I think I’m hypoglycemic. Ben thinks I’m a hypochondriac. Either way, I’ve been paying much more attention to my blood sugar lately because I don’t know about you but when my blood sugar is out of balance angry girl comes out. Yes, one of my best friends once laughed while saying “if you don’t know that Kristen’s moody when hungry, you don’t know Kristen. When we haven’t eaten our blood sugar drops and some of us (especially Pittas) get hangry. What a perfect word.
But balancing blood sugar isn’t only important for maintaining happy good time moods, it is important for beauty. High blood sugar leads to inflammation, which is the precursor to Rosacea, broken capillaries and hyper-pigmentation. The inflammation response also leads to premature signs of aging as it creates free radicals, which damage our precious skin tissue. Conversely, low blood sugar has its detriments too. The brain needs sugar to function, hence why when I’m hungry (low blood sugar) I get dizzy, overly-emotional and basically cannot function like a normal human being.
The Blood Sugar Balance Plan
So what am I going to do about it? I’m a planner and I love lists – so here is what I’m doing for blood sugar balance broken down.
1. Increasing Protein – We often load up on sugar-rich things because foods like starches and carbs fill us up. Increasing protein is a great way to fill up without carbs as well as bolstering our muscle health. Protein is also important for blood sugar balance, and when we combine protein with sugar, it actually has our cells absorb it in a way that is less disruptive to our blood sugar balance.
2. Watching my Carbs – Carbs and starches are often high on the glycemic index. Sugar isn’t only in the form of that white dust on top of a cupcake, its in the form of white rice, grains, pastas…you get the idea. So, I am eating only low-glycemic grains and starches: quinoa, wild rice, buckwheat and rye. I am only eating them occasionally with a max of one serving a day.
3. Eating Regularly – How does our body get continually fed with a regulated amount of glucose? Feed it regularly. This is probably how I got into the blood sugar balance mess, I have a bad habit of having an erratic schedule. I eat when I can and that’s usually late, or between meetings or based on my clients’ schedules. I also lose track of time when I’m working on the computer and find myself eating meals at different hours each day. Well, no more, our bodies need regularity and routine to know what to expect. Balance is based on routine – this helps with digestion, stress management and hormonal balance as well.
4. Loving Breakfast – I am notorious for skipping breakfast because its really not my fav meal of the day. But breakfast starts off your day’s blood sugar levels, so its important. It also needs to be low sugar (nah-uh boxed cereal) and full of protein.
5. Using Green Stevia and Coconut Sugar – Switching off of agave, maple syrup and the like to green stevia and coconut sugar is a smart move for blood sugar balance. While the prior are better for us than refined sugar, green stevia and coconut sugar are low glycemic and have been experimented as alternatives for diabetics. If you too are looking to balance your blood sugar – join me! Tell me how you feel, give me tips on how to stay on track and comment away with any other step suggestions – I can use all the brain power I can get…especially because I’m getting peckish. Better grab a high protein snack asap.