21 Jan What is in your way? QOTD: Low Blood Sugar
On February 4th we are launching a national Engine 2 Challenge! 100’s of Whole Foods Markets will be participating and offering classes, meals and more. We will be offering free eBooks for the challenge level you choose as well with new meal plans, shopping lists and recipes.
To prepare for the challenge, we are asking questions every day on Facebook to get you mentally prepared. One of the recent questions was: “What is in your way to becoming plant-strong?”
So we are going to be answering those questions and concerns right here on the blog through the entire Engine 2 Challenge!
We will start with Kristen:
For me, it’s the blood Sugar thing…working as a massage therapist, my sugar drop quickly! I’m fine with no meat, but whey protein & hard boiled eggs are quick sources of protein I can have between clients (busy chiro office), & those 2 things (along with shakeology & kind bars) are what seem to help prevent the shaky blood sugar drop!
Blood sugar is an interesting topic. We’d first encourage anyone who thinks they are having low blood sugar to get a blood sugar monitor to see what their sugar is actually dropping to. Often it is not low blood sugar that is the issue. If you have low blood sugar it is best to tal to your Doctor, as low blood sugar can be a very serious condition.
Next, we would encourage you to read this great article by Dr.McDougall on low blood sugar: http://www.drmcdougall.com/med_hypoglycemia.html
From the article: “The disruption and removal of fibers from plant foods, through the processes of refining, causes the blood sugars to drop low enough to cause symptoms. For a simple example, if a whole apple is ground into apple sauce, your pancreas will produce more insulin in response to your eating the apple sauce than it would if you ate the whole apple. This greater quantity of insulin can lower your blood sugar down to the levels of hypoglycemia within a couple of hours. This response is further exaggerated if the disrupted fibers have been removed to make apple juice. Grinding of whole grains, such as brown rice, into rice flour will cause a similar increase in insulin response with exaggerated falls in blood sugar levels. Thus, it is important not only to eat vegetable foods, but, for a few very sensitive individuals, to eat those foods only as nature provided them–unprocessed, complete with all their fibers.
The second mechanism involves the many kinds of fats that are introduced so generously into the American diet. These fats inhibit insulin function, causing “insulin resistance.” With poorly functioning insulin, the blood sugar levels rise too high. As a consequence of the high sugar more insulin is produced, finally catching up and surpassing the body’s needs. This excess insulin soon drives the sugar to hypoglycemic levels. This paralysis of insulin function is seen with adult-onset diabetes and hypoglycemia.”
The key being that is important to eat WHOLE food to help control blood sugar levels.
A few things you can do:
Make sure breakfast fills you up. Have a giant bowl of rolled oats and fruit for breakfast. We’re not talking about one of those wimpy packets of oatmeal, but a good portion.
Take healthy meals to work with you. We love new potatoes (even cold) with hummus, whole fruit, vegetables, brown rice and beans, salads, soups. Don’t think of it as snacking, but including extra meals in your day. The only guideline is to eat until you are comfortably full.
Processed foods like you mentioned above (kind bars, shakeology and whey protein) and high fat/high protein foods are just going to make the issue worse for you. In the short run you might feel temporary relief, but over the course of the day you are just exasperating the problem.
Stick to whole, plant-based foods and more frequent meals. And most importantly, structure your day in a way that you can eat and be healthy.