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#1 maelenebaby

 
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Posted 04 March 2011 - 04:15 PM

Id like to find out if there are other members who are hypoglycemic and gluten free as well? im finding it a struggle to eat every 1.5 hours and finding foods to eat while im limited.

what snacks or foods do you eat?
can you share meal plans?
are there members who eat rice and potatoes or doing low carb?

i feel overwhelmed and tired all the time any help i would appreciate!
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Posted 04 March 2011 - 05:33 PM

It's hard isn't it. I am hypoglycemic as well. The hardest for me is in the morning.

For snacks, I eat an insane amount of rice and corn chex. I make up a little trail mix with nestle milk choc. chips, the chex, marshmallows, raisins. I usually take a bag of that with me in my purse. Fruit is good or Jello or pudding, Lays Stax or popcorn or Mission Corn chips and Pace salsa. Cheese and an apple or cream cheese on a Mission corn tortilla.....etc...etc.

I always have something with me and if I need something else, I will stop and buy an orange juice.

It's very overwhelming at first but you will get the hang of it and it will become second nature
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Posted 04 March 2011 - 06:11 PM

It's hard isn't it. I am hypoglycemic as well. The hardest for me is in the morning.

For snacks, I eat an insane amount of rice and corn chex. I make up a little trail mix with nestle milk choc. chips, the chex, marshmallows, raisins. I usually take a bag of that with me in my purse. Fruit is good or Jello or pudding, Lays Stax or popcorn or Mission Corn chips and Pace salsa. Cheese and an apple or cream cheese on a Mission corn tortilla.....etc...etc.

I always have something with me and if I need something else, I will stop and buy an orange juice.

It's very overwhelming at first but you will get the hang of it and it will become second nature


Totally hard Im glad I found someone who can relate! Yes its hard for me too in the morning I have no appetite and have to force myself to eat. I also eat the rice chex, I get tired of eating plain rice and potatoes as my carb source how about u? Do you have to eat every 2 hours also?
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Posted 04 March 2011 - 07:22 PM

Yes, plain rice and potatoes gets old! Cream of Rice cereal is gluten free. It's pretty good. I add brown sugar and raisins to mine. Rice chex is good with cinnamon and sugar sprinkled on it and it makes the best marshmallow treats. I usually eat something every 3 hours. But in between that, I am always drinking something.
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Posted 04 March 2011 - 09:50 PM

I am in the same category. I've had hypoglycemia since I was 6 yrs old. It went the other way for a few years to Diabetes and the doctors think it was from my body fighting the Celiac. Now that I'm gluten free for almost 4 months, the hypoglycemia is back. Have to be careful when I exercise as my blood sugar drops into the 50's sometimes and I can hardly navigate. I eat every couple hours too. 5-6 small meals a day just to keep my sugars level. I found too that if I eat sweets or candy, it drops lower faster. Reactive hypoglycemia they call that. So I 'try' to not eat too much sugar but of course I'm only human and I eat it anyway... It's a pain in the xxx being hypo half the time. Do you get really sleepy and groggy after a low? If mine drops into the 50's I can hardly move the rest of the day.

Corn and Rice Chex with choc chips and peanuts is my bag o goodies to carry with me and an endless supply of glucose tablets. sigh

Fix one thing, bring on another... there is no rest for the wicked..!!! :)
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Posted 05 March 2011 - 03:52 AM

One thing that may help is making sure you are getting some protein when you eat a carb or a sugary food. A nut butter, cheese if you tolerate it, nuts or meat of some kind. The carbs will raise your blood sugar fairly quickly but without a protein it will also crash it back down pretty quick.
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Posted 05 March 2011 - 05:52 AM

I agree with the post before mine. As long as I have protein with my carbs I do fine. I always carry almond with me and it helps. I also have a tendency to over do it on sugar, but as soon as I eat some almonds it helps balance me out.
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Posted 05 March 2011 - 07:05 AM

I have to say, most of what's been posted here would make my blood sugar swing around like a roller coaster. Rice chex with sugar?! Ugh, I get a headache just reading that.

