I’ve recently had a friend ask me for tips on what I do to stabilize my blood sugars (I’m hypoglycemic & diabetes runs in my family). So while I was typing my extensive reply back to her I was thinking… Why not I blog this?!. I’m guessing that we’re not the only two people who suffer from this!!!
So here is my reply to her. But please keep in mind, this is just my personal experiences, I am not a doctor or a nutritionist! Please consult your doctor about any conditions you may have and what you should eat… Thanks…
So here we go!…
Exercise has been shown to be one of the most important factors in regulating blood sugar, I’ve noticed it really helps me! Avocados & Bananas are known as blood sugar stabilizers, so I incorporate those as much as possible for meals & snacks. I also rely on nuts, beans & legumes.
That being said here are some snacks I turn to:
Homemade Humus: served with cukes or carrot slices, also LOVE using lettuce pieces like a cracker – oh yum!!! the Recipe: I start with a drained & rinsed can of Garbanzo beans (chick peas), start with 2-3 Tbls each of Olive oil and of Tahini, (add more as needed a Spoonful at a time, tasting as you go), Juice of a whole lemon, cayenne pepper, salt, pepper & 2-4 cloves of fresh garlic!!! puree in your food processor till desired creamy-ness & texture.
Raw Chocolate Avocado pudding: My Recipe: One avocado peeled & pitted, 2 heaping spoonfuls of Raw chocolate (cacao powder), a few drops of stevia or a spoonful of honey or agave to sweeten, a sprinkle of cayenne & cinnamon. Mash up with a fork until creamy & desired texture is reached.
Raw Chocolate Banana Pudding: My Recipe is a lot like the avocado one except I don’t add any sweetener because the banana is sweet enough! Some thing I do differently is I may add unsweetened coconut flakes as garnish…yum!
Brown Rice & Beans!!! Beans & rice – rice & beans!!! Spice it up!
Homemade Veggie burgers: yesterday I used chick peas (I’m out of black beans), ground flax seeds (I’d say equal parts), 1/3C finely chopped onion, fresh garlic, garlic powder, Onion powder, parsley, pepper, real salt, 1/2 tsp ground red pepper flakes (it adds flavor but not a lot of spice). Purée in food processor & shape into patties. Cooked on low-med heat in skillet in olive or coconut oil till firm & dark brown! Yummy!!! Serve over salad, or brown rice or bread.
I always try to keep a bowl of nuts handy! I find a small handful (7-12) of almonds before bed helps me sleep better. & if I wake up in the middle of the night & feel awake or jittery I’ll have another small handful to help me back to sleep.
A Banana Boat: A banana slathered with nut butter & sprinkled with unsweetened coconut shavings… Hello yummy!!! This is one of my favorite pre-bedtime treats!
I was just reading that cinnamon helps stabilize blood sugar (can’t remember where I read that, but if I find that article I will post it for you to read as well), I found a cinnamon tea that is yummy & I put ground cinnamon in as much of my food as possible… as you can tell already it pairs great with chocolate!
Chia seed pudding! You’ll love this, it’s a lot like tapioca or rice pudding… Here’s a link to a recipe: Click Here I like to add chopped apple or dried fruit to mine sometimes!
Eggs for breakfast is my staple! I find it starts my blood sugars day off right. I try to have my juice first tho, and wait at least a half hour after before having my eggs.
Spirulina tablets or powder help me (the pills are easier to take). Any dark green or algae helps actually!
Flax crackers! I made those the other day from my left over carrot pulp, yummE!!! Here’s what I did: I eyeballed the measurements & taste tested: Carrot pulp left over from juicing, fresh ground flax seeds… I’d say equal parts on those two about a cup of each, about 2 tsp xanthan gum, olive oil (2-3Tbls?), cayenne pepper, white pepper, garlic powder, onion powder, parsley, and real salt… Taste test! Press 1 inch balls as flat as you can get them, Bake on stone ware at 350 deg till dark brown (about 15 mins), or i bet they would also be good dehydrated!… I’m guessing you could substitute another pulp of veggies instead of carrot. It’s worth experimenting… Kale for sure would work!!!
Chocolate Nut Butter: Hello Heaven!!! I recently discovered that smearing this on a plain brown rice cake (with or without a banana smeared on) is sheer heaven!!! I make my own starting with a nut or seed butter, raw chocolate powder & a little vanilla creme stevia… Mmm… Yes sir!!!
Some things I don’t eat or try to avoid:
Wheat & Gluten (I try to avoid as much as possible), NO alcohol at all (it’s sad but true), Sugars (except for fresh fruit & the occasional dried fruit), and obviously NO white flour, white sugar, white rice… and I try to keep potatoes & corn to a dull roar – maybe only a couple of times a week (homemade popcorn maybe 3 times). “Food Rules” by Michael Pollan is a great book by the way!!! I gleaned a lot of tips on how to eat that has helped from that book!!! Here’s the link to the book on Amazon:
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Those are all the things I can think of off-hand, and it’s what I told her. Another thing I said to her is this: “I am always searching, so if you have any recipes or tips that work for you I’d love to hear em!”
That goes for you too dear reader! Do you struggle with blood sugar issues? What are some things you do to help? What do you like to eat to feel better? Please share, I’d love to try what works for you… click on “Post a comment” and do share!!!