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Peeling the layers of a sugar disorder

Wow, how silly am I... here I thought that because I had reversed my diabetes II that all of my sugar battles had been won.  How wrong was I?   Little did I know that I needed to also continue to stick to a hypoglycemic diet.  I had been so focused on my new plan that I lost site of balancing my proteins.  It is true that you need the great raw organic vegetables and fruits, the minerals, ph balance at 7.0, however, it is also true that you need to work harder at balancing proteins and complex carbs.  The challenge for me has always been trying to find non-animal proteins as I generally only eat fish periodically.  We'll go deeper into this in a little bit.

For the last 3 weeks I had been noticing a pattern in how I've been feeling.  Exhausted, claustrophobic,  night sweats, anxiety and nausea.  Like a roller coaster everyday my energy has been different from the last.  Then yesterday it dawned on me that it may be my blood sugar.  Curious I took the test.  My digital reader reported back a whopping 76.  So I decided to try a teaspoon of coconut oil,  a hardboiled egg, 1/4 of a tomato.  Within 20 minutes my blood sugar rose to 93.  Then 30 minutes later it dropped to 82.  By 2:00am my head was pounding, my chest felt closed in, I was nauseous, and my skin was clammy, by 3:00am I was vomiting off an on until 5:00am, this time my reading came in a 50.  Easily one of the worst nights I've had in a long time.  What happened?  Hypoglycemia happened.  

Hypoglycemia, also called low blood sugar, occurs from low glucose levels in your blood. Your brain needs a steady supply of glucose. Inadequate amounts may result in such symptoms as heart palpitations, anxiety, tremor, sweating and hunger. Serious effects include confusion, abnormal behavior, visual disturbances and even seizures or loss of consciousness. Diabetics and non-diabetics can have hypoglycemia.

Just like peeling an onion when you are peeling away at the disorders in your body you are very likely to uncover other issues that you may still need to attack head on.  Before my diabetes ever showed it's ugly head, I was diagnosed with hypoglycemia.  Now more than ever I realize that I am literally peeling the layers of a sugar disorder just like peeling an onion.  We've overcome the diabetes II and now it's time to attack the hypoglycemia by regulating my sugar levels.

What does this mean for me?  It means that modifications we'll need to be taken into consideration.  Great... what will I be allowed to eat now.  They say that many who are hypoglycemic also suffer from many food allergies and I guess if you were researching me I would say this is true.  Already on my avoid list... dairy, grain, beans, potatoes, gluten, sugar, fruits high in fructose and processed foods.  What does this leave me to eat?  How do I get back on track?  By making sure to balance in more protein and complex carbs.  Avoid everything on my avoid list.  Eating more frequently and smaller amounts.  Be patient, go for walks, get the kind've sleep that allows you to wake up naturally and drink plenty of water with minerals.  Be patient for at least a month of managing and monitoring your intake.

A couple of great resources that have helped me put together my grocery list is the alkalinity chart (click here) making sure to stay on the alkaline side 80% of the time while I balance proteins and foods with a Low GI as shown below.

The glycemic index measures the effects of carbohydrates on blood sugar levels and is most useful for diabetics, who have an excess of glucose, or sugar, in their blood stream. There are several protein foods that have a low glycemic value, which can provide essential this amino acid complex without spiking your blood sugar levels.

Here Is My List of Food to focus on for the next couple of weeks:
1. Poached Eggs
2. Steel Cut Oats (gluten free) or Quinoa
  • Kiwi(1)
  • teaspoon of coconut butter
  • teaspoon of cinnamon
  • 4 drops of vanilla liquid stevia
3. Fresh Vegetable shake
  • Brocoli
  • Turnip root
  • Raddish
  • Fresh Sprouts (fenugreek, raddish, brocoli)
  • Celery
  • Ginger
  • Cinnamon
  • (1) freshly squeezed grapefruit
  • 1 Scoop of Jarrow Whey Protein (unflavored)
  • 1/2 tsp of royal jelly
  • Tsp of fish oil
  • Tsp of Hemp oil
  • Tsp of Kelp powder
  • Tsp of Alfalfa powder
  • 5 drops of trace minerals
4. Kale Chips
  • Bake in the oven for 12 min at 350degrees
  • Add a splash of coconut oil
  • Garlic
  • Nutritional Yeast
5. Hardboiled eggs - Whites only (2)

