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Blood sugar issues after eating

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created June 26, 2012 at 12:57 PM

I've read through all of the previous posts that I can find, but I can't find a solid answer. I started getting nasty headaches/lightheaded/brain fog after eating meals. All meals - low carb, add a potato, anything. I finally bought a glucose monitor. Fasting is 92 in the morning, same before a meal. 45 minutes to an hour after a meal I'm getting readings in the 60s. I've read that it's called reactive hypoglycemia. Great. What I can't figure out is exactly what to do about it or why it's happening. The information on it seems fairly vague and even questionable as to whether or not it's a "real" issue/disorder.

I've been LC paleo for about 7 months now, lost 60 pounds. I started running for exercise about three months ago because that's simply what I used to do years ago (I was doing zero exercise). I don't run anything crazy, about 3-4 miles, 3 times a week generally. I am breastfeeding my 13 month old. He has an eating issue and eats very little solids. I eat a lot of fat and protein, and have kept my carbs generally under 50. I just felt healthier mentally and physically while low carbing it - until now.

Thoughts? Can the lack of carbs cause this? I just had blood work done about 2 months ago and it all came back great. Vitamin D a little low (I'm outside a ton, so it's strange, but evidently common while nursing). When I think about going to the doc (which I will if I can't solve this issue on my own), I feel like they are simply going to send me to a nutritionist who's going to tell me to eat beans, whole grains, etc every two hours. At this point in time I tend to fast until 11 or 12 - for no other reason besides the fact that I'm not hungry until then. I make up for it with a large dinner calorie-wise. I have no problem changing how I eat for my health - I just don't want to change it back to SAD and add in grains and other junk.

Thanks in advance!

PS: I'm thinking about quitting the running after I run a 5k in a few weeks that I've signed up for. I'm tossing up crossfit but I have cardiomyopathy (mild now after about 8 years of moderate) and I'm concerned about pushing myself too hard in that sort of environment and doing more damage than good from a cardiac standpoint. I do see a cardiologist regularly.

Editing the fact that at the two hour mark (which is what I read to usually be the low with RH, I'm back up to 102 on the glucose meter).

Df113099eeba55ad94b481d387b41bfb

on September 07, 2013
at 01:28 AM

I don't know. The doc told me that it was "a bit" low, but no numbers. Thanks for the advice, everyone. I'm going to up my fats, add a bit more fruit and sweet potatoes and eat more regularly. Here's hoping it does the trick.

Df113099eeba55ad94b481d387b41bfb

on June 27, 2012
at 02:18 PM

And that is exactly where my confusion lies! I see that the solution to RH is low carb, but I'm already there. My energy levels go up and down and I struggle in my runs on occasion. I'm going to bump my carbs up a touch, only eat them with a fat and protein.

Df113099eeba55ad94b481d387b41bfb

on June 27, 2012
at 02:16 PM

He is nursing often still. The IF hasn't hurt my supply at all, and I didn't start out IF intentionally, it's just that my days didn't slow down until noon and I didn't get hungry.

9beda76f4e91faedc8fa70ecdc01251e

(298)

on June 26, 2012
at 05:16 PM

I have nursed 3 kids, although that was back on the SAD, but I think adding some carbs (fruit?) and eating smaller and more often might regulate things, unless he's not nursing very often. Serious energy depletion there; they are literally sucking the energy out of you, ha ha. I don't know if the IF hurts you with nursing, but it seems like it might...

F0a3e3f17d9a740810ac37ff2353a9f3

(3804)

on June 26, 2012
at 04:48 PM

Could you explain why you think adding carbohydrate to a diet will improve reactive hypoglycemia?

5ccb98f6ae42ce87e206cf3f6a86039f

(11581)

on June 26, 2012
at 04:05 PM

You don't have to eat carbs you don't know. I enjoy trying out new foods, so I'll try anything once. That doesn't work for every one. Just steer clear of grains, legumes, and maybe really sweet fruits. If you want to try out plantains (who doesn't like plantains) try tostones. http://thisissogood.wordpress.com/2011/08/26/tostones-fried-plantains/

Ce41c230e8c2a4295db31aec3ef4b2ab

(32564)

on June 26, 2012
at 03:37 PM

What is your D3 level? My RH went away once I got my level dialed in.

Ce41c230e8c2a4295db31aec3ef4b2ab

(32564)

on June 26, 2012
at 03:36 PM

Everyone is different; I think you will have to see how many carbs work for *you*. Try upping to 100 gm/day to start. Make sure to eat them with protein & fat, to slow down the absorption a bit.

