Hypoglycemia / High Cholesterol

The following is a letter sent to a young lady in response to her request for a dietary evaluation. She has already been to see her doctor and was diagnosed with Hypoglycemia and high cholesterol.
This is a tough case as the traditional manner to treat Hypoglycemia is with protein and lots of it. Most people interpret this as eating lots of meat, and many traditional doctors will tell you that also; the problem with that is that high cholesterol is the result of a too great consumption of saturated fats which are found where? animals ! see (click here) Cholesterol in these pages. How does one deal with the problem without agravating the other ? The following response may offer some help.
This came after the young lady submitted her two week diet sheets.(click here)

 

          "You have presented us with a diet which is deffinitely much too high in saturated fats (hence high cholesterol). It is essential to well prepare what we are to eat. Here are some pointers;

          Try boiling or oven broiling your food. If you must cook on top of the stove use an un-scratched non-stick pan. Use no fats, as much in the preparation as in the accompaniment, of foods.(toast,muffins,baked potato,ect...)Under no circumstances eat fried foods.(pan or deep fried)When oil is heated or boiled it starts decomposing and becomes a carcinogen.

          Only eat foods at their raw or natural state. Take advantage of time off to look ahead and prepare your broths, muffins, brown rice or slow cooking long-grain rice(no "instant" products), beans ect...
Eliminate from your diet known sources of high saturated fats such as beef, porc, foods fried or cooked in butter. Add to the list all foods manufactured with or containing white sugars(including so-called "brown" sugar) as well as all products containing or manufactured with bleached flour(white,in most cases,although some white flours are un-bleached,check) Learn to sweeten your food with natural products like unpasteurized honey and maple syrup, and to use other types of flours like; buckwheat, whole wheat, rye, corn meal, or the numerous blends of the aforementioned,or blend your own.)
Avoid soft drinks, they ususally contain high levels of "refined" sugar. Only drink juices that do not have "sugar added". Avoid any processed foods;(stuff found in bags,cans,prepared frozen foods ect...). Don't believe everything you see on the front of a package proclaiming it's "health benefits"; learn to read the labels and become familiar with The Fat Formula(click here). Ingredients on the label are listed in their order of importance; if the first element in "ingredients" is sugar then that is what there is the most of in that product and so on down the line. There is actually a name brand potato chip in the United Sates that has a disclaimer in tiny letters on the bottom of the bag stating that the product will hinder the absorbing of essential vitamins,and this product is labelled "no fat" on the front of the packaging.

          Granted, there seems to be alot of restrictions and outright denials,and there are. Use this opportunity to become creative; it is after all your health and noone is going to look after it better than you are. Today's foods are not what they used to be. The levels of hormones, anti-biotics, estrogens and pesticides has greatly escalated as people's desire for these foods have increased. Lutalyse, a protaglandin given to chickens to sychronize ovulation cycles can also affect a woman's menstruation cycle and in extreme cases provoke miscarriage. In 1940 it took 4 months to produce a 3lb chicken; in 1990 it took 6 weeks ! You want to eat chicken ? Grain-fed or free-range (real free range where they are free and only eat what's outside) is the way to go, but remember to remove the skin and give preference to the white meat.

          When dealing with "red" meat remember that, as much as possible, local lamb is the way to go. It can be bought ground ( spagetti sauces ect... ), or for stews choose the colar or shank; slow cooked is best. Being intollerant to many steroids, and other such manipulation, lamb is the best alternative when considering "red" meat. Of course all sources of saturated fat ( meat, chicken,fish,dairy ect...) are going to have a negative effect if consumed on a daily basis. We have been programed since birth to consume saturates, but it is only in recent years that this practice has been found to be very negative for your health. A few ideas:

  • Spaghetti sauce with lots of vegetables; if meat desired, add small balls of ground turkey
  • Vegetable Rice; vary rice types so you don't get bored
  • Chili con carne; use ground lamb/turkey and red kidney beans
  • Chinese stir fry; use broth, juice or beer as liquid instead of fat
  • Stew; turkey breast / lamb / fish cut in cubes or chunks
  • Omlette; egg whites only w/ favorite vegetables
  • Soup; pea, rice, barley, lentil, cabbage
  • Couscous; cooked in broth instead of water add favorite vegetables

          I am sending along a couple of lists to help you with this; Alternative Proteins (click here) as well as Broths (click here). You must learn to make your own broths without resorting to the cubes and powders sold in supermarkets. "From scratch" isn't the sound the can opener makes, it's the personal effort you make to ensure your health. The broth is the foundation for many a health oriented recipe; soup, pilaf (rice or couscous or millet), stews and many more.

          So when you suffer from a high rate of cholesterol as well as Hypoglycemia then you will need to make some radical changes in your dietary habits. In cases of people with Hypoglycemia, the incessant consumption of large amounts of saturated fats can have very serious consequences such as; kidney damage, heart disease, arthritis, cancer as well as premature aging. Rather than eating the traditional "three meals a day" loaded with saturates, opt for the 6 small meals a day high quality diet (one high in fresh fruits and vegetables).

  1. When tired and in need of a "pick me up" choose a protein-based meal for higher energy. Researchers have shown that protein boosts the tryptophan levels in the brain to make you sharper.(legumes are loaded with protein)
  2. When you are "wired" and need to relax select a carbohydrate-based meal to calm you down. Again, experts have demonstrated that eating carbohydrates boosts the serotonin levels of the brain, a process that leads to relaxation.
  3. In the case of Hypoglycimics, you should be getting your proteins mainly from alternative sources rather than meat."

          The young lady in question here, while continuing to see her doctor, put into practice these suggestions and noticed on a daily basis that her energy level was increasing for she had become lethargic and after only one month she saw her cholesterol levels becoming more normal and the GTT ( glucose tolerance test) results had become more stable.

 


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