We've all had those moments where we waited too long to eat, and we struggle through a blood sugar crash where the hanger settles in and takes over. You could feel lightheaded, shaky, and generally unwell -- so keeping your blood sugar stabilized throughout the day is a great way to have sustained energy, feel vibrant, and keep your body functioning optimally.
Balancing your blood sugar is essential, and the longer you let your blood sugar run wild, the more likely your chances for developing a long-term problem can grow. So how do you keep your blood sugar stabilized throughout the day? Follow these tips for blood sugar bliss.
1. Eat foods that release energy slowly
Your regime should consist of foods that are low on the glycemic index. In other words, these foods release energy into your bloodstream slowly for more sustainability. Things like vegetables, legumes, berries, nuts, seeds, and whole grains are all excellent choices.
2. Snack healthfully between meals
If you find yourself grouchy after breakfast but before lunch, then it’s time to start packing yourself a healthy snack that will keep you feeling balanced and satisfied until your lunch break. A protein-rich serving of almonds is an excellent choice, and exceptionally easy to carry along with you. Choose wisely, and you’ll find the foods you eat to keep you adequately fueled for your day.
3. Add protein to each meal
When you eat protein, it helps signal to your brain that you’re full, making it one of the most important foods to eat. Protein can be found in many different foods eggs, almonds, broccoli, leafy greens, tuna, and lentils, to name a few. Making sure each meal has protein will help you stay satisfied longer without those hunger pangs setting in too quickly.
4. Don’t skip breakfast
Your body needs a good start each morning. Fuel it up right by eating a healthy breakfast that includes a healthy fat and a protein. A good example is a hardboiled egg and an avocado. This combination keeps your blood sugar levels stabilized and starts your day off right.
5. Stay away from sugar and refined carbs
Anything with sugar and refined carbs is something you should be avoiding. Processed foods are lurking everywhere, and fill the majority of our grocery stores. It can be challenging to ditch these entirely, but start one step at a time. You'll notice a heap of difference once you fully get processed foods out of your kitchen, and things will taste ten times better, too!
6. Say no to soda
Diet or regular, sodas are filled with sugar, preservatives and artificial sweeteners. These chemically-created beverages are horrible for your health and will cause spikes in your blood sugar. While artificial sweeteners don’t contain glucose, they still produce the same effects on your blood sugar just like sugar does. Instead, make your own fruit-infused water to curb sweet cravings without harming your body, or crack open a LaCroix.
By watching out for these common blood sugar pitfalls, you can keep your body functioning optimally and feeling fantastic.
Do you struggle with keeping your blood sugar stabilized throughout the day?
Wendy Humphris, ROHP
I’m a holistic nutritionist and I transform health for a living.