I keep coming back to sugar, but why? It’s one of the greatest challenges for me when it comes to keeping my blood sugar levels balanced, and it’s imperative that I avoid it — this one never gets easier!
Blood sugar levels, like our hormones and all the bacteria and fungus living in our gut, such as mitochondria, can’t be too high or too low. It has to be just right. Remind you of a childhood fairytale? (Goldilocks for those who didn’t get that!)
Experts say if more than one of the below resonates with you, then you have unbalanced blood sugar levels:
- You crave sweets or breads and pastries — a lot! (ummm JA!)
- Eating sweets doesn’t relieve your sugar cravings. (Yup!)
- You become irritable and “hangry” if you miss a meal.
- When you find yourself needing caffeine to get through the day.
- Becoming lightheaded if you miss a meal.
- Eating makes you exhausted and in need of a nap.
- It’s difficult for you to lose weight.
- You feel weak, shaky, or jittery quite frequently,
- Having to pee a lot.
- Finding yourself getting agitated, easily upset, or nervous.
- Your memory is not what it used to be.
- Vision becomes blurry.
- Your waist is equal to or larger than your hips.
- A low sex drive.
- You find that you are always thirsty.
How I keep my blood sugar balanced
Any of those sound familiar? Here are 9 ways I have helped manage my own blood sugar balance
- Stay hydrated
- Exercise everyday
- Control stress
- Don’t eat all day long, i.e don’t graze rather have decent meals and wait 4-5 hours in between meals
- Portion Control – less carbs, no sugar
- Get enough Sleep
- Take Magnesium
- Sip on Green tea
- Get your dose of B Vitamins and Good fats