Hypoglycaemia is a condition that can have a serious effect on your eating habits and energy. Fortunately, the current trend of small meals and restricting sugar as a way to lose weight is very similar to the typical hypoglycemic diet. There are a few guidelines to keep in mind.
Sugar and fiber
In both a hypoglycemic and a typical weight loss diet, avoid “empty calories” found in the high sugar content of sweets and sugar drinks. Food products like cold drinks, cookies, table sugar, sweets, cake and ice cream need to be cut from the diet. Replace these products with complex carbohydrates rich in whole grains, such as barley and quinoa. Complex carbohydrates tend to take longer to break down into the small intestine. This will lead to a more balanced level of blood sugar than when you ate nothing but sweets. Whole grains, legumes, nuts and seeds contain not only complex carbohydrates, but also fiber that delay digestion, stomach emptying and glucose uptake. Fiber is committed to weight loss and detoxification.
Protein and fat
Legumes, nuts and seeds also contain proteins and the “good fats” known as monounsaturated fats. These fats have been shown to help regulate blood sugar and an important part of the heart-healthy diet known as the Mediterranean diet. Popular diets such as the Diet Zone also showed mono-unsaturated fats as the best fat to lose weight. Avoid saturated fat in meat products, but many lean and farm meat products tend to have much less fat and are a major source of protein. Protein is a good source of energy for the hypoglycemic and should be consumed in each of the six small meals recommended for diet.
What to avoid
Avoid or eliminate caffeine in the form of coffee, tea, cold drink or medication. Since caffeine stimulates the production of adrenaline, it contributes to the already high level of adrenaline created by hypoglycaemia itself. Alcohol is a possible cause of hypoglycaemia and can lead to an excess of glucose in the body. Since alcohol tends to be a diet, it’s probably a good idea to remove it as well. Ingredients that often come with preservatives and sweeteners like high fructose corn syrup, partially hydrogenated oils or heavy syrup are bad for everyone, including hypoglycemics. Most importantly, if you believe that you are suffering from hypoglycaemia you should consult your doctor about the best eating plan.