by Mary-Janne Nystøl - May 26th, 2022
We, nutrition therapists, are always concerned with the maintaining of stable blood sugar levels. Stable blood sugar levels keep us healthier, stronger, more alert, provide more performance, improve hormonal balance, give us better digestion and promote healthier sleep.
Stable blood sugar depends on what you eat, on how balanced your diet is, but also on how much stress you have in your life. When it comes to food, it’s important to include healthy protein, the right kind of fat and some slow carbs in every meal. A good indication that you are eating right and have balanced blood sugar levels is when you can go 4-5 hours without getting particularly hungry.
We emphasize on whole and preferably organic food that comes from healthy food production and local farms. Good sources of protein are meat, fish, poultry, turkey and eggs. When it comes to sources of fat, you should use Extra Virgin olive oil, coconut oil and dairy butter. Butter is also recommended if you are going to fry food, as it can withstand higher temperatures. Slow carbs can be all greens, most vegetables, avocados, sweet potatoes and some fresh fruits as papayas, apples and bananas.
We strongly recommend to avoid fast food and any food that comes in bags, boxes or cans, as these may have reduced nutritional value. It is also important to stay away from all white flour, pasta, rice, potatoes, sugar, soda, refined salt, processed seed and vegetable oils as soy, sunflower and rapeseed oil.
All inflammation in the body has to do with blood sugar imbalances, and it is important to keep in mind that if you have poorly regulated blood sugar, you might develop diabetes or experience hormonal changes, headaches, muscle pain, and chronic illnesses. However, it is possible to reduce the risks by changing your eating and lifestyle habits.
Next time, we will share more about sugar and carbohydrates with high glycemic index and their negative effects on body, mind and emotional health.
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Please note that this is general information and we always see every person as an individual. Allergies and sensitivities and other imbalances will be seen from a holistic point of view.