View Full Version : Does Hypogycemia get better on RAW?
05-09-2007, 07:59 PM
I suspect that it does, like many other conditions, but if some of you have personal experience, I'd love to see it. I have a friend at work who says she "has to eat meat because of the protein boost " she gets.:rolleyes:
05-09-2007, 08:18 PM
I'm kind of thinking I have/had hypoglycemia or something along those lines. It seems to be getting better lately though. I have gravitated naturally toward eating most of my fruit in green smoothies of late. It seems to have really helped. I eat about 4000 calories a day right now so being able to have sweet fruit like bananas without reacting badly really helps...plus I love fruit. By the way, my green smoothies are very green (ex: 5-6 large bananas, 14-17 cups kale) That, in fact, is my usual breakfast. Bee pollen would increase protein as well.
I haven't really been of much use... but I hope I have helped in some way, however small.
best to you in your healing. :)
05-09-2007, 08:18 PM
I really think it depends on what you eat. If you eat a ton of bananas and dates and little else, they'll have problems.
When people tell me they need to eat meat, I usually believe them. I think every body is different. Meat makes me feel bad. Really bad! But that's me. My husband and a friend of mine both get really horrible to be around if they don't get meat almost every day. I can manage to give my husband a vegetarian meal maybe once a week. Two days in a row? You don't want to be near him. He gets so crabby and snappish.
Now it's also possible that those people who claim to need the meat are lacking in some sort of vitamin or mineral. My husband also salts the heck out of everything he eats. It's painful for me to watch him because I don't put salt on most of my foods, and when I do it's nowhere near the amount he uses. My naturopath said people who crave salt need more iodine in their diet. And I've read that salt cravers are really dehydrated. Hard to say in the case of meat. My mom says I ate a lot of it when I was a toddler. Like a pound or two at a time. I don't really remember. I also know that I have food allergies that went undiagnosed until fairly recently. So it could be my body's way of telling me to eat something I was not allergic to. I also believe some of us are more in tune with our bodies than others.
In the case of your friend, you could point out to her that things like nuts, nut cheeses and sprouts are high in protein and won't cause blood sugar problems.
05-09-2007, 08:19 PM
It has for me!
I find I do well when I favor juicy fruits over very sweet or dried fruits.
Also, I eat lots of veggies.
If I know it's gonna be awhile before I can eat again, I have something with a little fat in it...like carrot sticks with avo dip or nut butter. Or a couple of pecans ande apple slices.
Spicing your goodies with cinnamon helps. So does using stevia as a sweetener, more so than honey. Agave is also lower on the glycemic index than honey.
I eat/drink smoothie meals 5-6 times per day, and I try to only eat what would fit in my hand, so my tummy doesn;t get overloaded with food, and it can digest quickly. However, the frequent mini meals really help my blood sugar remain stable.
I have much more energy now than when I wqas eating meat daily, and this has helped my blood sugar stabilize while purging many other issues of imbalance from my body,
Stick with it and you'll be telling similar happy stories, very very quickly!
05-09-2007, 08:34 PM
I do not know if I was hypoglycemic, but I had experienced pre-diabetic symptoms for a couple years. These included sweats, sore feet, lethargy, crashes after meals, dark colored and foamy urine, thirst, frequent urination, etc...
Being aware of this, I bumped up my protein intake as my (simple) understanding of this was that protein would balance it out. I ate lots of protein. I ate lots of meat. I did this for a couple years, and the only way I had it even slughtly under control was by eliminating as many carbs as possible it seemed.
When I was diagnosed with high cholesterol I learned that diabetes, high cholesterol, high blood pressure, heart disease and kidney disease were are inter-related, as they are all vascular diseases. I decided to combat both the cholesterol and pre-diabetes since they were likely related and possibly even from the same source.
When I went to a vegetarian diet that matched the daily intake recommendations of the American Heart Association at a 1,000 calorie reduction to induce a 2 pound/week weight loss, my pre-diabetic symptoms started going away. I then went vegan, then raw vegan. I have had none of these symptoms for almost 3 whole months now, while previously I lived with them daily.
I eat fruit for breakfast, usually an apple, banana, pear and maybe one other fruit. That's it. I do not have a crash between breakfast and lunch at all. That is how well I am doing now. Had I tried that before changing my diet 3 months ago, I would have been a total zombie after eating that kind of breakfast.
So while I can not directly praise raw for these symptoms going away, raw is a big part of keepng them away. I feel even healthier since going raw, and since going raw I feel I am less succeptible to natural sugars than before being raw. When I was doing the vegetarian and vegan thing, I was restricting my sugar intake and trying to keep it high fiber. Since going raw I simply eat raw and keep a variety of things that I eat daily to reap as much nutritional benefit as I can. I have abandoned counting calories and comparing ratios of protein to sugars and fiber. None of that matters now.
That is my story anyway. It will not be the same for all I am sure. I know my father who is type 2 diabetic would not be able to eat the breakfast I do without having trouble. But then again, he is not raw so who knows?:confused:
05-09-2007, 08:40 PM
My dad and I are both type 2. So is my brother. They are also bigger than I am and both of them seem to be able to do the carbs better than I can. But then we all have additional health issues aside from diabetes. Alas, there are over 300 variations of diabetes, yet they tend to lump us all into type 1, type 2 or GD. I suppose it would be too expensive and time consuming to sort us out any more than that unless they have to. And there might be no point to it.
05-10-2007, 09:21 PM
Thanks, all, for your great input. I'm going to send all this to my co-worker. I don't have significant health issues to deal with, but I sure think this raw way of living is wonderful! No wonder so many folks get so much better this way. Thanks again!
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