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24 January 2012

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Rebekka

I wonder how breastfeeding/mommy brain goes in with all this? What about fatigue? My baby has been waking up at night every two hours the last week, and there is not enough chocolate/candy/flour-based baking products in the world.

bearing

I don't remember them saying anything about sleep deprivation in specific, but pregnancy and breastfeeding surely make glucose levels operate a bit differently.

It's useful to know that cravings of the sort "I can't THINK until I get a chocolate bar" are really just "I can't THINK until my blood sugar levels go up," meaning that if you have a little bit of time you can fix the problem by eating something better for you, like a hard boiled egg or some whole wheat toast with peanut butter. I have often heard the advice that cravings for sugar can be assuaged by eating protein (even if it doesn't seem like it is what you want); perhaps this is one reason why.

Rebekka

Oh, it's definitely not what I want. But I should try.

JMB

What if the "craving" if satisfied, signals to the brain that eating is over. I find that if I allow myself a few pieces of chocolate at lunch, I can easily make it to dinner 5 or 6 hours later without being hungry and without snacking.

bearing

Possible! I lie to have chocolate or sometimes a little ice cream after lunch too. It seems to help me avoid eating the kids' sandwich crusts.

bearing

That's "like," not "lie." I do not need to use deception to obtain the chocolate or the ice cream.

Kyra

Hm. When I've had low blood sugar I've found the most effective way to treat it is the same way we treat our son's hypoglycemia- twenty grams of fast-acting carbohydrate, and wait ten minutes for it to be metabolized, and then I'll have a lower GI snack after.

A more slowly-burning snack initially means a slower recovery, which can be bad if I've reached the clammy/shaky/irrational stage (happens to me frequently, especially when I'm pregnant).

bearing

Kyra - I think the writers are not talking about clinical hypoglycemia, but just the ordinary sort of low blood sugar that a normal person gets to when it's almost time for a meal. It does vary throughout the day...

Kyra

Yes. My son has Type one diabetes,but I just get normal low blood sugar. I find (after hauling the kids to and from the park, or back from the grocery store) I get mildly hypoglycemic (I've used my son's monitor to test, just out of curiosity) and the most effective treatment is to treat the shakes and irritability first, and then eat something slower to digest.

Dorian Speed

Very interesting. I've put the book on hold at my library. (Insert hacky joke about how I hope I'll have the WILLPOWER to actually read it.) I know that, for me, the number one huge problem at root in most of my bad habits is insufficient and inconsistent sleep. I like the idea of telling myself "I simply can't think straight until I raise my blood sugar" vs. "until I have some chocolate."

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