It can be really difficult to resist all of the sugary treats and carb loaded comfort foods which are served in the holiday season. Aside from the fact, that 80% of these foods aren’t the best for our bodies, the refined sugar can cause a sudden large spike and then massive drop in our blood sugar levels. We have all felt the change in our bodies, you know that high from a coffee with 2 plus sugars added along with that brownie or donut for a very naughty mid morning snack, only to feel tired and overwrought less than 2 hours later.
The stability of your blood sugar is really important for your long term health. Stable blood sugar levels mean your equilibrium is in balance, your hormones work more effectively, your energy levels are constant and you are in control your appetite. Hectic work schedules and holiday parties are difficult enough then add in all the super tempting festive season treats……
Small Meals Often
It is super important to eat every 3 to 4 hours during the day. Food and snacks which are low on the glycemic index – vegetable sticks with hummus, a handful of berries & nuts, gluten free salad wraps with lean cuts of protein, or grilled fish with sides of vegetables. All of these foods release energy into our bloodstream at a much slower rate than high carb & sugar filled snacks like cookies and crisps.
This little spice can actually balance our blood sugar! This amazing spice curbs blood sugar spikes by lowering insulin resistance. I always sprinkle cinnamon on my coffee, add it to all my muffin recipes, sprinkle over roasted squash & sweet potatoes, and my apple pie.
Food Before You Drink
Never drink alcohol or sugary spritzers on an empty stomach. Aways have a meal or at least a quick nutritious snack before indulging in a glass of wine or beer at a holiday party, this will go a long way to keeping blood sugar balanced.
Apple Cider Vinegar
Taking apple cider vinegar can help balance blood sugar levels. Mix one tablespoon of apple cider vinegar into a cup of warm water then add organic honey to suit your individual tastebuds.
Exercise helps your body manage our blood sugar levels, when exercising our muscles to use up more glucose to use it for energy and tissue repair, so our blood sugar levels are lowered in the process. Participating in regular exercise also makes our cells more responsive to insulin and helps prevent insulin resistance. 30–60 minutes of exercise 3 to 4 days of the week like cycling, running, swimming or strength training lifting is the simple way to lower inflammation in the body, manage stress levels, and balance hormones.