Firefighters to the rescue!

I am cross posting this on both of my blogs, On Angels Wings Productions and Hypoglycemic Journey, because it doesn’t just cover diet but also metaphysics. For those who don’t know, I’m not just a hypoglycemic, gluten free, vegan…but I’m also a psychic medium and trance channel.

From my most recent post, you know that I’ve been frustrated because what helps my blood sugar (very low fat, whole food) has seemingly been causing other issues (scary chest pains and possible eyelash and hair loss…though my hair issue has been a problem for a LONG time). In exasperation of not knowing what to do, days ago I put a lot more nuts, seeds, peanut butter, tofu, etc. back into my diet to bump up my protein intake and add fats. Now, my blood sugar has been okay, but I have noticed some rapid heart beats/thumping after eating fattier stuff and a slight feeling of being "off" after lunch a couple of days ago. It wasn’t bad though, thank goodness. But, even adding more protein and fat back into my diet, the extra hair loss (I may not be losing excessive hair…it’s hard to tell as it’s normal to lose 50-100 hairs a day…but I’m seeing some in the drain that I’ve not seen normally.) and chest pains continue. Granted, it might not be enough time yet, but it’s scary! After reading other high carb, low fat vegans’ daily menus and by tuning into my body about how it feels when I eat a certain amount of calories, protein, etc. I am suspecting that although I wasn’t losing weight (good), I might have been eating less calories per day than I thought I was because of the bulkiness of whole, low fat food.

Thinking about things on my drive home from a Mardi Gras party last night, I was debating about what to do and how to eat…and actually considered going back to the high fat raw diet I ate many years ago that worked at the time (many benefits, including my hormones and digestive system) and I was weighing that in my mind compared to a high carb, low fat approach as I pulled up to a red traffic light and stopped. I kid you not, as I glanced to my right, this red fire engine pulled up next to me (Ooooooh! Firefighters!! Hehehe…) with ENGINE 2 in big letters on the side! Immediately, The Engine 2 Diet popped into my head and I felt tingling go through my body, which is what happens when someone in spirit is around me. I should mention that earlier in the day, or the day before, I had literally said out loud to whoever was around in spirit, "Please help me. I don’t know what to eat anymore to feel good. I need to be told what to do." Ask, and ye shall receive…in the form of a fire engine. Now, this is not the first time my Unseen Friends have given me dietary advice, and they’ve been proven correct before. A year or two ago, I had a "dream" one night where I was told that I needed to eat low fat. That turned out to be very good for my blood sugar control (when I stuck with it).

Now, I’m very aware of Rip Esselstyn and his dad, Caldwell Esselstyn, M.D. (who once kindly called me when I was struggling with my health and veganism)…but am not that sure exactly what Rip’s book, The Engine 2 Diet, teaches other than high carb, low fat, no added oils, quality vegan food. I need to take a look at the book. I have seen Rip interviewed and seen some of his recipes, and I do know that his diet seems much more balanced than some more extreme vegan diets. And I think he is not opposed to some fake meats for a bit more protein…along with a LITTLE bit of fattier, natural vegan food items like tahini, avocado, etc. I want to reiterate LITTLE bit. I’ll need to check on that.

I want to thank my Unseen Friends for trying to help me. I love you and am grateful. I’m looking forward to feeling fabulous so I can focus on other things!

In light,

Atheria
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I’m blaming this on me being a Libra…finding balance.

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Libra Scales

Well, as I was discussing with a fellow hypoglycemic who also battles other, conflicting, health issues here…it’s extremely frustrating that what helps one issue, causes problems with another. A very low fat, gluten free, very high carbohydrate vegan diet has definitely helped my hypoglycemia. I’ve been doing really good (unless I overeat at one sitting) eating the "hclf" (high carb, low fat) way blood sugar wise. But…and with me there are always buts…besides the ongoing digestive issues (my digestive system is bad no matter what I do, but it’s clearly worse when I’m eating truckloads of beans and other starches and very low fat)…since Friday I have had the return of chest pains that I can no longer allow to go on. They are milder right now than they were over the weekend, but any chest pains are a concern for me. They first appeared decades ago when I was clearly not eating enough and abusing my body in other ways. They reappear if I’m not getting enough of either protein or carbohydrate.

