You Abuse Your Blood Sugar Everyday! And You Don’t Even Know It

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!!

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21 Responses to You Abuse Your Blood Sugar Everyday! And You Don’t Even Know It

  1. Aloha Holly!

    Wow, this is a great post full of valuable information! Thank you!

    So do I play with my blood sugar? Yes… but it doesn’t change how I feel. And I believe I do everything in your 1-10 list, except 3 and sometimes 2…I go out on my sunny balcony everyday! Heehee :)

    Thank you coach! Much aloha :)
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    • Holly Fulford-Jeffrey says:

      Many people actually don’t feel the difference in the effect the blood sugar has… until it is way late… Once the insulin resistance sets in, it is much harder work to get the body back in shape!!!

      Thanks again for you continued support, Kellie!! You are incredible!

  2. I’m rather chuffed to say that I do most of 1 to 10 on a daily basis, although it’ll be better when they invent lo-glycemic chocolate!!

    It was very interesting to get all the science behind stuff I’d heard of but never really understood.

    You are truly a mine of information, Coach Holly!
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    • Holly Fulford-Jeffrey says:

      Lo glycemic chocolate… will Cacao beans do?? ( not likely!!). But I like the way you think!! The nutrition and health thing is very scientific and it is all coming to light in the 21st century. The things that we have done to “abuse” our health. Thank you Jacquie!

  3. Tom Burt says:

    Hi Holly,
    I have been wondering if blood sugar levels might be the reason that I want to take a nap after certain meals. Also, this hasn’t happened in years, but I remember having short periods of “blackouts” after eating lunch at work. Scary!
    I always brag that I eat anything and everything I want. Well, at age 52, I have begun to get serious about the kind of “fuel” I’m putting into my body. As your post’s try to convey to us… we all have to grow older but our health doesn’t have to deteriorate as well.
    Thanks for keeping me informed!
    Sincerely,

    Tom Burt
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    • Holly Fulford-Jeffrey says:

      It is amazing how many of us do abuse our body fuel consumption. We often don’t make changes until we really realize how awful we feel, or the Dr.s says make some changes! I believe that it is never too late to start working on the changes, so good for you for starting! Thanks or sharing, Tom!

  4. Rick Salas says:

    I’ve been looking for this kind of information, I know I need it. With being so busy with everyday life I stopped to read it and see what you recommend. Your advise is great and I’ll try harder to get the job done. I found it really interesting on how guilt draws out the cortisol stress hormone. Have a great day!

    Rick Salas
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    • Holly Fulford-Jeffrey says:

      That cortisol hormone is a big part of the picture!! You know it!! So stress less!! I look forward to hearing your results!! (you said you would try harder to get the job done!) What are you looking to accomplish? Thanks for stopping by Rick!

  5. Donna Merrill
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    I loved this post because people don’t realize what they eat can turn into sugar. I used to be a carb and sugar freak, until I realized how tired I got from eating the wrong foods. Now, I watch those fake carbs like breads, etc. and keep away from sugar as much as I can. I feel revitalized, refreshed and so much better.
    There are good carbs and bad ones. I don’t eat processed foods, or pastas which turn into sugar. Now if I want pasta, I make it myself with different whole food flour.
    Thanks for this post, It will certainly enlighten people of the many different ways their sugar content comes from.
    Blessings,
    Donna
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    • Holly Fulford-Jeffrey says:

      So much more vitality when I stay away from sugar too!! It is amazing where sugars are found and what we need to do to educate ourselves on how to make better choices for our bodies! Thanks for sharing, Donna!

  6. Nile
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    I guess I should really start to think about my blood sugar level more. I am 31, but you know, when you are young, you never think about it until it happens and frankly I’ve seen others have some bad episodes of discovering they have health problems stem from it.
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    • Holly Fulford-Jeffrey says:

      So true Nile!! When we are younger we don’t tend to pay much attention. Or most of us don’t.. Sometimes it can take years of abuse/neglect/unknowingly choosing before the body shows us what has been going on… 31 is a great age to start working on looking after yourself better…. You don’t want it to just ‘creep” up on you one day.( but you know that that one day is only the red flag day, it has been going on for some time.) Better now than sorry. Even if it is a little at a time it can make a huge difference!

  7. Perry Davis says:

    Hello Holly

    I really believe it is crucial to understand the importance of your blood sugar levels in managing your long term health. For me these words,”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”, should be used as a reminder to each person to watch what they eat. Your simple things that one can do to get started are excellent. Eating lo glycemic foods.. ( fruit and veggies lentils beans has not only helped keep my blood sugar level but improved my overall health.

    Thanks

    Perry A Davis Jr
    Music City
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    • Holly Fulford-Jeffrey says:

      I believe it is crucial too! Glad to hear you have found what works for you!! It certainly feels better when we have energy and our blood sugars aren’t out of wack… Although for some they never notice til its too late. Thanks for sharing Perry!

  8. Jupiter Jim
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    Holly,

    great article. Exercise, sunshine (which is easy to get here in Florida), rest and good nutritional supplements are the main things I focus on but the types of Carbohydrates are also important. It’s also important to make these things habits.
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    • Holly Fulford-Jeffrey says:

      The type of carbohydrates is important~~ The amounts of food that we eat are important, so many of us eat way too much! (my history). Making the changes we need a habit is so important.. Thanks for sharing Jim!

  9. Thank you, Holly, for the very informative post.
    You explain the ‘blood sugar mystery’ on a deeper level!
    Great suggestion to keep the balance!

  10. Yorinda
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    Hi Holly,

    wow, what an interesting article.
    The way you point out the connection between -Guilt – Stress – Cortisol – and Fat, is eye opening.
    I had a nervous break down when I was pregnant with my first son and a naturopath told me that my adrenal glands were exhausted and that I had hypoglycemia. I changed my diet drastically and my son grew up with no refined food for the first 2 years of his life. I can see how it was a blessing, otherwise I probably wouldn’t be ‘skinny’. Never mind all the other health benefits.
    Thank you so much for providing this very useful information!
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  11. How wonderful…. the tips are so easy to implement and some I’m already doing good share it’s amazing the knock on benefits can have on our well being. :)

    • Holly Fulford-Jeffrey says:

      Hi Sadie,

      When it is simple we can include it in our lives more easily. It is amazing how simple the process but how beneficial it is! Can’t imagine life on the other side.

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