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Help! I am hypoglycemic and a veggie. I was told that I needed to balance out my diet for my hypoglycemia (it is when my body produces too much insulin and my blood sugar drops to quickly). Dose anyone have any good recipes for me to try?

Are there any hypoglycemic vegetarians that have any experience with this and could offer her some recipes or advice? If so, post a message in the forum or leave a comment below.


March 27, 2007 at 9:17 pm
(1) Teresita Glaze says:

I also have trouble with my blood sugar dropping, and do not eat meat. I usually grab the peanut butter! It’s good on apple slices.

May 11, 2011 at 1:44 am
(2) denig says:

They go back to school to get more specialized skills so they can earn more money

March 28, 2007 at 7:29 pm
(3) Deborah says:

I was hypoglycemic and vegetarian when I was young. I ate lots of dairy, nuts, and beans for maintaining my sugar level. Cans of refried beans are really handy for making tostadas, and the corn tortillas adds missing amino acids. Cottage cheese is great, also, as is hummus and peanut butter. Lots of potatoes are NOT a good thing, because they send your blood sugar sky-rocketing, even quicker than straight table sugar.

Also, here’s something to freak you out: Did you know that you are a good candidate to become a Type 2 diabetic? At about 30 years old, my metabolism settled down. I rejoiced for not having to carry food everywhere I went, and I ate like a normal person for about 15 years. Then I developed Type 2 diabetes, which I control very well with a diet not unlike my old days of dealing with hypoglycemia. I guess a bad pancreas is a bad pancreas, no matter which end of the sugar spectrum it identifies with.

April 8, 2007 at 2:03 am
(4) Jennifer says:

I am also a vegeatrian who, about 4 years ago, was told that I am hypoglycemic. Once I made a serious effort to eat more protein (I started eating eggs again), I have not had any blood sugar level issues since then. Since focusing on proteins worked for me, that would be my only advise.

April 9, 2007 at 12:21 pm
(5) Reggie says:

I was hypoglycemic until I gave up eating sugar. I am extreme I didn’t even have fruit for a year but it cleaned out my system and I’m healthier and feeling great. When I refer to sugar consumption I include everything: cane juice, cane syrup, corn syrup, high fructose corn syrup, unrefined cane juice/powder, molasses, brown sugar, all the other phoney names given to the consumers to feel they are eating healthier sources but they are the same: bad for you. Do take note that you will feel a state of discharge while the sugar leaves your body. It takes 1 week to discharge a teaspoon of sugar. Meat/animal flesh is on one side of the spectrum while sugar is on the other, if not eating flesh (I’m not suggesting you do, it’s not healthy physically, mentally or spiritually) but still consuming sugars your body doesn’t know what to do as it’s completely off balance. Try brown rice syrup, barley malt, amazake (cold section in Whole Foods) or a small amount of xylitol. Good luck. R

April 24, 2007 at 5:10 pm
(6) Elizabeth says:

I am a vegan and have struggled with low blood sugar all my life. My advice is protein, protein, protein! I eat protein at every meal and most snacks. For example, I’ll have soy nut butter on a waffle or with fruit in the morning and a full glass of soymilk (good for the B12, calcium and niacin) soy yogurt for an am snack, leftovers for lunch which usually include tofu, tempeh, morningstar veggie crumbles, or beans and so on.

Best of luck to you!

March 21, 2008 at 5:37 pm
(7) April says:

I just found out yesterday that I’m hypoglycemic. I’m a vegetarian, although I do eat eggs and dairy products. I guess I’ll just have to make sure that I eat more, and really try to cut out sugars. I was told to eat every 3 hours, but what?

July 30, 2008 at 11:48 am
(8) Nichole says:

I’m also hypoglycemic and vegetarian for over 20 years. Protein is best to avoid (and recover from) low blood sugar.
I also recommend Agave Nectar as a sugar substitute. It tastes great. For example, in my coffee I can’t tell the difference between Agave and sugar. Recipes can be modified to use Agave instead of sugar. The Glycemic Index is only 27 (lower than honey). It’s even safe for Diabetics. Since Agave nectar is only made in Mexico they can claim that the product is “pure Agave” if there is some pure Agave in it. Many products say pure agave on the label and add corn syrup. Check out volcanicnectar.com for the only totally pure product.

