Dear Low Blood Sugar

Dear low blood sugar,

You’ve been around for a while now. You weren’t invited but you didn’t care. You first showed up when I was in high school, but you didn’t usually stick around, so I thought it was no big deal.

Then, in my early 20s, you showed up and stayed a super long time.

You made me feel super exhausted, shaky, sweaty and weird every single day, around 3 or 4 p.m. like clockwork.

You were always super annoying, ruining anything that was fun. You made me distracted when I was trying to enjoy a nice dinner with friends. You made it hard to sleep most of the time and gave me killer insomnia.

Finally, at 23, I figured you out.

I stopped eating all the things that triggered you: white bread, white pasta, etc. I started eating more protein. I ate more regularly and had a snack every day at 3 p.m.

Gradually, you went away. You still made some appearances, but you could be controlled with a bowl of Greek yogurt and blueberries or a spoonful of peanut butter.

Today, you’re mostly a distant memory.

And I am so thankful to live every day with energy and an even mood, to rarely get insomnia, and to be super aware of how to control you when you do creep up.

Thanks, low blood sugar. You were the first step in my journey towards health — the first chapter of my healthy story. And I wouldn’t have it any other way.

Do you get low blood sugar? How do you deal with it?

Aya Tsintziras is a food blogger at She posts gluten-free, dairy-free and mostly sugar-free recipes, lifestyle and pop culture stories on Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays.

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  1. Our health struggles really can take us on the most amazing journeys. I’ve never struggled with serious low blood sugar before (although I’m definitely someone who’s prone to getting “hangry”), but struggling with Lyme’s disease, an ED, and IBS in the past two years was the catalyst for me starting to blog and meeting lovely blogging friends like you. 🙂

    1. I’m so sorry you have struggled with those things, Claire, but I agree that the journey can work out so well! I’m so glad we connected and I love connecting with you too 🙂

  2. Isn’t it funny how it’s difficult to be angry at our past health complications..because they made us the health oriented people we are? Allowed us to create spaces on the internet to guide and help others?

    1. You are so right! Perfectly said 🙂

  3. Omg I completely relate to this. Until very recently around 2-3pm I swear out of nowhere I’d get dizzy, shaky an d super anxious from waiting too long to eat and letting my blood sugar drop. Now I make sure even if I’m not hungry to eat every couple hours to keep my body in balance.

    1. Yes! That used to happen to me every single day too. Eating regularly is so key for balancing blood sugar.

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