Me being who I am…I tend to start pushing the envelope regarding how much my body can take when I’m doing really well. It’s not an intentional thing. It just gradually starts happening and I nudge "the line" out further and further. I have been doing well on a mostly raw food regime with only moderate fruit intake, a lot of fat, and one big salad per day. Well, I’ve been doing well blood sugar wise, anyway. My digestive system has not totally cooperated, and the past few days I’m getting some stomach pain (like right now) and IBS has still been an issue, usually leaning more towards the constipation side. How someone can still struggle when she’s living on fruits and vegetables and nuts and seeds is beyond me!
Anyway, I ended up with blood sugar problems last evening because I tried to get away with too much yesterday. I’ve been having wine more regularly…almost daily. I have started skipping some of my 6 meals or eaten later than I should. And, I got this free grande skinny vanilla latte made with soy milk yesterday from Starbucks, which contained extra caffeine. So, all of a sudden, after not eating all of my "meals", having excess caffeine (with sugar), and also having some wine…my body said, "Okay, we’re done." I ate a banana to get my sugar up, and that worked for a while, but then I started to have that horrible panicky feeling kick in, my intestines let me know something was wrong (usually it’s one of my first symptoms of low blood sugar) and I felt VERY unstable like I was going to get REALLY sick if I didn’t so something. My sugar was up at that point, but I just felt really brittle. So, I knew I had to "lock in" my blood sugar level so it didn’t suddenly drop a huge amount of points. I ate cashews, walnuts, and some toasted soybeans. I knew I needed protein, some fat, a little carbohydrate, and SLOWLY digesting food. Thank God, it worked, and I was able to finally fall asleep. My sugar was good at 91 this a.m.
I will admit that I’m occasionally feeling carbohydrate starved eating the way I’m eating. And I suspect my glycogen stores are depleted. Although I’m not super low carb by any means, I am eating noticeably less carbohydrate than I had been eating. I’ve even had leg weakness a little bit. But, my fasting numbers have been good, and I don’t seem to spike as high after eating. So, I’m not sure exactly what to do. I will say that eating the way I’ve been eating has been easier in terms of finding food when I’m out and about. My intuition is telling me, though, that I’ve gone too extreme again. Pfffffft!