January 4, 2009 at 10:53 pm
(9) ROBERT JOE says:

As a hypoglycemic vegetarian of 20+ years, I can tell you from experience that a wide variety of vegetable foods (e.g. vege stew, or potluck fare) will go a long way to smoothing out those dips. Also remember: veges don’t create fat. Avoid vegs and acid fruits @ the same meals, they fight. Avoid sugary treats (chocolate, sodas etc., as they cause you to spike, then drop. Some friends have recommended glucerna as a non-dairy emergency measure (as opposed to Ensure). I haven’t tried it yet. Am recovering from a severe drop at present, and using homemade vegestew (large portions) to aid my recovery.

May 23, 2009 at 6:42 am
(10) PrayerGor says:

Hello, I want to say hi everyone.

September 10, 2009 at 2:46 pm
(11) Mei says:


This will help! Also, Hypoglycemia for Dummies has more more great resources!

January 7, 2010 at 11:30 am
(12) ColaDromo says:

Tell your family. You’re not going to lose the weight alone, even if you ARE alone in losing the weight. If you’ve got a family at home, talk to them about it – initially, not incessantly. Let them know what you’re going to do, and that you want (and need) their support. If you don’t let them know, you’re running the risk of them inadvertently sabotaging your efforts. You want them to help you get to your goal(s). You want them to share in your happiness when you’ve made it past a certain mark. Who knows? Maybe some of your new habits will rub off on them and they’ll become healthier people, too?

April 25, 2010 at 3:02 pm
(13) Sally says:

You aren’t a vegetarian if you are eating dairy or eggs. Did you know that the poultry industry grinds up live male chicks because they aren’t needed?

January 20, 2011 at 2:46 pm
(14) janellesaysso says:

you are rediculous. not everyone is a strict vegetarian and only VEGANS dont eat dairy.

May 16, 2011 at 1:02 pm
(15) Sam says:

Lacto-Ovo Vegetarians eat dairy products and eggs. Vegans do not eat any animal products.

May 20, 2011 at 1:15 am
(16) emma ryan says:

it depends where you get your eggs from……. and i concur with all the comments asking you to check your facts before being so judgemental and holier than thou.

October 4, 2011 at 1:08 pm
(17) Tashina says:

Not all eggs are from an industry. Some people buy eggs locally, or even have their own chickens. A vegetarian and a vegan are completely different. For instance, a vegetarian might also eat honey, dairy, and/or gelatin. Being veganer-than-thou will not win you any friends. If you feel the need to educate someone on corrupt and inhumane food practices, do so with correct information and kindness.

May 8, 2010 at 9:57 pm
(18) shannon8 says:

Sally – you are the reason vegetarians, like myself, cringe at the thought of potlucks with coworkers or other events where I’m forced to tell that I don’t eat meat. People like you have created a “holier than though” stereotype for anyone who tries to eat healthy or avoids animal cruelty. I hate the plight of animals in the factory farm industry and know all about it, however, eating eggs and or dairy does not constitute eating meat. Perhaps you’re thinking of a “vegan.” Look it up.

June 22, 2010 at 5:41 pm
(19) aduplain says:

Thank you shannon8 for saying exactly what I was thinking!

July 2, 2010 at 9:47 am
(20) Tonya says:

@Sally As I’ve researched this greatly the last several weeks….

Vegetarian – no meat, may eat diary if he/she can and chooses to.
Vegan – no meat, no dairy, no animal products, no animal tested products, no leather, no wool, no honey (as the bees sometimes get crushed when the honey combs are removed and because the queen bee is kept from roaming freely), no red dyes (sometimes red dye can come from a certain beetle or other insect), certain beer is not vegan because of the process it is made from used animal products, etc. The list could go on and on and on.

May 20, 2011 at 1:20 am
(21) emma ryan says:

actually alot of what you list for vegan goes for vegetarian too. the only difference between vegetarian and vegan is that vegans don’t consume/utilise any animal products. i eat free range eggs (bought direct from a farm where i can see the chickens roaming around and am happy they are looked after and happy) and buy organic milk (to try and ensure that the animal if treated the best it can be rather than from one of the appalling ‘factory farms’).
i am not writing this to be overly critical of you as i am grateful that so many have jumped in to defend vegetarians from an ill thought out comment.