Df113099eeba55ad94b481d387b41bfb

on June 26, 2012
at 01:26 PM

Thanks. I'm going to experiment with adding carbs in... I wish I understood the mechanisms that cause this better. I have a lot of learning to do as I've never bought a plantain, beet or taro before and have no idea how to prepare them! My eating history is SAD or LC. I'm going to start tracking my nutritional information until I get this under control - is there a specific carb % that is recommended?

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F0a3e3f17d9a740810ac37ff2353a9f3

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on June 26, 2012
at 02:27 PM

If you have this reaction regardless of the macro content of the meal, maybe it's the size of the meal. Have you tried smaller meals within your eating window?

Anyway, I'd try smaller meals first. Also, you could try reducing protein and replacing with fat. Excess protein can have the same effect as excess carbohydrate.

Reactive hypoglycemia is most often caused by over-production of insulin in response to a too-rapid rise in blood sugar, and the rise in blood sugar is generally the result of eating a carbohydrate rich meal. I can't think of any reason that adding carbs to your diet is going to help reactive hypoglycemia, and if your energy levels are otherwise good then carbs are probably adequate.

Df113099eeba55ad94b481d387b41bfb

on June 27, 2012
at 02:18 PM

And that is exactly where my confusion lies! I see that the solution to RH is low carb, but I'm already there. My energy levels go up and down and I struggle in my runs on occasion. I'm going to bump my carbs up a touch, only eat them with a fat and protein.

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5ccb98f6ae42ce87e206cf3f6a86039f

(11581)

on June 26, 2012
at 01:06 PM

You are breast feeding and running. Eat some carbs!

Have a sweet potato, some plantains, beets, a banana, taro, whatever. Low carb is great for someone like me who is insulin resistant, overweight, only moderate activity (walking, resistance) and menopausal. I would have died eating low carb when I was breastfeeding, living without a car and walking constantly.

Add: Keep tracking your BG to find out what happens.

Df113099eeba55ad94b481d387b41bfb

on June 26, 2012
at 01:26 PM

Thanks. I'm going to experiment with adding carbs in... I wish I understood the mechanisms that cause this better. I have a lot of learning to do as I've never bought a plantain, beet or taro before and have no idea how to prepare them! My eating history is SAD or LC. I'm going to start tracking my nutritional information until I get this under control - is there a specific carb % that is recommended?

9beda76f4e91faedc8fa70ecdc01251e

(298)

on June 26, 2012
at 05:16 PM

I have nursed 3 kids, although that was back on the SAD, but I think adding some carbs (fruit?) and eating smaller and more often might regulate things, unless he's not nursing very often. Serious energy depletion there; they are literally sucking the energy out of you, ha ha. I don't know if the IF hurts you with nursing, but it seems like it might...

F0a3e3f17d9a740810ac37ff2353a9f3

(3804)

on June 26, 2012
at 04:48 PM

Could you explain why you think adding carbohydrate to a diet will improve reactive hypoglycemia?

5ccb98f6ae42ce87e206cf3f6a86039f

(11581)

on June 26, 2012
at 04:05 PM

You don't have to eat carbs you don't know. I enjoy trying out new foods, so I'll try anything once. That doesn't work for every one. Just steer clear of grains, legumes, and maybe really sweet fruits. If you want to try out plantains (who doesn't like plantains) try tostones. http://thisissogood.wordpress.com/2011/08/26/tostones-fried-plantains/

Df113099eeba55ad94b481d387b41bfb

on June 27, 2012
at 02:16 PM

He is nursing often still. The IF hasn't hurt my supply at all, and I didn't start out IF intentionally, it's just that my days didn't slow down until noon and I didn't get hungry.

Ce41c230e8c2a4295db31aec3ef4b2ab

(32564)

on June 26, 2012
at 03:36 PM

Everyone is different; I think you will have to see how many carbs work for *you*. Try upping to 100 gm/day to start. Make sure to eat them with protein & fat, to slow down the absorption a bit.

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2c2349bc7af0fedb59a5fe99dac9fae2

(2707)

on June 26, 2012
at 05:19 PM

I have similar issues when I don't include enough fat in the meal to slow absorption. Try adding a bit more fat. So for instance butter w/ the potato, or coconut butter w/ acorn squash, etc.

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C0582dac2e0396e72ee9c492a6b0b371

on March 19, 2013
at 01:28 AM

Yes. I upped my carbs and spread them out throughout the day. I tried to drop them back out a few months later and the symptoms came back. So, no more low carbing for me.

Also, for anyone else who comes across this, I am not breastfeeding anymore and have the same symptoms when I go LC. I do still run about 3 miles a day, a few days a week, and do kettlebell workouts in between.

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8506ea5ff4db9f940f6b89d69e6a12ab

on March 18, 2013
at 03:02 AM

Have you figured out anything? I seem to have the exact same symptoms.

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