Our expert says:
I must say that I think it is very good of you to give up sugar for Lent - I noticed a headline the other day that one of the bishops suggested parishioners should give up SMS's for Lent! Anyway if you are having the symptoms you describe, then you may well suffer from low blood sugar or hypoglycaemia. I would recommend that you ask your gp to send you for tests to find out if you have got hypoglycaemia or not. If you do then you should please see a clinical dietitian for a low-glycaemic index (GI) diet. By eating foods with a low-GI and having 6 small meals a day the dietitian will help you to prevent your blood sugar from dropping to such low levels and thus stop the symptoms. Visit the Association for Dietetics in SA Website at: www.adsa.org.za and click on "Find a Dietitian" to find a dietitian in your area. In the meanwhile, click on 'Diet' and 'Weight loss' and 'The Glycaemic Index' and read the articles on the GI. Also do a Search on the Diet Site with 'Hypoglycaemia’ to read more about this condition. Best regards
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