Symptoms of low blood sugar can occur suddenly. They include:

  • blurry vision
  • rapid heartbeat
  • sudden mood changes
  • sudden nervousness
  • unexplained fatigue
  • pale skin
  • headache
  • hunger
  • shaking
  • dizziness
  • sweating
  • difficulty sleeping
  • skin tingling
  • trouble thinking clearly or concentrating
  • loss of consciousness, seizure, coma #yup #truth

People with hypoglycemic unawareness do not know their blood sugar is dropping. If you have this condition, your blood sugar can drop without you noticing it. Without immediate treatment, you can faint, experience a seizure, or even go into a coma. 

Please note, whilst Sam and I talk about this top line in terms of people performance during busy days – it is crucial to recognise the signs of very low blood sugar as this is a medical emergency. So, if someone you know has diabetes and they’re experiencing mild to moderate symptoms, have them eat or drink 15 grams of easily digestible carbohydrates, such as outlined in 3.0 below:

** You should never give an unconscious person anything by mouth, as it could cause them to choke. So please be sure you know what you’re doing re the above. Consult your doctor if you are reading this and feel any of the above are regularly occurring for you.

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HANGRY 2.0: Having a serious state of low blood sugar on a regular basis? 

If you are aware that you’re just being lazy and not fuelling your body properly then please start looking after yourself and prep with some emergency healthy options for car/traveling and busy days (examples of which I will list below), plenty of water and regular meals throughout your day.

i.e. Common Sense and respect for that amazing personal machine of yours that you wander around in each day.

If you experience low blood sugar often — say, a few times a week — see your doctor right away to determine why. Your doctor will begin your visit by taking your medical history, asking questions about your eating habits, and learning more about the symptoms you’re experiencing.

  • Getting back to general living HANGRY  – the result of lack of planning…

HANGRY 3.0: Treating it and getting your levels back on track 

How are low blood sugar levels treated?

When your blood sugar levels are too low, eating something made of carbohydrates is key. If you have diabetes, try to keep high-carbohydrate snacks on hand.  Healthy snacks include:

  • Natural raw foods such as carrots, banana, nuts, seeds, dates, 
  • 1 tablespoon of organic honey
  • Muesli and organic yoghurt
  • 4 or 5 saltine crackers with avocado if you can
  • Fruit salad
  • Piece of fruit
  • Handful of nuts; almonds, cashews, brazil nuts..fresh or dried fruit
  • Smoked salmon, grilled chicken, tofu etc
  • Paleo granola;
  • Extreme no other choice if you really hit rock bottom: 3 or 4 pieces of hard candy or glucose tablet
  • Natural, raw, granola bars
  • Fresh squeezed fruit juice or a smoothie
  • Pretzels