of fruit and raw stuff, but I’m aiming to eat a little more well rounded (gluten free) vegan.  I’m not so sure that extremes are good.  Also, I’d cut back on how often I eat, and unless I’m REALLY not hungry and feel totally stable…shouldn’t push the envelope and skip my snacks.  Someone with hypoglycemia should definitely eat small amounts more often than bigger meals 3 times a day.

Still aiming for balance,


Digestive Woes and Vibration Level

I will NOT go down without a fight! I’m fed up! Can you tell?! I WILL pummel my body into submission! I WILL win! Ommm…Ommm…Must calm down and get centered. Ommm…😉 I’m going to cross post this rant in both my Hypoglycemic Journey blog and my On Angels’ Wings Productions blog because it touches on both health/nutrition and metaphysics.

So for the good news, my blood sugar control has been really good for quite a while. Granted, I can’t take my hypoglycemia for granted and still eat smaller amounts of whole/real food more often, but I don’t have to eat 8 times a day and can get away with some things I had to 100% avoid, previously, in moderation. I average 5 snacks/meals a day…sometimes 4 and sometimes 6…but usually 5. I do avoid gluten (although I briefly tested real sourdough wheat bread as I heard people with gluten problems can eat true sourdough made the old fashioned way with starter) and have successfully stayed vegan.

The bad news is that my bad-since-birth (seriously…since a baby) digestive system has gotten increasingly HORRID the past year or so. It’s like my digestive tract has quit. I do know there is a link between hypoglycemia and digestive system problems, but this seems way beyond that. I have attributed it to being perimenopausal at age 49 (read up on how shifting estrogen can cause your body to cut back on necessary bile production, which causes gas, bloating, constipation, etc.) and have tried various combinations of eating styles to help…to no avail. I’m so uncomfortable every day I can’t take it anymore. Seemingly, nothing agrees with me anymore! Becoming a breatharian is looking like a real possibility at this point. Years ago I read about an Eastern Indian yogi who didn’t eat for 46 years or something and was in perfect health. She got her sustenance through prana. But, since I’m not quite to the level of advanced yogi, I probably need to eat SOMETHING.

In the middle of my nightly yoga session tonight, it popped into my head that I need to go back to raw fooding, concentrating on mostly fruit and nuts/seeds/fats. I already know that raw veggies are hard for me to digest, but I can eat some. I’ve just got to limit the veggies. Many years ago when I was raw, “meals” of fruit and nut butters made me feel the best. It was also the only time of my life where I didn’t have to take laxatives to go to the bathroom and where my body actually successfully did what it was supposed to do on its own without horrible bloating and gas. I learned a couple of days ago that A LOT of fruit with lettuce and no fat can cause major pain and bloat, so I’m going to do a high fat raw diet with a bit less fruit. I recall reading this gal’s blog who had done every form of diet imaginable and posted pictures of herself during various diets through the years. She ended up settling on a high raw diet, but not all raw, with higher protein and some animal products. But, I felt she looked the best when she was high fat raw vegan. She didn’t look as good when she ate high starch/carb with very low fat (and developed hair problems) or when she did 80-10-10 raw…or when she did Atkins or paleo.

I actually tested some foods today with my pendulum, and got interesting answers. I could only test what I had with me at work. My pendulum said NO to black tea and peanut butter. It said YES to rice cakes, coffee (Whoop!), nuts, an apple, and tuna fish. (I had an old can of tuna in my cabinet and will not be eating it, trust me.) When I went to a holistic chiropractor who did kinesiology 2-3 years ago, it irked him to no end that via muscle testing, my body said it really liked coffee. He was anti coffee.🙂 I, on the other hand, feel it keeps me alive! And my body agreed! Anyway, I mention using a pendulum or having someone do kinesiology on you (trying to push your arm down while you hold a food) to see what your body says it likes or doesn’t like. Now, just because my body said today that rice cakes are okay for me doesn’t mean I feel I should eat them right now. I’ve really got to get my digestive tract healed and functioning normally. Taking probiotics isn’t working.

I was reading a book today about the life force/energy of food and do think that raw food is what I need to do, or at least mostly raw vegan food. No more processed soy protein powder. No more cooked beans and rice. I have this intuitive feeling that what’s going on with me isn’t “just” emotional issues held in my body or stress or purely physical either. I think there is a spiritual component. Everyone keeps saying that the vibration on Earth is dramatically increasing (including some of the beings I trance channel) and I am suspecting that, energetically, what I’ve been eating just is not working for my body’s vibratory rate anymore. I have been having more spontaneous channeling episodes the last few months, so clearly something is shifting with me energetically. It’s definitely possible that right now I need to get my diet as simple and high in vibration as I can. The good news is that I won’t be burning anymore pans that I forget I have on the stove! Living on bananas and almond butter is the lazy (wo)man’s dream. Ha!

Too much of my energy has been wasted dealing with my health and I need to move on. I’ve got other things I should be doing than laying on the couch gripping my stomach. I also just got approved for Botox injections in my head and neck for my chronic headache h*ll, so I’m praying that’ll work and I can truly move on in 2016 and focus my energy on writing and spiritual work. Stay tuned. You know I’ll let you know what happens!

In light,