I mentioned last week that I’m really focusing on doing a better job of balancing my blood sugar levels. I have a history of hypoglycemia. It used to be worse. There would be times if I went 4-5 hours between meals I’d get seriously sick feeling. I can remember a specific time (maybe 5 years ago?) when I was hunched over in the car with a massive headache and about to pass out. I remember David thinking I was exaggerating. I was not.
It’s been forever since I’ve felt like that. Since focusing on real, whole foods, I’ve been feeling great. But recently I met with my doctor and after talking to him I’ve realized I could take some steps to better stabilize my blood sugars. Here is how I’m doing it.
I’m eating within an hour of waking up. I used to be great at this, but lately I’ve been heading straight to the computer and not eating breakfast until Hailey is up, 2 hours later. Now I’m grabbing a bowl of mixed macronutrients (protein and fat from nuts and seeds and carbs from the gluten-free oats), usually in the form of granola.
Recently Klara from Mix My Own Granola reached out to me and offered to let me try their granola. After checking out their awesome mix in options (gluten-free, organic, a plethora of nuts, fruits and seeds) I accepted.
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The granola is so fresh tasting and I liked being able to add in what I wanted, like organic ground cinnamon. Cinnamon can, among other health benefits, help stabilize blood sugars (source). I like that I’m getting some in every morning.
I consider the granola my morning snack, and I still eat breakfast with Hailey 2 hours later.
I’m mostly staying away from fruit. If I do eat it, like above, I make sure I eat it with plenty of fat and protein, since food combining (carbohydrates with protein and fat) can help blood sugars to not rise as quickly.
I’m sticking with exercise, which among many health benefits also lowers blood sugar levels, so I am making sure I eat after exercise to make sure my sugar levels don’t drop too low.
One of the first things people will tell you is to not go more than 3-4 hours between meals. I’m following this recommendation which means I’m eating 3 meals and 3 snacks a day. I feel like I’m eating constantly and it’s taking some planning ahead, but I am feeling energetic.
Romaine, quinoa, black beans, goat cheese, Greek yogurt, tomatoes and sriracha.
This was a great lunch since I’m focusing on getting plenty of protein. Protein does not raise blood sugar levels and therefore is important when managing them (source).
Some people may think this sounds Paleo-esque, but I assure you, I couldn’t go paleo. Though paleo will certainly balance your blood sugars and works wonderfully for some people, personally I would miss my beans and dairy too much.
Greek yogurt, drizzle of honey (I had to!), Mix My Own and Love Grown Granola mix
I am also taking things one step further and eliminating all flours from my diet for the short term. Ugh, I hate this one because it sounds extreme, but my doc and I are on the same page. This means I’m avoiding bread and crackers (even if they are gluten-free) and will be taking a step back from pizza dough and quinoa pasta, too. I’m focusing on getting my carbs from all whole-food sources.
Shrimp-fried quinoa over sauteed bok choy
I should probably mention there was a glass of wine involved, too, which I ate with a handful of almonds. See, blood sugar control even during happy hour
Thank you Jenn for hosting WIAW, as always!