Hypoglycemia

Hypoglycemia (low blood sugar levels) can be caused by one or a combination of things such as:

  • Not eating enough of the proper foods to maintain a steady blood sugar level
  • Eating the wrong kids of foods
  • Eating to much at any one given time

If you don’t eat enough, your blood sugar will drop too low and if you eat too much a tone time and/or eat the wrong types of foods, your blood sugar can rise and then suddenly drop. Rather than relying on sugary, starchy, processed foods and three large meals every day, people with hypoglycemia need to use high fiber, complex carbohydrate and high protein foods in smaller, more frequent meals and snacks.

Symptoms of Hypoglycemia:

  • Tiredness, weakness
  • Aches, pains
  • Shortness of breath
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Poor memory
  • And many others

These symptoms can vary widely in both type and severity. Some people are greatly incapacitated while others are only bothered midly.

What You Can Do:

  • Modify your diet and eating pattern
  • Use proper portion sizes
  • Avoid large portions or food items

Foods to AVOID

  • Sugar
  • Corn Syrup
  • Rice Syrup
  • Honey
  • Molasses
  • Syrup (Maple and Fruit)
  • Candy
  • Cookies
  • Cakes
  • Pies
  • Pastries
  • Muffins
  • Ice Cream
  • Milk
  • Pudding
  • Frozen Yogurt
  • Jello
  • Jam/Jelly
  • Alcohol
  • Soda
  • Regular Coffee/Tea (Caffeine)
  • Chocolate
  • Potatoes
  • White Rice
  • Macaroni/Noodles/Pasta
  • Spaghetti
  • Dried Fruit
  • Grapes
  • Figs
  • Dates
  • Plums
  • Grape Juice
  • Prune Juice
  • Bananas
  • Cream Soup (if made with flour)
  • Cream Sauces (if made with flour or corn starch)
  • Gravy (if made with flour or corn starch)

GUIDELINES To Follow

  • Avoid prepared foods with sugar, corn/rice syrup or words ending in ‘ose’ in their ingredient list.
  • Avoid artificial sweeteners (Nutrasweet, aspartame, Sweet&Low, Equal, saccharine).
  • Avoid foods made from refined carbohydrates (white, bleached or enriched flour).
  • Avoid sweetened condiments such as ketchup, BBQ sauce, relish, sweet pickles, sweet and sour sauce.
  • Limit starchy vegetables: corn, peas and shucked beans. Avoid vegetable-protein meat substitutes.

Foods to ENJOY

  • Wholegrain breads, cereals, crackers made with little and no sugars
  • Fresh fruits and vegetables not on the avoid list
  • Decaff coffee and tea
  • Club soda and seltzer
  • Water
  • Brown rice
  • Whole grain pasta
  • Raw nuts
  • Unsweetened nut butter
  • Organic poultry or meats
  • Fish and shellfish

It is essential to work with a nutritionist and an Integrative M.D. because I am sharing general information that is not intended to be medical advice. This information is only given for informational purposes.