Maintain Your Blood Sugar Levels
I’m going to tell you what the top 10 foods are for maintaining your blood sugar levels. These are both healthy, beneficial and of course perfect for people with both types of Diabetes.
Before we get started I just want to share a quick tip for those who are just starting out with eating healthier and are having a hard time getting rid of all the carbohydrates from their diet. A great thing about protein and fat is that it slows down the conversion from food to blood sugar which means if you’re still eating carbohydrates, even though I recommend trying to get rid of as much as possible, you can add fat and protein to your meal to slow down the absorption of the carbohydrates. This means you will not get as large a peak in blood sugar as you would have with the carbohydrates alone. Now with that said, it will still affect your blood sugar but when you are just starting out , it’s a step in the right direction.
Now, let’s look at those Top 10 foods that will help you maintain your blood sugar levels. Bare in mind that this list has no specific order and the first or last one doesn’t mean they’re the best or healthiest. Ok, so with that in mind let’s get going:
1: Onion & Garlic
Onion & Garlic are very healthy and beneficial. So garlic is really awesome for tons of stuff. For example it helps with: High cholesterol, Poor digestion, Diabetes and Blood sugar (of course!), Yeast infections, Boosts your immune system, Increases absorption of iron and zinc, Contains Antioxidants and it’s anti-fungal. Onions are surprisingly a very good source of Vitamin C, B6, Biotin, Chromium, Calcium and Dietary Fiber. In addition, they contain Folic Acid, Vitamin B1 and K. It’s also a great help for the liver.
2: Leafy greens
Leafy greens are very healthy, full of micronutrients like vitamins and minerals, are very beneficial for the body in many ways and they are alkaline which is very beneficial to your health, especially as lots of “normal” food is so acid for our bodies. This is just pure superfood which has no effect on blood sugar.
3: Fatty seeds
Healthy seeds are rich in healthy fats. Some fatty seeds are: flaxseed, pumpkin seed, sunflower seed, chia seed and alfalfa seed. These seeds are super healthy and are very high in good fats and protein. They have either no carbs or a very low amount and almost exclusively all of those carbs are dietary fiber as you will find if you visit nutritiondata.self.com ,which has a huge database and offers a wealth of information on foods and their nutritional values. These seeds have no Glycemic load which is a number that measures how much it affects the blood sugar. So next time you put cereal in your yogurt, consider replacing it with some great seeds or just eat them as a substitute for snacks.
This is truly my candy throughout the day! It’s delicious, can be used in many ways and easy to prepare and eat, have as a snack or whatever you want. Avocado is full of healthy vitamins and minerals as well and also having a great amount of healthy fatty acids Omega 3 and 6. It’s also full of Vitamin A, C, E, K, B6, Folate and it’s also an anti-inflammatory.
Nuts like walnuts, hazelnuts, peanuts or almonds are very high in healthy fats and proteins. They also have barely any carbohydrates and what there is again is just dietary fiber and is very anti-inflammatory. Nuts are healthy, great snacks that don’t mess with your blood sugar. Just be little more careful with the cashew as they tend to have more carbs but again, it’s nothing like a glass of juice or a snickers bar but I’ve seen a little raise in my blood sugar with cashews. When I really go nuts,excuse the pun, on cashews, and eat like 100-200 grams of them, a do see a rise which makes sense since the Glycemic load is 11 per 100 grams and over 15 is classified as affecting blood sugar.
Basil, Cilantro, Oregano, Mint, Lemon Balm and so on are very good because they have very few macronutrients. Macronutrients are the proteins, the fat and carbohydrates Herbs contain a lot of vitamins and minerals so they have no effect on the blood sugar and add great taste to food while providing you with healthy vitamins, minerals, cleansing and healing properties. Make sure they are organic and fresh or do as I do, plant and grow your own!
A great source of the very essential Vitamin B12 and good amount of protein and fat. No effect on the blood sugar and a great way to start the day and they’re easy to cook and cheap as well. What not to love? Just be careful not to eat too many since eggs are a dairy product which can increase acidity in the body. To compensate eat them with avocado and some salad, that’s what I do for breakfast and I love it!
9: Butter and cheese
I’m talking real real butter here, without any additives, that is high in fat and is just.. pure butter! Cheese is harder to mess around with but even then, the animals that the cheese is made from could have been treated badly and been fed growth hormones which of course affects the outcome of the cheese products so make sure you buy responsibly.
Oils are 100% fat and you need to be careful with what you choose. I only use organic coconut oil, organic cold pressed extra virgin olive oil or organic hemp oil. I always make sure that it’s organic, high quality. The good ones are fantastic to have on your food as dressings, or to cook with if you like and of course my favorite, make your own pesto
So now you’ve gone through the Top 10 Foods that don’t affect blood sugar you have hopefully found out some of the health benefits and properties they have. And as I always recommend, keep everything you buy as local, as free of chemicals and as organic as possible, even consider growing your own in your garden, it’s really not that hard!