I have blood sugar issues. I'm hypoglycemic but the doctors have never been able to prove it because they won't listen to me about when to run the test. They always do a fasting glucose and that's not when it bothers me. It effects me 2 1/2 - 3 hours after I eat sugar. Gee, just about how long it takes for my stomach to start breaking the food down and move it into my bloodstream. Coincidence????
Anyway, when I eat right and workout regularly my blood sugar becomes more stable. I will be able to have a little sugary treat and not turn into a pile of quivering mush in a couple of hours. Yesterday we had an afternoon wedding to go to. After I got home from my test and before we left I was a little hungry, so I had a bowl of cereal. Exactly 2 1/2 hours later, as we are driving to the wedding, my blood sugar took a nose dive. The worst part about this happening is that the only thing that 'corrects' it is to eat more simple sugar. Luckily we came across someone selling stuff on the side of the road (does that happen anywhere but Hawaii??) and I was able to grab some desserty thing to calm my blood sugar. I was fine the rest of the day but that incident was the straw that broke the camel's back, or made the poop too high. I had some very slight reactions a couple of days ago but I was able to wait them out. This one was pretty bad and there was no waiting, I had to eat something.
This blood sugar thing becomes a vicious cycle. It crashes and the only way to feel better is to eat simple sugar. This causes me to over eat things I shouldn't be eating at all. Not only that, this can not be good for my body.
One of sugar's major drawbacks is that it raises the insulin level, which inhibits the release of growth hormones, which in turn depresses the immune system. This is not something you want to take place if you want to avoid disease.
An influx of sugar into the bloodstream upsets the body's blood-sugar balance, triggering the release of insulin, which the body uses to keep blood-sugar at a constant and safe level. Insulin also promotes the storage of fat, so that when you eat sweets high in sugar, you're making way for rapid weight gain and elevated triglyceride levels, both of which have been linked to cardiovascular disease. Complex carbohydrates tend to be absorbed more slowly, lessening the impact on blood-sugar levels.
That's just a couple of things it does. Plus the whole body being out of whack can not be good. The human body fights to maintain homeostasis, anything that throws that off must cause harm to the body.
That was pretty much the final push I need to get my act together. No more excuses! No more giving myself a break! No more touchy-feely crap!! Today I'm going to plan out what I'm going to eat during the week. I'm going to go grocery shopping. I'm going to plan out a workout schedule. Starting tomorrow I'm back on track. I really am tired of the poop around here.
Today I stop knowing and start doing.