Why do you we have to watch our blood sugar level? What's the big deal about it?
In this post, I'm going to share with you the reason why we have to be careful about sugar intake the blood sugar level in our body.
Blood Sugar Level, What's up?
Let’s talk about one of my favorite topics: blood sugar level.
The human body is so amazing. Eating is what fuels your body by feeding your cells so they can make energy for you to burn.
Not that you need to know this, but if you’re curious, there are 3 types of fuel used by the body, glucose, fats, and Ketones.
Glucose is what your body uses when it needs a big push of energy. The Pancreas, liver, and adrenals are involved in the blood sugar system. These organs need to be balanced to process sugar properly. When you eat, insulin is released by the pancreas to facilitate getting glucose into your cells and that produces energy called ATP.
That’s as much as I’ll share about physiology.
When you eat sugar and simple carbs, like beans, fruit, bread, dessert or processed foods, without fat and protein, they cause your body’s blood sugar levels to spike.
So, what is the right amount of glucose for the body? Get this, ONE TEASPOON!
How much is that? Well, 2 slices of bread have about 10x that amount. Yikes!
Glucose Level: The amount of Sugar in Food
Here’s a quick tip on how to figure out teaspoons of sugar in food.
Take the grams of sugar and divide that by 5. That will give you the number of teaspoons.
If you really check it, in today’s world, you are getting way more than a few teaspoons of sugar per day.
Now, what does this indicate for your body?
When your body experiences spikes in sugar levels, it goes into survival mode. That’s because you still have caveman DNA and the only times in history that you would spike your sugar levels like that were times when famine was expected. In effect, your body would store fat to survive.
So what happens today when your blood sugar spikes several times a day? You get fat stores around your midsection and that fat is organ fat, which is not good fat to store.
If you’re eating carbs through the day, it’s like kindling on fire - you constantly need to keep throwing more on the fire to keep it fueled. This is how you start sugar cravings.
Sugar does not satisfy your appetite. After eating sugar or carbs, your blood sugar drops and you think you’re hungry, but it’s actually your body screaming “Feed me more SUGAR!”
What to do about this?
We are designed to eat fat. Fat is like a log on the fire. It will burn slowly and for a long time.
Furthermore, eating fat will keep your blood sugar levels even. It will also keep you satisfied and tell your body you are safe. Therefore, eating healthy fats is the best solution to maintain a normal blood sugar level.
What are examples of healthy fats?
Well, you can start with no trans-fats or GMO like Canola (organic is fine though). Use fats such as organic butter, coconut oil, avocados, olive oil, sesame oil or grapeseed oil.
Controlling sugar cravings
But how do we control sugar cravings to maintain a normal blood sugar level?
First, stop eating after dinner. That should be by 7:30 pm.
Then, start your day with breakfast within 1 hour of rising and make sure that breakfast contains fats and proteins.
Get this, eat BACON and EGGS!
Yes, clean, nitrate-free bacon is awesome. If you don’t like bacon, eat an avocado.
Then don’t eat again until lunch - but don’t go longer than 4 hours without food. Lunch can contain carbs in the form of veggies. You have to make sure though that you have protein and fats at lunch too.
Lastly, dinner can be meat and veggies.
As soon as you can eat just 3 meals a day without snacks, that is the goal. It’s the snacking that can keep boosting your blood sugar levels. When you don’t snack, you become a fat-burning machine rather than sugar burning. And we all want fat burning!
I used to eat all day long.
Yes, it’s true. I’d eat healthy stuff but I’d just snack all day and my meals were too small to sustain me. However, I’ve changed that and am now able to go several hours until my next meal. I was also addicted to sugar and it wasn’t until I did the RESET program that I really saw how much sugar I ate in a day.
RESET is a super simple, 5-day plan where you consume balanced meal shakes twice a day and then eat one low glycemic meal. I loved it and dropped a lifetime of sugar cravings within 5 days as well as a few unwanted pounds.
If you want to do my 5-day program, email me. It's much better to team up with a friend so grab a friend and support each other in resetting your body and getting off the blood sugar roller coaster.
If you need help with any of this, I'm here to support and guide you. Have a great week. Donna