Let’s eat as unprocessed as possible
The more food is processed, the more it will spike your sugar, the less vitamins and minerals it will give your body, and as a result, the less energy you will have. For your benefit I have made a list of the glycemic index of foods that I will be using for my recipes. In our cooking and eating we are not going to focus on fat, calories, or loosing weight. Those things will take care of themselves if you are eating a clean and healthy diet. I don’t love all of the counting, weighing, and obsessing. I think it is very stressful. Keep your choices smart from the start and you will have more energy to focus on what you love in life.
An important marker of a diabetic, pre-diabetic or Metabolic Syndrome X condition is a glucose test yielding a sugar level of over 110. A healthy range would be a glycemic index of 90-110. The glucose test is simple and you can give it to yourself. It involves pricking your finger and drawing blood and testing it with a simple glucose testing meter. It is best to test your sugar level first thing in the morning before you have eaten. If you want to really get a thorough sugar footprint test your sugar three times a day after meals. Keep a chart to document what you have eaten and what was the resulting sugar level. It is also great to record the time of day and what was your resulting mood and energy level. You will find that patterns will start to appear, and you can use that information to make better choices for yourself.
I have developed protocols that are working for my diabetic people, keeping their sugar stable, and them feeling good. It is also important to be aware of your carbohydrates. The place to start is understanding what foods to eat: all of the time, sometimes, and those to avoid. We all cheat some times, so knowing which ones are bad can help with compensation. Knowledge is power.
It is also important to have some kind of exercise in your daily life. You can walk, run, do yoga, even lift big boxes. Just get out there and do something. Remember, keep moving.