Last week I focused on how sugar can really affect you both physically and mentally, giving you a sugar roller coaster of emotions and a lot of stress. Now I am gonna focus on some foods that can really help lower and most importantly stabilise your blood sugar so not only will you feel more relaxed and in control, you will be less likely to hit the high sugar treats in between meals.
Some of my suggestions may surprise you, but stick with me as introducing these foods into your everyday diet will make a difference .
Avocado - don't be scared of this fruit (yes its a fruit!) Many people are put off as they think avocado is a fatty food and should be avoided. On the contrary, avocado is full of monounsaturated fats which actively slow the release of sugars and keep you fuller longer. 1/4 of an avocado is enough for a meal, or try avocado oil on salads.
Chia seeds - for such a small seed it packs a big punch, two teaspoons a day and it will make a difference. Chia seeds are naturally gluten free and full of magnesium, did you know low magnesium can lead to developing diabetes? So eating foods rich in magnesium is a sure fire way to keep your blood sugar level stable.
Cinnamon - this spice can act like insulin and actively absorb blood sugar therefore resulting in an overall lower blood sugar level. Try having just up to 1/2 teaspoon of cinnamon per day over porridge, in your smoothie. I have included cinnamon in a great smoothie recipe in my book True Taste.
Olive oil - another great source of monounsaturated fats. Olive oil also aids leptin release into the body, the hormone which controls appetite and regulates food intake.
Kale - high in magnesium which is proven that if your magnesium levels are good, you are less at risk to develop diabetes.
Porridge oats - one of my favourite foods ever. Oats have a naturally low glycemic index so will keep your blood sugars on a more even level, they also reduce glucose and insulin responses after meals.
Nuts - last but by no means least. Natural whole nuts such as walnuts, almonds or hazelnuts are high in magnesium and unsaturated fatty acids. Eat a handful of unprocessed nuts to keep you going between meals without the sudden sugar spike and crash.
So there you have it, seven foods that if introduced to your diet will keep your sugar levels in sync but will have the added benefit of keeping you fuller longer - so that sweet stuff can be left for another day.