There are certain things you should be doing to balance your blood sugar levels.
Move around to improve blood sugar health
A recent study from the University of Otago in New Zealand shows that even simple physical activity, like a walk, can help lower the risk for poor blood sugar health. Not even a long walk, either. Researchers found that taking a short walk for one minute and 40 seconds every 30 minutes was more effective than one solitary 30-minute walking session when it comes to regulating blood sugar levels. Short bursts of energy at regular intervals throughout the day help to continuously move excess sugar from the blood into the muscles. It can also encourage a healthier lifestyle by getting you moving around which is good for weight management and cardiovascular health. You don't have to make a production of taking walks, either. Since they are so short, you can squeeze them in by:
- Getting up to refill a water bottle
- Sending documents to the printer that is just a little farther from your desk
- Getting up to go use the restroom
- Walking over to a coworker to verbally deliver a message rather than sending an email
When the craving for a snack hits...
Avoid sugary foods if you feel the need for a mid-morning or mid-afternoon snack, as they will cause your blood sugar to spike and leave you tired and hungry before too long. Snacks can be a great way to help fit in all your daily recommended intakes of the different food groups and provide a more steady supply of energy than only eating three meals a day. In addition to eating a healthy snack that is low in sugar and bad carbohydrates, you may also benefit from taking blood sugar support supplements to help manage your levels. Examples of nutritious snacks include:
- Celery sticks with peanut butter
- Homemade popcorn
- Baby carrots
- Fresh blueberries
- A handful of nuts, such as almonds or walnuts
- An apple or orange
- Hummus with raw veggies