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I was first diagnosed with hypoglycemia in 1978… when I was 22 years old. I actually had chronic fatigue syndrome for several years but that wasn’t diagnosed until much later. Fortunately, I came across a wise old doctor who tested me for hypoglycemia with a full 6-hour glucose tolerance test. He confirmed I had hypoglycemia. The problem was, he didn’t really know much about the best diet to eat. I remember he told me to “eat some cold potato before bedtime.” He never mentioned about not eating sugar! So I had to study about hypoglycemia myself. I read everything I could get my hands on, over several years. And I experimented with all kinds of diets – from high-protein Atkins-type diets to high-carbohydrate, low-fat diets – and all kinds of other diets such as food combining, macrobiotic, Ayurvedic etc. It took me about 10 years to discover what really worked for me. My hypoglycemia is totally under control now. I feel great most of the time… unless I slip up and have a binge on something sweet. Then I feel the bad effects for a day or two afterwards. But at least I know why I feel bad!

A great video explaining why it’s best to eat only 3 meals a day

Why 6 – 8 small meals a day doesn’t work in the long run

Most experts on hypoglycemia recommend you should eat 6 – 8 small meals a day to keep your blood sugar stable. I have always disagreed with this. I believe it’s best to eat just three meals a day. If you really can’t go between lunch and dinner without eating, then have a small snack in the late afternoon. But aim for 3 meals a day.

In the video above, Dr John Douillard gives a great explanation of why eating 6 – 8 meals a day is bad for your health in the long term. The idea behind eating every 2 – 3 hours is to introduce … Continue reading »

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What to eat for dinner if you have hypoglycemia

This is the third installment of the three-part series giving you some ideas about what to eat for breakfast, lunch and dinner.

So, for dinner, the same basic principles apply as for lunch. You should eat a generous portion of meat, fish or chicken – or if you are vegetarian you can have a good portion of vegetarian protein such as beans, eggs etc.

I’m not for or against being a vegetarian – but I don’t believe eating meat, fish and chicken in moderation will do any harm at all, and in fact is better for your health than a restricted vegetarian diet.

I want to stress here that I am not advocating a high protein or low-carb diet. I … Continue reading »

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What to eat for lunch to keep you blood sugar stable

This is a follow up to yesterday’s post in which I outlined some suggestions for breakfast.

For lunch, you should have a moderate portion of meat, fish or chicken… or if you are vegetarian a good serving of protein such as cheese or eggs (if you didn’t have eggs for breakfast). You should also have a good serving of salad – any kind of salad vegetables that are in season, or coleslaw, or even cooked vegetables, or soup if you are in a cold climate.

You should also have some carbohydrate – a couple of slices of wholegrain bread with butter is a good option for a quick lunch. Just make sure you get a balance of protein, fats/oils and … Continue reading »

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What should you eat if you have hypoglycemia?

I’d like to give you a sneak preview of what is coming in my new book, which will include meal plans and more detailed advice about what to eat if you have hypoglycemia.

As I will be stressing in my book, each person is different and we come from different cultures and ethnic backgrounds, so we will also prefer slightly different foods. But when you know the underlying principles, then you can choose meals that fit with you own tastes and culture.

Let’s start with breakfast. The traditional bacon and eggs, or just eggs on toast, is usually a good choice. Eggs are a great food (and if you’re worried about cholesterol, forget it – read ‘The Great Cholesterol Con’ … Continue reading »

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Hypoglycemia and Mental Health – Fascinating Facts

I’ve just read a fascinating and very inspiring article in Forbes magazine by Michael Ellsberg, who totally recovered from bi-polar disorder. After many years of suffering with this terrible mental health issue, Michael eventually found a doctor who advised him to give up sugar, caffeine and alcohol.

This wise doctor understood the link between mental illness and hypoglycemia.

After going through terrible withdrawal and craving for sugar during the first two weeks, Michael says he suddenly came out the other side and felt just like a new born baby. His head and mind were clear and stable – it was almost miraculous.

I have always believed there is a close link between mental illness and hypoglycemia. All those many people … Continue reading »

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Many prescription meds can cause hypoglycemia

Something I’ve discovered through my own research into hypoglycemia is that many common prescription medications – like painkillers, antibiotics, sleeping pills (particularly bad) anti-inflammatories etc – can have major affects on your blood sugar.

So, if you are regularly taking any medications, there’s a strong chance they could be causing or contributing to your hypoglycemia.

This is important to understand because the hypoglycemic affect of some common medications is far stronger than eating sugar!

The list of medications that cause hypoglycemia is far too long to include here but generally it includes most painkillers, anti-inflammatories, anti-coagulants, cortico-steroids, sleeping pills and even supplements like calcium gluconate.

I outline this in my book ‘Revealed: The Hidden Truth About Hypoglycemia‘.

Talking … Continue reading »

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The Truth About Grains – Should You Eat Them?

There are some diet experts who recommend the ‘Stone Age’ diet or variations thereof. They believe we should eat protein, vegetables and fruit, essentially, and that eating grains is not the way we were ‘designed’ to eat.

At first glance, this argument might seem to have some merit. But when you think about it more carefully, it just doesn’t stack up.

When you look at traditional ethnic diets around the world, they are virtually all based around some form of grain – mainly either wheat or rice. The Japanese are one of the healthiest and longest-living people, and their diet is based around rice.

The Hunza people of Northern Pakistan have the highest percentage of centenarians (people who live to … Continue reading »

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Why do Americans love rules and “programs” so much?

Let me start of by saying that I love Americans. It’s a fantastic country and the people are great. But for me, coming from New Zealand, one thing about Americans’ approach to diet seems very strange.

Most of the readers of my blog and e-book are American. And a very common question I get asked is along the lines of “Am I allowed to eat xxxxxxx on your diet program?” It’s amazing how often I get asked a variation of this question.

Am I “allowed” to drink coffee if I have hypoglycemia? Am I “allowed” to eat fruit if I have hypoglycemia? And the word “program” is often used.

Well, the good news is, yes, you are “allowed” to eat … Continue reading »

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What is the role of the adrenal glands in hypoglycemia

I had an interesting question today from a reader of my book, about the role of the adrenal glands in hypoglycemia.

Here is the question and then my answer following:

“Hi Chris,

“I just finished reading your excellent book. One factor which you allude to in the book is the fatigued adrenal glands. I feel this may be the missing link for my full recovery. What is your position on this? I note that you include coffee and tea in your own diet.

“All the websites I have looked at say that it is difficult if not impossible for a vegetarian to cure fatigued adrenals and say that one requires a host of vitamins including magnesium, calcium, b5, siberian ginseng … Continue reading »

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More thoughts on whether you should eat more than 3 meals a day

I recently received an email from Anita Flegg, author of ‘Hypoglycemia: the Other Sugar Disease’. Anita is a recognised expert in hypoglycemia and she disagrees with my view that it is best to eat only 3 meals a day (or possibly four) rather than eating 6 to 8 times a day.

Here is Anita’s email:

“Hi Chris,

I think you are trying to extend what works for you — one person — to the whole world full of hypoglycemics. Besides, you don’t yet know whether this would prevent diabetes.
This might work OK for people who don’t have crashes between meals, but I believe most people only know they are hypoglycemic because their blood sugar crashes between meals.

Sorry, but … Continue reading »

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