I have always struggled with anxiety and feeling overwhelmed. When I began paying more attention to my body and how it reacts to certain food, I noticed I would feel more anxious (or hangry) when I hadn’t eaten in a while.
Hypoglycemia – a fancy name for low blood sugar level. Hypoglycemia occurs when:
o Your body's sugar (glucose) is used up too quickly
o Glucose is released into the bloodstream too slowly
o Too much insulin is released into the bloodstream
Although it is most common in people with diabetes, it can happen for healthy people from time to time as well, especially when there is big fluctuation in blood sugar level, or if a person hasn’t eaten for a long period of time.
Skipping meals, not eating enough during meal time, genetic tendency for low blood sugar and not compensating by adding extra meals or snacks can all contribute to hypoglycemia.
There are a few ways to alleviate mood issues caused by hypoglycemia:
§ Eat meals that are low in glycemic load: substitute refined grains with whole grains, include a generous amount of vegetables, and a moderate amount of protein and good fats which can slow down the absorption of carbs.
§ To keep blood sugar level even, experiment with having 5 – 6 small meals or snacks a day, instead of 3 big meals.
§ Avoid as much as possible processed foods, and anything that contains sugar and refined carbohydrates.
If you need extra help with balancing blood sugar level, there are a few things that you can take to supplement your nutritional intake.
The basics are:
§ Good quality, whole food based multivitamin to deal with backlog of deficiencies
§ A protein shake with a clean plant based protein powder
§ Essential fatty acid – fish oil supplement, omega 3
If you are tired of feeling anxious or stressed and want to take a more natural approach to feeling calm, book an appointment me.