Saturday, October 3, 2015

Hypoglycemia or Low Blood Sugar

Let me say first off that I am not a doctor and if you are having medical issues please seek medical assistance.

I have had low blood sugar for many years but it has gotten worse lately and I am struggling to get it under control.  It has gone from just weakness, tiredness and headaches that eating a large amount of protein will cure quickly, to a variety of other symptoms.  I am going to post a part of a good article on hypoglycemia here that I found on Natural News

(NaturalNews) Hypoglycemia is probably one of the most widespread disorders in America and the civilized nations today.

It is not a disease as such, but rather a symptom that arises from a wide range of hormonal abnormalities and imbalances reflecting the irregular function of many glands and organs.

Unfortunately, it often goes undiagnosed and its multitude of symptoms are frequently labeled as emotional or psychological in origin. The symptoms are usually episodic, being related to the time and content of the previous meal and are usually improved by eating.

Symptoms include nervousness, irritability, emotional problems, fatigue, depression, craving sweets, inability to concentrate, cold sweats, shakes, palpitations, tingling of the skin and scalp, dizziness, trembling, fainting, blurred vision, cold extremities, nausea, midmorning and mid-to-late afternoon tiredness, anxiety, indecisiveness, crying spells, allergies, convulsions, and hyperactivity, for openers.

Often undiagnosed is an understatement, misdiagnosed is closer to the mark.  Look it up at WebMD and after about 2 sentences you get all kinds of information on diabetes.  It is NOT diabetes.  Please follow the link to Natural News and read the whole article and especially the comments at the end.  It's not long but will give you a much better idea of what you are dealing with.

Everything except the last 2 symptoms I have experienced.  And lately it hits me in the night when I am asleep and I awake with shivering chills so bad I can't do anything but lay there waiting for it to end.  Then it is a day or 2 before I can bring myself to eat as I get nauseous.  After about 4 days I almost feel normal and can eat again.

Low blood sugar levels can affect different people different ways, just like any other medical issue.  I agree with the commenter on the original article that said this:

It saddens me to read a valuable article like this and find suggestions to eat the very foods that harm me as a Hypoglycemic.
By time I learned that the following foods have a grave impact on my health:
Whole wheat bread (free of sugar or not)
Quinoa, brown rice, buckwheat, millet, legumes (they all turn quickly to glucose and raise my BGL dramatically in a short time)
Dried fruit, fruit, fruit juices, and fresh vegetable juices are all rapidly absorbable but should be consumed in moderation. When eating fruit it's best to be taken with some protein in the form of nuts or organic cottage cheese. (I totally agree with this)
Oatmeal, rice milk, baked potatoes, baked sweet potatoes (raises BGL rapidly which causes energy drain and "crash" after that)
Grapefruit and bananas (and absolute NO for my body. Same case as above)
This is my experience with the foods above so far, and I've been in the healing journey for 5 years now.
For me, I need large amounts of protein, high protein foods, like beef.  It helps the fastest and the best when I am having issues.  Once my protein reserves are back up to normal then I can eat the complex carbohydrates with no problem but I need to keep the protein up as well.
I'll be posting again on this issue with some things that may help others.  Please do add your comments and let us know what works for you and what doesn't as well as your experiences.

Friday, October 2, 2015

New Saintly Images Earrings For Sale ~ Here Only!

I have a craft show coming up in November and in order to have some affordable stocking stuffer items I got busy and added to my small collection of earrings, some of which are for sale in my Etsy shop.  
All the ear wires are silver plated so they should cause no problems for anyone.
I have 64 pair of earrings total and these are a small sampling.
Most are Christian in subject but I do have some that are not.
The beads used are glass, ceramic or crystal.
All earrings are $10 each pair plus $3 for 1st class shipping.
They will come packaged as pictured unless you would like them in a box with a ribbon to give as a gift.

I am probably not going to add more to the Etsy shop right now but if anyone is interested in any that I picture here, let me know in the comments and I can always send you a Paypal invoice.

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Small Changes

I've made a small change to the blog, no not just the Autumn blog decor.  I have changed the title in the header as I no longer live in what I called the Canterbury Cottage and haven't for 2 years now.  I think the new title makes more sense for my life now as the Recycled Cottage & Garden.

I'd love to change the url as well but I'm afraid of losing all you lovely readers so unless I come up with a better idea we'll just leave that part alone.  

I hope to do even more posts on crafts and recycling/upcycling as well as gardening.  This year has been a rough one for me in many ways but I have hopes this next year will be much better!

Thursday, September 24, 2015

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