Although, on paper, I have been eating enough protein, my body can have a mind of its own regarding how much of what it wants…and my protein intake has clearly dropped since going very low fat. I’ve cut out all the nuts, seeds, peanut butter, tahini, and concentrated soy protein "meats" I used to eat because of fat content, and they were major sources of protein for me. I know I’m FAR from carbohydrate deficient at this point, so it’s got to be a protein thing. Also, and this happened when I very strictly McDougalled in the mid 1990s, I’ve started losing my eyelashes (weird…but another friend had the same thing happen back then) and now I think I’m losing more hair on my head. I cannot afford to lose any hair! Now the eyelash/hair issue is probably more a lack of fat thing than protein, but I’m not positive. Back in the 1990s I was eating a lot of isolated soy protein powder and such on my very low fat regime, so I was getting a lot more protein than I’ve been getting lately. And, I didn’t have chest pains back then, so I do think the loss of eyelashes and hair is EFA/fat connected. In any case, I have to make changes immediately. One thing you do not want to mess with is your heart muscle. And your body WILL turn to burning muscle if it’s not getting enough of something. I’ve got to put nuts, seeds, tofu, etc. back into my diet immediately.

The concern now is will eating more fat start screwing up my blood sugar again? It will, if I eat too much fat. I seem to be okay with a little more fat, but if I start pouring oil on everything and eating too much nut butters at once, I will develop swinging blood sugar, which will make me feel sick. I’m a double Libra (sun and rising signs) and have swung to extremes in everything I do my entire life. Maybe it’s not a coincidence that my blood sugar "symbolically" swings too high and too low and too high and too low if I eat wrong or too extreme. I clearly don’t do well on very low carb, very high fat diets (read past posts). And, it seems I develop issues on very low fat, very high carb diets. I need to find balance in everything in my life, including diet. Now, the things that won’t change are (1) being vegan and (2) avoiding gluten. I have no choice with #2 and refuse to quit being vegan. Being vegan isn’t the problem. Being on an extreme version of a vegan diet is the problem. I need to be more like Alicia Silverstone, who seems to have found balance. I love her Kind Life website.

Finding balance,

Atheria
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Do NOT overeat when you are hypoglycemic! Think small and often…

Because I was reading about how much other people eat who are on a very low fat, vegan regime, and because I get tired of eating 6 times a day, I went and stuffed myself silly at dinner last night. Now, I ate all the same things I have been eating — potatoes, brown rice, beans, and veggies — with no problem, but a lot more of them. I was also concerned I might not be eating enough calories lately (had some chest pains return that I’ve not had in many years). Anyway, I was curious to see how I did after stuffing myself, and checked my blood sugar at the 2 hour mark. It was 94, which is lower than what I expected, but actually a great number. (I do suspect now that my sugar had probably gone up quite a bit and dropped to 94.) I thought, "Ah ha! Eating very low fat really does allow you to eat as much as you want." But later I felt kind of weird…dry mouth and a little woo-woo headed, like my blood sugar was too high. At the 3 hour mark I checked again, and for some odd reason, I’d jumped 60 points up to 154. Keep in mind, this was 3 hours after eating. My blood sugar should not be that high and should not be going UP. I thought, "Crap!" I was a bit concerned it would drastically plummet the next hour (or keep going up) and that I’d get sick. Well, it did drastically drop down to 92 at hour 4, but thankfully, I didn’t feel sick. I actually felt okay. I decided it was best to not eat again before bed and woke up this morning feeling fine at 82. But this just confirms what I mentioned long ago, that when you are hypoglycemic, overeating ANYTHING (yes, even meat if you are a meat eater) throws your blood sugar off. We hypoglycemics clearly need more often small meals/snacks as opposed to big meals. I’ve found that I can even get away with less than optimal things if I only eat a little bit. I’m lucky my system recovered as well as it did from my dinner binge, but I won’t do that again. But, it was interesting to see that even though 154 was too high at 3 hours, my blood sugar didn’t go way over 200 like it would have had I eaten a bunch of fat and flour.

