Well, there is a connection between your blood sugar levels and your brain function. If your blood sugar is elevated you’ll be adding weight around your middle. Metabolic syndrome can increase your risk of cardiovascular disease. It also has a connection to brain health. Here is a quick video and article that gives you the details of the connection between metabolic syndrome and cognitive decline.
The key to remember is elevated blood sugar levels are connected with inflammation and inflammation is at the core of degenerative disease. Insulin resistance in the body translates to inflammation in the brain. You may have heard the term Type III diabetes referring to brain cognitive function and Alzheimer’s.
What can you do about this?
[tweetthis]You have control over your blood sugar levels. Start simply by switching your carbohydrates.[/tweetthis] Instead of eating white rice, potatoes. bread, and processed foods, switch to more resistant starches like veggies, nuts, and flours from buckwheat or coconut. Some other great low glycemic choices include kidney beans, lentils, sweet potatoes, peas, leafy greens, and almost any veggie.
Resistant starch means resistant to digestion. These will improve insulin sensitivity and lower blood glucose levels. And, the really great thing is, you feel fuller longer. This will help your body use fat for energy. So if you’re packing a few extra inches around your middle, this will help burn that off.
Fat doesn’t make you fat!
Gosh, I feel like a broken record on this one. But it’s true, eating healthy fats will not make you fat. Sugar and refined carbs make you fat! Eat healthy fats such as avocados, raw nuts and seeds. This will not only help you feel fuller longer but also reduces your craving and supplies your body with energy without increasing insulin. WooHoo!
Remember to include protein
Yes, you do need some protein. Protein helps with weight regulation. When you eat protein it increases your dietary-induced thermogenesis. What’s that? It means it takes more energy to digest, absorb and metabolize protein. So, have some protein with each meal and snack and you will essentially be increasing the amount of calories burned just by digesting it.
Remember to move your body daily
Try switching up your routine and get in some high intensity workouts that get you sweating and panting. I like cycling and HIIT types of work outs mixed in with walking and yoga. High intensity workouts have been shown to lower insulin resistance, increase fat oxidation and enhance glucose uptake in muscles. All good stuff.
Sugar Buster Boot Camp
Lastly, if you would like support with your dietary and lifestyle changes, then I would suggest you join Dr. Karen Wolfe on March 12th for her 28 day sugar buster boot camp. Let me know if you’re interested and I’ll send you the details and how to order the products.
MARCH 12, 2018 4 WEEK SUGAR BUSTER BOOTCAMP
To join the SUGAR BUSTER BOOTCAMP YOU WILL NEED
- 1 RESET KIT (Regular or Plant based Nutrimeal FREE)
- Individual Servings of your favorite USANA Nutrimeal Meal placement (you choose 1 shake or 2 shakes a day after the 5 day RESET)
- 28 day supply of the #1 rated multivitamin in North America (CellSentials or HealthPack)
- 1 or 2 Boxes of Probiotics
If you need help with any of this, I’m here to support and guide you. Have a great week.