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It has been a year + since I've been on SparkPeople. It's been a tough year. Now it's time to start again.

A week ago I was finally given the answer to a question that's been puzzling me for 18 months. I have Reactive Hypoglycemia. It is a complication of gastric bypass surgery, but is NOT diabetes. It IS what is causing my heart to race when I eat carbs or sugar. It causes me to become "foggy", clumsy, disoriented, forgetful and CRABBY. It is a major relief to put a name to all of this as it's been alarming and uncomfortable for a long time. I've seen two cardiologists and 3 other doctors, so have ruled out many other issues to get to this point.

Now I need to learn to live within my new reality. It won't be easy. Hypoglycemia requires a low carb, no sugar, high protein diet. I have an allergy to citric acid, which (while it helps keep carbs low), limits many other healthy foods. I also have a gluten sensitivity, (which again helps with carbs) but limits many healthy sources of fiber.

Searching for my new diet will be trial and error. I certainly need all the help and support I can get on this new chapter of my life!

Member Since: 12/1/2010

Fitness Minutes: 6,448

My Goals:
Read all the info I can find on hypoglycemia and find foods that will fit into my new diet plan.

My Program:
I am using a high protein, low carb approach. Sugar must be very limited.

Personal Information:
I live in a small town in Northern MN with my husband, Pete and yellow lab, Frankie. My hubby also faces significant health problems and weight issues. Working together, we are determined to improve our health situations.

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  • v TAMGAV
    Peggy - Congratulations on your 88# weight loss! That's an awesome accomplishment.

    I'm looking forward to the winter challenge with the Warriors. Glad you're part of the team.

    1563 days ago
    Hi fellow Weight Warrior. Thanks for sharing your helpful tip about the Livestong site in the Chat Room. I will definitely check it out. Looking forward to a great challenge. We can do this together. emoticon
    1563 days ago
  • v EDLEAR
    Good morning, friend -
    Pleased to meet you, and pleased to be on this journey, doing this challenge with you. emoticon
    1565 days ago
    Hi Peg-

    I'm so glad for you! You have found an exercise class that works! Supportive, Upbeat Music- I'm so glad you look forward to it! WOOHOO!!! Congratulations! emoticon Jen
    1566 days ago
    Why worry about tomorrow
    and the rising of the sun?
    Don't anguish over past mistakes
    that can not be undone.

    Why waste life's precious moments
    on things that bruise the heart,
    when today is ours to fashion
    into a work of art?

    Today comes but once, my friend.
    It never will return,
    so use it wisely while you can.
    There is a lesson you may learn.

    Let history record the past,
    and tomorrow come what may.
    Be content to do your best
    with what you have today!

    ~ Anonymous ~


    3669 days ago
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