Working with my clients, I have realized that there are more and more people who are struggling with blood sugar imbalances.
An important aspect of our health is to maintain a balanced blood sugar level because it improves our physical and mental performance thus may aid in our weight loss journey.
More so, it helps you to cope with stress, to help prevent type 2 diabetes and lessens cravings.
The good news is that there are plenty of foods that help to balance our glucose levels.
Remember, it is also important to consume foods that you enjoy.
You want to eat enough and feel satisfied thus, avoid overeating and poor choices.
So, what should be part of your daily meals to balance blood sugar levels?
You can never eat too many greens. For the best blood sugar benefits, go for nutrient-dense, low-carb greens like spinach, kale, and broccoli. These greens are also very rich in protein and calcium, which help your body in multiple areas. A delicious way is to toss these greens in salads with olive oil and chunks of salmon. Studies have shown that these three vegetables contribute to a dramatic improvement in patients who are constantly battling with their sugar.
Fruits are always a must, but for blood sugar-specific management, choose fruits that are low fructose, such as cantaloupe, raspberries, blueberries, kiwi, and blackberries. You can enjoy them as a snack throughout the day, or toss them in your salad, smoothies, or acai bowls.
Protein is essential for slowing down glucose absorption in your body, which helps regulate your blood sugar levels. Add foods to your diet that are packed with protein, like wild salmon and other types of fish, beef and other types of lean meat, cottage cheese, Greek yogurt, and eggs. My go-to snack idea and which I highly suggest for you to try is celery sticks dipped in all-natural peanut butter. This snack is rich in protein and only contains a good kind of fat. Remember everything in moderation, however. Too much protein can become sugar in your blood, creating a condition called gluconeogenesis; 40 to 70 grams of protein is enough for a day.
4. Herbs and Spices
Herbs and spices are natural supplements for balancing your sugar levels. They not only add flavor to your dishes, but they may also help your hormones lower your blood sugar. Some spices, like turmeric, contain anti-inflammatory properties, which help in balancing out your sugar.
5. Low-calorie drinks
Cut out sugary, high-calorie drinks from your diet. Add drinks like cinnamon tea, lemon water, and cucumber juice to your daily routine.
6. Whole-grain foods
Whole-grain foods that are also rich in protein, like millet and quinoa, provide and store energy without causing spikes in your blood sugar levels.
Beans are a good source of protein, low carb, and rich in fiber, all important factors in balancing your blood sugar. Hummus, lentils, and garbanzo beans are good examples and great dietary choices. Remember to soak them the night before to promote easier digestion.
Nuts like almonds and walnuts contain healthy amounts of fiber, protein, and healthy fats, and are a low-carb snack idea.
Always keep in mind that balanced blood sugar levels are crucial to a healthy and prosperous life. This prevents disruption of your body’s functions and helps your overall health.
Try balancing your sugar the natural way by changing the way you eat. You’ll be amazed at the difference!
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