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TACDGB
Posts: 6,015
8/15/12 1:19 A

I am hypoglycemic and I noticed it when I would get dizzy spells. Since I stared eating a low carb high protein diet my blood sugar is more normal. Once in a great while I get a low blood sugar issue and that happens even if I have just eaten.



CYPHER7
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8/15/12 12:50 A

Shaky, sweaty and loopy (where I feel like I've taken one of the non-non-drowsy allergy pills), that's what I get when my blood sugar drops.

It actually happens much less often now that I've changed my eating habits, it part because I do eat smaller meals throughout the day. And now, if I know I am going to be out and about for a while, I try to be prepared with some healthy snack to tide my over.



EARTHTONED84
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8/14/12 10:39 A

I become shaky, nauseous, drained of energy, my legs feel wobbly. I have learned that for me, I have to eat 5 small meals instead of three large meals.



MACKENZIE963
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8/12/12 6:00 P

I'm diabetic now and I've found the thing that works best to keep my energy up is staying within my portions of all the food groups for each meal, keeping them small & supplementing with snacks.

For me blood sugar spikes can happen if I eat too much at once, particularly too many white carbs and simple sugars like fruit. After a spike, the blood sugar plummets.

I thought I needed to eat bigger meals to keep myself from getting hungry before next meal.

Turned out, the bigger meals, caused bigger spikes, causing bigger crashes. Vicious cycle.

I'll actually be better off on a small, nutritious meal with lots of complex carbs & lean protiens than I am with big meals. My energy will last longer, even if I end up skipping a snack.

For my metabolism, it's the small but consistent stream of fuel that keep my energy going.

I love cooking too; but I just don't load my plate anymore. I eat slowly, savor, and then I have more later for snack, or lunch the next day.





MPLANE37
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8/12/12 4:23 P

I think a lack of energy happens when one is replacing junk or high glycemic index foods with whole foods. The body is used to a sugar high, and anything less is treated as "low", even though it may be still higher than the normal, healthy range.

When I was dropping ice-cream and cookies, I experienced such problems. But after more than a year of practicing healthy eating (portion control + whole foods - no ice cream/cookies), I don't feel any low energy or low blood sugar any more. I also almost never get too hungry unless I skip a meal, which used to be a big problem for me in the past.



PENGUINSRBEST
Posts: 353
8/12/12 9:00 A

I have just started having this issue since I started improving my diet. My fasting sugars are significantly improved, but I must have a mid-morning snack or I am low by lunch. I am trying to "save" something from my breakfast (a piece of fruit) to have between breakfast and lunch to get me through the mornings.



MAGGIEMURPHY4
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8/12/12 8:33 A

Low blood sugar? For me I know when my sugar levels are low...I get shaky, nausea and feeling like faint. But I have Hyperglycemia. If you like to cook big meals that is great...but know ones says you have to eat them all in one sitting. I like to break out my meals so I am eating every 2-3 hours. Eating every couple hours has a lot of benefits. One it stabilizes your sugar levels so your not spiking and crashing. It also boosts you metabolism and your body uses them more efficiently and does not store them for "later."

If you feel better eating every few hours then by all means do so...Make your large meals, eat a portion of it and eat the rest of it later. Or make eat smaller portions and fill in the gaps with healthy snacks. It takes some time for our bodies to adjust to this healthy eating! Finding a balance that works for you is trial and error. If your fatigue continues, you should see a doctor about it as the previous poster stated.



WATERDIAMONDS
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8/12/12 8:03 A

When I first changed my food choices, I didn't run out of energy as much as I got headaches and felt sick to my stomach. Now that I've adapted to smaller meals, I don't have either symptom.

However, I'd suggest you monitor this closely, as low energy, headaches, etc., can sometimes indicate a need for diabetes testing. Not trying to alarm you, but if your energy-level issue persists more than a couple of weeks, you may want to talk with your doctor.

Had my symptoms not eased when they did, that's what I would have done, without question.

Best of success to you as you work your way back to good health.



CHICCHANTAL
Posts: 2,126
8/12/12 3:31 A

Something I notice increasingly is that I have no energy if I need to eat. Before I joined SP of course I was eating all the time, so this never came up. I do find I haven't much choice about meal times, it's at least 8am, 12 noon, 4pm, 7pm and sometimes a mid morning snack too, or I'm in trouble. The problem for me is that I would rather eat more big meals because I like cooking. Often my meals are more like snacks eaten on the hoof.

Anyone else get this?



 
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