How I Lost Ten Pounds and Healed My Hypoglycemia

If you suffer from confusion, irritability, impatience, shakiness, or inability to complete simple tasks when you miss a meal or just haven't eaten in a few hours, you might consider trying to make some dietary and life style changes. These symptoms are typical for a condition called Hypoglycemia, which is connected to low blood sugar levels. Please read Part One where I explore what hypoglycemia actually is and what causes it.   I did not suffer from low blood sugar levels as a child. Unfortunately I became hypoglycemic in college due to a diet of processed foods, soft drinks, sugar, pastries, caffeine, and lack of sleep. It has taken a long time to heal but I have not had a severe low blood sugar episode in more than six months! I still occasionally get slightly lightheaded if I am hungry but it is rare and I watch my blood sugar levels like a hawk. Hypoglycemia can contribute [...]

April 8th, 2013|Categories: Diana|Tags: , , |13 Comments

Three Teaspoons of Sugar: Kicking a Sugar Addiction

When I told someone the other day that I used to eat cookies for breakfast, they thought I was joking. It took them a couple minutes to realize I wasn't. It dawned on me that most people don't know how I became interested in nutrition. So today I decided to share part of my story with all of my readers. Growing up, sugar was a very important household item. While we got most of our produce from our farm, we would always top a lovely, wholesome dinner off with a delicious homemade desert. From a young age, I learned to appreciate sweets. In fact, I liked them so much that one day when I was five I sneaked a candy bar to bed only to wake up with half of it stuck in my hair! My cravings for sugar did not get better during my teenage or early college years. In high [...]

October 18th, 2012|Categories: Diana|Tags: , , |4 Comments

No Sugar For A Week

According to the Merriam Webster dictionary, addiction is "a compulsive need for and use of a habit-forming substance (as heroin, nicotine, or alcohol) characterized by tolerance and by well-defined physiological symptoms upon withdrawal; broadly: persistent compulsive use of a substance known by the user to be harmful." We are taught from an early age about the destructive effects such substances have on our bodies both physically and emotionally. Recently, however, there has been much talk about certain foods having similar qualities to heroine or nicotine. As most of you might have guessed, sugar is the number one suspect. I recently finished a class on carbohydrates and sugars. The reaction I seem to get after eating a sweet desert has made me wonder whether I am a sugar addict or not. I always considered sweets to be one of my "guilty pleasures" but what is the difference between "guilty pleasure" and [...]

October 14th, 2012|Categories: Diana|Tags: |2 Comments

What Happend With The Last Two Months.

Picking peaches at a local farm. Many of you have asked me what happened and why I stopped posting. I assure you it is not because I lack ideas and topics to discuss with you all. But my silence has been mostly due to an incredible amount of changes and events that happened one after the other in the last couple of months. A week after my laparoscopic surgery surgery I witnessed the amazing home birth of my best friend's, healthy, eight pound six ounce baby girl surrounded by lots of sunshine and love. Between organizing meals, encapsulating Jackie's placenta, and falling inlove with her baby the blog had to take a break. Baby Athena, a week old. Two weeks later we began packing our tiny downtown apartment after we took on the position as house managers for the residence program for the private, liberal arts college my husband and I graduated [...]

August 23rd, 2012|Categories: Diana|Tags: |0 Comments

My Laparoscopic Appendectomy

A trip to the Emergency Room   Our last weekend started like any other: reading books, watching movies, and hanging out with friends. The nausea began Saturday afternoon while we were enjoying a good cup of tea and an interesting conversation at J-Tea. I chose to ignore it at first and attributed it to my overly abundant fresh fruit snack. But the nausea continued, eventually followed by sharp stabbing pains in my back. While my husband was driving me home, I threw up for the third time in my life; at this point I knew something was really wrong. I decided it was probably food poisoning and began self-medicating with mineral water, Swedish bitters, and probiotics. By 9 pm I developed a 102.4 fever and chills. I took some Tylenol PM and went to bed thinking maybe I had the stomach flu. On Sunday morning I woke up feeling much better; no [...]

May 21st, 2012|Categories: Diana|Tags: , , , |9 Comments
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