I blogged recently (within the past 18 years) about having issues with low blood sugar, despite being cured of Die-A-Beeties. I couldn’t figure out why I’d get extremely low blood sugar in the evening/night after exercising. It was baffling my doctor and physician’s assistant as well… and it was also baffling the psychic and witch doctor I consulted… and the Jerry Spring show producers… and my cat… and the neighbor’s husband’s dog’s brother’s cuzzin’s parakeet. So, basically everyone except for maybe Oprah… but she wouldn’t return any of my 245 calls. THE NERVE! So, I got to taking things into my own hands… and started experimenting and using my brain for things other than humming Barney the purple dinosaur’s greatest hits on a neverending loop of insane asylum.
Before I hadn’t been too regimented with my eating times. I’d eat my calories, but I’d hoard them and try to squish them into 2 to 3 meals in a day… leaving a HUGE-MONGOUS chunk of day where my blood sugar had time to hang around and annoy it’s kid sister. I really think that’s what caused such a huge drop at night. I hadn’t eaten anything all day and even though I just ate dinner, the blood sugar had time to drop throughout the day. So, about mid January, I adopted the eat 5 to 6 small meals a day mantra. I’ve heard this mantra before and I kind of hated the idea of it. Firstly, it requires planning and totally cuts into my drooling time. Secondly, it requires me to look like a dagnabbed pig who is eating all frig frabbed day long. Thirdly, eating small meals has never been in my vocabulary… small equals me being hungry which equals an inevitable binge in the middle of the night.
Approximately 1-1/2 months in, I am pleasantly surprised. I kind of like eating 6 small meals a day… and if I truly plan it in advance, it feels like a lot of food for so few calories… even more than the time I was eating 2 to 3 larger meals. I’m also finding if I stick to the scheduled small meal times, I haven’t experienced blood sugar drops. Of course, I’m not perfect at this scheduled eating thing. There are many times when I get caught up in other things and miss meals… but this perfection thing takes practice… and will still not result in perfection because I happen to be a human mammal. I usually schedule eating about 3 hours apart and then have each snack/meal prepared the night before so that I can just grab and go… it’s like eating a pre-breakfast snack, breakfast, a pre-lunch snack, lunch, a pre-dinner snack, and dinner… all in the space of 24 hours. And then it’s key that I always include a protein in my snacks… so if my pre-dinner snack is vegetable sticks and low-cal dip, I also include a string cheese or a hand full of almonds. It’s taken some magician moves to maximize my 1500 calories per day, but on the days I follow it to a T, I find I’m less likely to want to binge at night. Now, just getting rid of that lazy bone I had pre-installed at birth so that I will do it regularly. Call the witch doctor… she will remove it at a discount!
Question of the Day: How many meals a day do you eat? Do you plan your meals in advance or just wing it?
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