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Hypoglycemia

June 15, 2011

Hypoglycemia“Cheri has helped me control by blood sugar levels on a daily basis no matter where I am. Whether I am out to dinner with friends or at a party with buffet style food, there are always food choices that keep my blood sugar levels stable. Cheri’s nutritional plan is unique to my body and lifestyle so I can go out and have fun without crashing from low blood sugar. Cheri informed and guided me through a realistic nutrition plan that has made me think and feel great!”

-Lauren age 21

Hypoglycemia and Diet

Hypoglycemia is a condition in which there is an abnormally low level of glucose in the blood. Symptoms include: blurred vision, being light-headed, cold extremities, heart palpitations, inability to concentrate, heachache, depression, nervousness, anxiety, quick temper, sweet cravings, night sweats, confusion, leg weakness and insomnia. Hypoglycemia is the result of a poor diet high in sugar and simple carbohydrates. People with hypoglycemia do best limiting carbohydrates to vegetables and fruits, and putting more emphasis on protein and healthy fats.

Reactive hypoglycemia occurs when blood sugar drops to abnormally low levels tow to five hours after eating a meal.

Fasting hypoglycemia occurs as a result of abstaining from food for eight or more hours.

Functional hypoglycemia can be inherited but is precipitated by a poor diet.

Diet

  • Protein with each meal or snack
  • Avoid all grains
  • Eat breakfast 30 Minutes after arising and not after 8 a.m
  • Have 3 balanced meals and snacks as needed; no more than 2 1/2 or 3 hours between meals or snacks
  • Have some protein with each meal or snack

Protein: Select grass-fed beef, salmon, wild meats, pastured poultry, beans, legumes, raw unsalted nuts and seeds, raw goat or cow cheese.

Vegetables: Select a variety of organically grown vegetables of all colors. When having potatoes, yams, sweet potatoes, carrots, corn, parsnips and beets, include a fat source like olive oil, butter, coconut oil or goat cheese.

Grains: Avoid all grains.

Fruits: Limit fruit intake to 1-2 pieces daily- never have fruit by itself. For example: bananas and almond butter, apples and cheese or peanut butter, oranges and almonds, cottage cheese and melon.

Fats: Coconut oil, olive oil, butter.

Natural sugars: Honey, maple syrup, evaporated cane juice.

Beverages: Avoid all stimulants like coffee and teas. Avoid alcohol. No juices.

Sample Day

Breakfast 7:30 to 8:00

1) Smoothie with coconut water, almond milk or kefir
½ banana
½ cup blueberries
Protein powder
2 TB goat yogurt

2) 3 eggs, yogurt bowl with apples, sunflower seeds and pumpkin seeds

Lunch 12:30 to 1:00

1) Turkey lettuce wrap with avocado, goat cheese, lettuce, tomato
2) Chicken salad with olives, tomatoes, feta, olive oil and vinegar
3) Salmon with roasted beets and kale salad with feta

Snack 3:00

1) Celery and hummus
2) Apples and peanut butter or almond butter or goat cheese
3) Protein bar
4) Cottage cheese and melon
5) Banana and almond butter
6) Oranges and almonds

Dinner

1) Salmon with roasted potatoes and green beans
2) Baked chicken breast with carrots, zucchini and salad
3) Grass-fed steak with broccoli and salad with avocado
4) Chili with avocado, cilantro and goat cheese
*For severe cases, another protein shake before bedtime may be necessary to stabilize blood sugar during the night.

Supplementation

1. B-Complex Plus

B-vitamins are essential for a healthy metabolism.

2. Pure Power Protein

This is the best grass-fed whey for blood sugar due the addition of chia seeds and MCT oil. It contains chia seeds that also help maintain blood sugar and hydration levels, along with being low in carbohydrates. A great 3:00 snack for leveling blood sugar in the afternoon.

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