August 1, 2010 at 1:30 pm
(22) colleen says:

Is honey ok for a hypoglycemic vegan?

October 4, 2011 at 1:10 pm
(23) Tashina says:

A true vegan does not consume any animal products, including honey.

August 2, 2010 at 6:45 am
(24) vegetarian says:

No. Honey is not technically vegan.

October 29, 2010 at 6:45 pm
(25) Betty says:

Vegan doesn’t mean won’t eat honey or any of the other PETA crap you said. some people just are vegans to be healthier. I love eating animals but sometimes it doesn’t agree with my body. You animal freaks are all the same. God forbid you eat a ground up baby chick but who cares about the mother who kills her unborn human baby. Thats her choice, right? thats ok, right? you just look the other way, right? but don’t hurt the unwanted baby chick!!!! Don’t wear fur! You are a horrible person for wearing fur but not for killing a human unborn baby?? it doesn’t make sense

October 4, 2011 at 1:19 pm
(26) Tashina says:

Stereotyping is a nasty habit. “You animal freaks are all the same.” – I am a vegetarian, and also a conservative anti-abortion Orthodox Christian. Though I agree that people who won’t eat eggs, but will kill their own young are hypocritical and have extremely backwards priorities, please do not spew your lack of education and vitriol on people- it will not accomplish anything, and will make it nearly impossible to educate those who might be wrong.

November 6, 2010 at 8:59 pm
(27) Kayla says:

@ Betty … You cannot generalise and say that any group of people are the same. That’s just as bad as saying that all blacks are the same or that all old people are the same. Also, just because someone is a vegetarian does not mean that he or she does not care about abortion. I happen to be a vegetarian who is pro-life, not pro-choice. Moreover, one does have the capacity to be concerned about several issues at once. Just because I don’t wear fur does not mean that I cannot also be against abortion. Either way, this forum focuses on hypoglycemia, not abortion. I’m glad that this issue upsets you, as it shows that you are a caring person, but lashing out helps no one. There are far more productive things you could be doing to advocate your pro-life views. I hope that your anger will one day drive you in such a productive direction.

Anyhow, I found everyone’s information helpful. Thanks, guys! =)

December 23, 2010 at 6:22 pm
(28) Jan says:

I just wanted to thank all of you for your help here. I’ve been an ovo-lacto vegetarian for more than a decade now and my hypoglycemia symptoms have worsened tremendously these past few months. PETA’s list of vegan foods is wrong, so please don’t use it (and several other websites I’ve visited have copied it, so be careful while doing your research). As a vegetarian, I’m well aware of factory-farming and the horrors the animals endure, even when used to produce eggs and dairy products. However, I feel I am moving in the right direction! Another reason for my decision to become a vegetarian was the fact that my father died of colon cancer (which can be genetic) and the first bit of advice the brochures state is to avoid eating meat, which contributes greatly to colon cancer! A vegetarian diet is also believed to be helpful when it comes to controlling diabetes and other diseases and disorders. So everyone has different reasons as to why they chose this lifestyle. Once again, thank you for all the information! :)

January 16, 2011 at 1:22 pm
(29) Gabby says:

@Betty- I am a vegan who is also pro-life. Generalizations hurt. Everyone. Each person is a unique individual doing things according to his/her unique individual perspective. I am not a vegan because I have an issue with the way animals are treated, not to say I DON’T have an issue with it because I do, but that’s not the reason I am vegan. I am vegan because it is difficult and I wanted to prove to myself that I could do it. Plus, it’s healthy. Like you said. Maybe you should ask for clarification on certain things before you start spouting accusations everywhere. I have researched veganism, being one, and it does exclude honey and even beeswax, like in chapstick.

I came on here because I am hypoglycemic and recently became vegan but have found that my blood sugar is dipping more than before and I’m literally eating every 2hrs, if not more. I just wanted to see if others found that problem, too. It kinda scares me because I don’t want to become diabetic, as I know that that can happen to people with hypoglycemia. I do eat peanut butter, beans, tofu, and other protein rich foods but I still find myself eating again in an hour or so. I just don’t want to get worse.

