First, you need to understand why it is important to control blood sugar levels within the body.
A controlled supply of glucose in the bloodstream (blood sugar) is essential for optimal brain function, and overall health/well-being.
With uncontrolled levels of blood sugar, you will experience symptoms of headaches, irritability, dizziness and fatigue.
Uncontrolled levels of blood sugar long term can lead to damage to the vessels that supply blood to your major organs (eyes, heart, kidneys etc).
How to ensure your blood sugar levels stay balanced through nutrition:
- Eat balanced snacks and meals that include whole foods containing high quality protein, fibre, complex carbohydrates, healthy fats as this will slow the rate of digestion and moderate blood sugar levels.
- Focus on high quality carbohydrate sources, and opt for complex carbohydrates with simple carbohydrates when possible (brown rice, quinoa, sweet potatoes etc) as they take longer to break down which will help balance out your energy levels! Not to mention, they are full of fibre, which means you will stay full longer.
- Ensuring that you are eating small snacks/meals every 3-4 hours and not missing meals
- Doing your best to avoid eating excessively large portions of refined sugars/carbohydrates (especially without a high quality protein and healthy fat source)
Pictured is a perfect example of what a balanced plate should look like: Egg whites (protein), complex carbohydrates and fibre (gluten-free oatmeal), heathy and high quality fat (coconut almond butter), topped with a couple dashes of cinnamon (cinnamon has been shown to aid in lowering blood glucose levels).