By Myrna E. Oaklands, Cardiff NSW
Source: Published in The Hypoglycemic Health Association Newsletter Volume 16 No 2, June 2000.
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Does that sound familiar?
Well, don’t go away, because I have GOOD NEWS for you!
Thirty-two years ago, while living in South America, I was diagnosed with hypoglycemia during the pregnancy of my second child. Little did I know then what that meant, however for the next 30 years I tried many different things and combinations to bring relief from what had become a nightmare to me and my family.
I learned to eat a diet with very low sugar and I was VERY strict, but didn’t understand the part that carbohydrates played in my diet. Upon returning to Australia, I found a great lack of understanding about the problem of hypoglycemia and in fact a denial by many medical practitioners. It was so frustrating to be told that the glucose tolerance tests showed a normal result when I knew differently but didn’t know the reason or the solution.
In March of 1999 I began to make some changes in my diet with the help of a naturopath. Firstly, I cut out wheat and dairy products and this brought some remarkable changes. I aimed to get my cholesterol down and get off the anti-depressant medication that I had been taking for about 2 years. By October of last year I was successful in getting off the medication and my cholesterol was coming down with the help of diet and garlic tablets. My weight also came down.
After listening to a lecture by Dr. George Samra, I had several consultations with him and adopted a new eating pattern. So now I have a low fat protein breakfast, salad vegetables for lunch with some form of protein, cooked vegetables or cereal and nuts for tea.
Fruit should be restricted to two pieces per day, never more than one at any time and always with some other food, preferably protein. Dr. Samra suggests eating 6 small meals, stressing the importance of eating every 2-2.1/ 2 hours.
Keeping a food diary also helped identify problem foods. I have benefited from cutting down on the amount of carbohydrate I eat at any meal and try not to eat some carbohydrates (e.g. potates, corn pasta) two days consecutively. It has been a challenge but the benefits far outweigh any disadvantages. My health has improved and I have good control now, thanks to the remarkable program outlined by Dr. Samra.