When stress causes your blood sugar to spike, you feel horrible and your mood can swing from happy to irritable in minutes. Your energy levels wane and all of a sudden you just want to go to bed and “sleep it off.”
A few changes to your diet plan can help you balance your blood sugar and combat the feelings that come when your blood sugar spikes. Essential elements and nutrients found in certain plants you can incorporate into your garden space may be just what you need to keep your blood sugar on an even keel.
High fiber fruits and veggies aid carbohydrate digestion and their rush into the bloodstream that causes a spike in blood sugar. Berries such as blueberries and blackberries are nutritious and can be added to cereal or eaten as a snack to prevent the fluctuations occurring in your blood.
Adding a leafy green salad to your meals provides sugar blockers that can counteract a meal heavy with carbs – and lettuce, kale, arugula, and spinach are easy additions to any garden space.
Chopped tomatoes, bell pepper, and broccoli are also easy-to-grow garden items and can be effectively added to meals in salads or other methods and work wonders to provide the fiber that helps prevent sugar spikes.
Legumes in the form of kidney beans, lentils, and chickpeas, and other types can be added to soups and stews, salads and used as a side dish. They contain the fiber need to regulate your blood sugar and keep you from feeling hungry all the time.
Many fruits and vegetables tend to be high in carbs, but contain healthy carbs and affect your blood sugar differently than other carbs. Some healthy foods you can grow in your garden that contain low glycemic levels include lettuce, onions, red peppers, cabbage, and broccoli.
Cauliflower, eggplant, green beans, and tomatoes also contain low glycemic levels. Carrots are easy to grow and can be eaten raw – but when you cook them, the glycemic levels jump to higher levels.
Unhealthy snacks can greatly affect your blood sugar levels in a negative way. Healthy snacks during the day can include berries, kale chips, raw veggies and other foods from the garden.
A low glycemic diet plan can also promote overall health and well-being. Since fruits and vegetables are considered most low-glycemic, low-calorie and nutritious foods on the planet, be sure to add these superfoods to your garden plan – and your diet plan.
They’re also high in water which helps to hydrate your body – and fiber, which provides volume to any meal and helps you feel full so you don’t add calories by snacking. If you have Type 2 diabetes or swings in moods caused by spikes in blood sugar, don’t skip meals.
Breakfast is important and adding such garden foods as spinach to an egg omelet can do wonders to regulate your blood sugar for the rest of the day. Building your diet plan – and your garden plan around healthy fruits and veggies will enhance your health and your life.