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Intermittent Fasting & Hypoglycemia

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Created January 21, 2012 at 7:34 PM

I'm prone to hypoglycemia, and don't tolerate fasting well. However, I probably won't be able to make 3 meals a day when going to college. When I eat twice daily, though, I can't sleep well at all, and I get stressed out a bit easier.

How can I avoid insomnia due to hypoglycemia during intermittent fasting? Would fruit make it worse or better? Would chromium be very important?

2 years ago I did intermittent fasting without thinking about it, and it worked really well. I ate only in the evening, often fasted for one day and a half (I did this so I could binge in all-you-can-eat joints for practically no money). I did take a good antihistamine back then, which made me sleep well.

I could technically eat raw food at lunch (raw carrot + butter + coconut oil + gelatin), but isn't that a really fake meal?

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on January 22, 2012
at 08:19 PM

@Korion: I'm doing it at the moment, a can of sardines (125g) and a can of mackerel (125g) and there you have already 50g of protein

96bf58d8c6bd492dc5b8ae46203fe247

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on January 22, 2012
at 04:46 PM

Korion, my worst leptin problems were resolved before I began making water kefir. It unquestionably helps my digestion and allows me to tolerate more foods--including occasional non-wheat neolithic meals. I do understand about time; slow-cooking a roast and freezing slices in sandwich bags is my favorite lunch option as there's never a large block of time required. And I do eat canned sardines and salmon, just taking a spoon (and dried mustard for the sardines.)

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on January 22, 2012
at 04:04 PM

I usually spend one day per week assembling a bunch of meals that I can store in the freezer, then just defrost in the fridge and throw in the oven or on the grill for the next day. The dinner leftovers are great for breakfast or lunch. Not wanting to cook is not a good reason for a hypoglycemic person to IF.

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on January 22, 2012
at 02:33 PM

eggs only have about 6g protein each. You'll probably do much better sticking to things like ground beef.

B0fe7b5a9a197cd293978150cbd9055f

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on January 22, 2012
at 09:12 AM

I'll try it again :D. It's just not easy for someone who doesn't tolerate eggs and pork to eat 50g of protein in the morning :P

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on January 22, 2012
at 09:11 AM

Nance... Did water kefir help you with this? I decided to try it out and bought some grains.

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on January 22, 2012
at 08:44 AM

I only eat 3x daily. The point is, if I eat less than 3x daily, I'm easily stressed out. I'm not hungry or anything, it just seems to make me stressier. I wanna IF so I lose less time cooking.

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on January 22, 2012
at 08:42 AM

Time is the issue, Nance. Right now I do have the time to cook 3x daily, but I won't be able to next month. I'm not as good at cooking as you, honestly :) All my meat/fish is frozen, so I lose quite some time if I wanna cook.

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96bf58d8c6bd492dc5b8ae46203fe247

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on January 21, 2012
at 08:54 PM

I agree with Jeff--if you must eat frequently to maintain comfortable BG you are probably not releasing and burning stored fat well. The leptin reset could definitely help break that cycle.

When leptin wasn't working right for me, all I could think of was when I could eat each morning and I would feel weak and tired until I did. Now, I eat when it's convenient even if it's the next day. My energy is very stable regardless of eating or not. I'm not saying my stomach never rumbles, I'm just saying I don't "have" to eat.

That said, what's to stop you from eating meat at lunch? Even if you just open a can of sardines in olive oil, why not do what you need until you're in a better place? Add some veggies and a piece of fruit and you have a full meal.

B0fe7b5a9a197cd293978150cbd9055f

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on January 22, 2012
at 09:11 AM

Nance... Did water kefir help you with this? I decided to try it out and bought some grains.

B0fe7b5a9a197cd293978150cbd9055f

(8938)

on January 22, 2012
at 08:42 AM

Time is the issue, Nance. Right now I do have the time to cook 3x daily, but I won't be able to next month. I'm not as good at cooking as you, honestly :) All my meat/fish is frozen, so I lose quite some time if I wanna cook.

96bf58d8c6bd492dc5b8ae46203fe247

(37227)

on January 22, 2012
at 04:46 PM

Korion, my worst leptin problems were resolved before I began making water kefir. It unquestionably helps my digestion and allows me to tolerate more foods--including occasional non-wheat neolithic meals. I do understand about time; slow-cooking a roast and freezing slices in sandwich bags is my favorite lunch option as there's never a large block of time required. And I do eat canned sardines and salmon, just taking a spoon (and dried mustard for the sardines.)

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64433a05384cd9717c1aa6bf7e98b661

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on January 21, 2012
at 07:58 PM

Try Quilt's leptin reset protocol and I'd bet you'll find you can last much longer without needing food or feeling low blood sugar.

That can be a contentious topic on here but I've personally found it to have that effect and I've also done a lot of research to confirm Quilt's theories.

http://paleohacks.com/questions/74337/what-is-jack-kruse-aka-the-quilt-right-about/86962#86962

64433a05384cd9717c1aa6bf7e98b661

(15236)

on January 22, 2012
at 02:33 PM

eggs only have about 6g protein each. You'll probably do much better sticking to things like ground beef.

956bcad1d462d433a4e1e22f6e3355d5

(1191)

on January 22, 2012
at 08:19 PM

@Korion: I'm doing it at the moment, a can of sardines (125g) and a can of mackerel (125g) and there you have already 50g of protein

B0fe7b5a9a197cd293978150cbd9055f

(8938)

on January 22, 2012
at 09:12 AM

I'll try it again :D. It's just not easy for someone who doesn't tolerate eggs and pork to eat 50g of protein in the morning :P

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26b0f1261d1a0d916825bd0deeb96a21

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on January 22, 2012
at 05:06 AM

If something worked really well for you two years ago, then perhaps you should go back to it. I'm hypoglycemic, and eating a bunch of small meals makes it worse. I now drink coffee with coconut oil mixed in until lunch. At lunch I eat a large meal of protein, fat, and little leafy greens. Dinner is around 7, if I'm hungry, but starches and heavy carbs make me have more hypoglycemic episodes. Do what naturally feels comfortable for you so you don't pass out. Why did you decide to try IF?

26b0f1261d1a0d916825bd0deeb96a21

(5798)

on January 22, 2012
at 04:04 PM

I usually spend one day per week assembling a bunch of meals that I can store in the freezer, then just defrost in the fridge and throw in the oven or on the grill for the next day. The dinner leftovers are great for breakfast or lunch. Not wanting to cook is not a good reason for a hypoglycemic person to IF.

B0fe7b5a9a197cd293978150cbd9055f

(8938)

on January 22, 2012
at 08:44 AM

I only eat 3x daily. The point is, if I eat less than 3x daily, I'm easily stressed out. I'm not hungry or anything, it just seems to make me stressier. I wanna IF so I lose less time cooking.

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792634a784ec6a636c3137d0903e11b4

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on January 22, 2012
at 04:53 AM

I used to have problems with hypoglycemia, until I started connecting my previous food intake with the problem - seems obvious now I guess, but it took a while for me to realize that what I ate the day before will impact on how I cope today. I'm now using intermittent fasting very successfully as long as I stay away from food combinations that raise my insulin. If I have fruit, it's with a meal or coconut cream.

I can't fast in the evening and still sleep. Is there a way of having your meal late in the day? The other thing I have to work with is that if I'm tired then any fasting is pointless - I spend the hours before I eat fantasizing about food, lol. That's gotta be cortisol raising! So IF works within a particular context for me. Not sure if this helps, it's just my n=1.

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on January 22, 2012
at 07:30 PM

The jitters and hypoglycaemic episodes can be broken by a rigid low-carb regimen for a few days, or as long as necessary

In a nutshell - you should prepare the body, metabolically speaking, by low carbing (so paleo, but no fruit or starches) for at least 2 - 3 days, or longer, depending on how long it takes you to adjust. This preparation switches over to fat metabolism/ketosis - which is where you're heading with a fast.

If you still encounter problems try slugging down a tablespoon of coconut oil, or have something that's low protein with liberal fat - eg steamed broccoli and coconut oil, seasoned how you like. The limitation on protein intake is in order to alleviate any glycemic reaction, which you will get from proteins, even if less stimulating than carbohydrates.

The above is supported by my own experience, not just research, admittedly just another n=1..

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