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Posted by: meribelle, Monday, September 17, 2007, 11:54pm
I just found out today that I am hypoglycemic.  I never knew or suspected it!  Does any one have any snack ideas that are portable in a purse or lunch kit and would be appropriate for an O nonnie?
Posted by: Lloyd, Tuesday, September 18, 2007, 3:34am; Reply: 1
There are lots of good things.

One would be beef jerky.

Another would be walnuts.

You might want to read the Diabetes book to get a better idea of what adjustments to make in your daily eating.
Posted by: meribelle, Tuesday, September 18, 2007, 10:34am; Reply: 2
I really know next to nothing about blood sugar, so please excuse this silly question.  Is hypoglycemia the opposite of diabetes?  How would knowing about diabetes help me?

During the night I was thinking of foods and I thought of beef jerky.  I saw some at the grocery store.  I know some people make their's, but I am not sure I am ready for that with everything else that is going on in my life.

That is a good idea to get the diabetes book.  I think I will order it.
Posted by: ISA-MANUELA (Guest), Tuesday, September 18, 2007, 4:27pm; Reply: 3
hhhmmm, some docs did declare hypoclycemie as another form of diabetes; but Peter always strictly denyd that it is alike :-).....some other docs just do it into the psychosomatic range as well....here I don't think so that it is :-/.....we, the *royals* do have problems to get the glucagon into our cells; so
it might resemle as if we do crave food, but in reality the problem itself is the entrance of glucagon into the cells; one of the possibilities is l'carnitin; another form is to go for smaller meals daily but regulary 4-6 little meals, so that bsugar can't drop that much ::) another possibility is to give a try for enzymatic therapy. The best for me what I was able to do was to give up café completely :o :-/ and  fellows I feel better than before ;) ;D ;D ......never believed that ::) :o :B :X.........(dance)(smarty)(dance)(whistle)
Posted by: Peppermint Twist, Tuesday, September 18, 2007, 4:42pm; Reply: 4
Quoted from meribelle
I just found out today that I am hypoglycemic.  I never knew or suspected it!  Does any one have any snack ideas that are portable in a purse or lunch kit and would be appropriate for an O nonnie?

Pumpkin seeds, baby!  Eden Organic makes a delicious, pure brand in a very portable, resealable bag.  Perfect to keep in your purse.

Hard-boiled eggs are good for that lunch kit.

What you want is protein to keep you satisfied and nourished.

Good luck!

Posted by: meribelle, Tuesday, September 18, 2007, 10:48pm; Reply: 5
Hooray.  I already live on pumpkin seeds that I toast myself, I eat all day long, like grazing, and I took hard boiled eggs for lunch today.  I also bought some organic beef jerky.  It has some avoids in it, but it was the best I could do without making it myself.

I rarely eat sugar, so when they gave me the glucose tolerance test, it just wiped me out!!

I also ordered the Diabetes book from Dr. D.

What is glucagon? May I ask.....
Posted by: Rodney, Tuesday, September 18, 2007, 11:52pm; Reply: 6
hi Maribelle,
when I was told I had Hypoglycemia my Dr. gave me a glycemic index food list which I used by eating foods that are low on the list. This did help me a lot but you know after following the BTD I pretty much don't use the list or for that matter have a problem with the up's and downs that pledged me a few years ago. another Plus for the BTD. One thing I noticed while following the Dr. advice on hypoglycemia  was that having small snakes to keep me up and feeling good turned in to an excuse to eat more and the lbs soon followed. Be careful of that ;)
the more compliant you are for you BT the better you will feel all around :)
good luck to you!

Posted by: meribelle, Tuesday, September 18, 2007, 11:59pm; Reply: 7
I have to laugh at 'type O's'......... you said small snakes instead of snacks.  Do you suppose snakes are on the BTD?

I will be advised of the weight gain issue.  I gain very easily!  

This morning I was thinking about the glycemic index list I had seen on the internet, but I did not know rather to eat from the top or the bottom.  Now I know to eat from the bottom.

I pretty much snack all day, though.
Posted by: Lloyd, Wednesday, September 19, 2007, 1:53am; Reply: 8
Quoted from meribelle
I really know next to nothing about blood sugar, so please excuse this silly question.  Is hypoglycemia the opposite of diabetes?  How would knowing about diabetes help me?

That is a good idea to get the diabetes book.  I think I will order it.


Well, not quite the opposite. Hypoglycemia is low blood sugar. Diabetics have to deal primarily with high blood sugar but can go into a hypoglycemic state from the treatments and/or improper diet.

Hypoglycemia is low blood glucose. The simplest way to raise blood glucose is to consume things that contain or convert to glucose through digestion. Some sugars are better than others for this purpose as some do not convert to glucose.

