The Ladies Dish Podcast #51: Listener Questions about Blood Sugar
The ladies share how to measure healthy blood sugar levels with the glucometer, the best way to eat fruit + snack options for low blood sugar. | Get in touch: email@example.com
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1. I listened to your podcast where Dana talked about gestational diabetes. I wasn't officially diagnosed with gestational diabetes when I was pregnant with my daughter, but I had a very severe reaction to the glucose drink. So my midwife had me monitor my blood sugar levels with a glucometer for a while. I have been wondering if my blood sugar levels might be out of balance and thought maybe I could use my glucometer (I still have it) to test my levels and see how things look. I was curious if you could tell me what you would want to look for if you're not pregnant? What would indicate healthy/normal levels and what would indicate that something is out of balance? If your levels are out of balance do you have any tips similar to what you described while talking about gestational diabetes that a non-pregnant woman could do to help regulate her blood sugar? (12:05)
Glucometers are a really useful tool to have on hand! Glucometer levels: typically we like to see your blood sugar at 80-100 between meals (2 hours after you eat)... it is natural for it to be higher 1 hour after you eat, but you want it to come back down in between the 80-100 range after 2 hours If you are too low, then you probably need more carbs at your meals o Think healthy starches: sweet potatoes, squashes, fruits, gluten-free grains if you have strong digestion o Signs of low blood sugar: shaky, hangry, lightheadedness, anxiety If you are too high, then you probably have too many carbs at your meals o Add in more healthy fats or proteins to your meals, and rebalance by removing some carbs o Signs of high blood sugar: increased thirst, headaches, fatigue, trouble concentrating The glucometer that Dana loves is the One Touch.
Other ways to help regulate blood sugar: o Well-balanced meals… listen to the cues of the glucometer and your symptoms o Perhaps eating smaller mini-meals throughout the day rather than large meals o Avoid refined, sugar laced processed foods, alcohol, grains (esp containing gluten), hydrogenated oils o Focus on adding in high-fiber foods, wild-caught fish & health Omega 3-s, Cinnamon & Chromium (broccoli, gluten-free oats) o Get enough sleep o Exercise
2. Ladies! I have a question that I can't seem to get a straight answer on--- fruit and digestion! A lot of people say to eat fruit alone, but then even in the NTC course they mention eating an apple with almonds. And a lot of "healthy" recipes for salads etc have fruit in them, but should that be avoided? How about yogurt with berries or smoothies?! So confusing. Any help would be appreciated! Thanks!!! (28:09)
• Unless you have major blood sugar issues, this is too micromanaging and it’s nothing to really be concerned about…. Kate recommends that the only time she avoids fruit is immediately after working out! • Fruit with a fat, like almonds, helps slow down the absorption of a blood sugar spike, which is why it’s recommended in the NTC course. All about keeping stable blood sugar!
3. What should I eat if my blood sugar dips and I need a quick fix? (30:40)
Better options: nuts and seeds, plain full-fat yogurt, hard-boiled eggs, veggies with guac or hummus, sardines, jerky, kale chips, salami and cheese
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