Regarding the chest pains, which are gone now…thank God…if they start to be an ongoing issue, I may need to change what I’m doing and go back to a more moderate approach to carbs/fats/protein. Because of abuse I put myself through for many years when I was younger, my body is very sensitive to getting enough of everything. If I don’t get enough carbohydrate or protein, the chest pains return. I suspect that what happens is that if my carbs drop too much (which is not the case right now, but my protein intake HAS dropped quite a bit since I can’t have lots of nuts, seeds, and soy like I used to eat) my body starts burning the protein I eat as fuel instead of using it for maintenance and repair of tissue. The heart is a muscle, and it too can be fed from just like any other muscle, if your body is desperate…i.e. Karen Carpenter. I read a while back that if you are on a lower calorie diet, you need to eat a bit extra protein to make up for the fact you’ll probably use up all your carb/glucose too soon and your body will need to pull from protein/muscle. Now, I’m not trying to eat a low calorie diet, but a whole foods, low fat, vegan, gluten free diet tends to be lower in calories in general because it’s hard to shove in enough bulky volume. Now, that works great for overweight people trying to lose weight, but not so great for someone of my already small size.

If you are on Instagram, there are some great people on there to follow who are vegan and low fat. Some are more into raw fooding and some more into The Starch Solution/McDougall/Barnard/Engine 2 Diet, but many post great recipes and tips. Some of them, who are much younger than I am, have such healthy and wonderful attitudes, I admire them. I wish I was as balanced as they are at their ages. Heck, I wish I was as healthy and balanced as they are now at 48. Do a search for hashtags like: #starchsolution #carbup #rawtill4 #801010 #hclf #lowfatvegan #plantbased #highcarblowfat #engine2diet #chinastudy #potatostrong

Be well,

Atheria
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I’m trying to up my raw food intake.

I’m still doing really well on a very low fat, very high WHOLE carb, gluten free, vegan diet. I tested it yet again and ate a bunch of fatty peanut butter days ago. Within minutes, my heart started thumping harder than normal and I didn’t sleep well (not that I EVER sleep that great…but it was noticeable). When my alarm went off at 6:00 a.m. my blood sugar was clearly too low. I didn’t feel good, but thankfully, it was easy to straighten it out. For me, fats are definitely a problem. I can handle a little, if need be, but not a bunch of fat. I always had a problem with the listed serving size of "2 tablespoons" for peanut butter. Does anyone actually eat that small of an amount? LOL! I’m more of a 4 tablespoons or more person.

I’ve found a bunch of great starchivores (followers of The Starch Solution), Raw Till 4, 80-10-10, and The Engine 2 Diet people on Instagram. It seems that many are mixing Raw Till 4 with The Starch Solution, with great results. I have realized I eat too much cooked food, and am trying to increase my raw intake where I can. I replaced this morning’s 1st snack/meal with an orange, banana, and a dose of soy protein powder…instead of my normal rice/quinoa hot cereal with soy protein powder and actually felt even MORE stable blood sugar wise all morning. My 2nd snack/meal (of a typical 6) was an apple. I’ve not felt very hungry today. Lunch was more typically starchivore (red skinned potatoes, fat free "refried" beans, and raw spinach). Snack/meal #4 will be a banana or two. Dinner will be starchivore. Before bed…not sure yet…but I have to admit last night’s snack of brown rice with a mushed up banana, stevia, and cinnamon was REALLY good.

I have to add that although I’ve been addicted to steamed kale for a while now, my newest addiction is steamed collards! Love them both!