The things that usually accompany hypoglycemia are zero/negligible insulin, high cortisol and ketones. There are a number of other things as well. A good read is at wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hypoglycemia



Posted by: Lloyd, Wednesday, September 19, 2007, 2:10am; Reply: 9
I guess you might want to have some compliant starch available for snacks. I would look to vegetables as much as you can for glucose, to try to keep your fruits and grains from getting too far out of whack.

Tomato, onion, cabbage and squash would all be good bets. Tomato juice would be convenient to take places in single serving cans, if you can find a 'clean' brand.
Posted by: ISA-MANUELA (Guest), Wednesday, September 19, 2007, 5:16am; Reply: 10
there a types which might go for 3 larger meals, so normally the O's and B's are prone for that, but A's and AB's just the contrary; this is also a causa of less stomach acidity.
Rodney I guess in your case it was only a trained pattern (you've to eat all up...if not....::) (naughty)(hand)(smarty)(whistle)(think) )
Posted by: meribelle, Wednesday, September 19, 2007, 9:09am; Reply: 11
I am going to print the glycemic index. I never thought of tomato juice to keep handy.  I wonder about V8?
Posted by: meribelle, Wednesday, September 19, 2007, 9:16am; Reply: 12
You said:
Well, not quite the opposite. Hypoglycemia is low blood sugar. Diabetics have to deal primarily with high blood sugar but can go into a hypoglycemic state from the treatments and/or improper diet.


How does it change from hypo to hyper?
Posted by: geminisue, Wednesday, September 19, 2007, 10:51am; Reply: 13
What was the number they gave you normal is between 70-110 I had low blood sugar for many years and had to drink 4 oz OJ and 1-2T sugar, but OJ is an avoid, but I'm sure you can do the same with grapefruit juice, as long as your not taking a med that you can't drink grapefruit juice, I can't. When My glucose level reached 159 I became a diabetic, I had seven fingernails that had a fungus in them that kept getting worse, The doctor looked at them and said your a diabetic, and I have to remove those nails so they could heal,yes he numbed them and pulled each one out, luckily the numbing worked, it looked very frightening. I went to diabetic classes, and controlled it for many years with the diet, Then eating pizza to often kicked it up where I had to take oral medication, than in 2000 I was diagnosed with COPD and had to take steroids and prednazone, through weight up 23 lbs over night, glucose way up to three hundred, I asked the doctor why he did that to me when he knew I was succeeding so well at losing weight,  He said "Honey it was either that or death, so I chose that" Of course, I said I understood his decision, I had to take insulin and oral meds than I found BTD in 2005 and my health has totally improved.  My glucose can go to fifty and I do not have effects of having low blood sugar, found this out yesterday when I had to have steroids shot into my back was told my sugar would raise, it did when I got home it was 142, I have been eating 2 oz of beneficial meet, 1/4-1/2 cup of broccoli, snow peas, and green beans, I have 1 oz of walnuts and 1 oz of flaxseed, I drink V8 juice, seltzer water and green tea, I also eat pumpkin seeds, if I have both seeds I have 1/2 oz of each, I put nutritional yeast on the heated pumpkin seeds, reminds me of popcorn.  If I eat an avoid, I eat it for up to an hour, and than no more until this craving hits again, they are happening less and less. If you start eating like this it won't becomes diabetis
Posted by: meribelle, Wednesday, September 19, 2007, 11:13am; Reply: 14
Thank you very much.  I just can't believe this is me.  I have followed the BTD for 3 years and love it.  I think this must be a freak thing.  

One thing you said is good though, I don't measure my food.  That is too controlling.  I will think about that.
Posted by: italybound, Wednesday, September 19, 2007, 1:41pm; Reply: 15
Quoted from ISA-MANUELA
The best for me what I was able to do was to give up café completely :o :-/


meribelle, being an O (and a nonnie ta boot), I cant stress how important it is to stay away from coffee. It will really mess w/ your blood sugar. Not a pretty picture.  :-/ ;) :)
Posted by: Rodney, Wednesday, September 19, 2007, 1:48pm; Reply: 16
Quoted from pkarmeier


meribelle, being an O (and a nonnie ta boot), I cant stress how important it is to stay away from coffee. It will really mess w/ your blood sugar. Not a pretty picture.  :-/ ;) :)



so true Pat once I quit Coffee I feel so much better and not under the need for it.
a cup of licorice tea does the trick for me now. I do have to admit that everyone in a while I will sip a 1/2 cup of the black stuff to curb the what ever when Judy has some brewing but only on the weekend when I feel the need and to remember how yuck it really tastes.
Posted by: italybound, Wednesday, September 19, 2007, 1:52pm; Reply: 17
Quoted from Rodney
a cup of licorice tea does the trick for me now...... and to remember how yuck it really tastes.


