How to eat for energy – Part 1

Hi everyone,

Hope you are having a great week,

Today I’m going to talk about how to eat for energy. Energy is something we all seem to struggle with and regularly comes up as something that people would like help with. We all want to hop out of beds in the morning and not need that morning caffeine but its something that so few of us have an abundance of. With that in mind I’d like to talk about blood sugar balance and why it is the key to ensuring you have enough energy in the morning and throughout your day.

So what exactly is blood sugar balance? This is something we have all heard of especially in relation to Type 2 Diabetes but put very simply blood sugar balance refers to the amount of sugar in your blood. We get this sugar from the foods that we eat predominantly carbohydrates. These carbohydrates are broken down into something called glucose which is basically the simplest form of carbohydates (sugar).

This is where insulin comes in. Insulin is a hormone which helps manage the amount of sugar in our blood. You can think of it as a security guard making sure everyone is in the right place. Insulin sends sugar to the cells where it is needed and we use it for everything and anything from going for a run to hoovering the house.

The problem arises when our blood sugar either becomes too low or too high. This can happen for a number of different reasons. Blood sugar can become too low if we do certain things such as skip meals – breakfast in particular as we have already had a long fasting period after sleeping. Blood sugar can become too high if we eat a meal that has a large amount of carbohydrates and we simply don’t require it: for example we are sitting at a desk for a long period of time.

When blood sugar becomes too high or too low it can lead to further cravings for sugar, tiredness, irritability and what we commonly know as the 3 o clock slump. For that reason managing your blood sugar is the key to managing overall energy levels.

Check out Part 2 for some tips on how to manage blood sugar levels and help stabilise your energy levels.

Lauren

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