I’m getting more and more excited that my system is healing, and that I’ve found THE answer. It’s annoying that eating out is SO hard as a low fat, gluten free vegan, but there are more important things…like health and feeling good. At least I save $$$ by not eating out hardly ever! If you get bored, you can pop into my Instagram account where I’ve posted photos of me hugging a potato and such. LOL! http://instagram.com/atheria444

Carb up!

Atheria
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Pancakes called me…and I had to answer the call!

Keeping in mind that in general, I’m eating (and doing really well on) a WHOLE foods, gluten free, low fat, vegan diet…when I started craving pancakes two days ago, I wasn’t sure if I should even risk it.  Flour products are not great for people with blood sugar problems.  I eat maybe one slice of rice bread every few months, if that.  But, pancakes wouldn’t get out of my head, so what was a hypoglycemic to do?  I decided to put my “low fat eating is the key to controlling blood sugar” stance to the test.  It was time to put my money where my “it’s fat in the diet that causes blood sugar problems” mouth is.  So, I went to my favorite health food store (conveniently just down the street from my current apartment), Sprouts, and bought a box of Arrowhead Mills gluten free baking mix.  This morning I used a half cup of the mix and added a bunch of cinnamon (since cinnamon helps prevent blood sugar spikes, supposedly, and I love cinnamon), one dose of soy protein powder (22 grams of protein, give or take), and water to make a batter.  The mix has no fat in it and I didn’t oil the cast iron skillet I used to cook the pancakes in.  I kept the batter a bit too thick, so my pancakes didn’t look “pretty” and fell apart when I flipped them, but I was more concerned about taste.  I’m not a cook.  Have I mentioned that?  I have started fires trying to cook up hummingbird food and ruined numerous pans simply cooking vegetables in water.  It’s bad.  LOL!  Anyway, I topped the pancakes with homemade peach jam (made by a coworker) that yes, was full of sugar, and also poured some agave nectar on top.  In theory, I had created a blood sugar nightmare.  I felt energetic and good, but did worry if my blood sugar would suddenly freak out.  (By the way, they were yummy!)  I nervously checked my sugar at the one hour point and was thrilled that it was a wonderful 116!  I really feared 200+.  At hour two I checked again, and it was perfect at 106!  Even I couldn’t believe it!  Now, I’m not going to eat stuff like this regularly, but it’s nice to know I can treat myself occasionally.  I can guarantee you that if I had added a bunch of margarine or something else fatty to the pancakes I would not have done so well.  Here is a picture of my creation.

Vegan Gluten Free Pancakes

It’s interesting, but I am actually losing my taste for fatty food.  For me to say that, is shocking.  I am someone who used to go through a one pound jar of peanut butter every 3 days and would eat vegan mayo out of the jar!  Because my weight has dropped slightly, I ate some Starlite Chicken Style Taquitos last night to shove in extra calories.  There was oil in them, and although the basic taste was good, the oiliness was blechy…and I felt slightly nauseous later.  Then, a little while ago for my snack before bed, I finished off some remaining tahini with an orange and banana and didn’t love the fatty tahini (glad the jar is finally gone) and now my heart is thumping hard like my sugar is off a little. Ugh.  The only reason I ate it was to try to get weight back on.  Tomorrow I’ll definitely eat low fat and will just eat more yams, rice, beans, and fruit instead of fat for more calories.

Carb up!

Atheria

 

Protein is important in the morning.

I know that many in the vegan community feel that protein is very unimportant, but I have never been one of them.  Long before I developed hypoglycemia in November 2010, I always started my day with a dose of some type of protein powder (usually soy, but sometimes pea or rice…with rice being a lesser choice) with whatever else I ate with it.  It just made me feel better.  It was also a nice safety net just in case I didn’t eat great the rest of the day.  Now, I did usually pay attention to what I was eating in general, but occasionally I probably didn’t get enough of something (which is why I also take vitamins/minerals).  But since I developed my sugar issue, it’s been made clear to me that I really do need a dose of 22-24 grams of protein as part of my 1st of usually 6 feedings a day.  I am more likely to be unstable blood sugar wise all day if I don’t get a good dose of protein first thing in the morning.  A fellow hypoglycemic friend at work has noticed the exact same thing and when she travels, she brings protein powder a blender with her to make shakes.  Right now, non GMO soy protein powder is the one processed thing I eat.  And I’m not giving it up.

