My last post dealt with the scary, the bad Blood Sugar Witch (BSW) and the horrible Blood Sugar Witching Hour that seems to happen to us good people between 2 and 4 pm.
To recap my last post, when we eat foods that spike our blood sugar (such as refined grains, sugary sweets, and even plain white potatoes), we experience a surge of insulin and glucose, and subsequently, a dip in energy. What goes up must come down! Our bodies are beautifully intricate machines that thrive on homeostasis, or balance. Whatever dip or surge that happens in our body, there’s a hormone that can help. But the problem is that the constant ups and downs eventually wear our bodies down.
Side effects of imbalanced blood sugar include weight gain and wrinkles. Yup, those things suck.
I’ve had lots of great comments on how you all deal with your inner blood sugar witch. Here’s my favourite, which deals with the MAN blood sugar witch (like the MAN-COLD, but perhaps more dangerous because it happens at least once a day, not once a season):
“I threaten to dump [my boyfriend] every time. My boss too. I now carry nuts in my purse to keep them (and thus me) from going postal. Men don’t realize that their worldview gets dark and stormy when they haven’t eaten. It’s actually the f’ing worst.”
So how do we get our Blood Sugar Witch to simmer down? Here are some tips:
- Eat WHOLE foods. When you eat a whole food, you’re getting all the vitamins, minerals, fibre and protein that you need in order to digest that food. Think of an apple, or a carrot, or a nut. Or even look at my totally radical radishes, above.
- Eat smaller meals throughout the day. This will help to keep your blood sugar stable. A small snack, twice a day, between breakfast and lunch and again between lunch and dinner (the witching hour) is all that’s needed.
- Eat protein at every meal. Protein helps to slow the absorption of glucose into the bloodstream. The protein can be as simple as a small handful of nuts, a hardboiled egg, or using a protein powder in a smoothie.
- Stay away from high glycemic foods. These include sugary muffins, toast, and conventional cereals for breakfast, and sandwiches for lunch. Think baked goods and concentrated sugars. Trust me, these guys are fuel for the BSW. Instead of eating these baked goods, try sprouted grain breads (like Ezekiel or Manna), or muffins made from whole grains.
- Don’t be afraid of good fats! Good fats keep you fuller for longer. They also keep your brain in tip top shape, seeing as brains are made from mostly fat. What’s a good fat, you ask? Anything that hasn’t been processed within an inch of its life. Think whole foods, such as avocados, nuts and seeds (as are quality nut butters). High quality oils, such as first cold pressed olive oil, or virgin coconut oil are good choices.
- Consider a later lunch. For example, if you find that you’re always ravenous between 2 and 4, maybe a later lunch would keep you sated. We often think we need to eat at certain times but often forget to go with the flow and follow the natural needs of our bodies. This was one of my biggest saviors, as I consider myself to be the O.G. Blood Sugar Witch.
Until next time, keep your Halloween costumes scary, not your low blood sugar behaviour.