My 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.