6. Celery (2-4 cut) w/almond butter
7. Green Apples (1/4) w/almond butter

8. 10 Almonds

9. Fresh garden salad
  • Kale
  • Apple slices
  • Sprouts
  • Carrots
  • Celery
  • Brocoli
  • Shaved almonds
  • Avocado
  • Egg
  • Tomato
  • Lentil
  • Fish 
  • Freshly made dressing (balsamic / olive oil)
10.  Chia Chai Porridge / Pudding
  • 8 oz of Coconut Milk (organic, 100% coconut milk no other additives)
  • 2 tablespoons of cinnamon
  • 4 drops of liquid vanilla stevia
  • 1/4 teaspoon of cloves
  • Let sit in the refrigerator 'till pudding consistency
11.  Coconut Balls
  • Shredded coconut(macaroon)
  • Coconut oil
  • Mix shredded coconut in a mixing bowl with just enough coconut oil to bind the mix into the consistency of cookie dough.
  • 4 drops of vanilla liquid stevia
  • 1 teaspoon of raw honey
  • freeze until the mix is almost solid
  • When the mix is just about solid scoop into bite size balls.
  • Store the coconut balls in a BPA free container in the freezer
  • Grab one out whenever you feel you need a treat. 
12.  Nuts
  • Walnuts
  • Cashews



Low GI
Cherries 22
Plums 24
Grapefruit 25
Peaches 28
Peach, canned in natural juice 30
Apples 34
Pears 41
Dried Apricots 32
Grapes 43
Coconut 45
Coconut Milk 41
Kiwi Fruit 47
Oranges 40
Strawberries 40
Prunes 29


Low GI
Frozen Green Peas 39
Frozen Sweet Corn 47
Raw Carrots 16
Boiled Carrots 41
Eggplant/Aubergine 15
Broccoli 10
Cauliflower 15
Cabbage 10
Mushrooms 10
Tomatoes 15
Chillies 10
Lettuce 10
Green Beans 15
Red Peppers 10
Onions 10

Legumes (Beans) - 20%

Low GI
Kidney Beans (canned) 52
Butter Beans 36
Chick Peas 42
Haricot/Navy Beans 31
Lentils, Red 21
Lentils, Green 30
 Pinto Beans 45
Blackeyed Beans 50
Yellow Split Peas 32 


Protein is a satiating nutrient that will make you feel fuller longer and keep hunger at bay, according to Jennie Brand-Miller et al., in the book "The New Glucose Revolution: Low GI Eating Made Easy." Lean meat has a low-fat content, as fat is either trimmed from the cuts or the meat is from a non-fatty portion of the animal book authors say. And lean meat does not have a glycemic index, because it contains no carbohydrates that can raise blood sugar levels, according to the American Diabetes Association. Lean organic, range free, hormone free, antibitotic free meats such as chicken, turkey and Cornish hen without the skin, are high-protein foods conducive to a low-glycemic diet.


Fish is a high-protein source that does not have a glycemic value, according to the American Diabetes Association. In addition to its nutritive protein, it is also rich in omega-3 fatty acids, which help to lower cholesterol --- a common complication for Type 2 diabetics, according to MedlinePlus. These acids also help to boost concentration and energy levels, while reducing blood pressure and triglyceride levels in the blood, according to D. Banda-Nyirenda et al., in "Impact of Nutrition and Fish Supplementation on the Response to Anti Retroviral Therapy." Cod, salmon, herring and tuna are effective sources of omega-3 fatty acids as well as protein.

For anyone first reading this you could interpret this as a set back, however, for me it is a reminder that although I had reached my first goal there is still more work to be done and in order to reverse all of the years of damage it may take alot more patience and due diligence. For now and until I get my blood sugar regulated it is imperative that I maintain a diet that maintains a consistent glucose level.  One that does not allow my sugar to spike and helps me get off the sugar roller coaster.    My best advice for anyone going thru this is to keep a journal and find out what foods you feel the best on, which foods spike your levels and which foods keep you steady.  Be patient and stick to it.  Even after you stabilize keep an eye on it. 

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