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LOW BLOOD SUGAR & IRRITABLE BOWEL SYNDROME: EATING PLAN TO KEEP BLOOD SUGAR LEVELS STABLE – PRINCIPLES OF THE DIET

If your doctor has already given you a diet to follow consult him or her before you make any changes in your eating pattern. If there at some foods here which you cannot tolerate, just exclude them and follow the main theme.
Principles of the Diet
The aim is to avoid foods and substances that are quickly absorbed in order to minimize rapid changes in the level of glucose in the blood.
Avoid or cut down to a minimum refined carbohydrates:
• Sugar, sweets, chocolate
• White bread, white flour, cakes, biscuits, pastry
• Alcohol
• Sweet drinks
• ]unk foods.
Eat non-refined carbohydrates:
• Whole grain cereals; wheat, oats, barley, rice, rye, millet.
Give up processed breakfast cereals and make your own muesli from whole oats, nuts, seeds (sunflower, pumpkin or sesame are all very nutritious) and a little dried fruit (sultanas, apricots etc). If you are used to eating ‘plastic bread’ you will love the taste of whole-grain brown bread. If you normally eat brown bread make sure it is whole grain.
Eat protein:
• Animal protein: meat, fish, poultry, cheese, eggs, milk, yoghurt.
• Vegetable protein: nuts, seeds, peas, beans, lentils and small amounts in all vegetables.
There is always a lot of argument about how much protein should be included in any diet. The early diets for low blood sugar were very high in protein. Eating this way certainly controls the blood sugar but more recent research has shown that the body does not like too much concentrated protein, and blood sugar levels can be kept steady on smaller amounts, particularly if lots of raw vegetables are included.
Eat Large Quantities of Vegetables
These will supply you with essential minerals and vitamins and provide fibre (roughage). Some people have become over-anxious about fibre, and have bran with everything. This is not a good idea, as it can irritate the bowel and hinder the absorption of some minerals. Eating vegetables is a better way to get fibre.
Eat Lots of Fresh Fruit
Although fruit contains quite a lot of sugar, it is in a different form from that in sweets (fructose rather than sucrose); it does not need insulin for its digestion and therefore is an ideal food to help slow down the pancreas.
Eat Some Fat
People tend to concentrate on low-fat diets (often dangerously low) and think this will take care of all cholesterol problems. However, there are other factors which are just as important – stress, and a diet low in raw vegetables and fruit can be just as damaging as moderate amounts of butter. Also remember that some foods actually lower cholesterol levels. They include onions, garlic, apples and olive oil. Olive oil is also wonderful for the immune system.
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LOW BLOOD SUGAR & IRRITABLE BOWEL SYNDROME: EATING PLAN TO KEEP BLOOD SUGAR LEVELS STABLE – PRINCIPLES OF THE DIETIf your doctor has already given you a diet to follow consult him or her before you make any changes in your eating pattern. If there at some foods here which you cannot tolerate, just exclude them and follow the main theme.Principles of the DietThe aim is to avoid foods and substances that are quickly absorbed in order to minimize rapid changes in the level of glucose in the blood.Avoid or cut down to a minimum refined carbohydrates:• Sugar, sweets, chocolate• White bread, white flour, cakes, biscuits, pastry• Alcohol• Sweet drinks• ]unk foods.Eat non-refined carbohydrates:• Whole grain cereals; wheat, oats, barley, rice, rye, millet.Give up processed breakfast cereals and make your own muesli from whole oats, nuts, seeds (sunflower, pumpkin or sesame are all very nutritious) and a little dried fruit (sultanas, apricots etc). If you are used to eating ‘plastic bread’ you will love the taste of whole-grain brown bread. If you normally eat brown bread make sure it is whole grain.Eat protein:• Animal protein: meat, fish, poultry, cheese, eggs, milk, yoghurt.• Vegetable protein: nuts, seeds, peas, beans, lentils and small amounts in all vegetables.There is always a lot of argument about how much protein should be included in any diet. The early diets for low blood sugar were very high in protein. Eating this way certainly controls the blood sugar but more recent research has shown that the body does not like too much concentrated protein, and blood sugar levels can be kept steady on smaller amounts, particularly if lots of raw vegetables are included.Eat Large Quantities of VegetablesThese will supply you with essential minerals and vitamins and provide fibre (roughage). Some people have become over-anxious about fibre, and have bran with everything. This is not a good idea, as it can irritate the bowel and hinder the absorption of some minerals. Eating vegetables is a better way to get fibre.Eat Lots of Fresh FruitAlthough fruit contains quite a lot of sugar, it is in a different form from that in sweets (fructose rather than sucrose); it does not need insulin for its digestion and therefore is an ideal food to help slow down the pancreas.Eat Some FatPeople tend to concentrate on low-fat diets (often dangerously low) and think this will take care of all cholesterol problems. However, there are other factors which are just as important – stress, and a diet low in raw vegetables and fruit can be just as damaging as moderate amounts of butter. Also remember that some foods actually lower cholesterol levels. They include onions, garlic, apples and olive oil. Olive oil is also wonderful for the immune system.*104\326\8*

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