Hi, Merey! Is your full name Meredith? I just love that name 🙂
I have low blood sugar, too, and I’m pregnant, so I have to be really careful to avoid lightheadedness in the mornings. Here are a few things that have worked well for me.
* I eat a protein snack before I go to bed every night (large spoonful of sunflower seed butter, some almonds, a little leftover chicken, etc.)
* I eat breakfast as soon as humanly possible in the morning. And I make sure that what I plan on eating is quick to make.
* There are some days that I feel like I need a grain at breakfast time for energy reasons, but honestly, I feel like I’ve done really well with eggs, veggies, and a healthy fat as the bulk of my breakfast most days. The longer I’m on the diet, I feel like my blood sugar is regulating. The “need” for carbs is decreasing and I’m noticing how much better I feel with protein, good fats, and fiber, with just a little carbs. Good fats = extra virgin olive oil, extra virgin coconut oil, avocado, etc.
* I rarely, if ever, eat a grain alone. I always try to eat grains in conjunction with proteins and often with good fats. This is a staple combo for a hypoglycemic diet.
* I make sure I’m eating a decent amount of calories every 2 and a half to 3 hours. And, as I said before, I try to stay away from snacks that are grains only. If you’re eating plain yogurt, that with a little stevia is a really great snack once a day. There’s a decent amount of protein in yogurt.
* I limit my total grains to about 2 (maybe 3) small servings a day. My body learned pretty quickly to reach for things like almonds, sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds, cut up veggies, instead of breads & sweets when my energy dipped
* I eat these Pocono Buckwheat Grits once a week with 2 fried eggs and some seasonings like garlic powder, chili powder, cumin, salt. See, there’s protein in the eggs – 14g – to balance out my carbs in the buckwheat and slow absorption.
* Quinoa is a high protein grain and is approved for the diet. All grains need to be limited, but if you like the taste of quinoa, it’s a good choice for morning meals as well. Here’s a link to one option, although whole quinoa is probably a better choice. The cereal in the link is fast to make, though.
Does all of that help any? I hope so 🙂 By the way, I weaned myself of caffeine during the first 10 days of the diet, too. I was already down to 1/2 a cup per day because of the pregnancy, but I took 10 days to transition to green tea and then gradually decrease the steeping time, making it weaker and weaker. I didn’t have an ill effects when I stoped completely. Oh, and also, I skipped the cleanse. I just went straight to the diet.
Best wishes to you!!! I really hope you can find a good balance with fighting your candida but still keeping your blood sugar up 🙂