It’s eleven o’ clock. You’re already starving and drooling over the smell of your coworker’s early lunch wafting from the microwave. Even though you just ate that giant bowl of cereal this morning followed by a never ending cup of coffee, which is still implanted in your hand. You pray for a miracle that you can get to lunch early only to realize your frozen lunch was meant to feed a bird. The cycle continues only an hour later when your brain is foggy, you want more coffee and you’re starving. Again.
The secret is in balancing your blood sugar.
Sugar imbalances play a vital role in cardiovascular health, hormone production, immune system functioning and brain function. Stable glucose levels keep your body going.
Unfortunately, most people choose the cheap fuel (simple carbohydrates) rather than the higher octane fuel (complex carbohydrates). Here are some quick fixes that will change your life.
1. Replace Simple Carbs With Low GI Root Vegetables and Tubers
Processed foods and convenience foods are simple carbohydrates. These foods tend to be the low-octane fuel. This type of carbohydrate or sugar burns within minutes, which causes your blood sugar levels to spike at ridiculously high levels and then drop suddenly. If this keeps happening, the body can stop producing the insulin it needs to regulate the sugar, which results in insulin resistance, the precursor to diabetes.
Low GI root vegetables include green and red vegetables in the green leafy family, like chard, kale, spinach and lettuce. Broccoli, Brussels sprouts and cauliflower are not just eaten as boring side dishes anymore. Just one search for ‘cauliflower pizza crust recipes’ and even ‘cauliflower rice recipes’ and you will be excited to see how versatile cauliflower really is!
It takes hours to burn low Glycemic Index (GI) foods, which results in feeling fuller longer. There’s a good chance you might even lose weight!
2. Spice Up Your Drinks With Ceylon Cinnamon
The cinnamon blood sugar balancing remedy has been around for decades and although studies continue, one study did conclude it lowers glucose levels in the blood, however, dosages remain unclear. We cook and bake with it, so throwing a pinch into your hot tea or coffee can’t hurt.
3. Take Apple Cider Vinegar Before Bed
Take two tablespoons of apple cider vinegar in the evening in a glass of water. Studies show that taking apple cider vinegar at bedtime promotes favorable glucose concentrations upon waking.
Tip: Take the vinegar an hour or two prior to brushing your teeth so that the acid doesn’t get brushed into the enamel. Afterwards, you can rinse thoroughly with a bit of baking soda and water to neutralize the acid in your mouth.
Turn these new habits into something exciting by concentrating on how amazing you feel while noticing the changes in your body and mind. Turn back the sands of time and restore your health by taking control of your blood sugar and not letting it control you.