Dr. Neal Barnard and Dr. John McDougall are right!

I pushed the limits this morning to see if eating very low fat truly is the cure for hypoglycemia and diabetes by making very high sugar (I actually added agave nectar to my peach jam that a coworker made with regular sugar) pancakes.

I tested my blood sugar 1, 2, and 3 hours after eating and feared my sugar would spike up into the 200s and plummet fast, making me sick. But, nope! I was at a shockingly great 126 at 1 hour and 124 at 2 hours! I dropped to 86 the 3rd hour, but had walked down to Sprouts Market and carried a heavy bag full of food home, which burned up some glucose I’m sure. I felt totally fine at 86. I used no fats in the pancake recipe or in the pan to cook them. If I’d used oil my blog sugar would have seesawed all over the place. I’m sold. High carb, low fat vegan for the win!

I’ve actually been trying “Raw Till 4″ occasionally and am doing great on days I eat all low fat raw food until dinner. Just now my lunch was some bananas with cinnamon wrapped in lettuce leaves. Now, I’m not “smashing it in” and eating 10 bananas with dates at a time, but eating until comfortable. I’ve actually noticed my blood sugar feeling MORE stable on fruit than on cooked starches, not that I feel horrible on cooked. I just don’t seem to have that underlying unsatisfied feeling.

I found this local gluten free bakery that makes awesome, low fat, vegan tortillas! There IS a god! LOL! They are actually soft like wheat flour tortillas. All the other gluten free ones I’ve tried were dry and crumbly. Here was yesterday’s raw lunch and cooked dinner.

I truly feel back on the road to normalcy and am grateful for the progress I’ve made through trial and error. I had a year later follow-up DEXA scan on Friday and am praying it shows that I’ve built bone, not lost more. I really want to be able to prove that daily yoga works for bone density building!

Carbohydrately yours,
Atheria

Well, THAT didn’t last long!

I’m heading back to a mixed vegan diet that is very low in fat and high carb already.  I can’t stick with all raw.  For one thing, I love starches.  For another, the fattier diet is starting to cause me to gradually not do as well blood sugar wise (including not having as much energy).  It’s subtle, but I’m noticing it.  And, I cannot do all raw AND low fat.  I just can’t do it.  I need more substance.  When I’m raw I end up eating quite a bit of nut and seed butters, oily dressings, etc.  What I will TRY to do, though, is eat a decent amount of fruit and raw veggies with my cooked grains, potatoes, yams, and beans.  I was watching a vegan cooking video at work today that was shot last week for the employees.  The chef, who has lost 30 lbs. so far by eating vegan, based his recipes on Dr. Fuhrman’s “nutritarian” approach to being vegan.  Dr. Fuhrman believes in getting the most nutrients for the calories you eat, which means eating A LOT of fruits and vegetables.  The video reminded me why eating low fat is so important.  Fats are basically empty calories with no real nutrition.  Why waste calories on oils?  I’d rather eat a yummy yam!

I will also say that although my cruddy digestive system is a bit better eating all raw, it’s not great by any means.  I’m still struggling.  I was hoping raw would cure it, but, nope. :-( Probiotics aren’t helping either.  It’s very frustrating!

So, back to a higher carb, lower fat, cooked and raw diet…trying to make sure I eat more fruits and vegetables than I tend to eat when cooked.  For some odd reason, in the past when I’d be on a cooked diet, I wouldn’t eat that many vegetables.  Naughty vegan!

Peace,

Atheria

The accidental raw foodist. Is that something like the accidental tourist?

As I complained about in my previous post, juggling more than one health issue…and trying to treat them via diet…is hard.  Often, what helps one issue bothers another!  But, I think I’m onto something.  In my case, I’m dealing with hypoglycemia and increasingly bad IBS.  (Many hypoglycemics have IBS or other digestive problems I’ve been told.  In my case, my digestive woes have existed since birth.)  While my blood sugar was doing well on a McDougall/Engine 2/Esselstyn type very high cooked carb, very low fat, whole foods diet, my digestive system mutinied big time.  It got unbearable, and occasionally embarrassing.  So, where do I go from there?  I’m not willing to quit being vegan again, but I cannot eat tons of beans, potatoes, rice, etc.  So, where I went was back to raw food.  I didn’t really do it on purpose, but since cruciferous veggies are also majorly bothering my digestive tract, and I only eat them cooked, I started eating raw lettuce and such as my veggies.  There is no argument that my body DEMANDS carbohydrates in sufficient quantities or my blood sugar cannot maintain itself and I get lower and lower and lower until I get sick.  So, I replaced rice, yams, potatoes, beans, etc. with fruit.

