Category Archives: Blood Sugar

Eat your breakfast like this to feel better all day!

Today I want to challenge you to do one simple thing every morning for the next week.  And it’s not simply “eat breakfast”, though I am an advocate for eating a good breakfast!  Beyond just making sure you eat breakfast, and even beyond discussing WHAT you eat for breakfast (which does matter too), a key factor that’s often missed is WHEN you eat your breakfast.

 

If we’ve worked together one-on-one, I have likely asked you to eat breakfast within an hour of waking up.  This is something I ask all of my clients to try.  That’s because eating within an hour of waking up is critical for your blood sugar balance.  That might not sound like something that applies to you, but if you’re struggling with low energy levels or fatigue, cravings, anxiety, or any type of hormonal imbalance, making sure your blood sugar is balanced is absolutely key to helping you feel better.

 

In this week’s video I talk more about what you may experience if you eat breakfast too late.  I also address what to do if you’re not used to eating breakfast very early or you feel like you can’t eat a lot in the morning.

 

Click here to find all of my articles about why blood sugar balance matters for you along with additional strategies for bringing your blood sugar into balance.

How (and why) my sister quit sugar

Two months ago, I challenged my sister, Cara, to 3 weeks without sugar.  Refined white sugar to be exact.  I wasn’t sure she could do it (and she did have to start over once), but she succeeded in the end and she feels so much better!

 

I asked Cara if I could interview her about her experience since I thought it could be helpful for you to hear what it was like from her perspective.  We talked for a little over 10 minutes (and could have gone on for much longer!).

 

I was originally going to cut the interview into several shorter videos but I decided to leave it as-is since everything we discussed can be helpful for you, especially if you’re considering or trying to eliminate something from your diet that seems to be causing some of your symptoms.  It’s not an easy task up front, but can be well worth it in the end.

Listen in to hear about:

  • Cara’s lifetime history of loving sugar
  • Why Cara went from feeling like giving up sugar was too daunting, even impossible, to being willing to give it a try
  • How hard it is to connect what you’re eating with how you’re feeling (and how that changes AFTER a food elimination)
  • How eliminating sugar has made it easier for Cara to manage her full schedule and life
  • How Cara went from feeling like she couldn’t stop eating sugar to never wanting to go back
  • The types of sweets Cara switched to instead of white sugar
  • Which week was the hardest and how Cara made it through
  • The symptoms Cara was having that have disappeared (including seemingly-unrelated symptoms)
  • Why eating sugar isn’t worth it to Cara anymore
  • The one thing I didn’t want Cara to tell you about committing to eliminating sugar!
  • How amazing it feels when you realize that you can choose how you feel based on what you eat,
  • How something as simple as eliminating sugar ultimately gives you more control over your life

 

Watch the video below to hear all this and more!

 

What I Learned about my Cells on the Blood Sugar Detox

If you joined me for the recent Blood Sugar Detox, you now have a much deeper understanding of sugar and how blood sugar works in your body.  And in today’s video, I wanted to share what I learned about my body through testing my blood sugar during the detox.  Watch the video below to hear my insights!

 

 

I tested my blood sugar 5 times each day throughout the detox, checking my fasting levels as well as what happened after I ate.  I discovered that Read more »

Tips for Healthy Snacking

Is snacking a healthy habit?  You’ll likely read conflicting viewpoints about this and it really depends on what’s going on in your body.  Ideally you aren’t grazing all day long because your digestive system does need a break in between meals to function optimally.  If you’re someone who can manage longer stretches between meals without getting hungry, don’t feel the need to snack just for the sake of it!  However, if you get hungry or have an energy dip between meals, incorporating snacks will likely be supportive for you.

In this video, I share my tips for how to make snacks a healthy part of your day, and I’ll also share some ideas for healthy snack combinations.

 

A healthy snack will sustain your energy without spiking your blood sugar.  So your snack should include a source of fat, fiber, and protein.  Why?   Read more »

How to Individualize Your Diet by Testing Your Blood Sugar

A study published at the end of 2015 found that different people have different blood sugar responses to the same foods.  This means that a given food could be impacting my blood sugar more significantly than yours, or vice versa.  Instead of viewing foods as good or bad, the goal is to decipher how foods impact you as an individual.  One way to do that is to test your blood sugar after a meal and see what connections you can make by gathering that data.  Watch the video below to learn more about how this works!

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The Carbohydrate Continuum

Today we’re talking more about blood sugar and in the video below I walk you through this handout which gives you a graphical way to think more in depth about carbohydrates and how they affect you.

Blood sugar is one of the foundational keys that needs to be in line so that you can have optimal health and address any chronic symptoms you are experiencing.

Watch the video below to learn more!

If you’re experiencing things like cravings, headaches, low energy, chronic tiredness, insomnia, mood swings, or stubborn weight gain, then my upcoming Blood Sugar Detox might just be the program that turns everything around for you!

 

I hope you’ll join me for this 2-week program that starts on April 19th.  Although I mentioned in the video that the Early Bird discount pricing has ended, you can still get $50 off if you register through me!  Click here to learn more and get your special coupon code.  I can’t wait to get started!

Why Blood Sugar Matters for YOU (even if you don’t have diabetes)

You probably know that blood sugar imbalance plays a role in diabetes, but did you also know that your blood sugar affects things like your risk of cancer, your immune system, weight issues, hormone balance, digestive symptoms, and brain fog?

 

Watch the video below to learn more about why blood sugar matters even if you don’t eat a lot of sugar, and what steps you can take to balance your blood sugar and minimize the chronic symptoms you’re experiencing.

If you’re experiencing any of the following symptoms, my upcoming Blood Sugar Detox might just be the program that turns everything around for you: Read more »

Should I Eat Fruit Alone or with Protein?

Today I’m answering a question from viewer Nicole.

Nicole says, “There is conflicting info out there about eating fruit with a protein. I always found that eating a little protein (nuts, almond butter, etc) with my fruit helps sustain my energy but some articles out there tell people never to mix the two. Any ideas?”

 

Watch the video below for my answer!

Key Takeaways:

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5 Tips for Conquering Sugar Cravings

Conquering Sugar Cravings

Is Sugar Bad for You?

There aren’t many universal truths in the world of nutrition, and different things will work for different people.  Even foods you think must be healthy for everyone can be problematic in certain circumstances.  For example too many raw vegetables can irritate the intestinal lining in someone with an inflammatory bowel condition.  So when you ask if something is good for you, the answer is: that depends, who are YOU?

Except when it comes to sugar.

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