How to balance blood sugar and control your hunger

Kick those cravings with a balanced diet.

By Rena Greenberg

Balance your body

Eating to keep blood sugar levels steady
To have a stable blood sugar level and be free from food cravings and obsessions, you will need to eat in a way that creates balance inside your body. When you are in a state of equilibrium, you will feel satisfied with the food you eat, and you will eat as a way to satisfy physical hunger and keep your blood sugar stabilized rather than simply due to appetite.

The body always seeks equilibrium
Be assured that you will still fully enjoy the foods you select, but will be much more connected to what type of food your body needs in the moment, based on what you have already eaten. In other words, if you had a complex carbohydrate such as a sweet potato at the last meal -- though it is a healthful choice -- you will begin to intrinsically have a sense that the next thing you eat needs to balance that so you don't end up with too much carbohydrate in your system. That's because even complex carbs, in excess, can affect your blood sugar level. You need to keep your blood sugar steady by including high-quality protein (for many of us, this has to be animal protein to cure cravings), omega-3 healthy fat such as olive oil, water-rich food such as vegetables, and complex carbohydrate, in your meals.

Because you just ate a carb -- albeit a complex one -- a good way to restore and maintain an inner stability would be to choose protein, healthy fat, and green vegetables, such as a salad with olive oil dressing and broiled salmon on top. When we are in a healthy and balanced state, after we eat carbohydrate or protein, we tend to crave water-rich food such as veggies. The body always seeks equilibrium. However, when we are out of balance, we just keep craving more carbs in a thwarted attempt to self-correct. The more simple carbs we eat, the more out-of-balance we become.

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Excerpted from The Craving Cure: Break the Hold Carbs and Sweets Have on Your Life by Rena Greenberg. Copyright 2007 by Rena Greenberg. Excerpted with permission from McGraw-Hill. All rights reserved. No part of this excerpt may be reproduced except with permission in writing from the publisher.

 

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