How to Avoid the Awful Blood Sugar Crash

avoid blood sugar crashWe’re thinking of a new year and all the positive changes we’re going to make in the coming months.  For those of us who are interested in taking better care of our health, a great way is to make sure we’re keeping our blood sugar levels balanced and healthy.

It’s easy to tell if your blood sugar levels are too high or too low.  We know the feeling we get when we eat too much sugar:  our brain reels, we feel hyperactive and a little dizzy, even a little nauseous.  But a sugar crash?  That’s a completely different feeling, but also awful:  intense dizziness, nausea, headaches, and irritability are common signs of low blood sugar.

Let’s talk about ways to keep our blood sugar balanced.  This advice is for those with normal blood sugar ranges, not for those who have already developed blood sugar disorders or diabetes.

Have a Healthy Breakfast

If you choose sweet cereal or donuts in the morning, it’s time to change the game plan.  These type of breakfasts are full of simple carbs that burn fast and then cause your blood sugar to nose dive.  Begin your day instead with a real meal; one that includes plenty of protein, a little fat, and complex carbohydrates.  For example:  try a spinach omelet with a small serving of orange juice, or a dense, grainy bread with natural peanut butter and an apple.  If you choose a healthy combination of foods, your body will be able to release a steady supply of sugar into the bloodstream.

Don’t Get Hungry

If you go hours and hours without eating, you are setting yourself up for a sugary binge.  Even if you hold off on sweets, at your next meal, you are very likely to overeat.  A better choice to keep blood sugar levels steady is to have smaller meals and bigger snacks.  Roxanne Moore, a registered dietitian, suggests that if you’re going to have a sandwich for lunch, eat half of it at 11 A.M., then the other half at 1 P.M.  with a small salad or a yogurt.  If you eat your daily allowance of food in smaller, more regular portions, your blood sugar levels will remain steady.

Pay Attention and Keep Track

As you try different ideas with snacks and meals, keep track of what you eat, what works and what doesn’t.  Take note of how your body feels; when you feel great, and when you can tell your blood sugar has dropped.  Often you’ll find that your symptoms correlate with your eating choices.

If you feel like your blood sugar is staying low, and if your symptoms are not helped by the changes in your diet, please visit your doctor right away.  It may be a symptom of a more serious problem.

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