Sunday, July 29, 2012

High Blood Sugar

So since my last post, I have been experimenting with all raw again. I have been eating a head of romaine lettuce a day, one full head of cauliflower, grape tomatoes, red onion, cucumber, parsley and lemon in a raw "tabouli" and a container of blueberries daily.

I feel great. Stable energy. No cravings. No Raynaud's. No problems. No female pain. Clear skin.

So I did a little Google search online for "high blood sugar" since the way I am eating is specifically focused on being low-glycemic. I found some VERY interesting things. Especially with regards to my body's response to high-glycemic fruits like bananas, dates and watermelon and my endometriosis and Raynaud's:

Why do some women grow mustaches while some men grow breasts and start crying at movies? You may be surprised to know these embarrassing traits are typical high blood sugar symptoms.
High blood sugar is caused by a diet high in sweets, soda, and starches (breads, pasta, rice, corn, potatoes, etc.) This diet consistently raises blood sugar levels, which in turn requires the body to secrete high levels of insulin to lower blood sugar. Eventually these insulin surges exhaust the body’s cells and they refuse entry to insulin. This is called “insulin resistance” and it triggers enzymes that cause men to overproduce estrogen, a female hormone, and women to overproduce testosterone, a male hormone, both of which are high blood sugar symptoms. As a result, the body and brain of men and women take on characteristics of the opposite sex. Women experience hair loss, more facial hair, a deepening voice, and may develop PCOS (Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome). Men grow “breasts” (Gynecomastia) and find themselves crying more easily.
Do you feel sleepy after eating?
These hormonal trends can be reversed through nutritional therapy, exercise, and other factors. A handy tip: If you feel sleepy or crave sugar after a meal, you ate too many starchy foods. If you feel sleepy after a low-carb meal, you may need specific support for insulin resistance to address hormonal imbalances:

High Blood Sugar Symptoms:
How do you know if you have high blood sugar symptoms? See if any of the symptoms below describe you:
  • Fasting blood sugar over 100 mg/dl
  • Fatigue after meals
  • Crave sugar after meals
  • Constant hunger
  • Excess belly fat, or a waist girth that is equal to or larger than hip girth
  • Frequent urination
  • Increased thirst
  • Difficulty losing weight
  • Prone to insomnia
  • Don’t feel rested after eight hours of sleep
  • Women grow facial hair; experience thinning hair
  • Men grow “breasts”
  • PCOS in women
  • Hormonal imbalances in both sexes
And I also found this as well:

But if the blood sugar goes very high then lets say over 200 or so, then it can cause symptoms and the classic symptoms would be increased thirst, increased urination, general fatigue, vaginal infections in women, and even blurred vision can occur from the high blood sugar.
These symptoms, as I say, may not occur, or they may occur in any combination, but what's causing them is that the sugar is thickening the blood, so it's really like taking maple syrup and pouring maple syrup into a glass of water. If you do that after a while, the water gets thicker and thicker, and in the bloodstream, the brain then reads that as the blood's too thick, I need to drink in order to dilute back out the blood, and when I drink and I drink, sometime people with diabetes drink gallons of water in a day, when drink and I drink, I have to put it somewhere, and where I put it is to urinate it out. That's not really solving the problem, it's not really curing the diabetes in any way or treating it, but thirst and urination is the classic symptom of diabetes and indicates that you do need help

Hmmmm. Thickening of the blood? That could definitely cause lack of circulation to the extremities....isn't this why most vegans avoid animal foods is to avoid the clumping of red blood cells that cause heart attacks?

And increase in estrogen in women and men? Could that be what caused my endometriosis?

I find it interesting that starches are specifically mentioned.

I do find that potatoes and corn are big no-no's for me.

I also would put very sugary fruits in the same category. new raw diet is going to include lots of veggies, berries, stone fruits and I will experiment with some sprouted legumes when I get Annette Larkin's video in the mail. 

I still don't know what I think about nuts yet. I have them in moderation----EXTREME moderation.

But doing all veggies with some blueberries has worked out great for me so far......

The experiment continues......:)


  1. Michele, aren't you incredibly hungry and don't your energy levels drop eating so little calories? Just wondering, because in my case this would be so. I never get away with eating so little.

    All the best

  2. I have noted that eating low GI foods enables me to eat much less and feel satiated. Eating fruit... it seems VERY difficult for me to feel satiated... I just want more and more.... and energy levels seem to yo yo quite a bit...

    I have to agree with Michele on this.... that is not a great idea..... having a banana or an apple as a snack is a much better idea.

  3. Oh... and also... its really GREAT not to have to eat so much.... and I feel much much more grounded and strong.

  4. I think I've hardly ever felt so dizzy and puzzled in my life...I do no know any more what's right to eat and what's not right! I'd have so many questions and comments, but no time to write them!

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