Result: Phase 4
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 4. In this phase, your blood sugar imbalances are likely wreaking major havoc on your day-to-day.
For someone with severe blood sugar imbalances, emotions can fluctuate wildly, making it challenging to navigate daily life. It's like riding an unpredictable emotional roller coaster, with highs and lows that can leave you feeling drained, frightened, and desperately seeking stability and relief.
You may experience ravenous hunger if you wait longer than a few hours between meals. You may also identify as someone who gets "hangry" if you miss a meal. There are usually intense cravings for caffeine or sugar, especially after meals. These cravings typically sabotage any weight loss efforts. Your weight may also steadily climb, or you may feel puffier than usual.
Those aches and pains in your knees and elbows might become more apparent when exercising or getting up from the couch. If you were to test fasting glucose, A1C, cholesterol, or insulin, you would likely see elevated or even pathologically concerning results.
These severe imbalances are like a raging fire fueling the flames of hormonal craziness like low thyroid, horrible PMS, high blood pressure, or even autoimmune flares.
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 T3/T4, estrogen, and testosterone.
When insulin levels are high, it can make the ovaries produce more testosterone, leading 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.
Studies have shown that high insulin can down-regulate the thyroid, causing problems such as cold hands/feet, stubborn weight gain, and hair fall.
It's critical at this stage to make some changes to gain control over your symptoms and avoid further imbalances or disease.
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 staple. 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) Monitor Your Blood Sugar
What you measure, you can manage. Severe blood sugar imbalances need a full-body approach to reverse. A great step is to discover which foods are most problematic for you. A glucose meter or continuous glucose monitor will provide valuable insight to help you adjust your nutrition and lifestyle choices. My favorite glucose meter is the Keto Mojo Meter. Use this link to get 15% off your first kit.
If you need help learning how to use your meter, when to test, and what to look for, I have free training that explains all of this. Message me via Instagram and mention the Blood Sugar Calibration workshop.
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