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How to Avoid Blood Sugar Spikes Naturally
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How to Avoid Blood Sugar Spikes Naturally

Using Diet to Control Your Blood Sugar Is as Easy as 1-2-3

Controlling your blood sugar for some can be as simple as choosing foods that naturally lower blood sugar. But, maybe you don't know which foods to choose and how to combine them. 

Here is a simple “recipe” for those with diabetes to best design meals for blood sugar management. Add a portion of one of each of the following three ingredients for the perfectly-paired, diabetic-friendly meal combination.

  • • Protein
  • • Low-Glycemic-Index Carbohydrate
  • • Healthy Fat

When you pick foods from each of these categories to make up your meals, you’ll easily stabilize your blood sugar levels and reduce blood sugar spikes. You'll control your insulin response to foods and stimulate the release of glucagon.

It’s important to maintain a balance between glucagon (a hormone that controls glucose levels in the blood), glucose (the form of sugar that enters your bloodstream) and insulin (the hormone that allows your body to process and use the glucose, or sugar, in your blood).

Here are two examples of meal combos using this blueprint:

  1. A Protein—2 pasture-rasied, organic eggs
  2. A Low GI Carbohydrate—1 cup chopped bell peppers and tomato 
  3. A Healthy Fat—1 tsp unrefined coconut oil 

  1. A Protein—4 oz grass-fed, pastured chicken breast
  2. A Low GI Carbohydrate—½ cup cooked quinoa 
  3. A Healthy Fat—1 tsp grass-fed butter 

When you follow this simple food-combining meal formula, you will naturally be able to control blood sugar spikes. And, as if this wasn’t exciting enough, eating in this way will even make it easier for you to lose weight!

Are there other methods for how to control high blood sugar? Well, yes, besides diet alone, some important lifestyle habits are also extremely important.

Manage Your Stress Levels for Blood Sugar Control

Learning to reduce and manage stress will be helpful to everyone, diabetic or not. According to Psychology Today stress is can cause illness and disease.

Why is this especially important for those who are trying to control their blood sugar? It’s vital to manage your stress because when you experience high or prolonged levels of stress, your body goes into what is known as “fight or flight” mode. This means that it raises your blood sugar levels in order to cope with the impending danger. The increase in blood sugar is meant to provide you with the energy necessary to fight.

In this day and age, however, most of the time, these “fights” do not involve physical altercations and leave your body with high levels of blood sugar, cortisol (a fat-storage promoting hormone) and adrenaline. Clearly, managing stress in your life is extremely important when it comes to avoiding blood sugar spikes. But, how in the world can you avert and reduce the stress in your life? Try some of these suggestions:

  • Meditation—Breathe deeply and give your mind some solace. Meditation is a good way to slow down. Being mindful and present in the moment can go a long way toward regulating your mind and your physical body.
  • Yoga—The mind-body connection provided by yoga gives you a soothing time-out from the pressures of daily life.
  • • Gratefulness—Keeping a gratitude journal can help you refocus on all the blessings in your life and put problems into perspective.
  • • Exercise—Last, but certainly not least, working off stress through physical exertion is one of the best things you can do for your overall health. Exercise helps to naturally lower blood sugar by providing a means to use the energy in your bloodstream. It helps lower blood glucose levels and stress hormones and, of course, can also help you lose some unwanted body fat in the process.

Get Plenty of Sleep

Getting a good night’s rest is also a vital component in your quest to avoid blood sugar spikes. By the way, we talked about reducing stress earlier in this article.

Well, being sleep-deprived is a huge contributor to elevated stress levels, so ensuring your sleep time is high in quality and quantity is one big way you can lower your stress.

Beyond Blood Sugar is a straightforward plan that will help you learn how to control your blood sugar naturally through proper diet and lifestyle choices. Get an introduction to the Beyond Blood Sugar Program with this free video where I share the 3 main rules you need to control of your health, blood sugar, and weight.