May 20, 2011 at 1:27 am
(30) emma ryan says:

hiya, i’m sorry to hear you are having so many problems. one thing i can suggest is that you try a diet high in protein (as you seem to be doing) but low in active carbohydrates (similar to a vegetarian version of the atkins diet!). i ahve had numerous operation so my stomach and intestines and my diet is very restrictive, i have to have low carb, high protein, low fibre, low fat. i am also vegetarian. my surgeon advised me that my diet (as long as adhered to strictly) is actually a ‘cure’ for diabetes (he has seen it in his patients) as its the carbohydrates that are the important factor in blood sugar levels.

good luck


January 26, 2011 at 11:13 pm
(31) Marcia says:

This is a note to Jan… My mother died of colon cancer and she was a vegetarian for the last 30 years of her life… eating whole grains and organic foods… Just a note to say that being vegetarian does not ensure that a person will be colon-cancer free. When she was ill, our research showed two things… One, we discovered that vegetarians may be at a higher risk of colon cancer… And two, that genetically modified soy may have contributed to her cancer… One thing we learned for sure, we don’t have all the answers.

As a side note, my father also died of colon cancer – yet they were divorced and living in separate states for the last 35 years of their lives. He ate a typical American diet, minus the fast food and junk food.

Just a note here… I don’t have the answers. My mother who died of colon cancer discovered she didn’t have the answers either. But I do definitely avoid genetically modified soy.

April 14, 2011 at 8:11 am
(32) judy says:


Thanks for the info about your parents.

My spouse has colon cancer stage 3 and a vegetarian.

I really wish there is an answer for cancer but I am totally lost.

May 31, 2011 at 4:08 pm
(33) Bibliogrrl says:

I’ve just started a blog devoted to this very topic! I hope we can brainstorm together.


June 18, 2011 at 10:28 pm
(34) Jsk says:

you can be vegetarian and eat cheese theoretically.. cuz a lot do. but in philosophy, one that doesn’t support the death of animals for consumption purposes wouldn’t drink milk (or eat eggs as stated.. unwanted males are grinded up alive and treated like garbage suffocated in bins!! and its a hen’s period.). The dairy industry is horrific. In every glass of milk (or block of cheese that i was once madly addicted to) theres some veal in there with it figuratively.. cows are like all mammals and give milk when they’re pregnant, therefore they are either repeatedly bred or artificially inseminated (mmm rape) until they can no longer give milk anymore or are too sick. unlike what the industry has been force feeding down the populace’s throats, cows do not NEED to be milked. they are all abused and exploited mothers. most dairy cows dont make it to age 3 when their life expectancy is 15.

June 18, 2011 at 10:30 pm
(35) Jsk says:

i was more interested in the whole hypoglycemia thing as my old roomie’s mom said she could never be veggie because of it, but since theres a fight going on about veg and veganism.. why not try to clear it up. (i’m not even going to acknowledge the usual “you peta ppl yada yada you care more about animals than ppl and i’m sure you support abortion and kill babies” babble that doesn’t even make sense or pertain to anything veg related.. wait i just did haha just to show you how RIDICULOUS you sound! and if you’re so against abortion then i’m sure you dont support the military in any way?? or do you? talk about hypocritical and BACKWARDS.. you’re against aborting an unfertilized fetus (even if there was rape or molestation) , yet.. you’ll (or most i should say that spew babble like what you did) will send their 18 yr old off to the military or support the killing of other ppl (mostly innocents) and their own child’s deaths. …. off topic kinda but not really. its all connected. for a clearer overview on the subjects–> http://www.chooseveg.com/dairy.asp
and the video that made me turn vegan.. i love this man soo much. http://youtu.be/es6U00LMmC4

October 4, 2011 at 1:30 pm
(36) Tashina says:

Once a woman is pregnant, the egg has long since been fertilized. A woman’s egg is waiting to be fertilized, and if it is not, it results in a period. If it is, it results in a pregnancy. The egg of a bird is different than the egg of a mammal- including a woman. Also, not that rape or molestation makes the egg any less fertilized; but it also accounts for less than 1% of abortions, and to throw it out as the typical argument shows the inability to use logic- especially when you consider that all rape victims are given the Plan B pill now. That is not to say that there aren’t women who don’t go to the police in time for whatever reason, but that would make the statistics even smaller than they already are.

Also, not all people who are anti-abortion are pro-war. In fact, anyone who is truly pro-life is anti-war, anti-abortion, anti-euthanasia, anti-death penalty, etc.. Some people are only anti-abortion, and then cannot call themselves pro-life- there is a vast difference. Similar to the difference between vegans and vegetarians.

