Surviving the Sugar Crash: My Experiences with Hypoglycemia

When I was eleven years old, I went to Catholic school. We were in our weekly Catholic Mass and I had this overwhelming, cold sweat come over me. I rolled up my uniform’s long sleeves and sat down, praying when it would be over.

While the feeling quickly passed, I will always remember that moment as when I had my first hypoglycemic episode. I didn’t know it then, but this was the beginning of the episodes I would have, off and on, for a very long time.

 

While I don’t have “shaky moments” that often lately (due to my healthy eating, thank you!), I still have them occasionally, which concerns me. I felt compelled to write this blog entry after the experiences I had yesterday.

 

I woke up and was too lazy to get out of bed and make breakfast (HA). I ate some frosted flakes (yes, they are gluten-free) and headed out the door to go to work. While I ate some eggs as I arrived at work, I suppose that the protein wasn’t enough to regulate my blood sugar before the crash.

I was in the middle of a work task and instantly started to feel weak and shaky. Since I have no air conditioning at work, I thought the sweat that began was from the heat, but I quickly realized what was happening. “My blood sugar has dropped. fast.” I thought to myself. I was presenting and couldn’t stop what I was doing, so I said a deep, prolonged prayer that I would finish my task and get help immediately!

I ran to the other room and grabbed anything I could find to eat: a granola bar and some hard candies came first. I still felt dangeously shaky and foggy but vehemently prayed and finished my task, thank goodness.

As I returned to the office kitchen to eat more hard-boiled eggs (i.e. the fastest protein I could find), I was shaken to my core. What happened to me?! What did I do?!

 

I returned home and rested for the remainder of the day, reflecting on what the heck just happened to me. I ate well for the rest of the day and felt better as the day went along.

 

While I’m not diagnosed yet, I can say with certainty that I had a hypoglycemic episode. The frosted flakes without any protein must have spiked my sugar enough to drop it as quickly as it rose. I had taught two exercise classes on Monday, most likely putting me in a calorie deficiency for the following day. My body was starved for whole foods, and I cheated it. Needless to say, it didn’t react well.

 

 

What can I do now?

I can’t let this event happen again. It was an eye-opening experience to two things: 1. Sugar wrecks our bodies, and 2. I am in control of my health. 

After watching the documentary “Fed Up”, my eyes were opened to the sugar that is in almost everything we consume: ketchup, breads, etc. I cannot let this dominate how I feel on a daily basis. I plan to limit my sugar intake, not because of weight loss, but because I want to control how I feel.

From today onward, I will be tracking my food more meticulously to see what makes me feel iffy, at any times. While many of my readers may not experience hypoglycemic episodes, we all probably experience hanger (hungry anger!) here and there. I want to see what works for ME, and I want it to help you too.

 

 

*DISCLAIMER: If you suffer from severe, consistent symptoms of hypoglycemia, please consult your doctor! I plan to do the same!

 

Have you ever experienced a sugar crash? Do you suffer from hypoglycemia? Feel free to share this with anyone who you think needs to hear it?


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By amanda.plazek@gmail.com

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