If you wanted to explore things further, blood work (T3, T4, reverse T3, TSH, prolactin, serotonin) and self-diagnostics (pulse, temperature) are great places to start.
Hi Danny!! Glad to see you here. It's funny that I started out here on MDA, moved on to your blog and Dr. Peat's work, and now after not visiting MDA for awhile I happened across this wonderfully informative thread. What a great discussion!
I used to have hypoglycemic episodes much like the commenter above mentioned--which also went away when I went LC paleo, but only temporarily...they came back after I went really (<20g) low carb.
What I am wondering is--if/when a person has a good metabolism and thyroid, would they be able to go for most of the day without eating without getting hypoglycemia and feeling crappy? I'm guessing so, yes? What is the mechanism that the body would employ to do this; something to do with liver glycogen stores and probably breaking down fat tissue (which would probably be mostly saturated in an optimally healthy person?)?
I love this thread! I have lots more questions, but I need to think them through first so I can ask them in a (hopefully) intelligent manner LOL ;-)
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When the thyroid is good, the liver is more efficient and can store adequate amounts of glycogen to get by for several hours.
I think following your appetite is a good guide though; the goal isn't necessarily to not be hungry.
Hans Selye (the father of stress) noted that one of the first signs of being sick was a reduced appetite.
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I think that part of the problem with this thread is that it started off with 'SUGAR IS GOOD, EAT LOTS', which most people (myself included) interpreted to be a blessing on white sugar. However, if that sugar is being ingested exclusively in the form of fruits, that seems to me to be much more reasonable.
Our family had already 'adapted' to a high fruit lifestyle, since that's the snack of choice for our children.
Disclaimer: I eat 'meat and vegetables' ala Primal, although I don't agree with the carb curve. I like Perfect Health Diet and WAPF Lactofermentation a lot.
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How exactly would we know if we need to supplement with 'sugar' and not just fruit? How exactly would that be incorporated. Is there a link that we can follow to see how the eating plan for this style is laid out?
Interesting observation~MY FIl is diabetic and for at least 15 years and consistantly drinks a 1/2 gallon of OJ everyday! My DH and his siblings have gotten onto him about this for years but he does it none the less. I took him for a check up once and asked his doctor about it and he said it was fine!!! My FIL blood sugars are always in the low 90's upon arising and he never feels bad! He lives on his own at 89 and functions perfectly.. More HMMMMM~
I usually see it as. VLC = Only vegetables meat, eggs and maybe some berries. Non starch vegetables are said to provide hardly any usable carbohydrate.
Low carb = Meat, eggs, vegetables, some potatoes and some fruit besides berries.
Moderate = Fruit and starch making up a significant amount but still less than the SAD 55% carbohydrate level.
High = Above 55%, usually with potatoes, rice, coconut water and juice.
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