When I was younger I loved carbohydrates and I didn’t have much of a connection to protein. The one question that I never stopped to contemplate was; Why did I crave carbohydrates in a FRENZY type of way? Are you finding that you are like this too? Trying to find balance in your food choices and your blood sugar?
I know for me, and maybe for you too, I felt tired often so I would reach for the sugar, pasta, bread, etc to try and boost my energy. But what it would trigger was the 3PM slump. I was eating foods that were jolting my metabolism to a halt plus bringing my sugar level up which is a bad misstep. I felt like YUK! When looking at shifting to foods that ignite your metabolism to have the ultimate weight loss there are a few tools that you need to come equip with.
- Transition when looking to food as “How many calories” to the way that will make you a success in weight loss, “How much fiber”.
- When looking at the latest fads in diets, turn away. Keep up with the latest research to connect deeper with the healing powers of whole foods.
- Start listening to your Energy and learn from each time it peaks.
The tools above are unfortunately not followed enough and most people’s blood sugar is not properly balanced. If you’re getting too much glucose, it leads to high blood-sugar levels, which your body can’t break down and stores as fat. Ironically, not getting enough sugar can also lead to putting on extra pounds! Eating too little sugar/glucose can lead to a low blood sugar level, causing your body to go into “starvation mode” where it burns your lean muscle instead of the fat – a double whammy to your system and your diet.
Find out what type of protein works for you while doing food discoveries and using your tools above. Learn how your body reacts to the vegetarian source of protein relative to the animal products. Experiment! A must to add protein at each meal to balance your sugar level. Plus eating protein turns up your metabolic fire and ability to burn calories while reducing your appetite. Now you’re talking!
Vegetarian Sources of Protein
- Beans and legumes. They are rich in protein and filled with fiber, minerals, and vitamins that help balance sugar.
- Nuts. Keeping nuts in the house is essential. They have been proven to help with weight loss and reduce the risk of diabetes. They are also a great snack, full of protein, fiber, and minerals.
- Seeds. Pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds, and sesame seeds are all high in fiber, protein, vitamins, and minerals.
Healthy Animal Products
- Omega 3 eggs or free range eggs (low in toxins and high in nutrition) Whole eggs are fantastic; you don’t need to stick to just egg whites, plus you get a BIG BANG of nutrients and will balance sugar levels.
- Shrimp and Scallops. These are good sources of high-quality protein as well as omega-3 fats.
- Organic, grass fed, and hormone free beef and chicken. Buy as much grass fed organic, hormone free meat as your budget will allow. Last year we bought a whole animal and froze it. An investment up front but will save you in extra money in the future. This also supports you choosing meat that is healthier then what you usually get from your local chain store down the road.
Always when choosing meat products, understand your choices and their impact on your health. Make each meal be a part of your wellness program.
Create Your Perfect Plate
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