Result: Phase 2
So what does this mean for you?
Blood sugar balance and insulin resistance is a spectrum. On one end, blood sugar is well-balanced, and on the other end of the spectrum is diabetes. As we age, we naturally move towards the right side of the spectrum. Our lifestyle choices determine how quickly we develop metabolic syndrome or diabetes; genetics can speed up this process.
Your results show you are in Phase 2 of this spectrum, indicating mild blood sugar imbalances.
Someone with mild blood sugar imbalances can expect to feel irritable if they go too long without eating and suddenly snap at your partner or child for asking you a question. While working on an email, you might suddenly lose focus and forget your thoughts. Also, you may experience a feeling like you hit a wall with energy, and caffeine cravings ensue.
These mild imbalances are like a tiny fire waiting for someone to light them. You have your wood, the kindling, and a nice breeze. What's left is that someone needs to light a match!
Did you know that blood sugar and hormones are interconnected? We often think about hormones simply, like having too much or too little. But we might not realize how closely connected insulin, a hormone that controls our blood sugar, is to other hormones like estrogen and testosterone.
When insulin levels are high, it can make the ovaries produce more testosterone. This might lead to things like having extra facial hair and acne.
Also, high insulin levels can reduce sex hormone-binding globulin (SHBG). When that happens, it lets more estrogen stay in your body, which could cause symptoms like breast soreness, fibroids, and heavy periods.
But don't worry! You can make changes in your lifestyle to lower insulin levels and fix insulin resistance. This can help reduce inflammation in your body and bring back a balance in your hormones.
To help you improve balance, I have a few tips for you to integrate into your life!
Three quick tips to improve blood sugar balance...
1) Keep Macros Balanced
Eating a balance of macronutrients is key to maintaining steady blood sugar. Too many carbs or insufficient protein can easily throw off your hunger and induce cravings. Strive for healthy fats, fiber, and protein at every meal and use starchy carbs more like a tool than an every-meal occurrence. Here's a free resource to help you with taking action!
2) Find Your Unique Carb Tolerance
Using starchy carbs or the occasional treats as a tool vs. an every-meal must-have will allow your body to utilize carbs efficiently. If you know you will be on the go after a meal, that may be a good time to include some carbs; if you plan on resting, your body won't require as much fuel.
3) Keep Moving
Exercise plays a crucial role in maintaining blood sugar balance, as it helps improve insulin sensitivity and assists in glucose regulation. Combining aerobic exercises like HIIT sessions and strength training can be beneficial for keeping your metabolism working for you.
Don't leave just yet!
Let me introduce myself...
I'm Jessica, nice to meet you!
I'm a Functional Nutrition & Lifestyle Practitioner and a Board Certified Holistic Health Practitioner. I am obsessed with blood sugar balance, eating delicious food, California Zinfindel wine, my two beautiful boys, and my 16-year engineering sales career. (I know, plot twist).
Why I am here...
I started my nutrition practice to empower and educate high-performing women (just like me) to regain control of their health. By uncovering the root cause of their symptoms, I help women find confidence in their wellness plan, reduce the niggling symptoms that keep them playing small, and reveal a body they feel incredible AF in!
This journey isn't over yet; expect to see me in your inbox with continued tips and education to live at your healthiest. Chat soon! xx