Hypoglycemic? Diabetic? Be wary of diet plans and nutrition advice

Woman holding up a Nutrisystem bag of caramel crunch popcorn
Yeah….I doubt Nutrisystem meets our blood sugar needs either. Photo from Flickr: miss_rogue

Last week in Rotary, a Chiropractor was presenting on overall health including, of course, spinal health. What I thought was interesting was that he spent a great deal of his allotted 20 minutes talking about diet and exercise. I give the doctor kudos for emphasizing this, but his diet/nutrition plan left a lot to be desired, especially if you are hypoglycemic or diabetic.

He recommended eating the majority of your daily intake of carbohydrates in the morning, a minimal amount at lunch, and very few or none in the evening. Side note: I couldn’t help notice that this seems to be the same model as My Fit Foods. Anyway…

That might be all well and great if you have no sugar issues at all (although I’m not entirely convinced of that), but that’s a bad, bad plan if you are diabetic or hypoglycemic. If you have blood sugar issues of any kind you must eat a healthy balance of carbohydrates and protein at every meal (see below for a link to a hypoglycemic diet outline).

When I asked him about it (because you know I couldn’t help myself…but I was nice), he said that his nutrition plan was general and that he could spend a whole day if he was trying to address small populations and their dietary needs. Small population???  I bet these American Diabetes Association statistics might change his mind. Considering who is in Rotary. I’d estimate that about 20% of the audience or more has blood sugar issues. So, he gave bad advice for at least 1 in 5 of us.

Moral of the story? Don’t just take one of these cookie-cutter diet plans or nutrition plans and implement it. You could be putting your health or life at risk by doing so. Instead, talk with your doctor and dietitian about your specific needs.

You might also be interested in: 

Outline of a hypoglycemic diet

Travel tips for hypoglycemics and healthy eaters

How I lost the weight (and keep it off)!

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