The Importance of Good Eating Habits on Health and Wellness of the Mind and Body, and the Detriments of Low Blood Sugar and not Eating Consistently throughout the Day

Eating food (in the right ratios, frequencies) throughout the day ensures stable blood sugar. Chronic fluctuations of blood sugar lead to a host of unwanted issues:

  • Tired
  • Low body temperature
  • Lethargic
  • Irritable
  • Depressed
  • Unable to deal with small stressors
  • Lack of concentration

It is also important not to inhale your whole meal in 2 minutes or less. Take time to sit down, chew your food and enjoy it. Eating too quickly can wreck havoc on your system as well. As always, it is about balance and INDIVIDUALITY. Listen to your bodies signals and adjust accordingly. This takes patience, awareness and practice.

  1. “To keep the body in good health is a duty… otherwise we shall not be able to keep our mind strong and clear.” Buddha
  2. “OK don’t start freaking out…because I know most of you are thinking you have a sluggish liver and hypothyroidism. It’s really just a sign of not eating the right metabolic foods, in the right frequency throughout the day to support metabolic health and glycogen storage.” EastWest Healing
  3. “The most interesting part of Gordon’s diet is that the day’s food is divided into at least six meals or three meals and three snacks. This procedure is based on experiments with animals, in which the rats that learned to eat their daily ration all in one meal got fatter and fatter, while rats that ate the same amount, but could nibble on it whenever they wanted, didn’t get fatter. In the wild state, this would be useful, since it would mean that when the animal found food it could store a large part of it as fat, to use later when food was scarce. But when food is always available, instead of getting fat the nibbler feels more energetic and spends the energy in activity.” Raymond Peat, PhD
  4. “When we don’t eat for many hours, our glycogen stores decrease, and adrenaline secretion is increased, liberating more glucose as long as glycogen is available, but also liberating fatty acids from the fatty tissues. When the diet has chronically contained more polyunsaturated fats than can be oxidized immediately or detoxified by the liver, the fat stores will contain a disproportionate amount of them, since fat cells preferentially oxidize saturated fats for their own energy, and the greater water solubility of the PUFA causes them to be preferentially released into the bloodstream during stress.
    In good health, especially in children, the stress hormones are produced only in the amount needed, because of negative feedback from the free saturated fatty acids, which inhibit the production of adrenalin and adrenal steroids, and eating protein and carbohydrate will quickly end the stress. But when the fat stores contain mainly PUFA, the free fatty acids in the serum will be mostly linoleic acid and arachidonic acid, and smaller amounts of other unsaturated fatty acids. These PUFA stimulate the stress hormones, ACTH, cortisol, adrenaline, glucagon, and prolactin, which increase lipolysis, producing more fatty acids in a vicious circle. In the relative absence of PUFA, the stress reaction is self limiting, but under the influence of PUFA, the stress response becomes self-amplifying.” Raymond Peat, PhD
  5. “Blood sugar falls at night, and the body relies on the glucose stored in the liver as glycogen for energy, and hypothyroid people store very little sugar. As a result, adrenalin and cortisol begin to rise almost as soon as a person goes to bed, and in hypothyroid people, they rise very high, with the adrenalin usually peaking around 1 or 2 A.M., and the cortisol peaking around dawn; the high cortisol raises blood sugar as morning approaches, and allows adrenalin to decline. Some people wake up during the adrenalin peak with a pounding heart, and have trouble getting back to sleep unless they eat something. If the night-time stress is very high, the adrenalin will still be high until breakfast, increasing both temperature and pulse rate. The cortisol stimulates the breakdown of muscle tissue and its conversion to energy, so it is thermogenic, for some of the same reasons that food is thermogenic.
    After eating breakfast, the cortisol (and adrenalin, if it stayed high despite the increased cortisol) will start returning to a more normal, lower level, as the blood sugar is sustained by food, instead of by the stress hormones. In some hypothyroid people, this is a good time to measure the temperature and pulse rate. In a normal person, both temperature and pulse rate rise after breakfast, but in very hypothyroid people either, or both, might fall.” Raymond Peat, PhD
  6. “If you’re really healthy, then you can meet challenges without experiencing something that Hans Selye would have called stress. For example, if you are not very healthy, just skipping a meal can put you in really serious stress. But a healthy person stores something like 7 or 8 ounces of glucose in the form of glycogen in the liver and the muscles and brain. And since at rest the muscles can burn primarily fatty acids, your brain is the main thing that consumes glucose.
    If you’re inactive and relaxed, you can easily go 12-15 hours without eating or without any stress at all. But if you’re not able to store that much glycogen, (for example low thyroid people, or people with a history of severe stress aren’t able to store very much glycogen), and so when you run out of sugar, whether it’s from going all day without eating or because your liver isn’t very efficient, your body tries to increase the available glucose.
    Normally, just being awake makes enough adrenaline to mobilize as much glucose from your stores as you need. But when you run out of that stored sugar, your brain still requires sugar to function properly. So, instead of just increasing the adrenaline more and more, when the adrenaline reaches a certain level and can’t get the blood sugar up from storage, then you turn on the cortisol. And that’s the classic stress that can be harmful, because the cortisol dissolves first tissues which are very fragile (like the thymus — that starts turning to sugar immediately when you run out of stored glycogen). And when the thymus is gone in just two or three hours of intense stress, that happens to be one of the reasons they think adults don’t have thymus glands, because by the time they’re dead and are analyzed, the thymus has been eaten up by stress; they might have had a perfectly normal thymus until they were sick and dead.
    After the thymus is consumed and turned to sugar, the cortisol starts breaking down your muscles, then your skin. The brains, lungs and heart are spared from stress, partly because in a healthy person they are very saturated with androgens (testosterone and DHEA especially) which block the breakdown function of cortisol. If your brain, lungs and heart are short of those protective steroids then that’s where the stress really starts causing severe, deadly damage. The post-traumatic stress disorder is produced when someone has had such terrible stress, such as being tortured or being in terrific catastrophes, that they not only deplete their stored glycogen and breakdown the expendable tissues like thymus and liver, but then the cortisol starts damaging the brain and heart, and so on. So they get very severe chronic symptoms. Once the stress is completely resolved, then the brain can massively regenerate itself. For example they’ve seen MRIs of girls who have been in anorexia for months, their brain shrinks from living on the cortisol breaking down their tissues, but when they start eating the brain can rebuild itself in just a few weeks.” Raymond Peat, PhD
  7. Ray Peat, PhD on Low Blood Sugar & Stress Reaction, Rob Turner
Groundhog Day 1993
Image: Bill Murray and Andie MacDowell, “Groundhog Day” (1993)
The Immigrant 1917
Image: Charlie Chaplin, “The Immigrant” (1917)

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