i've been feeling so much better lately and decided to add a few more carbs to my diet. I've been careful about what I eat for about 6 months now and i've improved quite a bit.
I'm getting tired of eggs everyday for breakfast so I thought I would add some plain oatmeal. What a mistake! After I ate it on saturday I didn't feel too bad until evening. I tried it again yesterday and felt terrible all day.
I find it's not just the total carbohydrates for the day but how many I eat at a time. I just can't cope with too many, especially at breakfast. Even if I eat fruit in the morning (1/4 of an orange or apple) by late afternoon I am having symptoms.
I think I might do better if I try some carbs with dinner. They don't seem to effect me as much then, I don't know why. I usually feel the best and have the most energy after I eat breakfast and after dinner. I guess everyone is different.
Oatmeal, as i've read, can be disastrous for most hypoglycemics, but for a few it's okay. The hai diet, in fact, mentions you should never try it at first and then only in very small amounts if you want to test it. What you said is true, it's not just the total carbohydrates, but also the amount you eat at once, i've also noticed this. That's why you find a satisfactory level and stick with it, it's so the pancreas gets used to it and then you build on that level very, very slowly, perhaps even going so far as adding only 5 extra grams per week to your diet. Also what you say is a great way to adjust. When I begin to experiment, that's the first thing I thought of doing, adding carbs not from the beginning of the day, but from the last meal possible. The reason is that your body by the end of the day has more energy stored up so any lows that would normally feel pretty bad earlier in the day are eliminated because the body quickly normalizes the sugar level with available reserves. That's why they don't effect you as much. Plus, after the body gets active, by the end of the day it's ready to eat more carbohydrates. I've noticed that it seems best to eat the majority of your protein in the early hours and then have a little more carbohydrates later in the day, say from the fourth meal on.
Diana, glad to see you're doing well. Does this mean the 5-htp is working for you? I'm starting to look for new ideas for breakfast too. I've been playing around with homemade smoothies but they seem too heavy to me. Have you considered other grains besides oatmeal?
thanks for the input. I think I will try more carbs later in the day and in very small amounts. That makes sense that your body stores more energy by the end of the day. That's why I feel better if I don't exercise first thing in the morning but wait until later.
Yes, I think the 5-htp has been working well. I seem to feel more satisfied with the food I eat and I think i've been eating less with more time in between. I've been sleeping great too. I was feeling so much better until the oatmeal just messed up everything! It doesn't pay to get overconfident. It was the long cooking, steel cut type with lots of fiber too. I think I might try 1/2 piece of whole wheat bread at dinner or maybe a small sweet potato. Any other suggestions?
I drink smoothies often, I use unsweetened soy milk, plain yogurt, berries of some type, and some whey protein powder. I usually drink one before I workout and it seems to carry me through.
Another good point, I never exercise until later in the evening too, usually no earlier than 7pm. I wouldn't try that much bread at once, perhaps, though it sounds pathetic, 1/4 a slice at most, waiting five days after trying it to see if anything happens.
what carbs are best to add back to a diet for hypoglycemia? I know I need to start slowly and be careful of the amounts and check for reactions. I think that carbs with fiber are the best for you and go into your system more slowly.
I think if you want to try carbohydrates, I myself believe brown rice would be best. I need to research it, but that was where I intended to begin. Buckwheat may be very good as well, you could try that too and eat very, very small amounts of it for, say, three of the last meals of the day. Then, be sure to wait five days to see if it does anything. If it did, step it back and try again and wait again. That way you can see how steadily to increase the intake. Those would be my first picks. Or maybe try some more fruit like an apple in small amounts.
Hypothesis: maybe it wasn't the carbs in the oatmeal, but rather the gluten? I am not officially gluten-intolerant, but I don't tolerate well anything with gluten, so maybe... Well, only an hypothesis! :wink:
Some people think that, and it's easy to test for if you want to check it out. Most hypoglycemics find though, that they test negative. I did. Oatmeal doesn't actually contain gluten, so if you eat organic you should be okay.
Reply to how to tell if you are gluten intolerant.
Blood test called a "celiac profile" is sent off to Mayo Clinic by your doctor; but if you are eating gluten-free already it won't be accurate. The best way to find out if you are gluten intolerant is to go totally gluten free for a week to 10 days and see how you feel. I found this to be totally accurate even though I had the celiac profile and carry 2 celiac genes. Dr. Oz even says the way to find out is to go gluten free for 10 days and note the differences. I lost all joint pain, fogginess, depression, and gained energy within the first week of going gluten free! Keep a look out for other autoimmune disorders, also, because you tend to have more than one.
Supposedly the current one is not entirely accurate, so you can't really test for gluten sensitivity. Such a test is done through bloodwork and can be very expensive. The typical test is done through a gastrointestinologist, and they pretty much have you poop in a cup and look at it. There may have been some bloodwork too, but I had so many tests back then I can't remember.
Thanks for the info. I was more curious than anything else.
Btw, I got brewers yeast from twin labs. It has chromium, selenium and a bunch of other good things than I can't remember right now. I was torn between that and lewis labs brewers yeast. What kind do you use?
I was searching for oatmeal and hypoglycemia. Here you are, same problem as I've had today. I ate oatmeal hour before tennis and I almost passed out. The rest of the day was horrible...
One thing I found which makes sense is that HYPOGLYCEMICS DO NOT TOLERATE COOKED STARCH!!!! (baked also).