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  • Writer's pictureDr Kendra Clifford ND

Are you prepared for a sugar emergency?

There are two emergencies I want to talk to you about today.


Hypoglycemia is the medical term for low blood sugar. For some people, this can be a severe medical emergency. Some symptoms of hypoglycaemia include:

- Mood changes. - Sweating. - Headaches

- Trembling - Dizziness. - Extreme Tiredness

- Paleness - Blurred vision. - Hunger

Now you may notice that a lot of these coincide with the symptoms of sugar detoxification. These are warning signs that your blood sugar is low. Eating some high protein, or healthy carbohydrate foods should help. If you begin to experience the following seek medical treatment:

- Deep and Rapid Respirations

- Dehydration

- Fruity or alcohol breath door

- Urine that smells like acetone or nail polish remover

Roasted Chickpeas
Roasted Chickpeas

2. Snack Emergencies:

You're out and about and all of a sudden you start to experience some hypoglycaemic warning signs. Where previously you may have reached for a chocolate bar, or stopped for a donut, I want you to be prepared with healthy, purse - car - desk safe snacks.

Here are 10 - healthy snacks to keep around for snack emergencies!

- Seeds: Pumpkin and sunflower seeds (and many others) contain a healthy balance of protein, fat, and calories to keep you going all day

- Raw Nuts: Also containing an awesome protein/fat combo are raw nuts like almonds, cashews, pistachios, walnuts - the options are unlimited

- Dried Fruit: having a few pieces of dried fruit (try drying fruit or making fruit leather at home!) may satisfy your sweet tooth. Make sure to watch your ingredient labels as many contain added sugar

- Healthy crackers: healthy, whole grain crackers can be a great option - pair with some natural nut butter for a great afternoon snack!

- Low Sodium Jerky - this can be a high protein snack for that mid afternoon slump - watch for flavours that have high levels of sodium or that include added sugar

Air Popped Popcorn: a low calorie, comfort snack that can get you through. Try adding different spice combination to jazz your popcorn up!

Roasted Chickpeas: these are one of my favourites! I love the flavour combinations you can make with roasted chickpeas - from simple salt and pepper, to spicy flavours

Wasabi Peas - for those who love that spicy flavour try wasabi peas. They provide a great crunch with a pop of flavour

Seaweed snacks - seaweed sheet snacks contain a TON of vitamins and minerals!

Coconut Water - keep coconut water nearby, you may be confusing your thirst for hunger, try rehydrating yourself with this tasty treat first - just watch for versions with added sugar

Let me know what your favourite go to, sugar free, desk snack is!

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