The sugar ride you need to get off, a handful of protein at a time.
Recently, as part of my drive to give back to my community on a regular basis, I wanted to give something back to my female followers, knowing the daily stresses and tribulations modern day life is causing us all. So, I offered a select amount of 20 minute calls to speak to some of you about these issues and impart some helpful methods to make a difference to your physical and mental health.
It was wonderful to speak to so many of you through these free coaching calls and for those who were unable to have a call due to popular demand I felt it was important to include you in the feedback and benefit from my findings and one of my solutions.
Here are some of the common themes shared amongst the calls:
• Many of you told me how you’re doing your best to look after yourself… but in most cases your children come first… or your work or your family…
• Many of you told me you struggle with stress, you struggle to sleep, with huge impact on your tummies and energy levels…
The common strategy I gave to so many of those on the calls focuses on blood sugar balance and below I’ve written up some helpful tips to help you stay on top of this; mainly a reminder of why it’s important to include protein with your meals so your blood sugar can stay balanced…
The Sugar joy ride
1. When you constantly reach for those sugary and carb laden snacks and meals your blood levels shoot up too quickly.
2. High levels like this cause your body to produce large amounts of insulin to get the sugar out of your blood stream
3. The sugar is delivered to your muscles for energy that in most cases you don’t need… while the rest is whisked to the liver ready to be converted to fat…and stored in your fat cells. (That’s why when our blood sugar is imbalanced we tend to hold more fat around our tummies).
4. This flood of insulin causes your blood sugar to drop far too quickly… which sounds alarm bells to the brain
5. Hormones that increase your appetite are produced (the irony being that you have eaten recently)
6. The body also produces cortisol, the stress hormone (just what you need now right?) that breaks down muscle tissue, suppresses immunity and increases fat storage…
7. More stress into your “stress bucket” … that for many of you is already over flowing!
8. The cycle begins again… because despite your recent snack your hand reaches again for a sugary treat…and you go back to number 1.
What can you do?
A very simple tip that is easy to remember and easy to carry out daily… simply remember a handful of protein with every meal.
To get you started go HERE to my recipes page where you will find plenty of inspiration for packing that protein into your meals. My favourite is my spicy tofu burger…quick, easy to make from the store cupboard and delicious (don’t worry if you prefer your meat, there are plenty of slow cooker recipes, chicken recipes and more if you explore!)
My next online course is in progress and will be covering and providing solutions for many of the issues raised throughout these calls. I’ll be keeping in touch and in the meantime don’t forget to follow along on Instagram and Facebook where you’ll find daily tips, thoughts and news.