Friday, July 28, 2017

Sugar is the Secret Part 4

Today I will finish my series on stabilizing blood sugar. The latest research shows that blood sugar is a primary determinate of your health and can be the key to staying healthy, energized and slim. Look back at previous posts for the biological explanation of how it all works. Today I share more tips on how to keep your blood sugar stable.

#9 Have a cocktail with dinner
Sipping a drink with your evening meal reduces blood sugar spikes by up to 37%. A moderate amount of alcohol improves your body's ability to utilize glucose. Unfortunately, the benefit disappears with a second drink. 

#10 Save bread for last
Your blood sugar will be more stable if you eat vegetables and protein-rich foods first and carbohydrates last. Researcher Dr. Aronne at Weill Cornell Medicine says, "The difference is tremendous." Vegetables and protein slow the release of carbohydrates from the stomach, which keeps glucose from spiking.  Eating chicken and broccoli first may also trigger the release of a blood sugar-controlling hormone in the gut.

#11 Dip that bread in olive oil and vinegar
Adding one or two tablespoons of vinegar to a meal containing white bread or rice lowers blood sugar by 25 - 35%. Experts believe that the acidity of vinegar slows digestion, preventing glucose from surging. The mono-saturated fats in olive oil help regulate the body's insulin response and blood sugar control.

This sounds like a delicious meal! Considering last week's post and the 50-36-14 plan, start your evening meal with a couple of slices of chicken breast or a small fish fillet, add some zucchini & carrots, sip one glass of wine and finish with some crusty bread dipped in balsamic vinegar and olive oil. Afterwards, using the Get Moving tip from Part 2, take a relaxing stroll around the block. What a fabulous way to stabilize blood sugar.



Stay Active, Keep Moving and 
Enjoy Your Food

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