Originally Posted by JacquelineR
Re: DS2 and the kitchen... Something like the blood sugar crash you suggested occurred to me as well. He recently dropped the nursing session at which I suspect he runs his "raids", so I wonder if telling him that I'll leave a snack for him in a specific place would help? I think I might start a thread for suggestions of things I can leave on the counter for him to eat... Not sure if in Toddlers or here yet though.
eta: I don't know hypoglycemia symptoms. Do you have a link?
These are the extreme end of the spectrum:http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/hyp...ction=symptoms
But generally it's *needing* to eat frequently and becoming a cranky bear if you don't eat.
Did I post here about the connection between insomnia and low blood sugar?
If your blood sugar crashes during the night. This provokes a rush of adrenaline to get your liver to release glucose and bring b.s. back up, and then you wake up and cannot fall back asleep easily, or you sleep fitfully. It sounds to me that he might be having a sugar crash if he is ravenous for food in the middle of the night.
Sugar crashes are the result of too many high blood sugar episodes, poor insulin control and beginning of insulin resistance.
I've been eating primal (no grains, starchy veg or sugars) for the past 2 weeks, and reading about paleo/primal eating and insulin control a lot. It's been a true revelation, putting a lot of pieces together.
I've also learned is that low b.s. effects our amino acids and seratonin... b/c if your sugar crashes, at any time, not just during the day, your liver makes sugar out of... amino acids! Which means your brain is then starved for them. Hello Prozac Nation. Its a high carb diet that is causing it, not a "chemical imbalance".
One of my favorite books, The Mood Cure
, touches on this but doesn't explain it to the extent that The Primal Blueprint
OMG I so have to work... I've been playing hooky too much, stuck on something.