How Intermittent Fasting Cured My Hypoglycemia

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A couple of years ago I started having frequent blood sugar issues. I would eat a meal or snack, then less than two hours later, break out in a cold sweat, feeling weak, dizzy, nauseated and like I was going to pass out. Maybe you can relate? There were many times I was on the verge of fainting with my head between my knees, or lying down on the couch while my husband fed me a banana with peanut butter trying to get my sugars back up.

These “episodes” started coming more often and more intensely. And, with all the other health problems I was encountering with the Lyme disease, I knew I should get it checked out.

Reactive Hypoglycemia And A Wake-Up Call

My doctor ordered me a fasting 3-hour glucose tolerance test. If you’ve ever been through this you know the experience takes half a day. You have to drink a cold, syrupy (and nauseating) liquid, then wait at the doctor’s office, having your blood drawn multiple times, at 1-hour intervals to check your glucose levels. I remember feeling okay after the first blood draw, and feeling sleepy and sick after the second.

Then, after the third blood draw I was so ready to get out of there and go home because I felt extremely weak and nauseated. The office was only a 10-minute drive from my house so I didn’t think much of it. But as they say, “hindsight is 20/20.”

intermittent fasting cured my hypoglycemia

I got in my car and drove about a half mile from the doctor’s office when I went around a sharp curve, feeling myself fade in and out of consciousness, nearly passing out, driving off the road and almost into a ditch.

It was scary. If I’d known how out of it I truly was I never would have attempted to drive myself home. I was thankful I was safe and that I didn’t cause an accident. Although it certainly wasn’t the best decision I’ve ever made, it was definitely a wake-up call.

As expected, my doctor called a few days later and said my test results showed that I had reactive hypoglycemia. She asked me how I’d felt after the last blood draw and I confessed my near-accident. Then she mentioned she didn’t know how I drove home because my glucose levels were so low. She referred me to a special diet for people with hypoglycemia and I started following it right away.

How Intermittent Fasting Cured My Hypoglycemia

I immediately started researching natural cures for hypoglycemia on my own and found information about intermittent fasting and how it reduces insulin resistance and can prevent Type 2 diabetes. After talking to my doctor I started the 16:8 IF and within a couple of weeks noticed drastic improvements.

The cold sweats, weakness, constant hunger and cravings for sweets and carbs dissipated, and has continued to improve over time. I used to have horrible brain fog due to the neurological impact of Lyme, but IF has helped with that too. Also, I tend to get easily distracted, but during my fasting periods I’m more focused and better able to concentrate than before. I wish I’d known about IF years ago because it has helped me health-wise in countless ways and simplified my life.

What Is Intermittent Fasting (IF)?

Fasting isn’t a new concept. It’s been around for years. The cavemen and cavewomen did it back in the paleolithic era. In fact, our bodies were designed to live through periods of feast and famine. It was a necessity.

Intermittent fasting, or IF, is a timing concept. It is not about what you eat. But it is about when you eat or when you don’t eat.

Most of us have probably been told we should never skip breakfast….that it is the most important meal of the day. Likewise, we have no doubt heard that we should eat frequent meals and snacks to avoid hunger and boost weight loss. However, it doesn’t matter how many “experts” repeat this information because the research does not support it. And this is probably also why when I followed their advice I was constantly hungry, had food cravings and developed hypoglycemia.

IF has some impressive benefits that extend beyond reduced cravings and hunger (after your body adjusts) and weight loss.

Proven Health Benefits Of Intermittent Fasting

  • Increased longevity (1)
  • Reduces oxidative stress and inflammation (2)
  • May prevent cancer (3)
  • Lowers risk of type 2 diabetes (4)
  • Regulates hormones (5)
  • Repairs cells (autophagy) (6)
  • Weight loss and loss of belly fat (7)

For the basics on how to get started with IM-ing please check out:

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  1. Hi Anna, Thanks so much for your comment and question! As you know, IF is a timing concept so many people say you can eat whatever you want during the 8-hour window, which is technically true. But for people wanting to lose weight, gain muscle or those with special health concerns I would be more intentional about choosing plenty of healthy, whole foods and trying to stay away from sugar, white flour and processed foods as much as you can.

    Here’s a post I wrote about what to eat while IM-ing for maximum results:

    Personally, I eat gluten-free about 80% of the time to reduce inflammation. I love the Paleo way of eating – plenty of veggies, protein, healthy fats and fruit, but I do eat beans and peanut butter, so not strictly Paleo.

    The ketogenic eating plan has many health benefits too, and I’m currently into that for health purposes – high in healthy fats, plenty of veggies and moderate amounts of protein.

    During my “feasting” 8 hours I generally eat as much as I’m hungry for. Most days this means eating 2 meals and maybe a snack before bed, but I don’t obsess about it. IM has helped my body find balance and it’s so nice not having to deal with all the cravings I used to have! I don’t count calories, but I do watch my sugar and carb intake. Everyone is different and finds what works best for them.

    I hope this helps answer your questions. Please let me know if you have more. I’m happy to help in any way I can!

  2. Hi Lori, thank you for this article, I’m interested in IF and I would like to know what you eat during your 8 hours window. I digest slowly and for example if I eat at noon difficult for me to eat again 8 hours later, that’s why I’d like to see how you manage your 8 hours time. Thank you again

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