WHAT IS BLOOD SUGAR REGULATION? 

FOOD CHOICES THAT ENSURE SUSTAINED ENERGY RELEASE THROUGHOUT YOUR DAY LEAVING YOU FEELING SATISFIED AND ENERGIZED AND NOT REACHING FOR THOSE QUICK FIX “EMPTY FOODS” THAT LEAD TO WEIGHT GAIN.

Our modern western diet is full of processed packaged food with additives and sugar. Current nutritional guidelines STILL maintain a low fat and high carbohydrate diet to meet our energy needs, therefore encouraging us to eat the majority of our “calories” as carbs!

This age old instruction has led to higher blood sugar levels that has in turn led to an overworked pancreas trying to produce enough insulin to try and bring down these levels and force glucose into cells.
It is important to note that the body’s capacity for storing glucose (glycogen) is limited.

With all this excess insulin, liver and muscle cells can become de – sensitized to insulin. THIS IS NOT THE CASE FOR OUR GREEDY FAT CELLS! As insulin levels increase more glucose is diverted to fat storage.

For optimal blood sugar regulation it is particularly important to limit the amount of refined carbohydrates and refined sugars (including white flour in breads and baking and soft drinks), as well as artificial sweeteners and caffeine in the diet.
Incorporate more raw food into diet such as fruits, vegetables, nuts and seeds which have coarser textures SLOWING DOWN the PASSAGE OF FOOD through the gut.

Below are some alternatives to table sugar. These alternatives provide your body with valuable micronutrients

Fruit is not only sweet but also supplies vitamins, minerals, antioxidants and some fibre.

Dried fruit is high in natural sugars and is a good snack with nuts to help regulate blood sugar levels.

Honey, preferably raw,  contains 1/2 of all known amino acids, B vitamins and vitamins, C, D & E. Honey contains both fructose and glucose but has a less dramatic effect on blood sugar levels than cane sugar.

Maple syrup (good quality, not maple flavoured syrup) contains minerals and is a good substitute for sugar in baking.

Stevia is sweetener that is derived from the plant Stevia rebaudiana from South America. Available in powder, granules or liquid  form from most health shops. The stevia leaf contains iron, phosphorous, calcium, magnesium and zinc. It contains no calories and has little impact on blood sugar levels.

Agave syrup from the agave plant is good alternative to sugar and is available at health food stores. It contains calcium, potassium, magnesium and iron and has a lower glycaemic Index than most sweeteners.

Use  flavours that have a natural tendency to enhance sweetness such as vanilla, cinnamon, cardamom, coconut etc.