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#1 Pyro

 
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Posted 13 April 2011 - 07:26 AM

Carb intake is my major enemy in having a quality life. Trying to get in a proper amount while keeping symptom free has been a massive headache for years and it's finally getting better but I'm still kind of clueless how to maintain some kind of stability.

When I start doing whatever it is (running out of glucose? glucose getting trapped in the blood stream?) I start getting really tired, irritable, sore & fairly immobile, and very depressed. Then if I eat and can digest the right carb everything clears up almost immediately and I'm a completely normal vibrant young man again. It's a Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde kind of thing and I KNOW for a fact it's the blood sugar or something really close.

The big problem is that it doesn't always work and sometimes it will just make me sick. Luckily, scarfing down 5 Kind Bars yesterday did the trick. But they don't always work and I find it frustrating to have my carbs come from something like a bunch of health food bars or a big bottle of tea saturated with honey while other people just do the obvious thing and have a good carb with every meal.

I've tried a LOT of different things and will give a list hoping that someone sees a pattern:

All grains are out. Brown rice & oats were making me sicker than a dog and literally forming bricks in my stomach. Normal rice is pretty much the same but I might try it out in very small amounts again. To me anyway, it's a joke when people call brown rice a health food.

Yams, sweet potatoes, pumpkin, and squash (except zucchini) usually dry me out, make me sweat, stink, and make me feel bloated. Normal potatoes are no good for me.

Bananas are sometimes fine but sometimes make me constipated and kill my joints. Apples are sort of the same but they usually make me extremely hot and too hyper.

Strawberries burn my stomach too much, but blueberries & blackberries are sometimes okay if they don't make me too bloated. Dates & figs are also pretty unpredictable, and are more likely than the other fruits to cause what I think is a candida flare up. Lara Bars (mostly dates) almost always flare me up.

All beans make me impossibly tired and constipated for a long time.

Honey sometimes does pretty good, sometimes dries me out, but is just a strange ingredient to live on.

Taking digestive enzymes & a regular probiotic with any of these doesn't seem to have much effect.

It all seems to boil down to how much energy is devoted to my digestive system or maybe my gut flora needs more balance. I'll regularly eat peas and carrots but these don't seem to be enough to fuel any kind of hard labor. There was a period where I worked my way up, and my energy was stable for like three weeks (seemed like heaven) but I just can't seem to find out what I did which is really frustrating. I've been so desperate to get back to a normal balance (of course we all are) and that's get very important now with the start of my career.
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#2 alex11602

 
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Posted 13 April 2011 - 07:34 AM

If it is in fact your blood sugar, it sounds like it may be and you should check it when you feel like that to be sure, the best thing is to keep your sugar levels stable. Having a protein source with your meals will help with that or if you aren't big on a real breakfast having a small bag of peanuts (if you can have them) should help. For me in particular that one bag would give my sugar the stability that it needed as long with eating a balanced meal for dinner. If you any questions, just ask. Good luck to you.
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Posted 13 April 2011 - 07:48 AM

Holy cow, I am so sorry I have nothing to offer you. Protein is a big thing, I am living on PB now when my sugar gets weird. Apples and grapes are good for me too. I also need to buy stock in string cheese LOL

I hope you start to figure stuff out!!
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Posted 13 April 2011 - 10:05 AM

Carb intake is my major enemy in having a quality life. Trying to get in a proper amount while keeping symptom free has been a massive headache for years and it's finally getting better but I'm still kind of clueless how to maintain some kind of stability.

When I start doing whatever it is (running out of glucose? glucose getting trapped in the blood stream?) I start getting really tired, irritable, sore & fairly immobile, and very depressed. Then if I eat and can digest the right carb everything clears up almost immediately and I'm a completely normal vibrant young man again. It's a Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde kind of thing and I KNOW for a fact it's the blood sugar or something really close.

The big problem is that it doesn't always work and sometimes it will just make me sick. Luckily, scarfing down 5 Kind Bars yesterday did the trick. But they don't always work and I find it frustrating to have my carbs come from something like a bunch of health food bars or a big bottle of tea saturated with honey while other people just do the obvious thing and have a good carb with every meal.

I've tried a LOT of different things and will give a list hoping that someone sees a pattern:

All grains are out. Brown rice & oats were making me sicker than a dog and literally forming bricks in my stomach. Normal rice is pretty much the same but I might try it out in very small amounts again. To me anyway, it's a joke when people call brown rice a health food.

Yams, sweet potatoes, pumpkin, and squash (except zucchini) usually dry me out, make me sweat, stink, and make me feel bloated. Normal potatoes are no good for me.

Bananas are sometimes fine but sometimes make me constipated and kill my joints. Apples are sort of the same but they usually make me extremely hot and too hyper.

Strawberries burn my stomach too much, but blueberries & blackberries are sometimes okay if they don't make me too bloated. Dates & figs are also pretty unpredictable, and are more likely than the other fruits to cause what I think is a candida flare up. Lara Bars (mostly dates) almost always flare me up.

All beans make me impossibly tired and constipated for a long time.

