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Re: Heart Palpitations after Eating - for Heather

From: vidaloca


Been there, done that exactly as you describe. Your rationale is dead-on. I'm 50, resumed eating breakfast at age 35, after a 23 year hiatus. Best thing I ever did. Feel energetic til at least noon.

My palpitation episodes were always after eating a "healthy" lunch, like a pocket pita sandwich with salad, etc. Go figure. About 20 mins after eating, I would feel very drowsy, so I'd lie down for a stretch, and in 5 mins the "Jackrabbit" heartbeat would start. I was so scared, thought it might be my meds, or worse.

After 2 wks, I quit eating the hi-carb pita, switched to multigrain breads, soup, salad, fresh fruit apple/orange and started eating slower, drinking 8-10 cups bottled water/day. Have not had any palpitations in months. I love gummi bears too, but limit my intake to avoid the exact situation you described.

For me, the solution was to adopt natural, complex carbs in lieu of refined carbs, eat slowly and often ie. 5-7 small snack-meals over an 18 hour day. As a recent type 2 diabetic, these habits help to avoid seesaw blood sugar levels. Sometimes, the answer is simple common sense. Good luck to you.

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