ooooooooooo a cooking blog!! whenever you start it, let me know. i love cooking! call it "the delicious dish" and then hope SNL doesn't sue you. :o) or you could call it "cooking for 2" or "In the Woods: A cooking experiment" (it's a play on your name. get it, get it?) or how about "Going Batty: Cooking in the Woods." ahaha. i love making up names for stuff. they always suck, but it's still fun.
what kind of herbal metabolism boosters are you thinking of using? that will alter my opinon of them :o) for the most part, herbal metabolism boosters are safe (with the except of Phen-fen, which causes heart problems and killed a bunch of people). i don't know how they affect blood sugars, but i am guessing because they increase metabolism and cause you to burn through calories quicker, you may experience low blood sugar.... that's a guess, though.
i don't recommend metabolism boosters to any of my weight loss patients. the reason for that is because yes, it does boost your metabolism and help you lose weight, but if you don't plan on using them for the rest of your life, your metabolism will slow down as soon as you stop taking them, and the weight will come back on. also, metabolism boosters rarely work for a solid 12 or 24 hours - they usually run in spurts for a couple hours, so you feel really revved up for a few hours, then crash because everything slows down again (kinda like a caffeine crash). also, even though most herbals are safe, they are not FDA regulated meaning they can put almost any additive they want in it, which is usually a bunch of caffeine. be very mindful of your heart when taking a metabolism booster - if you notice any palpitations or rapid heart beat, immediately stop taking it!! it can cause serious problems. you also don't want your metabolism to begin to rely on the booster. if taken for a long period of time, your body will become really used to it and then won't know what to do without it, so it could slow down a lot.
weight loss is all about balancing calories in vs calories out. if you want to take a metabolism booster, i won't tell you "no", i'll tell you to do it safely :o) pay attention to the food you eat and your exercise, and of course your blood sugars. changing your diet and your exercise, as well as managing stress are the key points to weight loss. use a booster if you want, but use it sparingly. i would suggest using it just as a jump-start to your weight loss. really focus on the permanent lifestyle changes and after a month or two on the booster, stop using it.
i wrote you a book. sorry. let me know if you have other questions :o)