Your body won't store fat or burn muscle when your blood sugar is stable.
Isn't that way cool? :)
Besides, it helps create internal balance. This in turn will cause your body to get rid of what it doesn't need like stored body fat, toxins, and excess sodium.
Blood Sugar Stabilization – B.S.S. was an important KEY foundation that I learned when I became a Certified Nutrition Coach through Mark Macdonald's Venice Nutrition www.venicenutrition.com Mark is an ambassador to the American Diabetes Assoc. and author of NY Bestseller "Body Confidence". I love partnering with this guy & Venice Nutrition in helping people to gain back their body confidence. I also love his passion in helping others.
Seriously, who wants to lug stuff like toxins and stored body fat around in their body? What's also cool is it helps optimize cell reproduction, energy, focus, sleep, stress management and muscle. That's worth the steps below...
Here are the "Steps in Stabilizing Blood Sugar"
1. Eat a balanced amount of healthy protein, carbs and fat at every meal. The higher the quality foods the better. I have previously lived a life high in carbs...refined carbs. Thanks to B.S.S I don't have the cravings that drove me to that style of eating anymore. When I say it helped with cravings...IT HELPED with cravings.
2. Eat every 3-4 hours, more if you are active and get hungrier often. This includes eating within one hour of waking and within one hour of going to bed, even if it's just a half meal. No deprivation here. Yay!
3. Consume the correct amount of calories per meal NOT per day. This is different for everyone depending on your goals, how active you are, etc. For a woman trying to lose weight I would generally say about 250 calories per meal. A nutrition coach with the right software program is what can help you reach your specific goals. (That's where I come in to assist you - ask me how).
4. Make sure to get enough fiber. It helps to unclog the toxic internal septic system in our bodies. We want that waste OUT of our bodies not compacted and building up. Yuck!
5. Exercise - Walking is a favorite exercise & exercise in general makes our cells more receptive to insulin, which leads to better control of blood sugar. Resistance training will build more muscle. The more muscle mass we have, the more efficiently our body burns glucose and the less it hangs around in our blood.
6. Learn to de-stress the bad stress. “Good” stress is good so we will leave that one alone. It’s the bad stress we need to deal with. When we are stressed, blood sugars rise. Stress is like adrenaline. We don't want it going on too long or too frequent. It’s important to identify the stress we “can” control and then deal with it accordingly. (Watch for my upcoming blog "Stressed Spelled Backwards is...Desserts?)
A way to deal with stress? We can give God our worries and believe His promises to be true. He wants us to depend on Him for everything. It’s good to cultivate a heart of gratitude. How about starting with Psalm 103:1-5 as a starting place:
“Bless the Lord, O my soul: And all that is within me, bless His holy name! Bless the Lord, O my soul and forget not all His benefits. Who forgives all your iniquities, Who heals all your diseases, Who redeems your life from destruction, Who crowns you with lovingkindness and tender mercies, Who satisfies your mouth with good things,
So that your youth is renewed like the eagles."
Eat in 3’s every 3 hours & not too many calories per meal. Get your fiber, exercise, and learn ways to deal with stress.
Life can be too hectic to eat 5-6 whole food meals a day. Here are some of my favorite products to fill in the gap between meals and keep blood sugar stable. Love and Peas and Nature's Harvest are my top favorites. Yummy too!!
Have you implemented steps to stabilizing your blood sugar or is this a new concept?
Contact me for more information on how I can help you with your blood sugar levels. Together, we can make you healthy and whole!