Do you have any idea how much you play with your blood sugar levels every day?
I bet you don’t have a clue how much you play with them… And for some people it can lead to serious issues. For others of course they won’t ever be affected by it. But you are seeing more and more evidence that all this ‘sugar” we put in our bodies is taking a toll of us!
I am sure that you have heard of the feel good affects of exercise and the feel good affects of sugar.
There is recorded evidence that both work. However too much of either isn’t good for you…
Now, as with most things in life, it isn’t ‘fair’. Not everyone got the same stuff to deal with. There are some people who are much more sugar sensitive than others. ( and there is a growing population that it is happening too also)Plain and Simple. Some people have to be extra careful about what certain foods do to their body, others not so much, at least not visibly. There may be some cellular damage that certain folks don’t see or even feel until it is too late.
What I want to share with you is that you CAN help yourself be less ‘sugar’ sensitive and not so out of control when it comes to those tempting sweet morsels (and actually anything white that turns to sugar quicker in your blood than table sugar), we find all around us, especially this time of year!
Without going into too much details about your serotonin and beta endorphins and all those other chemicals and hormones in the body that are effected by what you eat, I will give you a quick lesson on sugar in your blood.
The most efficient dietary source of sugar for the average person comes in the form of carbohydrates.. Carbohydrates take the least amount of work by the body to convert from food to sugar in the blood stream.
Your body’s main goal is to maintain a perfect level of sugar in the blood. If you have too much insulin (the fat storage hormone) is released to ‘eat’ up all the sugar so to speak. Then if your blood sugar gets too low, you get hungry and usually hungry for something that will shoot your blood sugar back to ‘normal” but generally it shoots it too high up there and then the insulin comes out again and so on and so on throughout your day.
Of course when you see what you are eating and you know it isn’t the healthiest of choices but it is readily available and you were oh so hungry, you can tend to feel guilty, guilty because you ate and you really didn’t need to eat or at least not that.
That guilt draws out the cortisol stress hormone and guess what that stress does to the body. Well cortisol is your long term stress hormone and your body only knows that when that is released it is time for famine and your body then shuts down to keep itself safe. It is catabolic and will actually break down proteins in order to not need as much energy for the body ( muscles burn more energy, but if the body is catabolizing the muscle(muscles are made from protein) it won’t burn as many calories.. .thus the historical understanding of the body in time of famine… Times have changed, but our bodies still live in that theory of use. Thus there is less space for storage of the sugar that you have eaten (muscles store the glucose ~ that is the form of sugar in the body), and voila ~ store fat~~ Why, because in times of famine that is that the body does…. Remember that cortisol is a stress hormone and instinctively the body recognizes the need to protect itself as famine is coming and the body stores fat as a protection.
So what I am getting at here is that whatever you do, you are playing with your sugar levels all day long… When you eat, what you eat and whether you move and whether you are stressed… It is all causing your sugars to mess up how you feel…
I can pretty much guarantee that when you feel crappy during the day, we always tend to blame the lack of sleep or the other person, or the job and all the pressure… Well, take a look and see what all those things are doing to your sugars levels in your blood and see if you don’t see something that you can do something about!
Here are a few simple little things that you can start working on:
1. Make sure that the carbohydrates that you eat are not going to spike your blood sugar!!! Eat low glycemic foods.. ( fruit and veggies lentils beans to name a few… Make sure they register less than 55 on the GI index). And if the serving size is 1/3 of a cup that is all you eat…. otherwise it will spike your blood sugar!!
2.Make sure you get some sunshine into your day!
3. Get some exercise. ( great for endorphins and burning up blood sugar)
4. Mind and Body Wellness ~~~ meditate or quiet time, prayer whatever you do to quiet your mind (get out of the stress!
5.Friendship… hang out with people you love and care about laugh and have a good time
6. Senses… stimulate your senses with things that feel good.
7. Get a massage!
8. When you eat, makes sure you combine proteins with your carbohydrates… Protein releases tryptophan which is a precursor to serotonin… ( happy chemical in the body)
9. Make sure you get adequate rest… really important that you get the proper sleep for the hormones to be balanced and healthy
10. Take great nutritionals!
So, do you play with your blood sugar? Do you help it or does it cause you tiredness, fatigue, grogginess or stress? Or has it crossed your mind before how much all the things that I have mentioned can mess with your blood sugars. I would love to hear from you!!