Ever since I was cured from my blood disorder that was shared in my earlier post, my life revolves around living a healthy lifestyle that requires I do things different than perhaps other people.
It’s no secret that a large population of people love the taste of good food and sweets are often times at the top of the list even when it puts us at risk of many illnesses one being blood sugar issues. Based on many friends and loved ones who have struggled with diabetes, I have done my research on how to reduce blood sugar and want to show you how to manage this disease while enjoying your healthy life style.
I have a close friend who struggled with type 2 diabetes and was taking insulin once to twice a day. It wasn’t because he didn’t want to make healthy changes but he didn’t know how.
In our daily conversations he would share his frustration about exercising for 1.5 hours per day but the weight loss and sugar levels were just not getting any better and according to him, it felt like a loss cause.
I’m going to show you how through research, education, and consistent changes not only how to reduce these levels but how to maintain it and restore the cause while enjoying the change. I hope you will keep reading!
*** Important Please Read*** This page may require you consult your doctor if you are unsure about any of the natural remedies suggested. No one under the age 18 should use any of these remedies.
What Causes Sugar Levels To Rise
One of the most popular reasons for sugar levels elevating is due to the different stages of diabetes. This well-known disease causes the blood glucose that’s produced from foods we eat to reach high levels in our bodies compromising our health.
The pancreas releases insulin in our bodies making our cells sensitive to glucose or our bodies do not produce insulin however, If the glucose levels remain to high it can likely lead to a diabetic condition.
If this condition is not treated and monitored daily it could lead to more severe complication like:
- Loss of vision
- Higher risk of cardiovascular disease
- Nerve Damage
- Hard to heal open wounds
- Kidney Damage
Sign and symptoms you may experience along the way
- Frequent need to urinate
- Weight Gain
- Increased itchy skin
- Tingling of the feet and hands
- More often than normal thirst
Foods Causing High Blood Sugar Levels
This friend of mine thought drinking store bought juices, eating lots of fruit, starches and sugar- free items was okay. His weight continued to rise and so did his sugar levels.
The answer to his problem was right before him but he couldn’t see it. I taught him how to read the labels to his food and to watch out for the following foods in order to prevent high blood sugar levels. Potatoes, rice, pastas, sugar, high sodium, can foods, excessive fruits, frozen dinners, fast foods, ready made juices, frozen juices, hot and cold cereals, and bread.
I guess you would ask yourself what’s left, well you would be amazed at all the great foods left to eat. I would say the ketogenic diet way of eating sums it all up. It teaches you how to enjoy tasty foods while managing your blood sugar levels. You embrace healthy eating lifestyle, you feel 10 times better, your energy is through the roof, sleeping patterns are more consistent, you experience healthy weigh loss. And the most important thing is you are no longer in danger of diabetes.
Natural Foods To Control Diabetes Lowering Sugar Level
With these options there are loads of healthy and tasty recipes so you don’t have to end your enjoyment of food. I’m going to show you a couple of recipes and hope you can try them. Also, I will share a couple of cookbooks with easy recipes and Healthy food choices. Of course like anything else, too much of any foods eaten is never good for our bodies therefore, portion control is always strongly advised.
- Healthy Foods
- Fresh meats
- Fresh Vegetables
- Certain Fresh Fruits
- Low Calorie Drinks
Fruits Producing Less Sugar
I’m amazed at the population of people who believe all fruits no matter what are good for you. The truth of the matter is, when a person is dealing with diabetes or spiked sugar levels some fruits will be harder to process that others. Let’s look at the fruits lower in sugar and carbohydrates making it easier for our bodies to process.
- Honeydew Melons
- Black Berries
- Blue Berries
- Grape fruit
Though apples will not spike the sugar levels they are higher in carbohydrates meaning you could have them however, avoid bowls of fruit, in fact fruit in take should be equivalent to what you can hold in one hand and should only be once not to exceed twice daily.
If a person is not dealing with levels of diabetes, they can enjoy many other fruits more often.
Fruits are a necessary, and are natural supplement but when the pancreas is not working the way it should we have to eat what’s best for our bodies.
How To Reading The Nutrition Labels About Foods
The most important thing to pay attention to when looking at the nutrition label is the carbohydrate count to the serving size located at the top of the label. The daily low carb count should not exceed 20-40 grams of carbs per day therefore, if you follow this label and you take in the serving size of 1/2 cup, no matter what is on the other side of this label, you will be at 43 grams of carbs which has already put you over your daily limit for such a small serving. This is why it’s so important to read the labels of what you eat throughout the day.
Why should you count Carbs? Carbohydrates break down into sugar so, even if sugar says 0g your body is still processing sugar in the system in large measures. Let’s look at how to read the above label by seeing the content below.
- Total Carbohydrate 43g
- Fiber is 0g
- Sodium is 0MG
- Sugar in this case is 0g
- Protein 4g
I hope by seeing this example you are able to understand why it so important to pay close attention to the Carbohydrates intake especially when you are trying to manage the blood sugar levels.
What Is The Best Exercise For Diabetes
Though there are several low impact exercise good for maintaining a healthy lifestyle with diabetes, if you are just getting into a daily work out walking is one of the best. You would want to start out at about 15-20 minutes and up the time as you feel you can do more, the more miles walked the more you will keep your blood sugar levels within a normal range.
Make sure you stretch before any workouts you choose, below are more options to choose from.
- Low Impact Aerobic Dancing
Wrapping Things Up
I know this information just touches the tip of the iceberg but I hope it gives awareness to how to naturally bring the blood sugar levels down and maintain type 2 diabetes while working to eliminate medication or to prevent ever needing this type of care. Eating the right foods and exercising is a great reward especially when you are able to live a healthy lifestyle.
I would love to hear from you, please feel free to post your comments below and tell me what you thing about this information that has been shared.