“Added sugar” coming to a label near you

The White House has announced a change to nutrition labels that is a very welcome change for everyone, but especially hypoglycemics and diabetics. Within the next two years, the labels will have a separate line showing the amount of sugar added (vs naturally occurring, such as milk sugar in yogurt). While sugar is sugar, added…

Enjoying Sushi on a low-carb diet

    One of my idiosyncrasies when it comes to food is that I never learned to like cooked fish, only raw fish. I know, I’m strange. Anyway, this means I’m a big fan of sushi. But sushi usually has a ton of white rice in it, which is not low-carb diet and/or hypoglycemic-friendly. So…

Sugar: A major culprit in disease, obesity

  This month’s National Geographic cover story is an article titled, Sugar Love: A not so sweet story. I would really encourage you to read this. Not only is it a fascinating account of the history of sugar and sugar’s ties to slavery, but it really made me realize just how much sugar I am…

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

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…

Sugar free chocolate and the “laxative effect”

Yes, I know. Giving up chocolate or even severely cutting-back is a really hard thing for a hypoglycemic. But now that there’s sugar free chocolate, you can eat all you want, right???  Not so fast. You need to be VERY aware of what we hypoglycemics like to call the “laxative effect.” Candy makers have to…

Going to a new restaurant? Take 5 minutes and research the food.

Especially if you are going on a date or trying to impress someone, starting blankly at a menu trying to calculate carbs in your head and/or trying to figure out what you can eat as a hypoglycemic (and, in my case, a picky eater) isn’t good. So, do yourself a favor and take five minutes…

High-fiber, blueberry bran muffins

If you are a hypoglycemic, fiber is one of your best friends. Studies have shown that fiber is good for people with diabetes and that usually means it’s good for us too! Below is a recipe for some high fiber, blueberry bran muffins. I should note upfront that I did not originate this recipe. I…

Hypoglycemics becoming diabetic

I’ve struggled with this post for almost 2 weeks, but if this is going to be an actual account of my life with hypoglycemia then I need to tell. A couple of weeks ago, I went in to meet my new general physician.  Everyone, and I do mean EVERYONE is in love with this doctor….