I remember having my first low blood sugar episode when I was in 7th grade. It was also around the time I went on my first “diet.” We were having gym class outside and I felt like I was going to pass-out. Of course, the gym teacher demanded a doctor’s note before I used that excuse for sitting out, again. My mom took me to the doctor and I remember him saying “well, she probably has a little hypoglycemia or something.” He left it at that and we went about our business. Nothing changed; not my diet or that terrible frequent feeling that put me on the verge of passing out, day after day. I don’t know why the doctor didn’t make a suggestion for modifying my diet, but it wasn’t until years later that I found out what the REAL problem was.
Over the years, my “diets” may have gone by different names, but they always came to the same end. Eat a small carb-rich meal, brain fog and starvation between meals, eat another small carb-rich meal, more starvation and brain fog, and by the end of the day – I felt SO SICK that I binge ate whatever I could find – a huge dinner and dessert – in order to feel better. To reduce brain fog and to feel mentally and physically okay again. I’d lose a little weight, then get frustrated and gain it all back PLUS MORE. This went on for years. More than 15 years.
I always thought (and even hoped for) a medical problem to explain why I ate and felt this way. When I was in my mid to late 20s, I started begging the doctors to test my blood sugar. I think I had it tested by three different doctors and the results were always the same. I was fine. No diagnosis. No problem. No plan for feeling better.
So, as all good Googlers do, I asked the Internet. After some research, I quickly found the culprit.
#1. I was addicted to sugar.
#2. My sugar addiction resulted in a long series of feeding my body with sugary (or carb-rich) meals in order to “feel good” and then bottoming-out with a huge binge at the end of the day
This behavior is similar to that of a drug addict who needs the next fix to keep feeling okay.; not because they want to do drugs, but because feeling the effects of withdrawal is worse than just continuing the vicious cycle of madness.
And, with that, my diet was changed forever. I began eating clean – whole foods, six meals a day. The weight fell off and for the first time in my life – STAYED OFF as long as I stayed away from sugar. I may have had a few pounds creep back here and there (when we have birthday after birthday at certain points during the year), but I am always able to get the weight off by returning to very simple clean eating principles. No refined carbs or added sugar. Eat loads of plants and eat them 6x a day. I have never felt better or had more clarity in my day-to-day. Eating this way is not a struggle for me and when my body is fed well, I am able to be well, too. Present for my kids. Present for my other responsibilities and in good health.
If you need help breaking free from vicious eating patterns. Please, email me! I’d love to help you get started on a new journey, free from fad diets, starvation, and binge eating.