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Dealing with What Life Hands You

Sunday, January 11, 2009

Well, here it is a new year, and already new challenges. Just before the new year I found out that I have reactive hypoglycemia. I had been getting headaches a couple of times a week and I would get shaky, tired, irritable, not to mention my depression would flair up. My doctor had me take a glucose tollerance test and I found out that I have reactive hypoglycemia. All of my symptoms were from my blood sugar dipping low. I talked with my father and found out that he had the same thing for 10 years or so before he developed diabetes. I do not want to go down the same path my father has had to go down. Instead of just rolling over and saying "Oh Well" I decided to deal with it. I have read many books and articles. I have joined the hypoglycemia group and I am working with my trainer. It turns out the diet she wanted me to follow is actually really good for my hypoglycemia. When I thought back to my eating in my food tracking section and when I had my symptoms it all started to make since. Before I was watching my calorie intake and excersicing, but I was letting too much time go between meals. I was also having too many processed carbs without protein. When I was eating more frequently and paring the carbs with protein I didn't have symptoms. (Which is what my doctor recommends for me.) Now, I am eating every 2 1/2 to 3 hours, working with my doctor and my trainer, eating clean, using vitamins and supplements, and exercising regularly. I must say that I feel much better already. I plan to stick with it because I don't want things to go back to where they were and I don't want to end up like my dad.
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