Eating With Blood Control in MindJuly 25, 2018
- Strategies to Keep Your Levels Stable When You're Social
When you're balancing life with other, not to mention more, commitments, eating can be a challenge. Use the following strategies to help avoid blood sugar spikes and dips.
- Seek Out Fiber-Rich Foods
Prolonging the amount of time it takes your body to digest the food you eat is one of the keys to controlling your blood sugar. And fiber does just that. By decreasing the rate of digestion, fiber helps slow the release of sugar into the blood so you don't get a sugar spike. Choose beans, legumes, whole grains, nuts and seeds, when the opportunity presents itself.
- Get Your Greens
You know that you should be eating more vegetables. This is duly important for people with blood sugar concerns. Leafy greens and other non-starchy vegetables are high in fiber and low in carbohydrates, making them an easy food choice when you're trying to control your blood sugar.
- Choose Your Fruits Wisely
When it comes to the natural sugar found in fruit, some varieties have lower levels than others. Cue: berries and melons. A cup of either of these has just 15 grams of carbs.
- Talk to Your Host
There's a surprising amount of hidden sugar in dishes. So ask your host how food was prepared. The good news is, so many people are watching their sugar these days that your host probably won't be at all surprised if you ask them to point you in the direction of the lowest sugar choices.
- Drink Wisely
Alcohol can cause an immediate rise in blood sugar and then a drop a few hours later. In addition, make sure you eat while drinking. It will also slow down the rate that you absorb alcohol so you'll make more level headed food choices too.