I've known for many years that I was at-least-borderline hypoglycemic. Ever since I can remember my hands have trembled-- sometimes worse than others. I usually don't notice it, but I've had people ask me if I'm cold, or nervous. "Nope," I cheerfully tell them, "just low blood sugar." When the trembling gets bad enough for me to notice then I know it's time for a high-protein snack. As far as I was concerned that's all there was to it.
A few days ago a friend told me about a friend of hers who was diagnosed with hypoglycemia and changed her diet. Within a month she noticed that she was no longer having migraine headaches. My friend knows I suffer with migraine headaches-- usually several a month-- so she asked for more information which she passed along to me.
I took a quiz at Hypoglycemia.org to "see" if I was "at risk" for hypoglycemia. I already knew I was, but I was interested to see what my results would be. The normal range is 20 or below. I scored a whoppin' 65, which did not surprise me a bit.
What blew me away was that I had never connected low blood sugar with my migraines. I don't know why. I really did think that minor trembling was about all there was to it. I still don't know for sure if they are connected... but you know what? I have decided that changing my diet is definitely worth a try.
That means no sugar, no refined flour... basically nothing white. I have also decided that I want to avoid, whenever possible, artificial sweeteners. Try shopping for groceries with those limitations! Let me tell ya, it ain't easy!
Most products labeled as 100% whole grain still had sugar. The one "mainstream" (i.e. not on the health-food aisle) salty-munchy that I found with whole wheat and no sweetening was Triscuit crackers.
For my (decaf) coffee I discovered flavored liquid stevia at the health food store. I got two flavors: English Toffee and Vanilla Creme. No, it's not as good as caramel sauce... and it's quite expensive... but just 3 or 4 drops with a splash of milk is pretty good for a sugar-free (as well as chemical-free) latte.
So I'm off on a new adventure. Reckon I can convince my family to join me? Nah... I doubt it.
Anybody else have experience with a low-glycemic diet?