8 Ways To Manage Your Blood Sugar - The Natural Way!
1. Limit Sugar and Sweeteners:
- includes honey, syrup, table sugar, artificial sweeteners etc.
- alternative option: Xylitol, Stevia or coconut sugar.
2. Fruit Selection:
- avoid fruit juices and higher glycemic fruits such as bananas and dried fruit.
- choose fresh, lower glycemic fruit such as berries, apples and grapefruits.
- eat the fruit with some type of protein such as nuts, seeds, or Greek yogurt.
3. Choose Whole Foods:
- avoid eating foods that are not in their whole form such as processed, refined, instant, or artificial.
- avoid "white" products like bread, rice, sugar, pasta as well as flour, crackers, pastry, cereal.
4. Choose High Fibre Complex Carbohydrates:
- ensure moderation and choose complex and unrefined ingredients that provide good amounts of fibre such as "brown" whole grains (wheat, spelt, oats, rice).
- good fibre sources include starches such as sweet potatoes or squash, pseudo grains such as quinoa, buckwheat, amaranth, millet, flax and chia seeds, beans, legumes and vegetables.
5. Try to Eat Balanced Meals:
- include ingredients that are high in fibre and protein (meat, seafood, eggs, Greek yogurt) along with good healthy fats (coconut, nuts, seeds, avocado) to slow down digestion and prevent spikes in blood sugar.
6. Never Skip Meals:
- always eat breakfast - the most important meal of the day!
- try to eat smaller meals more often throughout the day.
7. Consider Natural Supplements:
- chromium with vanadium: helps to control blood sugar and cravings by helping insulin activity.
- chirositol: mimics insulin to reduce cravings, controlling glucose levels.
- berberine: increases the production of insulin receptors.
- magnesium: improves insulin sensitivity, activity and transport.
- vitamin D: helps to control insulin and blood sugar levels.
- garlic: decreases and helps stabilize blood sugar levels, prolongs the half-life of insulin.
- healthy fats or omegas: fish oils, flax, evening primrose help to decrease insulin resistance.
- try to maintain a healthy weight and get regular exercise to move sugar from the blood into the cells.
- try to manage your stress, sleep patterns and minimize toxins and common allergens.