Stabilize Your Blood Sugar Naturally
By Donna Stark
For many, the holiday season doesn't end until after the Super Bowl, so there are still several weeks to enjoy with our family and friends. This means get-togethers that include amazing food, favorite desserts, and sweet treats. Although indulging is perfectly OK for the soul, it can wreak havoc on your system, even in the short term. If you want to be kind to your body during this time of year, and continue that kindness throughout the rest of the year, it's important to make sure you don't spike up your blood sugar levels. But it's hard, isn't it? Especially when you have parties to get to.
Consider These Foods
In addition to the fatigue, headaches, and lack of focus, high blood sugar levels can also lead to weight gain and an increased risk of getting diabetes. But there are some foods that can help to keep those levels stable, so be sure to look for them during these holiday meals ... and then load up your plate!
- Beans and lentils - Packed with vitamins, amino acids, fiber, and protein, beans and lentils are not only nutritious but also great for stabilizing your blood sugar levels. They can help to slow down the release of sugars in the body's bloodstream and will keep you feeling satisfied longer. So go ahead! Help yourself to some of that lentil soup or dig into that great bean dip.
- Whole grains - Most of us have that one great-aunt that brings her famous wild-rice and cranberry stuffing to the family dinner, don't we? Well, don't skip by it this year. Instead, serve yourself up a big heaping spoonful because whole grains are excellent with regulating sugar and preventing cravings for sweets.
- Sweet potatoes - Sure, it's hard, but you need to walk on past the standard mashed potatoes and choose sweet potatoes instead. They are the better option of the two because they are lower on the glycemic index than white potatoes, which means they won't cause your blood sugar to spike as much.
- Beets - You either love them or strongly dislike everything about them, but if you are of the latter and knew what they did for your blood sugar levels, you may be more willing to try them. So add a splash of color to your plate or beautify the top of your salad. The benefits you receive are countless!
- Cranberries/pomegranates - Cranberries and pomegranates are a mainstay during this time of year. They adorn tables, trees, meals, and drinks, and in addition to being one of the most popular holiday toppings, they add that perfect pop of color to every plate. More importantly though, they can also help to stabilize your body's blood sugar levels.
Eating for Better Health
Eating for your health isn't a new concept, but eating to reduce or stabilize your blood sugar levels may be. Fortunately, there are plenty of food options to choose from, so no matter where you are, there is sure to be something on the table!
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