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Girlfriend is Hypoglycemic

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created May 03, 2013 at 4:22 PM

Ok I am trying to bring my girlfriend onto the paleo diet but she is having trouble because she is hypoglycemic. My question really is, she wants to lose weight so I am trying to keep her carbs low but obviously she cant go without for risk of passing out. What foods and how much should I have her consume to still be able to lose weight and workout without passing out?

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on May 04, 2013
at 05:22 PM

I'm upvoting you because even if bread is not necessary (in fact, even if it's f***ing satan), you're doing a good service by making it clear that preventing hypoglycemic attacks is priority #1, way above paleo purity.

8bf17cdd5e9ce249d9c119012c496f86

(71)

on May 03, 2013
at 10:03 PM

:D so true, thanks for the positive reinforcement

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on May 03, 2013
at 08:57 PM

Well that's what you get for recommending bread on a paleo forum, +1 for learning your lesson, lol :)

8bf17cdd5e9ce249d9c119012c496f86

(71)

on May 03, 2013
at 06:28 PM

god i feel so rejected

8bf17cdd5e9ce249d9c119012c496f86

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on May 03, 2013
at 06:09 PM

i knew that would happen, i wouldn't say that i overly insisted bread i just suggested it. But i respect your opinion and I am sure they will get other excellent suggestions.

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on May 03, 2013
at 06:05 PM

I'm downvoting you because of your insistence that bread had to be an option, and the conflation of breads and carbs, not that you suggested bread at all. ;-) There are plenty of dense carbohydrate vegetables to eat without resorting to bread.

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Ebb10603524dd22621c1155dd7ddf106

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on May 03, 2013
at 04:39 PM

Keeping her carbs low is fine - but "low" is relative. "Lower than SAD" - sure. Given her condition, going fully low carb (e.g. <50g/day) is probably a very bad idea. She should be able to easily consume 100-200g of carbohydrates a day and still reap the benefits of paleo. She may need even more if she works out aggressively.

There are plenty of vegetables (and fruits) that are dense carbohydrate sources - potatoes, sweet potatoes, yuca, taro, beets, carrots, parsnips, etc. Fruits include bananas. Nuts like chestnuts are great, too.

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on May 03, 2013
at 04:52 PM

If she can make the transition to paleo she'll probably find that her hypoglycemia will be much more manageable. I was an absolute wreck before going paleo and couldn't go more than two hours without eating. Now I'm rocking out for 8+ before feeling ill as long as each meal is balanced protein and veggie. My main crutch was fruit which helped the transition in the beginning but ended up causing more harm than good in the end.

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on May 04, 2013
at 04:29 PM

I have severe reactive hypoglycemia and carbs DO NOT HELP. Keeping carbs very low (below 30 g daily) keeps my blood sugar steady and even. No hypoglycemia at all instead of SEVERAL times a day.

It may be too drastic for her to lower carbs all at once--it takes some fortitude to get through a bad bout of "low carb flu". Lowering them gradually, perhaps starting with one meal a day (start with breakfast!) can help. Make sure she supplements with adequate protein and plenty of good fat. Coconut oil is especially helpful and she may find it helps to start that even before she starts reducing carbs.

I can tell you from my own personal experience that as long as the carbs are too high, the hypoglycemia WILL continue. It is so nice to be off that roller coaster--my husband and family think so, too!

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on May 04, 2013
at 01:31 PM

White rice, no more than one cup at a time at lunch and dinner, works for me. I've been able to keep my cravings low, my energy up, and lose fat. I also eat potatoes and plantains once or twice per week.

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on May 03, 2013
at 06:11 PM

I have a tendency towards hypoglycemia but I do eat a lot of beets carrots etc on paleo. I don't eat potatoes often because I don't work out. What I find to be absolutely necessary is to eat frequently. If I can eat something every 2-3 hours I'm good and I loose weight. If, when I am very busy at work I go from 3-9pm without food I crash, get tired, cranky etc. I start bumping into things (that's how my hypo shows up). I try to carry Kit's organic fruit and nut bars on me at all times or a bag of trail mix etc. Again, eat paleo, eat frequently and (to me at least) this is not atkins, eat carby veggies like beets!

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8bf17cdd5e9ce249d9c119012c496f86

on May 03, 2013
at 06:03 PM

The nurse in me had to comment. If your gf is getting hypoglycemic she needs to eat some carbs, I would suggest 100-200g of complex carbs, make the decision on how she feels and how much exercise she does that day, I would recommend more carbs on those days especially right after (Ezekiel bread and almond butter or other nut butter would be an excellent post workout snack). I know some people will attack me for suggesting bread. We are all different and going extremely low carb doesn't work for everyone. She needs to do what works for her and keeps her blood sugar in normal ranges.

Ebb10603524dd22621c1155dd7ddf106

(19150)

on May 03, 2013
at 06:05 PM

I'm downvoting you because of your insistence that bread had to be an option, and the conflation of breads and carbs, not that you suggested bread at all. ;-) There are plenty of dense carbohydrate vegetables to eat without resorting to bread.

Cb9a270955e2c277a02c4a4b5dad10b5

(10989)

on May 03, 2013
at 08:57 PM

Well that's what you get for recommending bread on a paleo forum, +1 for learning your lesson, lol :)

8bf17cdd5e9ce249d9c119012c496f86

(71)

on May 03, 2013
at 06:09 PM

i knew that would happen, i wouldn't say that i overly insisted bread i just suggested it. But i respect your opinion and I am sure they will get other excellent suggestions.

8bf17cdd5e9ce249d9c119012c496f86

(71)

on May 03, 2013
at 06:28 PM

god i feel so rejected

8bf17cdd5e9ce249d9c119012c496f86

(71)

on May 03, 2013
at 10:03 PM

:D so true, thanks for the positive reinforcement

72cf727474b8bf815fdc505e58cadfea

on May 04, 2013
at 05:22 PM

I'm upvoting you because even if bread is not necessary (in fact, even if it's f***ing satan), you're doing a good service by making it clear that preventing hypoglycemic attacks is priority #1, way above paleo purity.

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on May 03, 2013
at 05:54 PM

I was hypoglycemic before paleo. I carried granola bars in my purse because I would regularly get so light headed that I felt like I would pass out. I ate every couple hours. I can now go all day without eating if need be with the only side effect being extreme hunger in my stomach! I feel best when I keep my carbs around 100g a day now.

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