If you haven’t read my last post, start here. This post goes hand-in-hand with my post about blood sugar levels and sleep quality.
Keeping blood sugar levels consistent throughout the day can keep you from cravings, feelings of fatigue, difficulties concentrating, and many more unwanted symptoms. AND for those of you that read my last post, you know it can affect the quality of your sleep as well!
So how can we eat to keep our blood sugar levels consistent? The key lies in the Glycemic Index. It gives you an idea about how fast your body converts the carbs in a food into glucose. Two foods with the same amount of carbohydrates can have different glycemic index numbers.
The smaller the number, the less impact the food has on your blood sugar.
- 55 or less = Low (good)
- 56- 69 = Medium
- 70 or higher = High (bad)
Typically, natural foods (less-processed) have a lower index number. Don’t forget that how you prepare foods can (and WILL) alter their index number also. A great Glycemic Index can be found on Harvard’s website here.
Now that you know which foods release glucose slower, the next thing to think about is how often you eat. Eating more small meals throughout the day as opposed to 3 large meals will also help to stabilize your blood sugar levels. Every meal should include some kind of protein, and you should have snacks between your “main” meals.
Lastly – remember that eating breakfast is another important factor for setting yourself up for success throughout the day! If you want to know more – read my post about “Breakfast to Break the Fast“.
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Nice post, I always forget about how sugar affect sleep quality…
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