Since I was about 16 years old, about half of my life, I have battled hypoglycemia. On top of everything teenagers deal with, I found myself breaking out in cold sweats after eating, seeing double, unable to focus, and feeling like I was constantly going to fall over or pass out. Fun huh?
Soon after, I was diagnosed with Hypoglycemia. Basically, after I consume a high carb meal, my body would produce way too much insulin, and my blood sugar would drop way too fast causing me to feel like I was going to faint.
So how is Hypoglycemia different from diabetes?
Hypoglycemia is similar to diabetes in that you have to follow a low sugar, small frequent meals type of diet. You also need to worry about your blood sugar dropping too fast. It is different from diabetes because your blood sugar never gets too high which is the main struggle with diabetes. I do not have to give myself insulin injections like someone with diabetes would.
So what did you do?
When I was younger, I had a really hard time regulating my blood sugar. The foods I should have been eating did not always meet the convenience factor that I needed. It wasn’t until after college, with my Nutrition degree in hand, that I really started to understand what my body needed.
A lot of finding out what worked for me came from trial and error. I discovered that all of the high carb foods that I loved so much were like poison to my body. I can no longer eat bagels with butter for breakfast (sigh) but I will enjoy the occasional bagel along with two eggs for protein to balance out the carb content. Eating a cinnamon roll or donut for breakfast without protein would quite literally put me in bed for the rest of the day.
To this day, I still struggle finding acceptable snacks that are easy on the go so I was really excited to discover Sugar Smart Box! Sugar Smart Box is a monthly subscription snack box that delivers low sugar and low carb snacks right to your door. What I loved most about the Box was that everything inside could easily be thrown into a lunch box, backpack, or purse. As a mom, I’m always looking for a healthy snack I can throw in the stroller as we are running out the door that won’t go bad when I forget to eat it right away. My kids loved a lot of the snacks too which is always a plus. You can check out Sugar Smart Box here.
What are your health struggles? I’d love to hear!
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