We all eat. Some of us eat whatever is available, some follow the patterns of our childhood, while others turn it into a more scientific practice. Whatever the strategies that influence your food choices, it’s worth questioning whether they’re doing the best job for stable blood sugar levels.
Think about these questions:
Answering Yes to any of these questions may indicate a problem with blood glucose regulation – which can be high, low, or fluctuating. Simple changes to dietary choices and to exercise regularity can help.
Digestive processes break down all foods into nutrients: protein is broken down to amino acids, fat is broken down to fatty acids, and carbohydrate is broken down to sugars. You’re probably starting to put two and two together.
Sugars from carbohydrate digestion (and also, of course, from sugary foods and drinks) are absorbed into the bloodstream. The pancreas then releases the hormone insulin, which transports blood sugar into storage sites: the liver, the muscles, and the fat cells. Eating too much carbohydrate (sugar) for your body’s specific needs causes insulin and fat storage to increase.
Of course, every body is different. Some people can eat loads of carbohydrate with little or no ill-effect. It may even be that your siblings can do this while you cannot. This is why it’s important to evaluate your body and how you feel, and then make adjustments to your eating patterns.
If you’re suffering any of the problems listed above, it’s worth talking to your doctor. In the meantime, some simple dietary changes could help1. Reduce the carbohydrates you eat2. This means reducing or eliminating bread, pastries, rice, starchy vegetables (eg potatoes), high-sugar fruits (eg tropical and dried fruit), packaged and junk foods, flavoured drinks and yoghurts, and pulses.
What’s left, you ask? Fresh foods that granny would recognise: Meat, fish, eggs, non-starchy vegetables (eg green veg and cauliflower), low-sugar fruits (eg berries), nuts, seeds, olives, and dairy foods (eg cheese and plain Greek yoghurt).
“The doctor informed me if I didn’t take my results seriously I would end up being diabetic and needing to be medicated. I did not want to go down that path.
I am happy to say I did reverse my result and was back down to what they described as a healthy range for my blood sugar levels and was no longer in danger of becoming diabetic and taking medication for the rest of my life.”
Not all ‘healthy’ foods are healthy for everyone, so eating foods you enjoy while ensuring the right balance of carbohydrates, fats and protein for your body will help normalise your blood sugar levels. Some happy side-effects are likely to be weight loss, improved energy, and better health and well-being.
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