Ever since going Primal/Paleo 6 weeks ago I've started to experience low blood sugar episodes randomly throughout the day and after meals.
I chose to go VLC (20g net carbs) at the start just to eliminate any cravings and I had a lot to lose. I gradually worked my way up to 40g now. When I was at around 20-25g I experienced the worst hypoglycemic episode ever. As the carbs went up, I was still experiencing the disorientation but it improved. I still experience it, it's like being a in a state of confusion and I get very disorientated/tired, sometimes it will happen after just drinking some water or eating a meal with protein and fat, sometimes with carbs or alone or just randomly at any point in the day. It's like a rollercoaster. The thing is, I am not a diabetic (it does run in the family) and never diagnosed with hypoglycemia. I have completely eliminated fruit and starches for the time being. The only caffeine I drink is a small dose of green tea some mornings and I eat a little cheese, but I doubt this contributes to the issue. I eat plenty of vegetables at every meal with enough fat and protein.
I remember going through energy crashes throughout the day when I use to eat a lot of fruit and high carb, but never anything like this. Even when I use to eat pasta, I would feel good after a meal, considering my blood sugar levels felt stable. Now I get moments where I can't function and literally phase out, my energy, mood and blood sugar levels feel very unstable and erratic.
I get enough calories. My ratios are usually 150g fat, 100g protein and 40g carbs. I'm not comfortable increasing carbs and stalling because my weight loss has already slowed down (despite decreasing calories to around 1700 as well). I'm a female, 5'8, 24 and 150 lbs.
Has any one else experienced this?
asked bycindy_9 (5)
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on May 24, 2013
at 06:57 PM
You're bottoming out, which likely means that you need to up your carbs. These blood sugar crashes wreak havoc on your system (as you realize) and they can also negatively affect weight loss. Besides, all weight loss slows down as you have less and less to lose. You don't have much (if any?) to lose, so that's why it's slower now than it was.
on May 24, 2013
at 10:21 PM
"It's like being a in a state of confusion and I get very disorientated/tired."
That's a worrying symptom that I would take very seriously.
First, I'd start by eating a few mg's of salt each day. (Go eat some right now.) If your condition doesn't improve, I'd start eating "safe starches" again.
Also, if you've lost close to 10% of your starting weight, it is quite natural for your weight loss to slow or stall.
on May 24, 2013
at 07:19 PM
I have experienced episodes like this, but just usually right when I woke up. I found the best thing to do was have a spoonful of honey with cinnamon on top.
Cinnamon slows the absorption of carbs, so that your blood sugar doesn't shoot up rapidly, so I highly suggest incorporating cinnamon into your diet whenever you eat carbs! Also, try and spread your carb intake out throughout the day.
When I had these episodes, it was around the same time period of starting paleo, so it just takes a little bit of time for your body to adjust to the ratios!