I don't know who needs to hear this but carbs aren’t the only way to get energy.
I can’t tell you how many times I hear “but if I take out fruit and oats and rice, how will I get energy?!”
Easy… from FAT!
Fat is a long lasting energy source that burns low and slow so it keeps your blood sugar stable and keeps you satiated for hours. Fats are like the logs in a fire. Carbs on the other hand are quick sources of fuel. They’re like the kindling.
They burn hot and fast, raising your blood sugar, which then causes a big release of insulin. The insulin takes the sugar out of the blood and puts it into the cells of the body to store or use for energy.
Then we are left with low blood sugar which makes us feel hungry again because we have just used up our energy.
Carbs = energy for a short time (which means you need to eat more often = terrible for blood sugar)
Fats = stable energy for long periods (don’t need to eat often = great for blood sugar)
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...
Stress is the single most under appreciated cause of blood sugar issues.
When we have acute or chronic stress, we activate the sympathetic (fight or flight) nervous system.
One of the jobs of the sympathetic nervous system is to raise our glucose (blood sugar) levels so we will have the energy to “fight or flight”.
This is fine in the case of a workout for example because we end up using up the glucose.
But- when we are stressing and sitting at a desk all day, for example, we are not actually using up the glucose so it contributes to a rise in blood sugar & insulin levels.
Another hormone that impacts our blood sugar levels is cortisol, “the stress hormone.”
When we are stressed, excess cortisol is produced which inhibits insulin production which can keep glucose levels high.
In someone with chronic stress who now has low cortisol, we often see high levels of insulin which then can cause hypoglycemia.
For these reasons, in times of stress or with chronic stress,...
If you’re trying to balance your blood sugar or hormones, reverse insulin resistance and lower inflammation, just say NO to NAKED CARBS!
What is a naked carb you ask??
It’s any food that’s high in carbs (like these: ) that is eaten alone or ISN’T eaten with a food that’s high in fat and protein.
So if you eat an apple, have it after a meal, or have something like hard boiled eggs first to slow the absorption of the glucose.
So why is this important?! Because steady blood sugar levels (without big spikes and crashes) can help you feel steady energy, mental clarity, happy moods, and set the stage for balanced hormones.
When our blood sugar is spiking and crashing, that’s when we experience energy swings, mood swings, reduced immune function, hormone imbalances, brain fog, carb cravings, sugar cravings, excess hunger, and of course its setting the stage for chronic diseases.
When I ate this apple by itself, as soon as my blood sugar started coming...
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.
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