And since I’m talking about protein, I came upon these great sounding gluten free pastas by Explore Asian that are bean based.  A serving has 24-25 grams of protein and only 2 grams of fat.  I’ll get some when I run out of rice pasta (which I don’t eat often).

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Eating lots of unprocessed carbs without fat and eating enough protein is going well.  I feel SO much better than how I felt during my brief foray into less carbs and more fat.

Be well,

Atheria

Carb up!!

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When am I going to learn?!  The answer to that is finally NOW.  I was doing so well on low fat, high carb McDougall…except for constipation (which has been a lifelong battle, but worse on very low fat)…but got bored with the food and let low carb, high fat/protein people and articles get to me and I messed myself up.  I stayed vegan, but cut my carbs to not excessively low, but lower for me (I’d guess about 90-100 grams a day).  I added fats back in and upped my protein via but butters and tofu.  In terms of my blood sugar control, I have two options:  high whole carbs with very low fat or lower carbs with fat.  Usually, if I mix fats with a lot of carbohydrates, my blood sugar control really freaks out.  Anyway, I thought I was okay for a few days despite the fact I was gradually losing energy and felt starving all the time (wasn’t losing weight but felt unsatisfied and hungry most of the day).  But, after 3 or 4 days of a pseudo vegan Paleo diet, I went to bed and woke up in the middle of the night not feeling good.  I checked my sugar level and it was low enough that I had to pop a glucose tablet.  I waited a while and checked again and my sugar still wasn’t up enough, so I ate a banana.  That seemed to work, and although I couldn’t sleep as I had the side effects of going too low (feeling panicky and having diarrhea), I was able to make it until it was time to get up for work and eat breakfast.  Thankfully, the hypoglycemic attack wasn’t super severe, but it scared me enough I went back to lots of carbs immediately and instantly got energy back and felt stable and better.  I’m guessing that I had been gradually depleting my glycogen stores for days and then once I finally wiped them out I got sick.  It’s clear that my body requires a lot of quality carbohydrate to run well.  I don’t know how the heck those people on really low carb diets do it.  I wasn’t even super low carb and felt like crud!  I have learned my lesson, though, and am staying McDougall with some raw food.  I’ve even been able to eat glycemic potatoes lately, which is great!

Potato-ly,
Atheria

Jack Sprat & the Dangers of Low Blood Sugar

Today’s post is going to be all over the place. :-)

I was sent this article on Healthline titled “The Effects of Low Blood Sugar on the Body” and I feel it’s important information that should be passed onto my readers. Too often I’ve encountered the attitude that low blood sugar isn’t that big of a deal unless you are a diabetic who has taken too much insulin. That couldn’t be further from the truth. When my hypoglycemia was at its worst years ago, I felt like I was dying, I looked like I was dying, and each and every horrible low blood sugar attack I had (sometimes numerous a day) put my body through so much stress, I really do think I could have died during any one of the major episodes. During a severe NON DIABETIC hypoglycemic attack, my blood pressure skyrockets, my heart races so bad I feel like I’m on a triple dose of amphetamines, my entire body goes pin-prickly numb, I can throw up nonstop, and have diarrhea all at the same time. That’s in addition to the uncontrollable shaking, dry mouth, “seeing spots”/lightheadedness, weakness, panic, etc. More than once, while living alone, I came very close to passing out. And, odds of someone finding me in time were slim. Having hypoglycemic attacks put an enormous amount of stress on your body, and I’ve heard the lack of glucose in your blood can cause some brain damage if it happens too regularly. The article linked above points out valuable things like why alcohol is not a hypoglycemic’s friend. The severe attack I had on Black Friday, 2010, after a very low protein, high glycemic vegan Thanksgiving dinner the night before was caused, in large part, by the extra wine I had drunk that night. I was normally a 1, maybe 2 glasses of wine person, but that night I got carried away and had a lot more than usual because of the festive holiday. The alcohol, mixed with white potatoes and pasta, did me in. I really do miss a little wine (and margaritas, cosmos, appletinis, etc.) and every 4 months or so I’ll try a LITTLE bit to see how I do. I reacted extremely bad to even a TINY bit for a long time and gave up for a while, but had a bit recently and did okay. I can attribute that to the fact that I do work so hard to eat well, in general, and keep my sugar stable overall. And, as I’ve mentioned before, the better job you do of keeping your sugar stable, the more stable it gets over time.

