As you probably know, there are numerous books on the hypoglycemic diet. If you have had the opportunity to read some of them, or some of the articles on that topic, you probably know that many do not agree on what type of diet to follow.

First of all, know that each author has enough confirmation and evidence that their diet is successful. Most likely, they all are. This is likely because the most serious offenders (sugar, white flour, alcohol, caffeine, and tobacco) are eliminated and six small meals are consumed instead. This is common to all hypoglycemic diets.

But the key to a successful hypoglycemic diet lies in how you customize it. Each person is unique. Therefore, each diet must be tailored to meet our individual nutritional needs.

The list of allowed foods your doctor gives you, or the list you’ve read in your favorite hypoglycemic book, are just guidelines. A more appropriate list for you will come with time and patience, trial and error. Pay attention to what your body tells you. It will alert you when you cannot tolerate a food.

So basically, follow the suggestions for the following 12 dos and don’ts and if all goes well, with just a few adjustments during the course of your treatment, little by little a new, healthier, happier and more will appear. energetic.

1-DO … keep a daily record of everything you eat for one or two weeks. In the left column, list all the foods, drinks, and medications you take and at what time of day. Right in front of each entry, list your symptoms and when you experience them in the right column. Very often, you will see a connection between what you have consumed and the symptoms you are experiencing. When that happens, cut out the foods or drinks that appear to be contributing to how you feel and see the difference. DO NOT STOP TAKING MEDICATIONS. If you think your medicine may be contributing to your symptoms, contact your doctor. A diet journal is your personal roadmap – a clear view of what you are eating, digesting, and assimilating. It can be the first indicator that something is wrong and perhaps a very inexpensive way to correct a very “simple” problem.

2-DO … eliminate the “bad” … those foods, drinks and chemicals that cause you more problems: the “worst bad” are sugar, white flour, alcohol, caffeine and tobacco. However, you MUST be very careful about when and how to remove those harmful substances. Only YOU, with the guidance of a healthcare professional, can decide how much and how quickly. Some people choose to go at a steady pace. For example, if you drink six cups of coffee a day, gradually cut back over a period of days or weeks. If, like me, you drink only two coffees a day, but put three teaspoons of sugar in each cup, gradually reduce the sugar until you can drink it without. It took me six weeks to get there, but I made it. The same goes for food or tobacco. If you are very addicted to “bad guys”, especially alcohol, you should not go into abstinence unless you are under the care of a doctor.

3-DO … replace those “bad for you” foods immediately with good, healthy and nutritious foods and snacks as close to their natural state as possible. The recommended list includes lean meats, chicken (without skin), whole grains, vegetables and allowed fruits. He wants to avoid deprivation, especially the “poor me, I have nothing good to eat” attitude. Hey, there’s a lot to eat.

4-DO … eat six small meals a day. Or you can have three meals with a snack in between. One of the keys to successfully managing your low blood sugar or hypoglycemia is NOT to overeat and eat at fairly regular intervals.

5-DO … what you need to do to be prepared to keep your blood sugar level stabilized at all times, whether at home, at the office, at school or on vacation. When you are at home, you should always have allowed foods ready in the refrigerator or in the cupboards. Also, it is a great idea to always have suitable snacks in your car or at the workplace. And in your backpack when you travel.

6-YOU MUST … pay attention to the amount of “natural” food or drink you consume. Although the juices are labeled ‘natural’, you will find that they contain high amounts of sugar. And for your body, sugar is sugar is sugar … and your body will react to excess. That’s because whether the sugar you eat is “natural” or not, your body, unfortunately for you, doesn’t know the difference.

7-DO … your research and create your own cookbook library. They absolutely do not have to be hypoglycemic. There are many good cookbooks available that contain recipes with little or no sugar and little or no carbohydrates.

8-DON’T … freak out when you first hear about all the foods you love that you now need to eliminate from your diet. Read the list, and check the glycemic index list, and keep repeating all the foods you CAN eat. There are many of them.

9-DON’T … go anywhere without being fully prepared with adequate and permitted meals and snacks. If you want a healthier and happier person, this is one of the keys to success.

10-DON’T … skip breakfast. Ever. If you suffer from low blood sugar or hypoglycemia, breakfast IS the most important meal of the day. It really sets the tone for how your day will unfold, in terms of energy.

11-NO … do not even think about comparing your results or your progress (or lack of) with those of others. Each person’s metabolism is different. If you feel better and better week after week, you are doing the right thing. Keep going.

12-DON’T … get obsessed with your diet. Constantly thinking about what you can and cannot eat will increase your levels of fear, stress, and frustration.

Eat well, stay well, live well!

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