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low carb= too low blood pressure vs high(er) carb= hungry all the time

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created January 06, 2013 at 1:46 AM

So I started blacking out when standing up on days that my carbs were really low. The plus side of those days though was that I tended to be able to go 3 or 4 hours without needing to eat. I did some research into low blood pressure on low carb diets and it true that if you had normal blood pressure before, low carb could lower it to an undesirable state-

So I added some carbs via bananas, honey and squash ( I REALLY dislike sweet potatos and yams and potato gets old fast) which helped alot with the faint feelings. But now I'm hungry more often!

(Oh, and I eat a generous amount of salt)

Is there something I can do to fix this balance? I have thought about having a but more fat at the same time as the carbs- though I'm not sure I can eat that much without upping my calories- has anyone found this to help?

Also on a slightly different note- Since I'm not into most root vegetables and fruit has so much fructose- any high carb veggies I could try out?

Thanks.

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on January 06, 2013
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Its for sure not hypoglycemia, as that was one of the things I turned to paleo for (I know it way too well!) But those articles are interesting. I have heard so much about how bad fructose is but fruit is one of the only carbohydrates I really like! Its nice to hear its not so bad.

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on January 06, 2013
at 02:11 AM

You were correct in adding back carbs...you need goddamn carbs. What you were most likely suffering from was hypoglycemia brought on by a lack of glucose, though you can get gluconeogenesis through an ample amount of protein, it can be inefficient. I also wouldn't worry so much about the fructose issue, Chris Kresser has a great article on it. http://chriskresser.com/ask-chris-is-fructose-really-that-bad Check out Robb Wolf's recent article on low carb and paleo, btw http://robbwolf.com/2012/12/19/carb-paleo-thoughts-part-1/

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on January 06, 2013
at 03:43 AM

Its for sure not hypoglycemia, as that was one of the things I turned to paleo for (I know it way too well!) But those articles are interesting. I have heard so much about how bad fructose is but fruit is one of the only carbohydrates I really like! Its nice to hear its not so bad.

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on January 06, 2013
at 04:43 AM

Ya having more fat with my carb source helped me out. Parsnips and Rutabaga are my two favorite vegetables they both have a nice texture when mixed with butter. I'm not big on yams or sweet potatoes either.

You can try PHD macros, a lot of people here including me have success with their carb levels, when they feel lethargic on LC.

http://perfecthealthdiet.com/the-diet/

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on January 06, 2013
at 02:14 AM

I eat small bits of white rice It's bland and not addicting

I agree very low carbing really messed me up

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