Have you ever experienced a dip in energy levels after eating a piece of cake or even a bowl of oats? The answer is probably YES! This is a sign of unbalanced blood sugar levels which is actually also throwing off the rest of your hormones.
Balanced hormones need balanced blood sugar levels! Here are three simple steps to keep your blood sugar balanced:
1. Eat a balanced breakfast
Break your fast within the first hour of waking up to avoid sugar cravings later on in the day. Eat a balanced whole food breakfast that includes protein (nuts, seeds, eggs, or meat) with whole grain fiber (quinoa, oats or sourdough bread), and include veggies such as sautéed spinach or kale, mushrooms or green pepper. What you eat in the morning will set the tone for your bodies energy function for the rest of the day.
2.Drink Apple Cider Vinegar
Drinking one tablespoon of organic apple cider vinegar (ACV) in a tall glass of water a half an hour before a meal helps slow down the absorption of glucose into the blood stream. ACV also improves insulin sensitivity, assists in nutrient release from food and balances the acid/alkaline levels in the body which support good gut health. If using Metformin, consult with your health practitioner before use.
3. Walk after your meal
When you exercise or even take a walk within 70 minutes after a meal, or a slice of birthday cake, you are instantly using the energy you consumed during that meal. Resistance training is even a better option, as it decreases the glucose peak by 30% after a meal, and continues to use glucose over the next 24 hours to reduce the glucose peaks of the next meals too. When you exercise less insulin is needed in the blood stream, therefore allowing energy stores to be used.