Last week, we covered the importance of blood sugar in a successful weight loss program. Today, I’m going to share a few practical tips to manage your blood sugar.
This is all part of our September Weight Loss month, which culminates with the kickoff of the Find Your Fit 2014 Weight Loss Challenge, starting next week! You can find out more details at a live info session on Tuesday at 6pm.
Practical Tips to Manage Your Blood Sugar
I know you know this one. It’s been done to death. But that’s because it’s a crucial factor in keeping your blood sugar low (not to mention your blood pressure). When your muscles are made to work, they require more blood. So the heart pumps, blood rushes to your muscles and gets circulated throughout your body. This is a good thing.
Contrarily, when you’re sedentary, all your blood just kind of hangs out. It doesn’t get filtered and refreshed as often. It’s less oxygenated. And these? Are not so good.
Any exercise at all, EVEN IF IT’S A FIVE MINUTE WALK – will increase your blood flow, boost your metabolism, and contribute to lower overall blood sugar.
Still not convinced? Ask AFF member Nola Teague, who’s lost 20 pounds since joining last April, and was recently taken off insulin by her doctor. (Yay, Nola!)
Cinnamon seems to help lower blood sugar, LDL cholesterol (hey! bonus), and triglycerides in people with Type 2 Diabetes.
It does this through a variety of cool scientific properties that I will happily elaborate on, if you ask me.
1/4 – 1 tsp a day added to your food seems to be sufficient. Sprinkle it on oatmeal, add it to smoothies, or my favorite: apple slices with cinnamon, dipped in almond butter, for breakfast.
Isn’t that the worst, when experts tell you to reduce your stress? If you’re employed full-time and trying to manage a household, it just seems absurd.
But…it’s true. Lowering your day-to-day stress levels has a huge impact on your blood sugar.
Here’s the simplest way to do it (and hey, it’s exercise!):
Try to carve out 15-25 minutes each morning for a walk around the neighborhood. Don’t take your headphones. Leave your phone at home. Just walk and breathe and take in your surroundings.
Another stress-reducer is creativity. Replace an hour of evening TV with something artsy or crafty. In the era of Pinterest, there’s no limit to the projects you can try.
Decrease high-glycemic foods
Remember last week’s challenge? To give up soda, juice and sweets for one week? How did you do?
Know that ANY progress you can make in this area is a huge step in the right direction. Cut your sweets by 50%? Great. Cut your sweet tea in half with unsweet tea? Fantastic. Had an egg for breakfast instead of a muffin? Beautiful.
This is the most difficult, most important factor in lowering your blood sugar. You’ll invariably have setbacks, so just keep swimming.
The Find Your Fit Challenge has a comprehensive nutrition program in place to help you manage these changes. The structure, combined with the support of your fellow participants, plus the added input and support from moi, is guaranteed to get you some results.
To find out all the details, please come to our info session on Tuesday at 6pm. It’s important that you attend – we’ll have some experts here to help explain everything and make sure registration goes smoothly. If you can’t make it, contact Sam to set up an individual mini info session.