Tips for balancing your blood sugar and hypoglycemia

How do you know what to eat and not eat, so that you can balance your blood sugar level. Sometimes it is hard to know and choose what to do. Here are some tips of what would increase blood sugar level and what balance it. Each individual is different and it depends on your level of exercise that you might need a bit more carbohydrate and sugary foods and avoid it. If you work about 8 hours sitting down, you do not need to eat so much sugar and sugary foods, including a lot of carbohydrates.

What increases blood sugar level and or the stress cascade in the body, which increases also blood sugar level:

Coffees and teas are stimulants; they can cause your heartbeat to increase, and a quick rise in your blood sugar levels. A sudden drop of blood sugar level can then follow few hours later. This can cause symptoms like dizziness, faintness, palpitations and cravings for sweet foods or bread, which will start the whole cycle again. It can also leave you feeling tired in the middle of the day and contribute to you being exhausted by evening.

What we would like you to drink

Have more ….
• Water: aim to eventually drink 8 to 10 glasses as soon as possible. The body eliminates about 2 liters of water per day through sweat, urine, and breathing. Drinking water will also help your constipation and elimination of toxins.
• Sip your water for the first week. You might go to the toilet more often when you first increase your fluid uptake, but the body will adjust.
• Remember that coffee and tea are diuretics; they stimulate the bladder more than just drinking water – leaching vital nutrients like calcium from your system.
• Green tea: one a day it is a good antioxidant but contains some caffeine.
• Herbal teas: for example, echinacea, peppermint, detox teas, chamomile tea and other herbal teas from the following brand names: Yoghi – Dr Steward – or normal herbal tea. You can find them in healthy food shops or any supermarket nowadays.
• Coffee Substitutes: Bamboo, chicory and barley drink. Try mixing half and half with coffee to help wean yourself off caffeine.
• Drink some decaffeinated coffee at the beginning if you like the taste but aim at eliminate this as well.

Avoid…
• Coffee: Have your first morning coffee at 11.00 am – this will stop your blood sugar levels going up artificially first thing in the morning.
• Tea – again is a stimulant. Try to stop having normal tea or coffee after 5 pm. This will stop you from waking up in the middle of the night. Drink herbal teas instead.
• Low calorie diet drinks, they still manipulate sugar. They contain additives and often act as toxins. Some contain the sweetener aspartame, which is an artificial sweetener, which can increase the body toxicity in some people.
• Avoid coke and diet coke, they contain a lot of caffeine.
• Fruit juice – is too sugary.
• Fruit tea – strawberry teas, rosehip, often they have chemicals added.
You could feel a slight headache when stopping the coffee or any other stimulant, that include chocolate if you eat or drink a lot of it; this is due to caffeine and toxins withdrawal. Cutting down slowly will reduce the symptoms. This will last one to two days.

Eat…
• Five meals a day, three mains meals and two snacks. This should include breakfast, a mid morning snack, lunch, mid afternoon snack and dinner.

• Protein with each meal. This will help stabilize your blood sugar and energy levels during the day.

• Complex carbohydrates, such as, whole meal grains, such as brown rice, quinoa (to use instead of rice, it contains 40% protein, and you can find it at the health shop) also try buckwheat (see recipes). Soya products such as tofu contain proteins as well as lentils, kidney beans, butter beans and chickpeas. There are some recipes attached.

Make soups or casserole with them for evening meals. Sainsbury sells organic tinned kidney beans, chickpeas and butter beans.
These foods will help your constipation and blood sugar levels as well as your craving.

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