Jack Sprat could eat no fat, his wife could eat no lean...

Jack Sprat could eat no fat, his wife could eat no lean…

“Jack Sprat could eat no fat…” is my new theme song/rhyme. I have stubbornly tested it and tested it, but my body’s reaction to fat in the diet now is like I’m allergic to it or something. Because eating a very low fat, whole foods, organic (working toward going organic as I have heard one too many pesticide/GMO horror stories lately), gluten free, vegan diet can be boring as all get-out, every once in a while I’ll let someone get to me who swears I’m going to die from a fat or protein deficiency…or that I’m dancing with the devil for eating brown rice and sweet potatoes as a hypoglycemic, and I’ll try cutting back on carbs/starches while increasing fat and protein. Well, every single time it backfires and my blood sugar freaks out and starts seesawing up and way down and then up higher than the first peak and back down. When I start swinging I feel horrible and then panic/anxiety starts to show up. At this point in the game, my body’s blood sugar control mechanism has clearly let me know that it does not like or want fat (my intestines disagree, but they’ll have to deal) in my food. I always wondered why when I was feeling “off” and would eat a slice of bread with a bunch of no sugar peanut butter I’d feel worse, not better. Other hypoglycemics swear by peanut butter spread on something when they feel shaky. What is interesting is just how my body has morphed the past 4 years. When my endocrine system first blew, I needed way more protein than normal and way less carbs to feel okay. Now, high protein/low carb makes me have zero energy and I experience lots of low blood sugar episodes. I seem to need a steady supply of whole food carbohydrates (not flour products) to keep my energy levels up and my blood sugar up.

I got daring last night and decided to push the limit and see what my body would do. (I am a walking laboratory.) For a snack before bed, I ate some brown rice that I mixed a coworker’s sugar-filled, homemade, luscious peach jam into, along with some cinnamon (because cinnamon is supposed to help stop blood sugar spikes). I wanted a dessert, gosh darn it! My diet has been so boring, I couldn’t stand it anymore. :-) Anyway, I checked my blood sugar at the 30 minute mark and 60 minute mark because although I felt good, I did fear I’d shoot up into the 200s. At 30 minutes, I was only 113, and at 60 minutes, a fine 127! I ended up having a very stressful night with one of my cats at the emergency vet until 1:25 a.m., but even under stress and being very tired from a stressful week at work, my sugar did not crash at all. I was able to come home, go to sleep, and got up in the morning feeling fine. I can guarantee you that if I had added oil or peanut butter to that mixture, I would have ended up feeling sick. Now, am I going to keep trying to get away with things on a regular basis and eat white potatoes mixed with sugar mixed with dates and a bunch of caffeine? No, I’m not, but the improvement in how my body processes glucose is dramatic as long as I stay away from fats. I would highly recommend Dr. Neal Barnard’s book on how to treat diabetes with a low fat, quality vegan diet. Although it doesn’t work for everyone with blood sugar problems, just reading the reviews gives one hope…and it’s clearly helping me.

Until next time,
Atheria

Giving up didn’t last long…back to McDougall with MAYBE more fruit

The last time I posted I truly was “done” with trying to juggle all of my body’s food limitations. Sadly, and exhaustedly, I went back to animal products for a brief time, but just couldn’t stick with it. It was 4 years ago yesterday, Black Friday, that my endocrine system blew and I was initially forced to quit 16 years of veganism because my newly developed hypoglycemia was so bad and out of control. It’s super hard to just “forget” my love of animals and just how bad for you animal products are (dairy linked to breast, ovarian, and prostate cancer…for example).