**Caveat - what I am posting below assumes reactive hypoglycemia as the topic, NOT diabetic hypoglycemia. While there is a lot of overlap, there are some significant differences.

Blood sugar goes up in response to carbs that are digested in the stomach/intestines and released into the blood stream, right? Well then:
* Very quickly digested carbs (sugars, simple starches) = Very quick rise in blood sugar
* More slowly digested carbs (complex carbs like beans, some whole grains) = Medium speed rise in blood sugar
* Fats, protein, fiber = Slow rise in blood sugar
* Larger quantities of either of these categories = larger total rise in blood sugar (obvious, I know)

Speed of the blood sugar rise (and, subsequent fall when insulin starts sequestering glucose in the cells) makes a difference in symptoms.

I would *highly* recommend balancing EACH AND EVERY meal with carbs, protein, fat, and fiber. Do this over a long period of time (days, weeks, months) and the body can gradually (sometimes) go longer and longer between eating, because you're balancing out your blood sugar levels. So, that may mean that rice chex is off the menu. These days, if the rest of my eating is good, I can sometimes get away with a bowl of rice kix, but I have to use coconut milk (for the fat) to help balance out its effect. (And it's before I teach a morning yoga class, where I'm about to use a good portion of that blood sugar increase anyway.)

Breakfast might still be toast (mmmm... Udi's!), but with generous amounts of peanut butter. Or a banana, but paired with an egg. Yesterday was fried rice (leftover rice, scrambled egg, frozen veggies) for me. Sometimes it's hot cereal - but millet grits (more protein/fiber than cream of rice) with flax meal (for more fat/fiber).

It takes some time thinking about how to balance ALL your meals, but the more balanced they are, the more space there is for *small* excursions out of balance.
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Posted 07 March 2011 - 04:42 PM

I am in the same category. I've had hypoglycemia since I was 6 yrs old. It went the other way for a few years to Diabetes and the doctors think it was from my body fighting the Celiac. Now that I'm gluten free for almost 4 months, the hypoglycemia is back. Have to be careful when I exercise as my blood sugar drops into the 50's sometimes and I can hardly navigate. I eat every couple hours too. 5-6 small meals a day just to keep my sugars level. I found too that if I eat sweets or candy, it drops lower faster. Reactive hypoglycemia they call that. So I 'try' to not eat too much sugar but of course I'm only human and I eat it anyway... It's a pain in the xxx being hypo half the time. Do you get really sleepy and groggy after a low? If mine drops into the 50's I can hardly move the rest of the day.

Corn and Rice Chex with choc chips and peanuts is my bag o goodies to carry with me and an endless supply of glucose tablets. sigh

Fix one thing, bring on another... there is no rest for the wicked..!!! :)


hi Jud3 yes I find I cant exercise either I get real shakey around the 70s. Im surprised you can let it drop that low I get real anxious If I did. Do you carry a meter? Glucose tabs are good but I think you need to eat a carb and protein afterwards. I do eat the rice chex thats pretty good for the morning it gets me by for an hour and a half. I talked to my dr today and she said with gluten we all have malabsorption and because of that it makes our blood sugar worse. She said once we heal, we will have better blood sugar control! that was awesome news to hear very promising what do you think?
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Posted 07 March 2011 - 04:44 PM

One thing that may help is making sure you are getting some protein when you eat a carb or a sugary food. A nut butter, cheese if you tolerate it, nuts or meat of some kind. The carbs will raise your blood sugar fairly quickly but without a protein it will also crash it back down pretty quick.



thank you ravenwoodglass, yes I eat a carb and protein at each meal but still find I have to eat every 1.5 hrs it sucks.
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Posted 07 March 2011 - 04:47 PM

I have to say, most of what's been posted here would make my blood sugar swing around like a roller coaster. Rice chex with sugar?! Ugh, I get a headache just reading that.

**Caveat - what I am posting below assumes reactive hypoglycemia as the topic, NOT diabetic hypoglycemia. While there is a lot of overlap, there are some significant differences.

