Stop Stressing and Balance Your Blood Sugars

Stress is a risk factor to make you sick.  Our lives are so busy we must take time out of schedules to relax and create better health.  Stress causes us to release a hormone called cortisol and when it is circulating through our body it negatively impacts our blood sugar levels.

Stress management techniques are not only fun they are necessary for good health!  Take a few minutes to watch this video and think about how you can release your stress and improve your blood sugars at the same time! 

Balance your Mind and Your Blood Sugars

Did you know there is a connection between stress hormones and the hormones that balance your blood sugars?

When you experience stress you increase, cortisol levels in the blood.  When cortisol levels are high they cause insulin, the hormone used to reduce blood sugar, to decrease.  Simply when your cortisol is high your body can not reduce your blood sugar levels. 

Here is a simple technique that will help you reduce your stress hormones and balance your blood sugars at the same time.

How Do Carbs Impact Your Blood Sugar Levels

Did you know that what you eat impacts your blood sugar levels? 

Once you understand how different foods impact your blood sugars you can make better choices and balance your blood sugars.  Today we will be focusing on carbohydrates.  I will divide carbohydrates into two categories simple carbohydrates and complex carbohydrates.

Simple Carbohydrates

These are foods that break down into sugar very quickly in our blood and cause our blood sugar levels to spike after a meal.  These are highly processed foods like white bread, pasta, cookies, cakes, pastries, white rice. 

Complex Carbohydrates

These are foods that are take more time to break down because they have more fiber which cause sugar (glucose) to be released more slowly in the body.  Examples are fruits, vegetables and whole grains.

 

 

Are my Blood Sugars Normal or Not Normal: Pre-Diabetes What is it?


The diagnosis of pre-diabetes  means your body is having some difficulty regulating your blood glucose levels and without immediate action you will be diagnosed with diabetes in the future.

 

Diabetes Diagnosis: Dealing with My Emotions


The emotions that accompany a diabetes or pre-diabetes diagnosis can often be overlooked but they are a crucial part of the treatment plan. Common emotions you might feel after receiving your diagnosis are panic, denial, confusion, frustration, anger and fear.  Anger, frustration and fear are all born out of a lack of control over your health situation. The first step to treating diabetes is to recognize and manage your feelings about your diagnose otherwise they will sabotage your attempts to stick to your treatment plan and lifestyle changes.

 

What is Happening to My Body to Cause Diabetes?

What is Diabetes?

Diabetes is the inappropriate regulation of blood sugar in the body.

Normally the body digests food by breaking it down into fuel, glucose. Glucose then enters the blood stream with the goal of entering the cells. In response to glucose, the pancreas releases insulin, which binds to cells and allows the easy passage of glucose from the blood stream into the cell. The amount of insulin released by the pancreas is in direct proportion to the amount of glucose in the blood stream. 


When someone has diabetes this process is impaired and glucose has trouble getting out of the blood stream and into the cell. 

Do I Have High Blood Pressure?

High Blood Pressure is a measurement that gives us information about how hard the heart is pumping blood throughout our bodies.  It is important to treat your blood pressure to reduce your risk of heart disease, stroke, and aneurysm.  Healthy behavioral changes and greatly impact your blood pressure.  To find out more information to treat blood pressure visit healthydaes.org.

Do I Have To Drink Water to be Healthy?

Did you know that you body is made up of about 70% water?  You can imagine we need to be drinking water every day to stay hydrated.  My general rule for the amount of water to drink is 1/2 of your body weight in ounces.  If you weight 120 Ibs then you need to drink about 60 ounces (about a gallon).  If you weigh more you need more water.  If you weigh less then you don't need as much water.

The secret to good hydration is to drink water before you get thirsty.  Once you start feeling thirsty you are already on you way to being slightly dehydrated.

Serving Sizes for Fruits and Vegetables

Serving Sizes for Fruits and Vegetables

Many people are confused about what is the correct serving size of fruits and vegetables. Here is the simple rules to understand serving sizes of fruits and vegetables.

1 serving size of RAW fruits and vegetables

1 cup of raw fruits and vegetables is considered fruits and vegetables

a serving size of fruits or vegetable is 1 cup.

1 serving size of COOKED fruits and vegetables

1/2 cup of cooked fruits and vegetables

1/2 cup of cooked of fruits and vegetable is 1 serving size

Importance of Fiber in your Diet

Fiber

Fiber is one of the foundations of my protocols for diabetes reversal and prevention, increasing metabolism and weight loss and balancing hormonal imbalances. Fiber is critical for balancing blood sugar levels in diabetes, balancing hormones to reduce menstrual and menopausal symptoms, and increasing metabolism and weight loss.