4 Tips for Avoiding a Mid-Morning Blood Sugar Crash​

Even a seemingly healthy breakfast can leave you feeling sluggish.

4 Tips for Avoiding a Mid-Morning Blood Sugar Crash​

Q: I have a healthy breakfast every morning — granola, almond milk yogurt and fruit — by 10:30 I am feeling exhausted. It's like my blood sugar is low. I have to eat something sweet to perk back up. (I don't have diabetes.) What's going on?

Answer: You're describing reactive hypoglycemia, or a carb/sugar crash. The carbohydrates and sugars in fruit, the carbs in the grains in granola—along with added sugar it often contains, and the carbs and sugar in even unsweetened almond yogurt — can all add up to a pretty big dose of sugar (carbs are converted into sugar in your body) and a rapid rise in your blood glucose level. If that rise stimulates an insulin spike (that can happen in prediabetes and diabetes, with a rare enzyme deficiency or for no known reason) you end up over-clearing the glucose from your blood. Your blood sugar level tanks, along with your energy. Symptoms can include shakiness, sweating, anxiety and fatigue.

When that happens, a quick dose of half a banana + 1/2 cup of apple sauce or 1/2 cup of apple, orange or pineapple juice can make you feel better. But a better approach...

Eat so you don't crash at all.

Try the following techniques, but if they don't work see your doctor to be tested for pre- or full-blown diabetes or other issues.

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Q: I end up overeating because it makes me feel better and I never really get full. I'd like to lose weight but this makes it hard. Any suggestions?

A: Being persistently hungry can cause big trouble. So can overeating for comfort/pleasure. These two behaviors, say researchers from Baylor University's Children's Nutrition Research Center, are controlled deep within your brain by serotonin-producing neurons, but operate separately from each other — one in the hypothalamus, the other in the midbrain. They both can, however, end up fueling poor nutritional choices and obesity.

Eating for Hunger

When hunger is your motive for eating, the question is: "Does your body know when you've had enough?" Well, if you are overweight, obese or have diabetes you may develop leptin resistance and your "I am full" hormone, leptin, can't do its job. The hormone's signal to your hypothalamus is dampened, and you keep eating.

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