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Possible Reactive Hypoglycemia question

post #1 of 7
Thread Starter 

This is not exactly a gifted question but I know the topic of reactive hypoglycemia has come up here in the past...

 

We think DD(4) has reactive hypoglycemia.  Lately we think we have noticed that if she has dessert before she goes to bed she tends to rage in the morning.  Today (after cookies and milk for dessert last night) she raged for half and hour about not wanting to get dressed, not wanting to eat her breakfast, not wanting to calm down....until she finally managed to take a couple of deep breaths and eat some food and then she was fine.  Has anyone else noticed this type of pattern?  Does it even make sense?  

post #2 of 7

I cannot really remember whether desserts at any time changed patterns for us, but the raging until you get some food into them and they turn into a sweet child instantly - that used to be DS1. Umm, that is me on many days, only I barely hold it together, merely snapping at my husband. He comes by it honestly!

 

I have recently started to take our family off sugar and wheat (gone primal, in effect) and while I have not yet managed to turn myself into a fat-burner, the kids appear to have changed their metabolism much faster than I - actually I think I may be pre-diabetic. Might also be to do with breastfeeding, but I digress - check out Primal eating or the Perfect Health Diet, life is much calmer in our house these days with the kids eating so much healthy fat and protein. There is life beyond a-snack-every 2.5 hours, I promise!

 

I do feel somewhat more energetic these days, fewer energy slumps, cravings, shakiness and brain fog, but I am  not yet "cured". I would love to do a whole30 soon with the whole family but am not quit ready yet, too much going on right now.

 

Apparently, some people's digestion breaks up milk and/or wheat into opioid molecules which can be addictive. You may want to check out Cure your Child with Food by Kelly Dorfman (formerly What's eating your child) who has a chapter about that one. If you think it's rather a grain or sugar problem, you may want to check out Wheat Belly.

post #3 of 7

Oh yes I remember the rages, the demanding NOT to eat, the tears, the yelling, the out and out drama. Such emotions my kiddo had.  I read everything there was on Reactive Hypoglycemia and came to my conclusion that I was not the crazy one.  DS needed snacks every 2-3 hrs and thats just how things were going to be.  No sugary snacks etc.  Life is so much better.  He was like jeckel and hyde back then.

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Yes we definitely have this.  The hungrier he is, the more he refuses to eat.  However, if I can get him to eat a little, it is like priming the pump.  We have a rule about only having sugary snacks between lunch and dinner (so if he gets ice cream, that is when it happens).  I try to throw in protein whenever I can.  What has worked the best for us is homemade trail mix with nuts, seeds, dried fruit and a few M&Ms ( 1 pkg for a gallon bag of trail mix).  He feels like it is a treat, we can take it anywhere, and the nuts keep him going once the sugar from the fruit wears off.  I always have snacks on hand, and try to plan ahead.  So the other night when we went to a birthday party and he got cake and ice cream after dinner, I put a bottle of water and granola bar at his bedside, so he cold have it if he wanted it.  I also told him I would make him cheesy eggs as soon as he woke up (his favorite), which guaranteed he would wake me up before becoming a total monster.  

post #5 of 7

So, came back here to tell you that with being grain-free and legume free and low sugar, I appear to have my blood sugar under control now! Its a new life! I have to look at milk and fructose at some point, but with the abundance of strawberries and cherries right now, I just cannot get myslf to cut back on my fruit intake now. After all, it's the natural season to indulge!

 

I would focus even more on the healthy fats and proteins. Serve carbohydrates only with a high fat content and if you can, with an acid like lemon juice or vinegar (serve ice cream with cream and egg yolks, replace MnMs with dark chocolate with a high cocoa mass content, sautee rice or rice noodles with chicken in coconut oil and and,and sprinkle lime juice on top, put butter and vinegar on potatoes ) and serve treats straight after dinner! You can stop the whining (if you do all this, it will just be whining, not freaking out) by always saying "yes, for dessert, after dinner". Well, it works for us that way, YMMV. Just don't be afraid of the fats, be wary of empty carbs instead (ie stay away from granola bers and put macadamia nuts or cheese slices next to his bed).

post #6 of 7
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Thanks for all the ideas. What I really don't understand is specifically why the dessert before bed causes her so much difficulty. She has it only an hour after eating dinner, has no difficulty getting to sleep, and then 10 hours go by before she wakes up. Wouldn't her blood sugar be just as low after 10 hours of not eating regardless of what she had eaten last? I usually just give her something with more 'substance' (yogurt, ice cream) but sometimes I wish We had a bit more flexibility around treats.
post #7 of 7
When your blood sugar drops low, your body tries to fix it by breaking down the glycogen that was stored earlier (that is why diabetics sometimes get rebound highs). Unfortunately, the high sugar content before bed can cause a big flux, so her body releases a lit of glycogen to counteract the big dip in BS, her glucose level goes way up again, then by morning it is at a big low again. The idea if mixing carbs and proteins and watching your glycemic index is meant to even out the peaks and troughs in blood sugar so there are less reactions. It does not means she can never have a sweet treat, just limit what she has and how much of it. Try peanut butter cookies, the protein in the nuts might be enough to offset the sugar, but only let her have 2.
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