Low Blood Sugar and a Fridge Full of Plants | #wellnesschat

For the past two months I’ve been skimping on workouts and consuming large amounts of sugar; emotions out of check. It’s time to change that reality, especially since it’s affecting my health. I went to my doctor for an annual check-up a week ago and while mostly everything is far better than it was a year ago (BP is 108/68 woot!), my blood sugar is of concern for being too low.

I’ve been tired, cranky, hungry, and craving lots and lots of sugar. I thought something was up…

It could be a fluke, so they are retesting me in a few weeks. Or it could be more than that. I’m a little nervous as it can be a sign of larger issues. Though, I am also aware that I have lost a lot of weight in the past year, as well as started juicing a few weeks ago, and not always eating the healthiest since injured (i.e. M&Ms!). Plus, intensive exercise can cause this to happen, too.

To combat this concern, I’m going to refocus my eating habits and exercise in the right direction. I have to go back to eating six times a day, whereas I fell off that schedule and was eating maybe three or four times a day.

I’m reading, for the third time around, In Defense of Food by Michael Pollan. Whether or not you think he’s right, you can’t argue a common sense approach to eating. I’ve read the long 450 page Omnivore’s Dilemma and I am thankful he condensed the book into a much shorter piece (as well as an illustrated version I bought for the library).

I love sharing this book with everyone who asks me for nutritional advice. I’m also awaiting Pollan’s new book called Cooked of which I’m in line for at the library.

No matter how many times I read it, I always am reinvigorated to: Eat food. Mostly Plants. Not too much.

Each weekend I go to the market and overload on fruits and veggies. I stopped buying red meat (shhhh! don’t tell Chris!) and we’ve been only buying chicken to have a few days per week. I’ve been incorporating more beans, greens, and grains into our meals, and Miles loves them!

This week in our fridge there is a lot of fruit. I bought way too much, but I was craving sugar and hungry when I hit the market (see above). This week we have grapes, a ginormous amount of strawberries, papaya, pineapple, apples, applesauce, star fruit, carrots, beets, broccoli, spinach, kale, zucchini, onions, and butternut squash I need to cook asap. We’ve restocked our milks (almond and dairy) and bought a few cheese items to boot.

Why does Chris want to go to the U-Pick farm this Saturday is beyond me. Although, I’m definitely looking forward to the trip and showing Miles where his food comes from. I love that he says “broccoli”. He eats far better than I have been, that lovey baby guy.

In addition to all of the above, I picked up a bunch of nuts: almonds, pistachios, walnuts, and pumpkin seeds.

I asked Chris to roast the pumpkin seeds for me, since I didn’t like them raw. They taste much better with butter and salt on them; you can tell I didn’t pick the recipe. I would have opted for spices and coconut oil myself.

So, with all that above in our fridge you’d think I wouldn’t have a hard time eating well. Instead, I’ve been grabbing my hidden stash of M&M’s at night and sharing a bowl of ice cream with Chris a few nights this week. Hmmm… it’s time to clean up this mess and get back on the wagon. I definitely don’t have to re-stock or clean out to do so!

Have you ever had low blood sugar?

What’s in your fridge?

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