The main treatment of hypoglycemia is the use of diet to stabilize blood sugar levels. All simple, processed, and concentrated carbohydrates must be avoided, while the consumption of complex-carbohydrate; high-fiber foods should be emphasized. Legumes should be consumed regularly and frequent small meals are more effective in stabilizing blood sugar levels. Eat six small meals/snacks per day.
Include in your diet:
• whole grains (i.e. millet, brown rice, quinoa, wheat, amaranth, rye, barley and buckwheat)
• fresh vegetables
• fresh raw seeds/nuts and their butters (i.e. flax, sesame, pumpkin, almonds, hazelnuts)
• garlic & onions
• string beans
• Jerusalem artichokes
• fruit eaten in small amounts with protein or complex carbohydrates
• unprocessed soy products
Avoid consumption of:
• sugar in all it’s forms i.e. fructose, sucrose, cornsyrup, molasses, honey, rice syrup etc.
• soft drinks, fruit juices and carrot juice
• excessive protein, especially red meat
• excessive salt
• white flour and products made from it
• highly refined, processed and canned foods including t.v. dinners and breakfast cereals
• caffeine (coffee, tea, chocolate, cola, drinks, aspirin, bromo-seltzer and excedrin
• Read the labels, or ask for ingredients in restaurants.
Other Helpful Ideas:
• Exercise as vigorously as you can on a daily basis
• If you are overweight talk to your doctor about a sensible plan for reducing your weight.
• If following the above instructions does not sufficiently reduce your symptoms add protein to each of the six meals/snacks you are eating.
• Other helpful ideas: learn visualization/affirmation or meditation techniques.
It is important to keep your hypoglycemia under control because unchecked hypoglycemia may exacerbate pre-menstrual tension, overtax your adrenal glands and eventually lead to diabetes.