The body naturally controls blood sugar levels by converting food into glucose which is blood sugar. As blood sugar levels rise, the pancreas make insulin. In return, blood carries glucose and insulin to every cell. Insulin acts as a ‘key” to open the cells and absorb the glucose from the blood. Imbalances of blood sugar are most common signs that affect people’s energy, weight, and brain function. Blood sugars levels, down and up, can become a roller coaster that throws off thyroid, insulin, and hormones. Different levels can cause a feeling of fatigue, irritability, cravings, and hangry (angry and hungry). Most recently, people have been struggling more with balancing blood sugar because eating “healthy” is not always right for blood sugar.
Fruit is one of the top great snacks to eat, but even natural sugar still contains fructose. No matter what source of sugar you are consuming, your body still processes it as sugar. Limit consumption of high fructose fruits such as dates, watermelon, pineapples, bananas, and apples. Focus on low sugar fruits such as berries, grapefruit, and peaches.
When looking to manage blood sugar , one mistake everyone makes is forgetting about healthy fats. Fat is necessary for you body to transition into a fat driven instead of sugar driven. Think of using sugar as water instead of gas for your car- water is fast burning and it quickly dies out. Now, think of fat as gasoline for your care- its slow burning and long lasting. Fat helps curb sugar cravings, and keep you feeling fuller longer. Healthy fats include coconut oil, olive oil, avocados, nuts, seeds, eggs, and fish.
Being aware of how much sugar your food contains and eating in moderations can ease the struggle with high and low levels of blood sugar. To help your knowledge of which foods to consume and portions contacting a San Diego Nutritionist to help you plan meals and balance out blood sugar levels for good.