Your body needs energy to get through the day, and it gets that energy from the food you eat. Each time you eat something, your body turns it into sugar which your body burns to create energy. According to the Yale Medical group and migraine.org.uk, our body’s blood sugar levels need to be even and constant throughout the day. When your levels increase and then decrease dramatically, it can lead to health issues. Chronic increased levels can lead to a damaged pancreas, migraines, hardened blood vessels, and diabetes. Chronic decreased levels can lead to feeling shaky, weak, sleepy, confused, and anxious.
How does a person achieve a steady sugar level? Here are 3 suggestions.
Eat foods with a low glycemic index.
The glycemic index is a system that rates carbohydrates based on how they increase blood sugar levels after eating. Some of these food items include: nuts (especially walnuts), barley, soba noodles, lentils, yogurt, plums, peaches, apples, pears, asparagus, beets, kale, celery, and lettuce. You can find more food options at www.glycemicindex.com.
Eat breakfast and don’t skip meals.
Doing this will help you have energy throughout the day. It will also keep your blood sugar levels from getting too low.
Balance what you eat and how you snack.
Choose items that you like to eat, but also choose items that have good levels of protein, complex carbohydrates, and fat. Fatty foods can be okay in small amounts. Remember to eat smaller meals and snacks throughout the day as well, so you don’t have as many spikes and drops in your blood sugar levels.