When you are not metabolically flexible and can’t easily burn body fat for fuel, your body will be dependent for energy from the carbohydrates you eat.
Think about carbohydrates like kindling in a fire. Carbs burn hot and fast. If there are no logs in the fire (dietary & body fat) you will be out of fuel very quickly.
Your brain which is very energy hungry, will be the first to indicate to you that there is an energy crisis.
All of the symptoms above and more can be signs that your body is unable to burn body fat for fuel and this is often accompanied by cravings and urgent hunger for foods high in carbohydrates and sugar.
Becoming metabolically flexible is one of the keys to health! You can start by lowering carbs AND INCREASING FAT!
Remember, the fat is like the log in the fire. It will burn low and slow and give you energy for hours! If you can’t make it more than a few hours between meals, up the fat and see if that helps!
Save & Share! These are the fats and fatty foods to add more of for better blood sugar & hormones!
Healthy fats provide long lasting energy like a log on a fire
They are the building blocks of every cell membrane.
They aid in the absorption of fat soluble vitamins ADE&K.
They allow for proper use of proteins.
They slow the absorption of carbohydrates and reduce blood sugar spikes.
They make us feel full so we can stop snacking (which messes up our blood sugar).
Fats help your body inflame and anti-inflame.
They increase muscle endurance
And let’s be real…. They taste amazing!!
What are your favorite healthy fats??
Stop blaming it on your willpower. If your body can’t efficiently burn fat or produce ketones, your need for sugar increases.
This damaged metabolism is what drives sugar and carb cravings.
Your body senses an energy crisis, and since it can’t get what it needs from fats or ketones, it will drive you to seek out your only other fuel source: sugar!
Improving your metabolism, becoming a fat burner, and getting into a state of nutritional ketosis can begin healing the metabolism so it is more flexible and efficient.
This decreases the demand for glucose and will finally help reduce cravings and sugar dependency.
So excited to be diving into the “how to” with this incredible group of students in my Blood Sugar Mastery course!!
Do you feel dependent on sugar?? Do you do fine for a few days but then inevitably “fall off”??
This week in BLOOD SUGAR MASTERY we are learning all about the benefits of whole, real foods, the dangers of ultra-processed foods, and how to discern the difference between acceptable vs non acceptable minimally processed foods.
Eating whole foods is the key to health and is the first step for optimizing your blood sugar & your health!
Minimally processed foods can make our life easier and can have a place in a modern, healthy, blood sugar-stabilizing diet!
It’s essential to learn how to read ingredients & sift through marketing claims to know what to look for and what is just a marketing ploy (“all natural,” “free range,” “no high fructose corn syrup”, “non-GMO”, etc)
And finally, ultra processed foods contain a shit load of ingredients which have been heavily processed. Foods have been stripped of their nutrients and the food is often so devoid of nutrition, they add back in synthetic vitamins and minerals. (These are...
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Without adequate stomach acid, we can’t break down proteins.
Stomach acid is what activates a protein-digesting enzyme pepsinogen into its active form, pepsin.
Remember, proteins don’t just build muscle. They break down to form skin, hair, nails, enzymes, hemoglobin, HORMONES & NEUROTRANSMITTERS!!
Lack of adequate protein intake and poor digestion of proteins can set us up for hormone imbalances, mood issues like anxiety/depression, excessive appetite, worsened digestion, bloating, indigestion, burping or gas after meals, nutrient deficiencies, gut flora imbalances, and so much more!
There are a variety of ways to increase stomach acid and you may need to do several of these things but here are some general tips:
1. Get in a rest and digest state
2. Chew 20-30 times per bite
3. Support digestion with Apple Cider Vinegar, digestive bitters, or HCl (please work with a...
The gaslighting from doctors needs to stop! Hypoglycemic symptoms can be felt at any blood sugar number.
What are symptoms of hypoglycemia?
•Dizziness / weakness / shakiness
•Brain fog / difficulty concentrating
•Intense or urgent hunger / cravings for carbs, sweets, starches
•Anxiety / irritability / moodiness
•Racing heart / heart palpitations
•Tingling or dry lips
•Nausea / vomiting
These symptoms are indicating your body perceives you are low on fuel.
This is often due to an inability to efficiently burn body fat for fuel.
Sure eating will bring your blood sugar up if you’re having a low, but chances are you’re eating carbs or sugar to bring it back up which is actually worsening the root cause of the issue.
So the “treatment” is actually making you worse.
I get reports from clients all the time that this method only makes them crash more often!! It’s a nightmare.
If you suffer with hypoglycemia or reactive hypoglycemia, or constant blood sugar crashes, you feel like you’re on a blood sugar roller coaster that you can’t get off of.
It interferes with your life, your well-being, impacts your relationships, your job, perhaps you can’t drive or work anymore.. but this doesn’t have to be how it is.
There is HOPE that this can be reversed! And the answer is not eat more carbs more often.
To learn more, click the link below to purchase the Reactive Hypoglycemia Masterclass:
The earliest signs of blood sugar issues are often accompanied by hunger (or can happen after you eat).
Hunger should not feel urgent or be accompanied by any of these symptoms!!
These symptoms indicate that the body is perceiving an energy dip and these symptoms will send you to go get more food, often times in the form of sugar, carbs, energy drinks or coffee.
These symptoms might be common but are not normal.
Typically they happen as blood sugar is dropping below 70 mg/dL but can also happen at ANY blood sugar number.
These symptoms indicate your body is inefficient at burning fat for fuel.
If they happen after a meal, they can be a sign of Reactive Hypoglycemia.
If you want to learn how to improve your metabolism so you can reverse these symptoms and stop the crashes, click here to purchase the Reactive Hypoglycemia Masterclass: https://www.daniellehamiltonhealth.com/offers/8vXLnBA5
Excess proteins can’t be stored in the body so the body will convert excess proteins to glucose which will trigger a release of insulin.
The conversion of protein to glucose occurs as a result of the hormone, glucagon.
This process is called gluconeogenesis.
This is why the recommendations on a keto diet are for fatty, not lean protein.
When we eat proteins that come with fat, this helps to slow the absorption of the glucose and blunt blood sugar spikes.
Fats have virtually no effect on blood sugar & insulin and keep you satiated and energized for hours. Fats are like logs on the fire.
In my clients with hypoglycemia and Reactive Hypoglycemia, they are especially sensitive to and prone to gluconeogenesis which in them leads to blood sugar crashes.
I see it every day. The macros are perfect yet you’re still struggling with high levels of blood sugar or frequent crashes.
It’s time to finally take a hard look at how much time you are spending in a stressed state.
Acute stressors, even rushing around getting ready to leave the house, can lead to a spike in blood sugar that’s visible on a CGM.
But I’m not as concerned about those short periods of stress, like exercise, because that’s what our body was built for.
What our body was NOT built for was the chronic stress that we experience in our modern, fast-paced lifestyle.
Chronic stress raises glucose over time, can contribute to insulin resistance, hormone imbalances, gut issues and literally soooo many other issues.
Chronic stress depletes the adrenals which are a major organ of blood sugar regulation.
Even though most of our stress isn’t going anywhere, we do have some control.
It’s soo important to get our bodies out of a stressed state and...