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:
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 I think this is just bad advice because it will work for only a very small % of hypoglycemics.”
Here is my response to Anita’s email:
I don’t want to give the impression that you should never eat snacks. If you are hungry between meals, then it’s fine to eat a snack. You are right that I am going mainly by my own experience although I know of many others who have also found the same thing, that they feel better with 3 meals a day plus maybe one snack in the afternoon rather than eating 6 to 8 times a day irrespective of whether they are hungry or not.
If you eat a balanced meal with protein, fat and carbohydrate that digests slowly then it’s possible to keep stable blood sugar for 4 or 5 hours, no problem. The reason people get sugar crashes between meals is that they eat meals that digest quickly, with sugar and refined carbohydrates and not enough protein and fat. A low fat diet, for example, even with no sugar, used to make me get sugar crashes and I was continually needing snacks.
Thanks for taking the time to comment and I’m still learning so I don’t claim to have the answer for everyone.”
And Anita’a further response:
“I agree that might work for some people, and everyone should eat properly balanced meals. But I know lots of hypoglycemics that can eat the best meals ever, myself included, and still have a crash at the 2 or 3 hour mark.”
Ultimately, you need to discover for yourself what works best for you.