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Welcome to Part 2 of my Skipping Meals series! Today, I am going to be talking about balancing blood sugar by nourishing our bodies early in the day. This is building on the theme established in Part 1 of this series about how so many women skip breakfast (and sometimes lunch) and then find themselves binging and overeating at night. If you haven’t already read Part 1 of this series, please do that first. I wrote each article in this 5-part series to build on top of one another. You can read part 1 here.
Stable blood sugar is one of the foundations of good health. And in today’s world there seem to be very few people with truly stable blood sugar. That is why it is something that I work on with my clients when we start creating a sustainable, long-term health plan for vibrant living. Blood sugar impacts all other hormones in our body, so it’s pretty critical that we keep it balanced in order to keep the rest of the body balanced.
Despite what some may think, blood sugar is impacted by so much more than just what we eat. We tend to blame poor quality food solely for blood sugar dysregulation. Yes, the quality of our food plays a major role in how our blood sugar operates in our body, but in addition to food, blood sugar can be impacted by:
- Skipping meals regularly
- Imbalance of macro/micronutrients in our overall diet
- Stress (physical and emotional)
- Infections (bacterial, fungal, parasitical)
- Heavy metals
- Environmental toxins (mold and other bio/mycotoxins)
- Poor sleep
- Not enough exercise
- Too much exercise
- Medications and over-the-counter drugs
- Food sensitivities and allergies
This is a great article that has links to specific scientific studies regarding many of the bullet points above for those who like to dig into the science of things.
I also want to take a moment to really emphasize the importance of not letting yourself get too stressed out about food if you are already eating a well-balanced diet and still having blood sugar dysregulation. Just because you eat a super “clean” diet and do everything “right” doesn’t mean that you will automatically have balanced blood sugar. As you see from the list above, there are so many things that go into creating balanced blood sugar and diet is just one part of it.
My motto is: Start with diet first. Then dig deeper if needed.