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The Munchies   (January 10, 2007)

I was re-reading Lewis Carroll’s Through the Looking-Glass, and What Alice Found There and again enjoying the puns and poetry, when I found what I think is the perfect description of the irrational hunger that I have when I’m hypoglycemic. Readers who have had this munchie sensation will probably agree with me that it’s spot-on, and those of you who wonder what it's like when the hypoglycemic brain craves food may have a bit of insight (or sympathy?) into the odd food-seeking behavior that occurs.

So here it is, from Chapter 7, The Lion and the Unicorn:

“I feel faint -- Give me a ham sandwich!”

On which the Messenger, to Alice's great amusement, opened a bag that hung round his neck, and handed a sandwich to the King, who devoured it greedily.

“Another sandwich!” said the King.

“There's nothing but hay left now,” the Messenger said, peeping into the

“Hay, then,” the King murmured in a faint whisper.

Alice was glad to see that it revived him a good deal. “There's nothing like eating hay when you're faint,” he remarked to her, as he munched away.

Hmmm. I think I may be a bit hungry. Where is that ham sandwich?
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Dr. Bill Quick began writing at HealthCentral's diabetes website in November, 2006. These essays are reproduced at D-is-for-Diabetes with the permission of HealthCentral.

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