licorice tea..............mmmmmmmmmm yummy..........for those who are not aware, it is not recommended for those w/ high blood pressure  :-/
awwwwww Rodney, coffee still tastes good if ya add some creamer and sugar, maybe a little flavoring too.  :P ;) :) ;D
Posted by: Rodney, Wednesday, September 19, 2007, 1:59pm; Reply: 18
Quoted from pkarmeier


licorice tea..............mmmmmmmmmm yummy..........for those who are not aware, it is not recommended for those w/ high blood pressure  :-/
awwwwww Rodney, coffee still tastes good if ya add some creamer and sugar, maybe a little flavoring too.  :P ;) :) ;D


Paaatttt

how would YOU know!!???

Posted by: italybound, Wednesday, September 19, 2007, 2:07pm; Reply: 19
Quoted from Rodney
Paaatttt  how would YOU know!!???


because that was how I drank my coffee back in the day  (and the occasional time now-only I use soy instead of creamer  ;))
Posted by: Mrs T O+, Wednesday, September 19, 2007, 2:19pm; Reply: 20
The glycemic index is not always absolute. You may find a food with a higher index, like carrots that works for you.
Remember to exercise regularly.
Take chromium to control those cravings.  
Eat a lot of veggies when you can (like at home when you cook). That makes such a difference for me.
Food combination rules also work for me.

I have a husband who works (hard) full time, so I have the luxury of working part-time. I have a job that is moderately active(bakery clerk) & have enough time to
be home to make the right foods(not always LOL, & notice the difference!).
It is basically impossible for me to travel(escept for the IFHI conference!-wishing & hoping!). Others cannot understand my diet & I don't say much.
I think I'm an O-nonnie. That's much harder than a secretor O!

Stay tuned to BTD central for more info & encouragement!
Sincerely yours,
Mrs "T"    O+
Posted by: Rodney, Wednesday, September 19, 2007, 2:22pm; Reply: 21
Quoted from pkarmeier


because that was how I drank my coffee back in the day  (and the occasional time now-only I use soy instead of creamer  ;))


ok our secret is out I guess  :B
it is so nice to not be hooked on the stuff as in the past...
Posted by: italybound, Wednesday, September 19, 2007, 2:25pm; Reply: 22
Quoted from Rodney
ok our secret is out I guess  :B   it is so nice to not be hooked on the stuff as in the past...


:B I guess..........I do rarely have it anymore tho because of the blood sugar reaction. If not for that.............  ::)          I seriously wonder that I will ever completely give it up................I try to save that for my avoid  ::) ::)  I know............but what'r'ya gonna do.  :'( :'(
Posted by: meribelle, Wednesday, September 19, 2007, 10:15pm; Reply: 23
I drink green tea each morning.  Several years ago I basically gave up coffee except for maybe once small cup every couple of weeks.  It tastes soooooo good, but it is wrong for my blood type, so I try to stay away.

Am I right that hypoglycemia is common in O nonnies?
Posted by: Trixy, Thursday, September 20, 2007, 4:06pm; Reply: 24
Hi Meribelle,

GREEN BEANS! I've just discovered how well green beans stave off that hunger, weakness and fatigue that hypoglycemia brings on (yes, as an O Nonnie, I'm very familiar with it).

They're highly beneficial for type O's in the diabetes book. Lately I've been making lunchtime salads with green beans as the base...I throw in a some frozen organic cut green beans, add some cooked ground beef, walnuts, pumpkin seeds, avocado, a little olive oil and lemon juice. This lunch works to completely take away my hunger for the entire afternoon - not an easy thing to do. I've made this salad using other vegetables, but it's when I make it with green beans that I have the best results.

I think that raw green beans in a little baggie would be a great survival tool for O nonnies to carry with them. :)
Posted by: meribelle, Thursday, September 20, 2007, 11:40pm; Reply: 25
I read in my Aging and Cancer books from Dr. D that green beans were super beneficial.  Who would have thought that a boring green bean would be beneficial.  I love them.  Just finished some for supper that were cooked in the new plastic steaming bag.  Sure was an easy way to cook, but somehow it sounds like the worst of several worlds..... microwave and plastic.  

At any rate.... A green bean salad is a wonderful idea.  Or maybe I could even take them frozen and cook some in the bag in the microwave, if I am ever in the office!!!  A lot of my work is out and about in the community.
Posted by: Lola, Friday, September 21, 2007, 12:05am; Reply: 26
I would cook them on the stove and take them to work......then just slightly warm them up in the micro if need be!
Posted by: meribelle, Friday, September 21, 2007, 12:42am; Reply: 27
I like that idea better.  There is always a long line at the microwave.
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