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  • #16
    mark said something in his blog pages along the lines of if you are hungry for carbs ie craving you're not really hungry. If you are a type 1 diabetic and you are hypo by your meter readings then you do need to eat. If you are a type 2 or non diabetic you really would benefit from testing when you are like that and see what's really going on. In the UK all pharmacies will do an on the spot test for you free.
    I'm eating between 30- 80 carbs a day currently, all of which comes from veg and berries. my low blood sugar emergency snack is deli meat including bacon or berries now but i do keep dextrose gel in my bag and car for a hypo emergency which can happen with my type of diabetes.
    A lot of type 2 diabetics and non diabetics don't seem to be aware that a sign of high blood sugar is pronounced hunger whereas a real hypo symptom is frequently no appetite/nausea but a rumbling tummy.
    When I'd had enough of the grain and starched based 'diabetic eating for health' diet (eating for health, my ass!) my weight was 242.5 lbs. On starting primal- 18th April 2013 weight : 238.1.
    27th July 2013. weight after 100 days 136.9 weight lost 101.2lb ; that's 105.6lbs since I stopped the 'diabetic eating for health'
    new journal http://www.marksdailyapple.com/forum...ml#post1264082

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    • #17
      So i'm about 4 days into less frequent eating and i feel like my blood sugar is constantly low. I used to eat 6-7 mini meals and now i'm trying to get down to 3, so i'm eating 4 at the moment. Do you think my body will adjust or am I just causing more harm than good by letting my blood sugar low so often? Something tells me I should just stick with it but I don't want to do anything stupid!

      Note* i'm not diabetic, just hypoglycemic. I'm not passing out, just feel very low energy, hungry even though i'm eating huge primal meals, and dizzy/lethargic/weak

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      • #18
        this is probably just the changeover period. Your body (like mine) has got used to being fed when it rang its bell- just like Pavlov's dogs and it takes time to unlearn it. Our bell rings when the easy to access carb energy runs out and if we eat at that point it just carries on the cycle so the body never uses its fat as energy which is what fat is for. Our bodies can do this - they do it all night but mines needed pushing into it during the day.
        Ive got to the point now where my bells stopped ringing and i feel so much better for being ____ instead of `..`._.
        When I'd had enough of the grain and starched based 'diabetic eating for health' diet (eating for health, my ass!) my weight was 242.5 lbs. On starting primal- 18th April 2013 weight : 238.1.
        27th July 2013. weight after 100 days 136.9 weight lost 101.2lb ; that's 105.6lbs since I stopped the 'diabetic eating for health'
        new journal http://www.marksdailyapple.com/forum...ml#post1264082

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        • #19
          I started off with 3 meals and a couple of snacks because that was what I was doing before. As my diet altered over a few weeks I found I didn't want the snacks and gradually I've changed to only two meals a day! I have a good breakfast and don't really want anything then til the evening. If I decide I 'should' eat lunch then I don't enjoy my dinner.

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          • #20
            I should have mentioned I keep emergency cooked bacon in the icebox at work. it sounds weird but if I absolutely have to snack I zap it in the microwave. I have also discovered than bacicle -frozen crispy bacon is brilliant when its hot weather but freeze each piece next to each other not on top ,you can snap one off then- i cant get my teeth through a pile
            When I'd had enough of the grain and starched based 'diabetic eating for health' diet (eating for health, my ass!) my weight was 242.5 lbs. On starting primal- 18th April 2013 weight : 238.1.
            27th July 2013. weight after 100 days 136.9 weight lost 101.2lb ; that's 105.6lbs since I stopped the 'diabetic eating for health'
            new journal http://www.marksdailyapple.com/forum...ml#post1264082

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            • #21
              There are a bunch of us on the steak and eggs thread eating only two meals.

              Thought it would be hard, but it's effortless. Heck I could do one meal. Guess it's the ketosis, just don't seem to get hungry...

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              • #22
                Originally posted by KimchiNinja View Post
                There are a bunch of us on the steak and eggs thread eating only two meals.

                Thought it would be hard, but it's effortless. Heck I could do one meal. Guess it's the ketosis, just don't seem to get hungry...
                I upped my carbs recently (so-called safe starches) and staying at one meal / day is no problem. I actually just came out of a 2 days fast (which I keep at a low frequency - maybe once every 2 weeks). No hunger pangs due to higher carb intake. it is truly a matter of habits, what and how much you eat during the single meal. I tend to eat BIG and it takes me about 1h to 1h30 to go through the meal.

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                • #23
                  I'm curious as to how people here actually determined they were hypoglycemic?

                  Merely being uncomfortable is not a sign of hypoglycemia. I've had several hypoglycemic episodes while training and they are characterised by extreme nausea, extremely rapid pulse / heart palpitations, shaking, zero hunger, palor, and an all around "I'm gonna die" feeling. All of this thanks to massive amounts of adrenaline that are dumped into your system in order to get your liver to push out some stored glycogen.

                  Should you fail in providing additional exogenous glucose or if your liver has low stores ( fasted training ... been there, done that ), you _will_ pass out, and you may very well go into a coma if your hypoglycemia is due to an insulin overdose.

                  I suspect that most folks who claim to be hypoglycemic probably have "idiopathic postprandial syndrome" :

                  Idiopathic postprandial syndrome, colloquially but incorrectly known by some as hypoglycemia (especially in North America), describes a collection of clinical signs and symptoms similar to medical hypoglycemia but without the demonstrably low blood glucose levels which characterise said condition.
                  You need to determine whether you are truly hypoglycemic or have IPS. If you are truly hypoglycemic, then you need to administer glucose immediately, not just eat. Otherwise, if you have IPS, I would advise gradually attempting to increase the intervals between meals. There is a definite training effect there. Apart from feeling lousy, there really isn't any danger as blood glucose levels are normal.

                  -PK
                  My blog : cogitoergoedo.com

                  Interested in Intermittent Fasting? This might help: part 1, part 2, part 3.

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                  • #24
                    Cold turkey with coffee and chewing gum is how I did it. Plus keep busy !!

                    I will never look back.

                    I intermittent fast from 10pm until 6pm the following day.

                    I lift weights fasted after work then eat all my food from 6-10pm

                    Love it.

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                    • #25
                      I used to think I was hypoglycemic, ate 6 times a day carried tupperware around etc...would start to get a headache and anxious...feared hunger etc...now I IF on a 20/4 cycle daily...it is amazingly freeing...part of it was psychological for me but once I went ver low carb and got past ketosis flu, I felt great...lots of fat, protein and veggies only...when I start to get headaches, shaky or nausea I found eating some sea salt and drinking a glass of water made me feel instantly better...also try drinking coffee or tea when you get that feeling...sometimes atleast for me it was the desire to have something

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