An update on the low carb high fat diet and its impact on reactive hypoglycemia

low carb high fat diet

Well, it’s been well over a month since I started the low carb high fat diet and all I can say is – WOW! what a difference it has made.

Initially, I found eating in this new way of eating quite hard, and I was really exhausted. All I wanted to do was go to bed EVEN earlier every night. When I fully committed to the low carb high diet, or Ketogenic diet, I felt terrible for about a week or so.

And then something changed.

I felt amazing!

Not only did I have lots of energy of the kind I hadn’t had since before reactive hypoglycemia entered my life but I could feel my blood sugar levels were a lot more stable. Now four weeks on, I almost feel like I don’t have reactive hypoglycemia at all for pretty much the whole day. I still eat regularly, but the intervals are a lot more normal – like a normal person would eat – so three meals a day, with a couple of snacks in-between.

And that is all.

I fully put that down to the fact that HEALTHY fats help to stabilize blood sugar levels. So before you get excited, this doesn’t mean that you can start eating all sorts of unhealthy snacks. Look our for a forthcoming post on what I eat in a day, so you can get an idea of the sort of things you should be eating on a LCHF diet to manage reactive hypoglycemia. But remember, I am not a medical health professional or an expert, I’m just sharing my experiences with you 🙂

So there have only been two times I have experienced my reactive hypoglycemia symptoms again and I realised it was the two times I had eaten too much protein in one sitting. The LCHF diet requires that you eat a moderate amount of protein. A lot of people actually get this wrong and eat too much protein. On two occasion, I was out to eat and ate wayyyy to much protein in one sitting and felt very ill for the rest of the day. It hit me hard. Why? Because the liver has the ability to convert the amino acids that are found in protein into sugar! This process is called gluconeogenesis. An excess amount of protein can be turned into sugar and we all know what that means with reactive hypoglycemia. BIG UH OH.

I’ll be back again soon with that post I promised you about what I eat in the day. I have an appointment with a dietitian coming up to discuss what I have been doing, and also a discovery call with a functional medicine practitioner, so I hope to have some more insights to share with you from those. Until then my fellow reactive hypoglycemics!


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