Honey sometimes does pretty good, sometimes dries me out, but is just a strange ingredient to live on.

Taking digestive enzymes & a regular probiotic with any of these doesn't seem to have much effect.

It all seems to boil down to how much energy is devoted to my digestive system or maybe my gut flora needs more balance. I'll regularly eat peas and carrots but these don't seem to be enough to fuel any kind of hard labor. There was a period where I worked my way up, and my energy was stable for like three weeks (seemed like heaven) but I just can't seem to find out what I did which is really frustrating. I've been so desperate to get back to a normal balance (of course we all are) and that's get very important now with the start of my career.


The best way to keep blood sugar stable and happy is a protein source, like the others have mentioned. Carbs will just make blood sugar unstable, if you have a pre-existing problem. From the reactions you have described, I would recommend you be screened for diabetes....really. Blood sugar should be stable without too much effort and if it isn't, there's a problem. For now, can you stick to fish, chicken or lean meats and veggies that work for you? Throw in whatever other carbs that do agree with you and see what happens?

It sounds like you may have multiple food allergies/intolerances so you may need to have some testing done to figure out what you can eat successfully.
I'm sorry I can't be of more help and I hope you get back on track again soon but please consider diabetes screening and allergy testing...they may help figure out what is going on. All of the foods you are having problems with contain sugar...some of it's a healthier source of sugar but it's sugar all the same. Diabetics sometimes have trouble with these foods or have to eat them in moderation. Good luck and hope you feel better soon!
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Posted 13 April 2011 - 10:11 AM

Thanks for the pointers, but I already eat a ton of protein. Lots and lots. Up to like 1lb to 2lbs a day of lean meat, and maybe a protein shake on top of that. Nuts, sometimes, but again too many will make me sick. My metabolism is very high, but my digestion can't keep up. So the amount of nuts I can normally have before everything starts going south is usually not enough.
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Posted 13 April 2011 - 11:22 AM

Thanks for the pointers, but I already eat a ton of protein. Lots and lots. Up to like 1lb to 2lbs a day of lean meat, and maybe a protein shake on top of that. Nuts, sometimes, but again too many will make me sick. My metabolism is very high, but my digestion can't keep up. So the amount of nuts I can normally have before everything starts going south is usually not enough.


Along with the protein are you getting enough fiber???
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Posted 13 April 2011 - 11:53 AM

I try but don't particularly pay attention to how much. Most meals are a big bowl full of veggies with a chunk of meat on top, and only protein drinks are eaten without a vegetable to go with it. I know I could do better but it's hard with your usual market fare. Chinese markets have a lot more variety but they are too far to go to regularly. Even frozen veggies (which I usually subsist on) seem like the same 6 things in 50 different combinations with gluten or cheese thrown in many of them just for kicks.
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Posted 13 April 2011 - 12:15 PM

I wonder if organic blue agave might help you. It's a low glycemic organic sweetener and looks like syrup. I have a bottle from Wholesome Sweeteners both at home and at the office. I use it in my coffee every day and we've used it in lieu of sugar in baking and cooking. It treats me far better than regular sugar does, which kicks my blood sugar into the stratosphere immediately and then makes it free-fall after a while. This blue agave stuff elevates the blood sugar level gently and maintains it far longer. We get two bottles at a time from CostCo.
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Posted 13 April 2011 - 01:15 PM

Thanks for the pointers, but I already eat a ton of protein. Lots and lots. Up to like 1lb to 2lbs a day of lean meat, and maybe a protein shake on top of that. Nuts, sometimes, but again too many will make me sick. My metabolism is very high, but my digestion can't keep up. So the amount of nuts I can normally have before everything starts going south is usually not enough.



WOW! If you are eating that much protein and still having blood sugar issues, there is something else going on. You may want to include a thyroid panel, along with diabetes testing. I wouldn't put this off because you may have a serious underlying condition. God knows, Celiacs have their share of thyroid and diabetes problems. I am not trying to be all gloom and doom but most Celiacs have other autoimmune problems and you may also. I hope you get to the bottom of this soon!
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Posted 13 April 2011 - 07:02 PM

i second Gemini big time!

you're eating a lot of protein- you should feel pretty stable. i only get that shaky hypoglycemic feeling if ive only had carbs all day. i exactly have to have protein &/or fat with every meal.

you do need to get things checked with your doctor- to see if there's any other conditions- like Gemini said- autoimmune diseases like to come in clumps. my first thought with your post was Hyperthyroid... sounds like you eat a lot but are always hungry & weak, maybe shaky, maybe dizzy??? please get your thyroid checked.

maybe also look at Diabetes 1 too?

as far as all the food lists you posted- you probably have additional food intolerances. i think you should look at the FODmap diet- i, myself have problems with many of the foods on that list- and i believe brown rice is sometimes on that list because it has more fructose?? white basmati rice is much more suitable for me

good luck and please get checked by your doc
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no biopsy (insurance denied)
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Posted 14 April 2011 - 05:53 AM

sounds like you eat a lot but are always hungry & weak, maybe shaky, maybe dizzy??? please get your thyroid checked.

