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I keep having sporadic issues with hypoglycemia, they come and go, and it's really a pain. At first I thought it could be diabetes, so I was tested for it, and no issues. Doc said that hypoglycemia issues here and there are pretty par for the course being gluten free. The trick, and what I seem to be failing at, seems to be finding a gluten free snack food that will keep my sugar from crashing between meals and overnight. Anyone have any suggestions? Nuts seem to work pretty well, but what else? Anyone have any pointers?

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For me, fiber.

If I eat lots of veggies throughout the day, and fibrous legumes-it helps.

I also had to take it easy on grain based products and eat nut flour based sweets/breads. And I cut my sugar by 3/4.

Protein with every meal. Nuts were ok, but not as good as animal protein.

I was having swings in glucose levels. When I'd dip low I'd need 12 Ghiradelli semi sweet chips to stop the cravings and set my glucose.

Starting a workout routine helped most of all. Even walking - anything, really.

And finally, you may have adrenal issues and/or thyroid issues.

My doc says hypoglycemia can be a warning something is brewing. Not that hypoglycemia is a precursor, but that it's one of many signals that things are happening behind the scenes. A warning, so to speak, to fix things now before they get worse.

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I keep having sporadic issues with hypoglycemia, they come and go, and it's really a pain. At first I thought it could be diabetes, so I was tested for it, and no issues. Doc said that hypoglycemia issues here and there are pretty par for the course being gluten free. The trick, and what I seem to be failing at, seems to be finding a gluten free snack food that will keep my sugar from crashing between meals and overnight. Anyone have any suggestions? Nuts seem to work pretty well, but what else? Anyone have any pointers?

Make sure your meals have a good amount of protein.  I find if I have too many carbs in my meal and not enough protein, I get shaky.  For breakfast I have oatmeal and two eggs.  If I just had cereal I would have an issue, so I always make sure there is protein included.  When I have enchiladas with chicken and rice for dinner I have problems too because there isn't enough protein in my enchilada.  Same for spaghetti.   I keep pistachios on hand and they usually help.  Lunch meat rolled in cheese slices for lunch always keeps me satisfied.  You can also add red onions and tomatos.  Good luck!  

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Yep, I major on protein too, at each meal, with plenty of veggies and not too much carbs. I like to have one starchy veg like sweet potato, parsnip, rutabaga etc. That reduces my need for snacks somewhat.

I eat nuts, pumpkin and sunflower seeds, pine nuts. I do ok with dried fruit, but I know not everyone can. It is better for me if I have fruits with nuts or seeds.

I have massively reduced sugar intake too.

Slices of meat are good, and cheese if you are ok with that.

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