Low blood sugar caused by hypoglycemia must be regulated through diet. Symptoms of anxiety, rapid heart beat, headaches, dizziness and intense hunger can occur a few hours after a meal. By incorporating nutritious meals and snacks into your diet, you can prevent your blood sugar from fluctuating.
A diet filled with simple carbohydrates and refined sugar can trigger hypoglycemic symptoms. By starting your day on a good foot, you give yourself the opportunity to maintain a normal carbohydrate metabolism. Meals like omelets bursting with vegetables and low-fat cheese, low-fat yogurt with nuts, and cantaloupe filled with cottage cheese give you the proper nutrition. Stay away from processed foods like muffins, sausage, French toast and hash browns. Watch your condiment choice. Ketchup, soy sauce, jelly and chutney are high in sugar. A great breakfast recipe with a Mexican twist includes two eggs, black beans and a generous serving of salsa. For those on the go, toast a whole wheat English muffin and make a sandwich with egg and low-fat cheese. Never miss breakfast. If in a rush, have enough snacks in the car to constitute as a breakfast.
Snacks and Lunch
It is recommended by most nutritionists and physicians to eat six to eight small meals a day. A good rule of thumb is to eat every two hours. Diets high in fiber will keep you full longer and slow hypoglycemic reaction. Broccoli, nuts, seeds, carrots, apples, bananas and grapefruits make fantastic snacks. Mix up your own trail mix using your favorite nuts and fruits. Do not use nuts that have sugar, honey or salt. Dried fruit and pumpkin seeds can be thrown in. Lunches are difficult meals for those who do not plan ahead. Bacon, deli meat, most dairy products and fruit juices should not be consumed. Instead, enjoy a meal of skinless turkey or chicken tossed into a salad. Make a sandwich by using avocado, sprouts, hummus and onions. Follow up your lunch a couple of hours later with a snack of popcorn.
Dinner meals should be no larger than the meals you eat during the day. If you are excessively hungry from stress or exercise, eat additional amounts of vegetables. A simple Italian dish can be prepared with spaghetti squash or whole wheat pasta. Top with a sauce that does not contain sugar. Indian food is particularly beneficial for hypoglycemics because of its wide array of vegetarian entrees. Choose an entree that is made from legumes or beans but does not have a cream sauce. Soups can be made in advance. Lentil, black bean, chicken noodle, pea and tomato soup are perfect for a well-rounded meal. Before your bedtime, eat one more snack. Refrain from alcohol and sugary foods that cause swings in blood sugar. If you miss a snack, either eat one as soon as possible or have your meal earlier. Take a good multivitamin and vitamin B daily. Hypoglycemia can put a huge damper on you energy level and mood. While you are sure to indulge occasionally, keep a proper diet to avoid further symptoms.