Because I also need a bit more protein than others seem to need, I have been continuing with my dose of vegan (soy, currently) protein powder first thing in the morning.  So, will I ever be 100% raw?  Probably not.  But, mostly raw is making a BIG difference in my digestive tract (as long as I don’t overdo veggies…they are harder on me) and despite the fact I’m eating a lot more fat (averaging 1/2 cup of nut/seed butters a day plus oily salad dressing and occasional other fats) my blood sugar is doing fine.  I’m erring on the side of caution and moderating how much fruit I eat at one time, and I’m trying to have some greens/lettuce with both lunch and dinner for less sweetness.  To be honest, I can already see that I’m probably going to gradually cut back on fats.  I found this article from 2008 about Steve Pavlina’s low fat raw experiment that changed his diet forever.  Note the part about how he couldn’t get his blood sugar to go too high no matter how much fruit sugar he ate and that his sugar stayed stable.  http://www.stevepavlina.com/blog/2008/02/raw-food-diet/ – I also noted how when he ate cooked vegan, he was acidic, but was alkaline on raw.  I have a bone density issue and really need to get my body to stay alkaline.  Yes, I should give up acidic coffee, but I’m just not willing to.  So, I plan on counterbalancing it with lots of fruit and veggies. :-)

Something I’ve noticed already is that on fruits, vegetables, nuts, seeds, peanut butter (not raw and technically it’s a bean), tahini, etc. is that I don’t feel hungry all the time.  When I was doing McDougall, I felt unsatisfied and hungry a lot.  I was always looking at the clock trying to rush my next meal.  I was always thinking about food.  I’m not doing that now.  A friend commented, after seeing my 3rd meal (I eat something 6 times a day still) of bananas, peanut butter, and plain lettuce that she’d pass out if she ate like me, but I feel GOOD.  I am really, really, hoping I’ve found the answer.  I actually feel freer too.  I was stressing out about going out and being able to find McDougall friendly food, but now it’s easy to find salads and fruit because I don’t have to obsess about oils in dressings and such.

I was mostly raw in the very late 1990s/early 2000s and did fabulously well until I overdosed on WAY too much fat and started to have gallbladder issues.  So, yes, I do need to make sure I watch my fat intake and gradually lower it.  I doubt I’ll go super low fat, but eating a diet of 50% fat isn’t good either.  I side benefit is I don’t have to cook all the time!  I got so tired of cooking potatoes, rice, etc.!

Whirled peas,

Atheria

Juggling more than one issue is hard!

One of these days I’m going to accept the fact that a fatty diet is not good for me.  You’d think I would have listened to spirit’s advice the last time (see post before this one).  But, when you are juggling more than one health issue, it’s hard to find a way of eating that works for everything.  What helps one issue, irritates another.  It’s very frustrating!

No FatsNot long after my prior post about the Engine 2 Diet, I couldn’t take my increasingly bad digestive woes one more minute and cut way back on beans, potatoes, and rice and ate more fruit while adding in a lot of fat in the form of peanut butter, tahini, nuts, and vegan mayonnaise.  I’ve had problems with my digestive tract since birth, but it was getting much worse.  The only thing I could think of to do was get rid of most cooked starches, especially beans, and cut back on cruciferous vegetables.  I also thought that MAYBE eating very low fat was adding to my constipation part of the equation (besides horrible bloating and gas with occasional nausea and pain).  Not only did a mostly raw, fatty diet not fix the problem, it backfired regarding my anxiety issue (related to hypoglycemia), strength, energy level, and blood sugar.  Thankfully, my blood sugar hasn’t been horrible, but I’m not feeling as stable either.  I have become very noticeably tired and weak feeling.  It’s weird.  And, I’m starting to feel underlying anxiety again, and I’d not had that in quite a while on a high complex carb, low fat diet.  I will admit that my digestive system improved some, but nowhere near enough to make it worth it to keep eating this way.  I’ve got to go back to an Engine 2 or Starch Solution type diet immediately.

IBS-digestiveI’ve tried probiotics and enzymes before and didn’t notice much improvement, but I’m going to pick up some probiotics tomorrow.  I may not have taken them long enough with past tries.  I got horrendous food poisoning in mid December 2009 and have had worse problems ever since.  I think good bacteria was killed off in my gut that has never recovered.  I was diagnosed with IBS in 2010 or 2011 and later found out that many, many hypoglycemics have digestive problems, along with being intolerant to gluten.  I should probably switch to lentils as opposed to pinto and black beans too, as supposedly they are easier to digest.  I can’t give up legumes totally as I do need a decent amount of protein to feel good.  I also need to chew my food better as digestion starts in the mouth.  In macrobiotics they teach you to chew each mouthful 50 times before swallowing.  Now, I don’t have the patience for that much chewing, but it wouldn’t hurt me to stop gulping down my food half unchewed either.

I’d like to quickly mention that my hair shedding hasn’t changed any on a fattier diet, so I wasn’t “fat deficient” before.  And, actually, my daily shedding is totally within the normal range of 50-100 hairs a day.  It’s just that my hair is longer right now than it’s been in quite a few years, so it looks like more hair lost than it really is when you count the strands due to the length.  I’m actually quite inspired by people on YouTube who are eating a high carb, low fat vegan diet and noticing that their hair is growing better than it did on the Standard American “SAD” Diet.

The mind/body connection is real, so it would be a good idea to tune in and listen to what my blood sugar, chronic pain (from a neck injury in 1995) that refuses to budge, and digestive problems are trying to say.  I love Louise Hay and this site mentions her view of what triggers diabetes (hypoglycemia’s sister disease):  http://self-healingsecrets.com/965/diabetes-and-self-healing/ – I just found this site that has the spiritual/emotional reason behind a whole bunch of health problems:  http://paganspath.com/healing/ailments.htm

Be well,

Atheria

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