Dealing with Low Blood Sugar
One thing I have always suffered with is my eating habits. My breakfast is coffee. Throughout the day, I would continue my coffee binge until dinner time when I finally ate something substantial for the first time all day.
By lunch time, I was becoming disoriented and completely not myself. My quality of work began to decline. I didn’t understand what was happening to me. I was convinced that I was tired, that I had worked hard all day and it was almost quitting time. But the truth was that I was denying myself something my body and brain desperately needed- food.
Hypoglycemia is when your blood sugar reaches lower than normal levels. A common misconception is that if you are not “officially” diagnosed with diabetes then you don’t have a blood sugar problem. In reality, your body needs sugar in order to function. It’s your bodies fuel. Without gas, your car would stop running. The same is true for your body and brain. Each person’s body reacts differently when they aren’t getting the blood sugar they need. Some symptoms are more severe than others. Some people faint. Some simply feel a ravenous hunger. I was suffering from disorientation, headaches, and emotional outbursts. These symptoms I was suffering from was my body’s way of screaming at me that I needed food in order to refuel.
Hypoglycemia can control you. It can change your entire disposition. Over time it could turn into Type 2 Diabetes- something very serious. If you suffer from hypoglycemia, the solution is simple. By keeping healthy snacks with you at all times and refueling every two to three hours, you can maintain normal blood sugar levels. Lesia Cruz, Health Coach of Cruz Life Center, recommends nuts or eating real, unprocessed foods at least six times a day in order to stabilize blood sugar.
One thing that has been helpful for me is actually eating breakfast in the mornings. Because I have been unwilling to compromise on my morning cup of joe, I have opted to changing it to an iced coffee drink wit chocolate protein powder and almond milk. I have also been keeping several snacks available- whether in my car or lunch box.
If you are suffering from any of the symptoms I mentioned, I challenge you to examine your eating habits and make some changes. If you struggle with the motivation to make that change, health coaching can give you support to sustain your life change. You will see a drastic difference in your overall disposition, your energy level, and your life.