I graze throughout the day, all day, every day:) I'm not super big on food, oh, sometimes I like it, sure, food can be good and fun at times. But primarily I eat as we need the fuel for our bodies. If M isn't with me, say, away at her dads for a weekend, I find that I"m out of rhythm of providing meals for her, and I have often forgotten to eat. I'd go into low-blood sugar periods before itd click, oh yeah, have I eaten? Certainly that's not good. So, I've learned. I make myself eat. Even if I don't feel like it, and especially if I am hungry. I don't really like to bother with the time it takes, I'm happy with something small but packed with a lot of uumph (my ADD and impatience?), thinking I'll eat larger meals later and oftentimes I do just that. I always eat/drink something before I head out the door with Daisy (unless she's particularly whining and "can't wait"). I have two breakfasts, a mid-morning something, and then I aim for lunch, plus a pre-dinner then dinner. M likes to eat something (healthy! I make sure it's healthy!) while I'm preparing dinner, or to tide us over. M apparently doesn't like to take as much time as she used to always take eating her lunch, so she eats less then. I pack enough for her to have a full lunch and afternoon snacks plus horse snacks. Today, she packed minimally. I added two Golden delicious apples, as I know that packing M one apple would mean two bites by her, the rest eaten by Chance, her current favorite horse. And cashews. Just cuz a quick protein snack addition isn't a bad thing.
Grazing is apparently healthier for me, though, eating smaller meals more often. It helps to keep my blood sugars more level and consistent. We're both less cranky if we have something to eat when first arriving home, too, early evening, plus dinner. So dinner is smaller. It works out (balancing for healthy foods).
It clicked for me this morning, reading CanyonSun04's entries, that she is mentioning potential signs of blood sugar problems. Whether she has blood sugar issues or not, is for her and her doctor(s) to figure out, other medicines, whatever. Hmmm, I'll have to add her link later (to her private journal), as I'm not finding it now. Update: Ang since checked out http://www.hypoglycemia.org and took an online test. Great idea for any of us! To quote them, "A higher score is evidence of probable adrenal insufficiency and/or deranged carbohydrate metabolism (Hypoglycemia), and would indicate further testing. " Wow, serious sounding wording. They're pushing sales, but otherwise have a fair bit of information on their site. Yep, I still scored very high myself.
Some tidbits I'll relay for anyone who may be craving simple sugars or sweets, who can feel unenergized sometimes, who sometimes even feels cranky and irritable but feels better after having eaten and otherwise doesn't know why s/he'd feel cranky and irritable, who can feel shaky and not quite able to think clearly. At least, those are symptons I've had. Remembering later, I'd get close to passing out at times, too.
Testing for hypoglycemia is not the same as testing for diabetes, similar but not the same. Typically a longer time frame is needed.