Do you want to eat the whole kitchen when your blood sugar is low?
Updated: Feb 16, 2021
I get it. That low low blood sugar feeling kicks in and you suddenly become a ravenous monster. You want to eat everything in site and might even have some weird cravings too! Once you start eating, you can't stop. Why? Well your body is literally in survival mode. This is a good thing. It WANTS to keep you alive... but at the same time, it sets the stage for a rough day of roller coaster blood sugars.
Warning: It's not easy to change this habit. In fact, sometimes I still do this and other times I don't. (Truthfully those middle of the night lows are the ones that get me!) But the work does pay off. Once you get onto the roller coaster it is 150593483% harder to get off of it. So the key is: stay off! How you ask?
Patience & trust. Patience & trust. Patience & trust.
Patience - to eat what you need and wait 10-15 minutes. Trust - that your body will come up after eating carbs like it typically does.
You might be surprised to find out that not every low is equal. Some lows need 15 carbs and others need 7. How do you know the difference?
Ask yourself some of these questions to get to an answer:
-How quickly am I dropping?
-If you have a CGM - is the low number showing a steady arrow or a dropping on?
-Did you just work out or have you been sitting on your couch?
-When is the last time you ate and did that food have carbs/protein/fat/fiber?
-Am I about to go to sleep and rather air on the higher side to be safe?
All of these factors play into the severity of your low and what is needed to bring it back up.