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Reactive Hypoglycemia: Fix It With Fat!

Reactive hypoglycemia can be a nightmare! I knew it was for me when I was first diagnosed. At first, I didn't know what I could do to solve the problem or to deal with it. I thought, "What can I eat?"

I know diet is key, but I don't really have a formula to solve my problem; and my doctor didn't help me much. They just want to put me on drugs that make me sick to my stomach and send me on their way. I mean, we all know the importance of doctors, and I appreciate what they do, but how many times do they just go through the motions? Run the test, set the medicine!

Well, no doctor helped me! So I have to help myself, which is nothing new because I am a 4-year survivor of cancer and used to use diets and supplements as a way to optimize my health. So, I started researching, talking to dieters, personal trainers and bodybuilders. I learned about low carb diets and Ketogenic diets, and from diets I learned about the importance of fat in treating various types including Reactive Hypoglycemia.

Now, don't run anymore because I call you fat. Fat has had a bad rap over the years, but can really benefit you when consumed with the right diet. You see, your body burns carbohydrates first, then fat, then protein ... and we know that Reactive Hypoglycemia is basically a reaction to carbohydrates, especially simple carbohydrates. In short, with Reactive Hypoglycemia, you eat carbohydrates and 1 to 4 hours later your body absorbs excess insulin and causes your blood sugar to drop. It certainly comes with all kinds of fun symptoms like dizziness, anxiety, tremors, cold feet, pounding heart, and so on.

So, after learning this, I decided to dramatically lower my carbohydrates and add more fat! I started eating more bacon, red meat, peanut butter, cheese, coconut oil, butter and heavy cream. Remember, if your body does not have carbohydrates to use as a source of energy, it will use fat.

Not only do I reduce my carbohydrate intake, but when I eat carbohydrates, I only eat complex carbohydrates and I eat them with fats ... caffeine and alcohol. Eating these things is important for you to gain control of Reactive Hypoglycemia.

For example, in the morning for breakfast, along with my egg white and cheese dishes, I would eat a quarter bowl of oats with butter, heavy cream, coconut oil and some blueberries. The combination of these fats with carbohydrates slows down my body's absorption rate and keeps my blood sugar levels from spiking. This in turn will keep my insulin levels from spiking and cause Hypoglycemic episodes.

In the end, I learned that eating small, regular meals is very important. I also learned that eating a low carb diet, and a high fat, fiber and protein diet are key to living a "normal" and active life again. It took me a while to adjust. At first my energy levels were low and I was tired, but within a few weeks I was adjusting and having my new diet system up to science.

As a disclaimer, I am not a doctor, but I am a person who has been reactive to my Hypoglycemia naturally through diet alone. If you are starting a new diet, I always recommend consulting your doctor first. Also, as you begin, keep a food journal and remember that if you are physically active and exercise or are lifting weights, your diet should take into account that. Stay focused, determined and hopeful!


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