Diet & effect on blood sugar swings
Here's my observations:
I have eaten a standard "healthy American diet" (low meat, whole-grain carbs, full-fat dairy, fruits & veggies, dessert several times a week) for most of my life. I never had any problems with it and have always felt pretty healthy.
Last year I kicked my diet up towards Paleo and eliminated most gluten for a while. I cut out a lot of other grains and starches at the same time. Again, no problems and I felt pretty healthy. Cutting out gluten also eliminated the cold urticaria that had been plaguing me for a while.
This lasted for a few months before cooking two meals at a time (one for me, one for the family) got old and I lapsed back to lower meat, a lot more grains, gradually re-introducing gluten (the cold urticaria has come back, but very, very mildly).
I'm still IF'ing; I do that pretty naturally...hold off on breakfast until I'm hungry a few times a week. It's nice and random.
The new development I have noticed is this:
By the time dinner rolls around, my blood sugar is at rock bottom. My mood is terrible. Once I eat, I'm great again. I also notice the low-blood-sugar feelings if I eat a very low-carb meal. Last week it was bad enough that I made myself a glass of chocolate milk just to get rid of the Low Blood Sugar Bitch.
I'm wondering why these blood sugar swings are so pronounced after I ate paleo for a while when I never noticed them before. I'm also wondering if this is good or bad or what it might indicate.
I'm willing to clean up my diet again if I need to, but as I mentioned above, it's hard to cook two meals at a time. My husband doesn't feel healthy when he eats a lot of meat. Plus there's the effect of family-sized portions of meat on the grocery bill.