With all talk in the media about limiting your sugar intake, there is much debate to say we should be eating no more than 5 teaspoons, 25g per day. There is also talk of banning food advertisements of less healthy food, before 9pm, to make it easier for parents to feed their children, more healthily.
Below, I discuss some of the symptoms you may be experiencing. Remember, our children mimic our eating habits, so if you reduce your sugar intake, so will your child!
Symptoms you may be feeling:
• Need for more than 8 hours sleep
• Mood swings
• Energy dips
• Cravings for sweet foods
• Frequent urination
• Heavy sweating throughout the day
Blood sugar imbalance is when the body struggles to deal with the sugar effectively. Blood sugar problems are strongly associated with the so-called Western diet, diet rich in refined sugar, fat and animal products and low in dietary fibre. These foods greatly increase the pancreas’s response to secrete more insulin, in response to the rapid uptake of sugar by the insulin, the blood sugar levels drop, thus causing a shock to the system and the adrenal glands then secrete epinephrine which increases blood glucose levels again.
With this continuous cycle, both the adrenals and pancreas become exhausted. The result is a serious threat of diabetes mellitus, where either the pancreas does not secrete any more insulin or the receptors on the cells become impaired, either way, the glucose cannot enter the cell.
Exercise has to be included in your life style. It improves insulin sensitivity and glucose tolerance, as well as reducing total serum cholesterol and triglycerides with increased HDL levels. Start with simple steps, and build up the regime.
- Reduce environmental toxins such as alcohol, smoking and pollution.
- Drink between 1.5 and 2 litres of water a day.
- Be strict with yourself to regain control, follow the foods to eat and foods to avoid lists:
Foods to exclude:
All “Junk Food” i.e. refined carbohydrates and saturated fats, such as:
- White bread
- White pasta
- White rice
- Fizzy drinks
- Ready meals
- Ice cream
These foods have very little nutritional benefit. If you decide to have one of them, keep it as a treat, and limit it to once a week. Most importantly, ENJOY it.
Include foods with a low GL (for weight loss or diabetes, keep the GL below 40 per day):
- Legumes, such as black beans
- Kidney beans
- Aduki beans
- Red lentils
- Dahl, green lentils
- Chickpeas etc.
- Brown rice
- Spelt wheat
- Oily fish
- Unprocessed meats
- Salads and vegetables especially the dark green leafy types
About the Author
I am a fully qualified pharmacist with an understanding of many disease states, allopathic medicine, complementary therapies and homeopathic medicines. Being a naturopathic nutritionist, I appreciate how the diet influences mind, body, and spirit. I enjoy working with clients to educate them about how nutrition and food influences their health and together we create a programme which is both realistic and achievable.
This enables clients to take control and manage their own health in a way that is sustainable and natural. I use the Functional Approach, ensuring an in depth assessment is made, in order to understand bio chemical imbalances.
I also use an ASYRA bio energetic system, which is favoured by some clients as a means of a guide to further testing, if necessary.
Asyra screening is a totally non-invasive way to get information from the body, about any areas of imbalance. Readings are taken by holding two brass handmasses, and tiny changes in the electrical resistance of your skin are monitored, as different signals are output from the system.
If you are familair with Kinesiology (muscle testing), Asyra works in a similar way, but it is computerised, and much faster. The system effectively asks thousands of “questions” of the body, very quickly, and allows the practitioner to build up a picture of your body’s responses to a wide variety of items, which give important clues to the healing process.