I couldn’t figure out why I had such a hard time losing weight when I ate paleo.
On the daily I would have foods & snacks like these and not surprisingly, at this time I also had insulin resistance and PCOS.
I was eating wayyyyy too much sugar and too many carbs for my body. EVEN THOUGH THEY WERE “HEALTHY” CARBS.
None of these foods have added sugars or refined sugars but they all have a shitload of natural sugars or starches.
Plantain chips: refined and dehydrated a bit so the starch hits you quicker and spikes you more than with just a regular plantain which already has a ton of carbs!
Coconut water: super sugary with no fiber to slow down the absorption
Kombucha: On average they have about 16g of fruit sugar per bottle! Want probiotics without the sugar? Try sauerkraut instead
Larabars: Dried fruits and some nuts and the ones I got often had chocolate chips because, chocolate. A sugar bomb since dried fruit spikes your sugar way more than regular fruit since...
If you miss a meal and experience these symptoms, or if you have to snack before the next meal because of these, chances are you’re experiencing some blood sugar dysregulation.
Our bodies were designed to go long periods without food because they’re supposed to be able to just burn stored fuel (glycogen and then body fat) when food is not around.
Our high carb diets, consumption of processed foods, constant snacking, damaged fat consumption (vegetable oils), messed up guts, and tired adrenals can all contribute to the development of these blood sugar issues.
Does this sound like you??
Did you know that the order in which you eat your food can have a huge impact on how the foods affect your blood sugar?!
First off, thanks for @glucosegoddess for the graphs on slide 2!
So here’s how it works:
1 You start with vegetables (if you’re eating them). Of course these should be the low-carb, non-starchy veggies like these: The point of eating them first is that the fiber in the vegetables actually slow the absorption of the carbs and sugar in the foods.
So definitely choose salad over bread for starting a meal. Cooked veggies work too and are recommended over raw if your digestion/gut can’t handle raw veggies well.
2 Next, eat your protein and fats . Again, this will help to slow and even reduce some of the absorption of the carbs.
3 Finally, have your carbs. Ideally, if you’re having carbs, they will be whole food carbs like these: .
Check out the graphs on slide 2 to see the impact of the order of the foods.
Please note: this hack is not going...
It’s time to break up with your morning oatmeal!! Even though it’s a “complex carb” it still raises the blood sugar for HOURS!!
We want to avoid spiking the blood sugar in this way because it’s inflammatory and raises insulin levels. This can lead to excess hunger, cravings, headaches and lots of other symptoms of blood sugar dysregulation.
In the graph on the left, I had oatmeal with cashew butter, full fat Greek yogurt, coconut, bee pollen and raspberries. All of those toppings are low carb and some contain healthy fats.
The presence of those fats was not enough to prevent a spike.
With the chia seed pudding on the other hand, I still had some fat-filled or low carb toppings like raw cacao, pecans, cacao nibs and a few wild blueberries.
The difference is very clear: absolutely NO spike in my blood sugar at all from the chia seed pudding!!
Important notes: neither chia seed pudding nor oatmeal contains a sufficient amount of protein to be a complete,...
Hypoglycemia is tricky to treat! The “poor eating habits” such as consuming vegetable oils, processed carbs and snacking is the low hanging fruit. They need to be removed from the diet (though the person may still need to eat more frequently at first).
But what people often miss is how much the gut, adrenals and nutrient deficiencies play a role!
Once again, diet is only a piece of the puzzle (albeit a very large piece) but we always need to look “under the hood” at how the body is functioning.
I hope if you’re struggling this gives you hope because there are more areas to explore!!
I remember when GT’s Kombucha only had 2g of sugar per serving. One day, I turned over the bottle to look at the sugar content and I saw that the sugar content went up in EVERY one of their flavors!!
They added GRAPE JUICE to all of their flavors making them even sweeter than before. And they were accused of mislabeling so I think they needed to fess up to higher concentrations of sugar in their product.
Now all of the flavors of GT’s Kombucha (and almost every single other brand) have about 16-20g of sugar per bottle!! That’s 4-5 TEASPOONS of sugar per bottle!! No thank you.
This sugar content completely negates any beneficial effect of the Kombucha.
The good news is that you can get probiotics from other fermented foods without the unwanted sugar:
•homemade kombucha that is fermented extra long so the sugar content is very low
•full fat yogurt
Insulin is a hormone that tells the body to store sugar as fat. High insulin levels in the blood lead to Insulin Resistance.
When we are in a state of fat storage we can’t be in a state of fat burning.
Insulin resistance can easily make you feel like you have a slow metabolism because it causes weight loss resistance.
This was something I suffered with for years starting in 2013. I successfully reversed my Insulin Resistance and PCOS so I could finally get back to a healthy weight.
Just a friendly reminder for those who are eating the “perfect” diet but still struggling with blood sugar and other health issues.
Stress can undo anything you do nutritionally!!
It’s easier to change your diet than it is to combat chronic stress.
I’ve started with adding a morning meditation every day right after I get up and feed the cats. If I don’t do it immediately, it doesn’t get done.
It’s made me more aware of my breath and my emotions throughout the day. I’m a total novice when it comes to meditation but no one starts out being an expert in anything.
In my signature group coaching course, the Balance Unlocked Project, we don’t only look at food, but also address other areas of potential stress for the body like: not exercising enough, over exercising, toxins, gut issues, artificial light exposure, etc.
Our bodies adapt quickly so if we do the same things all the time, we are headed straight for a plateau!!
One way to bust through these plateaus is to change things up.
If you’re doing keto, throw in a carb up day. If you’re doing 16:8 intermittent fasting daily, try a 5-1-1 instead. If you do the same workout all the time, change things up by doing different exercises.
Are you experiencing a plateau with your health or weight loss goals??
Sometimes the answer is also to dig deeper and look under the hood at things like digestion, adrenals, stress, sleep, light exposure, toxins or something else.
I didn’t know I had blood sugar issues because I intuitively ate/snacked to avoid feeling blood sugar crashes!
These are some common behaviors and beliefs that people with blood sugar issues often do/have.
Blood sugar issues often go unnoticed until someone receives a diagnosis of prediabetes or type II diabetes. These issues go on for decades before that diagnosis.
One of my main goals is to get this knowledge out to the mainstream so people can catch their blood sugar issues early and reverse them (when it’s easiest to reverse!)
It should be noted though that blood sugar issues (even when it’s advanced to type II Diabetes) can still be reversed. (Unfortunately not Type 1s yet )