Let me start by explaining insulin resistance.. this is when we consume a large amount of refined carbs with very little fat and protein, our blood sugar spikes very high and the pancreas frantically overcompensates with insulin release. This overcompensation of insulin eventually causes insulin resistance, which leads to Type 2 Diabetes if poor dietary practices are continued. The good news, however, is that it can be reversed through a healthy diet and other lifestyle habits that help balance your blood sugar.
With that said, the only way to truly understand our blood sugar levels is to use a glucose meter to truly see where we're at. This is a pretty affordable and easy option, and the only reoccurring expense is the test strips. You may find it helpful to monitor your blood sugar daily for a month while you are tweaking your diet.
Knowing our blood sugar also gives us feedback on how we're feeling at that time. As a glucose in range (between 75-90 mg/dl) is when we feel our best... slight variations in this range can also feel ideal to each of us as individuals throughout a busy day. Downside to high blood sugar is how it makes us feel...tired, irritable, body aches and inflammation, often making us more hungry which will only increase blood sugar even more if we give in to this false sense of hunger. What I refer to as "blood sugar roller coaster ride",, which is not a fun ride at all.
The upside of being in control:
Since blood sugar imbalances perpetuate inflammation, stable blood sugar reduces inflammation and helps balance hormones.
Because stable blood sugar means no sugar or carb cravings, even stubborn weight starts to melt away with balanced blood sugar levels.
Ready to start balancing your blood sugar naturally and taking charge of your health?
Start by keeping a journal to help track your blood glucose numbers along with meals, medicine, exercise, etc., this is the ideal way see the trends of what's working or not working...when setting your blood sugar and health goals.