Blood sugar goes up in response to carbs that are digested in the stomach/intestines and released into the blood stream, right? Well then:
* Very quickly digested carbs (sugars, simple starches) = Very quick rise in blood sugar
* More slowly digested carbs (complex carbs like beans, some whole grains) = Medium speed rise in blood sugar
* Fats, protein, fiber = Slow rise in blood sugar
* Larger quantities of either of these categories = larger total rise in blood sugar (obvious, I know)

Speed of the blood sugar rise (and, subsequent fall when insulin starts sequestering glucose in the cells) makes a difference in symptoms.

I would *highly* recommend balancing EACH AND EVERY meal with carbs, protein, fat, and fiber. Do this over a long period of time (days, weeks, months) and the body can gradually (sometimes) go longer and longer between eating, because you're balancing out your blood sugar levels. So, that may mean that rice chex is off the menu. These days, if the rest of my eating is good, I can sometimes get away with a bowl of rice kix, but I have to use coconut milk (for the fat) to help balance out its effect. (And it's before I teach a morning yoga class, where I'm about to use a good portion of that blood sugar increase anyway.)

Breakfast might still be toast (mmmm... Udi's!), but with generous amounts of peanut butter. Or a banana, but paired with an egg. Yesterday was fried rice (leftover rice, scrambled egg, frozen veggies) for me. Sometimes it's hot cereal - but millet grits (more protein/fiber than cream of rice) with flax meal (for more fat/fiber).

It takes some time thinking about how to balance ALL your meals, but the more balanced they are, the more space there is for *small* excursions out of balance.



Hi there ur post makes a lot of sense, So since I eat rice as my carb and meat, what should I add for my fat? I try to add avacados but they get expensive. Since I have rice chex for breakfast should I add coconut milk as well? I also make fried rice but cant have eggs what should I add for fats?
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Posted 07 March 2011 - 04:49 PM

Yes, plain rice and potatoes gets old! Cream of Rice cereal is gluten free. It's pretty good. I add brown sugar and raisins to mine. Rice chex is good with cinnamon and sugar sprinkled on it and it makes the best marshmallow treats. I usually eat something every 3 hours. But in between that, I am always drinking something.


3 hours? thats awesome you are very blessed! that is my goal to go 3 hours without eating maybe in time...
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Posted 07 March 2011 - 06:06 PM

I don't know if I am hypoglycemic or not, however, if I don't eat the right foods I get super shaky and sick. My morning are the worst-I actually eat more then half of my calories for the whole day in the morning. I usually eat left over supper for breakfast, or I have udis toast with a can of white meat chicken and cheese. Then about 30 minutes later I have to eat something again so I don't get shaky. By afternoon and night I am fine to not eat much at all. Is this what hypoglycemia is like?
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Posted 08 March 2011 - 06:42 AM

I don't know if I am hypoglycemic or not, however, if I don't eat the right foods I get super shaky and sick. My morning are the worst-I actually eat more then half of my calories for the whole day in the morning. I usually eat left over supper for breakfast, or I have udis toast with a can of white meat chicken and cheese. Then about 30 minutes later I have to eat something again so I don't get shaky. By afternoon and night I am fine to not eat much at all. Is this what hypoglycemia is like?


You really should go in and get tested and not just accept this and hope it will go away as you heal. If you get tested and find out you will have the info. and tools to better manage it and feel better. It may go away as you heal but better to know so you can better manage it 'till then.
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Posted 08 March 2011 - 11:19 AM

I don't know if I am hypoglycemic or not, however, if I don't eat the right foods I get super shaky and sick. My morning are the worst-I actually eat more then half of my calories for the whole day in the morning. I usually eat left over supper for breakfast, or I have udis toast with a can of white meat chicken and cheese. Then about 30 minutes later I have to eat something again so I don't get shaky. By afternoon and night I am fine to not eat much at all. Is this what hypoglycemia is like?


Thanks, I know I should get it checked. But doctors think I am crazy at this point so I think I will hold off. They just put me on anxiety medicine-they think I am over stressed and my symptoms aren't "real"
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