Blood Sugar Creeping Up?
In this post, I’ll give you 10 proven strategies that can help manage blood sugar level naturally. The good news is that blood sugar levels are responsive to diet and lifestyle upgrades.
You have power to help manage your blood sugar with these key strategies!
What is Blood Sugar?
Sugar (a type of carbohydrate) is one of our body’s main fuels. The other two fuels are fat and protein. I call it “fuel” because our cells literally burn it to do work. It’s this “biochemical” burning of fuel in all of our cells that is our metabolism.
1. Reduce the Amount of High Sugar Food Choices
Significantly reducing these sugar laden foods will give you the most bang for your buck when it comes to better blood sugar levels.
2. Watch Portion Sizes of Carbohydrates
It’s been said that one of the strongest predictors of blood sugar response is the total amount of carbohydrates in a meal.
Reducing our overall carbohydrate intake can help to reduce our blood sugar levels.
3. Choose "Low Glycemic” Foods
This “glycemic effect” is the result of the components in the food itself. Things like the amount of carbohydrate, the type of carbohydrate (i.e. sugar vs starch), and what other nutrients are in the food (i.e. protein, fibre, etc.) as well. The fibre, fat and protein in a food slows down the digestion and absorption of the carbohydrates, so the blood sugar rise slows down too. This results in a lower “glycemic effect.”
High glycemic foods (i.e. ones to avoid) include sugary foods, as well as starchy foods like white bread, many pastas, and white rice. Low glycemic foods include ones that are higher in fibre, fat and protein. Examples are meat, seafood, eggs, legumes, sweet potatoes, whole grains and most fruit and non-starchy vegetables.
4. Eat More Fibre
Fibre slows the digestion of foods, it can help to the sudden spikes in blood sugar that may occur after a low-fibre meal. The cholesterol- lowering effect of soluble fibre may also help those with diabetes by reducing heart disease risks.
Some of the highest fibre foods include raw cacao powder, flaxseeds, & legumes.
Try adding a spoon of raw cacao powder to your smoothie, sprinkle flaxseeds on your cereal, and/or add some legumes to your favourite soup or salad.
In a previous post, I wrote all about the importance of getting adequate fibre, where I talk about both how to get more fibre in your diet, as well as how it helps with weight loss.
5. Add Protein & Healthy Fats
This balanced approach can slow down the absorption of the carbs which can help to keep blood sugar levels regulated.
I wrote all about my favourite ways to add more protein to your diet in an informative blog post. Click here to read.
6. Try Blood-Sugar Balancing Flavourings
Why? Because a recent analysis of several studies (a meta-analysis) showed that the vinegar can lower the blood sugar by up to 60% and the insulin by up to 130% compared to the same meal without vinegar. This worked individuals with insulin resistance. Even healthy people had a significant benefit.
Cinnamon can also help to lower blood sugar levels and improve insulin sensitivity. This effect can happen with even less than one teaspoon per day.
It’s thought that cinnamon works by slowing the emptying of the stomach. Slower emptying means slower absorption and slower blood sugar rise after a meal. Cinnamon also contains antioxidant polyphenols (plant chemicals) that may improve insulin sensitivity.
7. Get Enough Good Quality Sleep
Even one or two nights of poor sleep can affect our blood sugar levels.
Regularly getting enough good quality sleep is a great step toward helping our bodies manage blood sugar.
This means our muscle cells, especially when they’re moving, absorb and burn more sugar from the blood. This goes for both medium- and high-intensity exercise.
The more you get moving, the more benefits!
9. Reduce Your Stress
How can we reduce stress? Relaxation techniques like deep breathing, meditation, journaling, getting outside in nature and getting out for a brisk walk can help reduce stress and lower blood sugar levels.
Want more tips on how to help reduce stress? I shared some great tips on a past post. Click here to read.
10. Lose Excess Weight
Weight loss and reduced waist circumference can help to lower blood sugar levels.
Learn to Make Sense of It All
It may seem like a lot of new information when you are starting out on your health journey, but it all starts with making small changes and knowing where to turn you when you need a little guidance.
It can start with making simple ingredient swaps to lower sugar impact. This simple shift can have a profound effect on our health and body shape.
Want to know more about balancing blood sugar levels or just want to know what your next steps should be? That's where I can help.
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