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Hypoglycemic developed after two weeks on paleo

Commented on September 15, 2014
Created August 26, 2014 at 12:42 AM

I have been eating paleo about two weeks. My appetite is greatly reduced, which I am happy about. However today I had three egg whites for breakfast (sometimes I just like the taste without yolks) at 7:00am and around 10:00am I began to feel really weird. I was shaky, anxious, nauseated, my heart was racing, and I just felt like a Mac truck rolled over me. I thought maybe some carbs would help but didn't have anything at work that wasn't junk food. Ate chicken breast for lunch and began to feel worse. Finally around dinner time, I felt so bad I knew I needed some quick sugar so I guzzled some of my husbands coke. It did take all but the fatigue symptoms away and it did it very quickly. Is hypoglycemia a common side effect when you change to paleo eating? How long will it take to go away and what carbs do you recommend to avoid this problem tomorrow? I don't like sweet potatoes at all. Please help! :)

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on August 30, 2014
at 02:25 AM

That blood sugar is usually lowest in the morning is fairly common knowledge.

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on August 27, 2014
at 07:16 PM

Gotta love those reliable wikipedia articles with no sources which sweeping generalizations based on zero evidence. Blood glucose is not lowest in the morning and there is no proof to back up this statement.

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on August 27, 2014
at 06:43 PM

When you sleep, because you don't eat, your blood sugar goes down. Your blood sugar when you wake up is lower than any other moment, so it's important to not consume basically pure protein, because that encourage insulin release, which reduces blood sugar, without providng sugar.

For some reason, some people question the claim that blood sugar is lowest in the morning. Here's my source: wikipedia.org/wiki/Blood_sugar. Quote: "Glucose levels are usually lowest in the morning, before the first meal of the day"

My guess is that those who dispute it have some sort of disease that might not apply to you or normal people.

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on September 15, 2014
at 04:24 PM

I appreciate the help you have offered and am incorporating your advice.  :) 

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on August 27, 2014
at 02:51 PM

Do not use protein for energy. Simple. Eat fat or carbohydrate for energy. Egg whites and chicken breast was a bolus of protein, with little energy. You simply were undereating. 

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on August 27, 2014
at 07:27 PM

Low-carb + fear of fat is a really bad combination. Even consuming the maximum digestible protein intake of 300g (which is massive) is only 1200 calories which is still borderline starvation. Classic "Faleo".

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on August 27, 2014
at 02:06 PM

Eat more. Paleo is not a starvation weight loss plan.

Eat fruit. It's better for you than a soda containing the same sugar.

Get a blood glucose monitor and use it. Diabetics carry glucose tabs for sudden hypoglycemia incidents.

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on August 27, 2014
at 02:30 PM

It cracks me up when people say they are having a hypoglycemic episode without actually measuring their blood glucose lol. There's been days I've felt fine and not at all tired and my BG has been at 57mg/dl, and other days when I have felt weak and exhausted with BG levels of 107mg/dl. If people who claim to be hypoglycemic would actually get a glucometer and measure their BG, they'd probably be surprised to learn they're not hypoglycemic at all, they're just addicted to eating sugar every 2 hours.

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on August 27, 2014
at 03:31 AM

Outsider sort of already said it and TheGastronomer said it but in a different way. Protein causes insulin release, just like carbohydrates. Unlike carbohydrates, protein doesn't provide you with immediate glucose and so the insulin tends to lower your blood sugar.

Shaky, anxious, racing heart, nasious: These are from high adrenalin and cortisol. This is what happens when your blood sugar is low. You either need to eat carbohydrates (in my opinion it should be fruit) or fat (like coconut oil or steak instead of chicken breast) so your body can make ketones.

Basically, don't just eat protein without fat and/or carbohydrates. 

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on August 26, 2014
at 03:13 AM

Egg whites and chicken breast?

Eat some fat ok, look I know most women are traumatized by their insane fear of eating fat and they think it's going to kill them instantly, but don't make that mistake. Eat some fat otherwise you will pass out and faint. Low carb doesn't mean high-protein low-fat! That is a classic mistake and 90%+ of the time speople fail on this diet is for this reason. Low-carb means high-fat, moderate protein, low-carb. Eat fat, it's good for you and stop being afraid of the cholesterol in the eggs, you're not going to have a heart attack...oh and stay the hell away from coke, you could have eaten a banana instead if you needed a sugar fix. But a coke? WTF? Come on, you're not even trying.  

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on September 15, 2014
at 04:31 PM

TheGastronomer: I'm new to this site and if your answer had been the only answer I would have left immediately.  I'm not in the least bit afraid to eat fat, I'm well aware of what how fat is metabolized in the body.  As for your kind comment, "oh and stay the hell away from coke, you could have eaten a banana instead if you needed a sugar fix.  But a coke?  WTF? Come on, you're not even trying."  SERIOUSLY you have no idea where I was when I drank the coke or why I chose it (we were driving and out in the middle of nowere) and it was the quickest sugar right then.  If you had really read my post you would have seen that I said I ate the egg whites because I simply like them sometimes but not because I am afraid of chlolesterol.  You might consider using some people skills when replying to others.  Not all of us use the F word and most of us like to have our questions answered without being ridiculed.  If I ever answered one of my college students questions the way you answered me, I would be fired and I would deserve it. 

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on September 15, 2014
at 06:47 PM

My apologies if I came across as being rude, it is just that sometimes it can be frustrating when people that are new to the diet, approach it from a background based on the conventional wisdom of avoiding cholesterol and fat, such as in egg yolks, fatty meats, etc. As you might well know, that will lead to disaster on a diet that is low-carb. On a low-carb diet, fat must make up the majority of the calories. I've had my blood sugar in the hypoglycemic range of 55mg/dl before and I wasn't anywhere near passing out, maybe a bit tired, but not enough to pass out and this was after a 48 hour fast + exercise. I guess i'm just more accustomed to it than you but either way. I highly doubt you would have died from it, specially since you didn't really have a blood glucose measurement stating that you were in the hypoglycemic range. Many people that feel exhausted and about to pass out have perfectly normal blood glucose numbers. If you want to be sure, buy a blood glucose meter and some strips for it (pretty cheap at Walmart). If you didn't know, true hypoglycemia is very rare and often caused by insulinomas (insulin-producing tumors) which are quite rare. Most likely you were just exhausted, stressed, or low on energy from eating mostly protein. You only provided us with one day's worth of your diet and it looked pretty high-protein, low-carb, low-fat, so we have to work with what you give us. Sorry for the harsh assumptions. I didn't mean to offend you.

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on September 15, 2014
at 08:54 PM

Yeah, it was very clear from her statement that coke was what she had; she wasn't in a store with 100s of foods where she could choose the most optimal.

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