What is Reactive Hypoglycemia?


Reactive Hypoglycemia

Having bouts of reactive hypoglycemia is never pleasant experience. A suddent drop in blood glucose levels can occur without any symptom or warning. A person suffering from low blood sugar experiences extremely frustrating episodes of mood swings, shaking, sweating, nausea, hunger and blurred vision.

The good news is that reactive hypoglycemia attacks can be prevented. Changing your diet is the primary solution to combat this incapacitating disorder. The key is to manage your blood sugar levels that they don’t crash and make you miserable again. By knowing which foods to eat and which to avoid, you will put a stop to the occurring ugly spells of reactive hypoglycemia.

Reactive Hypoglycemia Diet

A reactive hypoglycemia diet is different from that of a diabetic or hypoglycemia. High-fiber, restricted-simple sugar, whole grain foods, fruits and vegetables mainly comprise a reactive hypoglycemia diet. However , do not completely avoid carbs because they further help in bood sugar regulation.

Here is a list of foods to avoid when you have reactive hypoglycemia:

1. Anything that is made from white bread
2. Cereals and other foods that are high in sugar or fructose cron syrup.
3. Caffeinated beverages such as coffee, soda and tea
5. sweet desserts like cakes, muffins and pastries
6. Fatty foods
7. Potato and tortilla chips
8. Fast foods meals and restaurant

Those foods are high glycemic, meaning they are quickly absorbed and processed by your body, which in turn may cause your blood sugar levels to yo-yo.

Now, you’re probably thinking that avoiding the above mentioned foods will make your life a bore. Don’t fret because there are equally-delicious yet much healthier alternatives to satisfy your gustatory needs.

Forget the white bread and noodle, go for whole grains, being complex carbohydrates, whole grain foods are low glycemic. They are processed more slowly, giving your body time to create a steady flow of glucose.

For your beverages list, avoid all caffeinated drinks and exchange them with water and non-caffeinated options. Natural fruit juices are best choices.

Foods that are high in fat can be replaced with low calorie, nutritious meat substitues like vegan burger, tofu, bean burgers and the likes. Eat them all you can without the guilt and fear of anathor reactive hypoglycemia attack.

You can still continue snacking on chips just as long as the chips are made from whole grains. These are readily available in the health food section of most grocery stores and they’re not bad at all. In fact, there are tempting can be addicting as well.

Yes, it can be a little unfortunate not to be able to eat out as much if you have reactive hypoglycemia. Just think of all the sugary ingredients in restaurant/fast-foods meals and surely you don’t want anothor bout of the misery, do you? You can still dine in if you’re sure that the restaurant serves sugar-free, low-glycemic foods.

Written by Aline Pilani

Hey, I’m Aline Pilani. I am a certified personal trainer and nutritionist. I have spent the last 10 years of my life helping people losing weight, increase their health and confidence, and I truly want to do the same for you.