Did you know that 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?
This process is called gluconeogenesis. It is a demand driven process and I see it occur very frequently in my clients with Reactive Hypoglycemia because they are sugar burners (and lack metabolic flexibility), thus the demand for glucose is often higher.
Additionally, protein causes a mild an insulin response so without the fat, this affect is more pronounced. Add carbs to the mix and you’re looking at a significant blood sugar and big insulin spike (which may come with an inevitable crash for my RH friends)
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, thereby reducing the chance of a blood sugar crash.
Fats have virtually no effect on blood sugar & insulin and...
Unless you have looked it up or tracked with a macro calculator, you might not know what macro nutrients make up your foods.
Eggs are a great source of bioavailable protein and healthy fats but since they only have 6g of protein per egg, just be sure to have more than 2 to have a filling meal! Eggs are a complete protein.
Oats are mostly carbs. That’s why they lead to blood sugar spikes!! They are NOT a good source of protein at all.
Chickpeas… we might hear that they are high in protein but are they really?? NO! They’re mostly carbs! I think this might surprise some people. Chickpeas are not a good source of protein because it doesn’t have a lot AND because plant proteins are not as bioavailable as animal proteins and they’re also incomplete proteins meaning they lack certain amino acids.
And often we hear that peanut butter is a good source of protein but again, the macros don’t lie… peanuts are NOT a good source of protein. Because it is...
Yesterday I talked about the benefits of NOT SNACKING. As a refresher, it allows insulin levels to come down to reduce risk of insulin resistance, and it allows you the opportunity to burn your own body fat for fuel and become metabolically flexible.
It doesn’t happen overnight thought. So since I recommend cutting out snacks, I know many of you are gonna say, “But Dani, I get too hungry.”
The easy fix for this is eating bigger meals. And that especially means more fat and protein at each meal.
Protein is the most satiating macronutrient. And fat is like a big log in the fire . It burns low and slow unlike carbs which are more like kindling that burn hot and fast.
If your meals are carb heavy with just a little fat and protein, you won’t make it more than a few hours and certainly not 5 or 6 hours until your next meal.
If you’re used to eating small meals and can’t eat a lot at one time, make this change gradually. Also start by adding just a few more...