Bad Blood Sugar

Hiya eaters!

I’m going to skip the chitchat today because I want to get down to real talk.

Today’s real talk topic: blood sugar

If you follow my twit twats, then you may have read about some recent blood sugar issues I’ve been having. And considering I like FBB to be a place of mutual learning and whatnot, I decided it was worth a blog post.

So here’s the gist of it: For the last handful of years I’ve had issues on and off with my blood sugar getting too low. It happens at random times, but when it does I generally go from feeling fine to all of a sudden feeling really hot and sweaty and like I’m either going to pass out or throw up.

Obviously, this is less than ideal.

It is even more less than ideal because recently I’ve been having this problem after a workout. Add on top of that the fact that it takes about 15 minutes of walking, standing, riding the Tube, walking, and stairs for me to get home from the gym and this becomes far worse than less than ideal.

Twice in the last week I’ve almost passed out on the way home from the gym. And I can’t for the life of me figure out what’s causing the drastic drop in my blood sugar.

The first time this week that I crashed was after a morning workout. It was an average day of BodyRocking, for which I had fueled with ~1 c Greek yogurt with an orange, sunflower seeds, and vanilla bean paste mixed in, with some pb toast on the side.

That meal was a pretty equal balance of protein, fat, and carbs. And I ate it about an hour before I worked out.

The second time I had fueled for another average BodyRock workout with an apple, pb, a slice of seedy bread, and a couple of pieces of baked tofu.

Once again, I was pretty good about balancing carbs, fat, and protein.

So why the crash?

No effing idea!

Obviously, I took to Google and searched my little heart out. Here’s what I’ve learned:

Low blood sugar generally is anything below 70mg/dL.

Hypoglycemia (the technical term for chronic low blood sugar) is rarely found outside of people without diabetes, but when it is it’s believed to be mostly genetic. (Thanks Papa!)

A blood sugar crash can usually be reversed within ten minutes of eating something with ~15g sugar.

Hypoglycemia has similar symptoms and dangers as diabetes.

Fun times, right?

Wrong.

I’m still unsure as to what exactly is causing my crashes. And I absolutely HATE the idea of having to eat a sugary snack after a workout. That kind of defeats the whole calorie burn.

So now I guess I’m on another journey of trial and error. I’m not excited about it, but it’s better than running to a corner store to grab a candy bar after a workout, so I’ll do it.

What about you, eaters:

Do you ever have issues with your blood sugar, either too high or too low?

Do you have any tips on how to maintain it? Really, I’ll all ears!

G’night eaters!

Comments

  1. Hm that's really strange! I hope you're able to figure out what's causing it and how to fix it! And I'd be frustrated too!

  2. Courtney says:

    I have had problems hypoglycemia most of my life but am not diabetic. For me I get the "sinking spells" pretty frequently and I have come to realize they get worse during times I get stressed or am starting to get sick. So I usually eat pretty frequently all day. Little meals because usually the basic three meals a day, no matter how balanced, don't keep me from having moments. So I have come to having some sort of healthy snack (that won't give me a quick blood sugar spike and crash) with me at all times as a 'back up'. You just have to figure out for yourself what foods healthy foods help you maintain blood sugar levels because its different for everyone. So experiment with foods and times. Look in the aisle of protein drinks and sometimes they have a drink to help balance blood sugar in diabetics they work pretty well for me. If you have any other questions you can email me. Hope this helps :)

  3. zoe says:

    hmm…

    i used to have really similar problems. the only thing that helped was eating more and doing so regularly. because i wasn't eating enough and working out way too frequently. changing the way i moved and ate helped tons (walks instead of runs, yoga). you may simply be burning more calories than you know, you know? eat some sweet fruits after a work out if you think sugar is the way to go though. dates are great! bananas and apples are nice post-work out, too. good luck figuring it all out love :/

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