Result: Phase 3
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 3. You may have been told by your doctor that your cholesterol is high or you need to lose weight.
Someone with moderate blood sugar imbalances may experience ravenous hunger if they wait longer than 2-3 hours between meals. You may also crave caffeine or sugar to keep you going during the day, especially after meals. Your weight may steadily climb, or you may feel puffier than normal. Those aches and pains in your knees and elbows might become more apparent when exercising or getting up from the couch. Your moods might be all over the place, and If you were to get your fasting glucose, A1C, cholesterol, or insulin, you would likely see elevated results.
These moderate imbalances are like a smoldering fire that needs a swift breeze to ignite into a raging fire.
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.
It's critical at this stage to make some changes to gain control over your symptoms and avoid further imbalances.
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) Swap To Lower GI Carbs
Have you heard of the Glycemic Index? The glycemic index (GI) measures how quickly carbohydrates raise blood sugar levels. Foods with a lower GI are less likely to cause rapid blood sugar spikes. Choose whole grains (brown rice, quinoa, oats) and fiber-rich foods (winter squash, sweet potatoes, and beets) over simple carbs like bread, pasta, and toast.
3) Pay Attention To Portions
For many, it's not that you have to avoid your favorite foods, but it may be an issue with the amount of your favorite foods you eat. If you normally eat two pieces of toast for breakfast, move it down to 1 piece and add more protein. Instead of 1 cup of blueberries in your smoothie, make it 1/2 cup. You see my point. Eat what you love, but take the time to savor it so you don't need as much to feel satisfied!
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