Yep! For sure, and it can get to the point where it's flat out embarrassing. I'll definitely get something set up with my doctor soon.

As for the agave, I'll consider trying it again but vaguely remembering something being wrong with both it and tequila.

EDIT: I looked up diabetes type 1 symptoms and on that particular website I had like 98% of them. I've sort of suspected this before but am the type that tries to treat things myself and keep it at a holistic/grassroots sort of thing. But obviously now would be the time to just get some help. Especially since my feet are getting blue more often & nothing really has helped yet! What I've really been afraid of are the medications and what they'll do, but now I see that things can be taken one step at a time and at least getting tested will help. But I'll be damned if they zap my thyroid!!
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Posted 14 April 2011 - 08:12 AM

sounds like you eat a lot but are always hungry & weak, maybe shaky, maybe dizzy??? please get your thyroid checked.

Yep! For sure, and it can get to the point where it's flat out embarrassing. I'll definitely get something set up with my doctor soon.

As for the agave, I'll consider trying it again but vaguely remembering something being wrong with both it and tequila.

EDIT: I looked up diabetes type 1 symptoms and on that particular website I had like 98% of them. I've sort of suspected this before but am the type that tries to treat things myself and keep it at a holistic/grassroots sort of thing. But obviously now would be the time to just get some help. Especially since my feet are getting blue more often & nothing really has helped yet! What I've really been afraid of are the medications and what they'll do, but now I see that things can be taken one step at a time and at least getting tested will help. But I'll be damned if they zap my thyroid!!


I agree with your approach on doing things yourself and sticking with more natural solutions but sometimes you have to go to the AMA people, as I refer to them. I dread it myself as they use nuclear solutions to problems and that can be freaky. I know some people have had success with dietary changes for hyper-thyroid but the diet is so incredibly restrictive, I know I would have my thyroid nuked before doing that. :blink: Relax, if you can, and have some basic testing done on your blood sugar and thyroid. These are just blood tests so you can start out slow. But have them done because you could be headed for a meltdown.

I passed out once from a sugar reaction and I am not diabetic. It was not long before the meltdown occurred with Celiac and my blood sugar was unstable from being malnourished. It ain't pretty and was very scary and left me weak as a newborn kitten. All is well now that I am gluten-free and have my thyroid under control. Please keep us informed and stay positive....you'll figure it out with some testing.
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Posted 18 April 2011 - 07:04 PM

I I know some people have had success with dietary changes for hyper-thyroid but the diet is so incredibly restrictive, I know I would have my thyroid nuked before doing that.

what do u mean "so incredibly restrictive" that you'd rather be nuked?? so far, ive only read up to avoid wheat & soy... and of course caffeine- that's hardly as restrictive as my Celiac, Fructose Malabsorption, & other intolerances including Legumes & Corn
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no biopsy (insurance denied)
6/2010- Enterolab Gene Test:
HLA-DQB1 Allele 1 0302
HLA-DQB1 Allele 2 0302
HLADQ 3,3 (subtype 8,8)
7/2010- 100% Gluten Free
8/2010- DH
10/2010-Hypothyroid dx-> 12/2010 Hashimoto's dx + 1/11- Graves dx :(

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Posted 19 April 2011 - 09:22 AM

what do u mean "so incredibly restrictive" that you'd rather be nuked?? so far, ive only read up to avoid wheat & soy... and of course caffeine- that's hardly as restrictive as my Celiac, Fructose Malabsorption, & other intolerances including Legumes & Corn


No wheat, dairy, soy, caffeine, alcohol, any goitro-genic veggies, and I know I am missing some but would have to talk to the person who did this. She is in the dental field and admitted that the diet was horrible to follow. The no red wine would be the deal breaker for me.

I think some people get overly anxious about certain medical treatments and some, while not on my list of favorite things to do, would not be ruled out if I had dietary restrictions like the above. I know a number of people who had their hyper thyroid treated using radioactive means and it was successful and they have no lasting ill effects. It went quite smoothly, as a matter of fact. I manage all my restrictions well but wish to have no more. Sometimes the more natural means of treatment do not work so you have to use conventional medicine. You can always restrict yourself right out of the ballpark, if you choose, but I personally would not do that. I am thin enough without making it vastly harder to keep the weight on. Using radioactive treatment to counter hyper thyroid is far more welcome than suffering from hyper thyroid itself...been there, done that, no thanks! :blink:
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Posted 19 April 2011 - 10:17 AM

I used to pass out from low blood sugar all the time and have spent most of my life on a blood sugar roller coaster. I also had many Diabetes Type 1 symptoms, but every time I asked the dr they said I was fine. I've also been tested for thyroid stuff and MS repeatedly, but always came back barely in the normal range.

Especially when I was a teenager and when I was pregnant, I had to eat protein snacks every hour or two to keep things at all normalized.

Now that I have been on the GAPS Diet and eliminated all grains (along with most sugar), I no longer have these problems. I can go for hours between meals without blood sugar spikes and dips. My favorite thing is I no longer get up to pee all night long!

You might look into it (in addition to getting tested for thyroid and diabetes issues) and give it a try.
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