Reactive Hypoglycemia Symptoms
Nice to meet you all on this forum. Have read some very interesting posts before making an account here.
I struggle with Reactive Hypoglycemia, i have been told to eat more protein, low carbohydrate and more fat to ease my symptoms. I must say it is working but it is very hard getting used to this diet.
What i wondered for advice, is in a few months, i have to travel alot for work and will be staying at various hotels. I might not always get the time to eat everything perfectly low carbohydrate as i will be on the go. Has anyone tried any herbs that might help decrease insulin release or slow down the digestion process, my dietitian will be talking to me about this on my next appointment, which is in another 2 months.
If anyone has any experience with any herbs or medications that helped with their Reactive Hypoglycemia i would be grateful. I know some people have had success with Cinnamon and this eases their symptoms despite adding more carbohydrate to their meals.
I'm not sure there are any herbs or spices that will regulate blood sugar enough to stop reactive hypoglycemia.
I had R.H. for several years before moving on into diabetes. Eating low-car/high-fat is the best way to treat it. But, if you're traveling, it may be more difficult, that's for sure.
I couple suggestions: bring along a supply of preserved meats like jerky so you have something to eat when you're away from a restaurant. While peanut butter is a bit carby, it wouldn't be that bad if you don't eat too much of it at a time, and it travels well. (There are some individual servings of p.b. found in health-food stores packaged in a foil pouch). Tree nuts are a fairly low-carb food that travels well. The key is to have something to eat with you at all times.
Protein powder (unsweetened) was helpful to me during my R.H. days. I'd have some in a glass of water first thing when I woke up, and carried the powder (with a jar to add water to mix it in) with me in my purse so if my meal was delayed I had something to tide me over. Fatty foods would be better, but the protein powder was helpful.
Of course, if you have access to a grocery store, there's lunch meat and cheeses. Speaking of cheese, string cheese and the like come in individual serving packages and would last a few days unrefrigerated.
Hope some of this helps.
VeeJay made some excellent suggestions regarding portable foods. Of course, fiber is famous for slowing down the digestive process. I'm not very familiar with R.H. but you might seek out foods/snacks that have higher levels of fiber (for example, if you're stuck eating something rather carb-y, see if you can find something that has some fiber in it,, like whole grains or nuts, to slow your body's metabolism for it).
I also wonder (not a doctor; didnít stay at a Holiday Inn Express either) if those fiber drinks (or powders added to water) might be helpful. The thing to watch there would be the presence of sugar or artificial sweeteners; I try to avoid both.
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