I cannot deny that a fatty diet is just not good for my body’s blood sugar control, so I’m back to a MWL (maximum weight loss) McDougall Diet for the most part. Now, I’m not doing MWL to lose weight, but that version of Dr. John McDougall’s diet uses only whole foods (no flour, processed anything, etc.) and if you are hypoglycemic or diabetic, whole, natural food as God made it is the best way to eat. I’ll probably have gluten free pasta or a slice of rice bread occasionally, but it’ll be a rare event…rice bread especially. Gluten free bread tends to make by blood sugar skyrocket. It’s VERY glycemic. That’s the sucky part of being gluten free. Sprouted wheat bread actually affects my blood sugar much better due to being lower glycemic, but I cannot have wheat. I was accidentally “glutened” weeks ago at a vegan restaurant and ended up with stomach pain. (Another weird symptom of my gluten intolerance is that gluten causes painful, bloody, scabby sores up my nasal passages.)

A diet where I am not careful at all about fat intake causes my blood sugar to go up, then down, then up, then down (and possibly a third time) after eating a meal. The seesaw effect makes me feel cruddy. When I stick to low fat, quality whole food, my sugar goes up after eating and comes down and that’s it…like it’s supposed to. And, as long as I don’t eat processed stuff, it comes down at the right speed and doesn’t plummet quickly. At home, I’m strict about fat, but when eating out (which I don’t do that often at this point) if there is a little fat in my vegan food, I’m not going to stress myself out. I seem to be able to successfully handle a little here and there, as long as it doesn’t happen constantly.

Because of a friend’s fruitarian 80-10-10 success, I’m going to try to eat more fruit today instead of so much acidic beans and rice or beans and sweet potatoes (sweet taters are alkaline, but the beans aren’t) and see how I do. It’s a Saturday, so if I get wonky, it won’t affect my job. I have no intention of going full hog fruitarian, but I am reading about some shockingly good success stories with 80-10-10 (low fat fruitarian) and diabetes. Here most diabetics are told to avoid fruit, but fruit is healing some people. I tend to lean toward the more tentatively conservative approach though when it comes to any sugar, even all natural fructose. I’m going to try this, also, because Fred, my breast fibroidenoma that has been around since I was 17 (yes, I named the lump)…may be a little larger than he used to be. So, I’m a bit concerned. I think it’s best if my diet is as healthy as possible. Going all organic would be a good idea too, but the cost gets me every time. The last time I tried to go 100% organic, my food bills tripled. It’s aggravating that eating healthily costs so much more than eating at fast food joints.

Now, this is just a theory, but it does make sense. I’m wondering if I do better blood sugar wise on a very high carb diet because as someone who tends to be a carb burner, when I eat a more mixed diet with higher protein and fat, I naturally eat less carbohydrate and end up depleting my liver’s glycogen stores? Since your liver releases glycogen to get your blood sugar up if it gets low, if I accidentally get low on glycogen there is nothing to pump into my blood to boost me back up and then I get symptoms of low blood sugar. With how I’m eating right now, my reserves are at full capacity all of the time. I know that even if I cut back on carbs a bit (90-100 grams a day) I just don’t feel stable. Now, for someone on Atkins, 90-100 grams of carbs is actually high, but for me, that is definitely lower. I seriously don’t understand how people on low carb diets have ANY energy. I feel weaker and without much stamina/energy on 90-100.

So, I’m carrying on trying to juggle vegan, no gluten, hypoglycemia, digestive issues, bone density issues, and a breast lump. It’s SO much fun, NOT! Oh yeah, and there is the 19+ years long constant head pain from severe whiplash…but…that doesn’t respond to food at all. Everyone has their issues, and I’ve just got to accept mine and figure out what works the best to control them. I think I’m pretty darn close.

Happy Holidays,
Atheria