Maybe you just consumed or are preparing to consume a lot of carbohydrates or sugars, having pizza and soda, and you’re trying to get rid of a sugar high or want tips to moderate your blood sugar. Here are tips I found to regulate blood sugar and get rid of any post-carb restlessness.
Include a side, dessert or topping with any of the following nutrients:
Healthy fats include anything with MUFAs, PUFAs, MCT or are rich in CLA. MUFAs and PUFAs you can find in olive oil, avocado, omega-3 rich nuts, and more. MCT is commonly found in coconut oil. CLAs are usually present in and more dense in grassfed butter. Including these fats in your meals, sides or desserts will help stabilize sugar highs or lows you get from excess carbs or sugar.
Apple Cider Vinegar
Apple cider vinegar has been shown to help stabilize blood sugar by reducing sugar’s absorption through the intestine. It’s suggested that you eat this before your meal, in something like a salad with vinegar rich dressing.
If you can find a way to fit blueberries into your meal without making your sugar ride worse (no blueberry pie!) then these can help you out. You might try a low sugar blueberry smoothie or adding them to some oatmeal.
Binge meals like pizza may have protein, but not really enough to counteract the carbs and soda. Protein helps increase your insulin sensitivity, so having some sort of dense protein alongside or after your meals will help regulate your blood sugar. You might try a chocolate casein powder for a faux-milkshake dessert, or you can try some protein dense foods as sides to your meal. Consider also salami with cream cheese or cheese with mayo.
Cinnamon and Tumeric
Both of these herbs are known to have blood sugar regulatory properties. Including turmeric in your meal or side dish will help your blood sugar stay stable. Cinnamon is a good option as well, and can easily be added to low carb or low sugar desserts. For example, when I was going carb crazy from too much soda and pizza, I had oatmeal with butter and cinnamon.
Last but not least is fiber. Fibers are a good way to drown out any carb dense or sugary food items and stabilize their absorption. Fiber can be found in vegetables (like sweet potatoes) and some grains (like oats/oatmeal). A side of oven-baked sweet potato fries or baked sweet potato can be a good option. You could also consider a fiber dense dessert like oatmeal. Some people have also been known to put fiber supplements on their food.
Magnesium and Collagen
Magnesium and Collagen have been shown to have some benefits in blood sugar regulation. A source of magnesium that easily fits into dessert is 70% cocoa dark chocolate (any lower in percentage might make it worse). Collagen can be found in bone broth, which could accompany your meal as a side of soup.
Water and Potassium
Almost no health list would be complete without water. Water can help your body manage blood sugar levels and might make digestion of any remedial blood sugar balancing meals happen faster and easier. Electrolytes (potassium eapecially) are known to be important in your body’s ability to regulate insulin.
Here are some behavioral things you can do to minimize the blood sugar roller coaster.
Walk After Eating
If you take a walk after your meal, your metabolism goes up to utilize all the energy you just consumed much easier so it isn’t stored as fat and you also aren’t restless from pent up energy. This also means simply choosing to stand instead of sit can have positive effects.
If you sleep regularly, your body will better be able to handle waking differences in blood sugar. Night owl or not, get a regular sleep schedule.
Don’t go full paranoid, but be wary and investigate your methods of consuming carbohydrates. High fiber ways of consuming carbs, like oatmeal, are healthy.
Try looking up information on sugar crashes and the ability to regulate them, since they always come after a sugar high. Here is a short video that talks about preventing them: