I’ve read post after post of people posting that the answer is to change out diets. I disregarded them. I wasn’t willing to change my diet to get rid of my mild acne. I like my sugar, bread, pasta, rice. These posts sometimes annoyed me.
Finally, the depression and fatigue took it’s toll. I tried vitamins and supplements, but they didn’t fix the problem. Finally, after 2 weeks of trying to solve a problem at work, and getting nowhere because I was always tired and my mind was fuzzy and I couldn’t think or concentrate (in addition the throbbing in my knees was getting worse), I finally decided to buy a book on depression and mental illness and the links to nutrition (after crying at my desk for several hours). I went to Borders to find the book. While there I glanced in a book on hypoglycemia. The first chapter in which the author described his history sounded exactly like me – I could have written it. I had always had the problem where if I missed meals, my mind would get really fuzzy and I would flip out, and throw what is best described as a temper tantrum (ever see a 18 year old throw a temper tantrum because she was denied a hamburger; well, my mother has). I never thought it might actually be hypoglycemia though until I read several of the books and the case studies. I never knew all the other problems I’ve been plagued with all these years were in any way related. It describes the bulk of my family as well.
The problem is that the “bad” foods (sugar, white bread, pasta, white rice, white flour foods) quickly flood the system with sugar. The body responds by releasing insulin to get the sugar to the cells. Meanwhile, no more energy is being supplied by these foods, while the insulin levels remain high. The blood sugar levels will actually dip below fasting levels within a few (3-4ish) hours. Not everyone has a problem eating junk food obviously. But some of us obviously do.
Anyway, if this sounds at all like any of you, I recommend looking into one of the fine books on hypoglycemia. My favorite is “the low blood sugar handbook” by the Krimmel’s. Even if you laughed at the idea of changing your diet to get rid of acne, I know some of you will think differently about the chance to get rid of the mental and emotional problems that you probably didn’t think could be caused by your diet (especially if you tried taking vitamins and supplements to compensate like I did).
I’m in the process of changing my diet. On Thursday (the day I completely crashed (not new)), I bought 3 books on hypoglycemia and went grocery shopping. On Friday (Thursday niht and Friday I followed the diet in the above book), I went into work, and the solution to the problem that was plaguing me for a week was crystal clear, and took less than 3 minutes to implement (had I been thinking clearly before, I would have thought of it in a heartbeat).
If this is you, you might want to try this for those you love as well. Because I’ve been so irritable, I always snap at Mike when I’m home. Those with low blood sugar can be really mean to those that they love when their blood sugar crashes.