I agree that it is all connected which is why I am an anti-abortion, anti-death penalty, anti-war, anti-euthenasia, anti-animal testing, anti-fur/leather wearing, anti-animal mill breeding, vegetarian Orthodox Christian. I believe in the sanctity of all of God’s life.

April 20, 2012 at 11:09 pm
(37) meme says:

I’ve been vegatarian for 16 years I have been diagnosed with reactive hypoglycemia after it caused me to have a seizure. I have had alot of luck stabalizing my blood sugar by eating a mix of lentils and barley throughout the day and make sure not to eat extreme amounts of sugary fruit it will make you crash later choose more vegtables and sprouts instead. Oh also for anyone wanting to have cruelty free eggs keep chickens as pets if you have lots of space for them you only need hens most people don’t know they lay eggs without roosters so the eggs with not be fertile obviously they can be very affectionate loving animals if treated as part of the family many have no instinct to sit on eggs so they don’t mind if you take them.

August 10, 2012 at 12:42 pm
(38) Louise says:

Love this thread & all of these comments! Thanks everyone!

I have been diagnosed hypoglycaemic for about 20 years now & have always managed it well with diet – i eat every 2 1/2 hours – so 6-7 meals per day at
7am 9.30am 12.00 2.30pm 5.00pm 7.30 pm & 10.00pm if needed –
Breakfast is an egg & slice of gluten free multigrain bread, mid morn is YUMM! – shake (recipe below), 100g chicken + lots salad or veggies (usually as a stir fry with garlic ginger, wee bit of honey & tamari soy or with a low carb tomato pasta sauce – Leggos garlic & olive one is good) + small amount of carbs =1/2 slice of toasted multigrain gluten free bread. afternoon tea is home made choc torte & custard – no sugar (using fructose is fine & I recently discovered coconut palm sugar is DIVINE!!). Dinner is usually similar to lunch – i make up batches of every 3-4 days and pack a hamper of all my meals each morning. Easy when u get into the routine. Evenings i was having pineapple with soy yoghurt but Now have another round of choc torte & custard coz its sooo yummy. ‘o) Sometimes some mixed nits if im up past 10pm (most if not all nights!)

This works brilliantly generally but occasionally i go through phases where it just doesn’t seem to be very manageable at all. Usually high stress times – so I guess the extra cortisol release definitely doesnt help! But i think i have it managed well now with that protwin powder added to the shake.

August 10, 2012 at 12:43 pm
(39) Louise says:

Some food ideas : A GREAT & easy snack idea is a cocoa shake i make.
I mix in a shake cup : 1 1/2 cups soy milk + 1/2 cup rice milk (with added chick pea protein)+ 1T cocoa + 1T coconut palm sugar + 1t unhulled tahini + 1t soy isolate powder (& 1T psyllium husks if u want added fibre) . Then just SHAKE SHAKE SHAKE & you have the YUMMIEST ever meal in a cup!! I have it for morning tea (9.30am)- pre- made bar the psyllium husks as they gel up very quickly so i add these just before i plan to drink the shake. Seriously yummy home made protein shake :o )
I used to have it without the soy isolate but it just wasnt quite enough to sustain me 2 1/2 hours.

I also make a GREAT choc torte (gluten & milk free! But uses eggs) which i eat with home made egg custard for my afternoon tea (2.30pm). Vege but not vegan sorry.

I recently tried a high protein low carb diet as i want to lose some weight & my friend has teimmed really quickly on such a diet- that starts with a day of lots of protein & veggie meals every 2-3 hours but no carbs for e first three days – I lasted about half a day – UGGGHH! NO carbs does NOT work for hgc’s!! I find protein with a small amount of carbs + lots veggies works best.

I am not a meat fan – hence searching for how people cope with hgc if vegetarian, as I have tried over the years but have not been able to sustain my blood sugar on a vege diet. So i eat chicken & the occasional fish. My diet is complicated by food allergies – milk, gluten,yeast. So this page has inspired me to try again.
Are lentils good for sustaining blood sugar?? & how much would u eat for a meal??

Ok thanks again everyone! Nice to know im not the only one out there who has to live with this!! :o )


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