Remember Monopoly? If you messed up in the game the card would read, "do not pass go, do not collect $200". Whether you remember the rules of the game, or not, in the game of hormone health, imbalanced blood sugar means you cannot expect to fix your symptoms until this problem is remedied first.
So what the heck does all of this mean?!
Blood sugar and insulin (a powerful hormone) are at the root of all period, hormone and fertility challenges.
If you want to have a symptom-free cycle, the first thing you must address is blood sugar regulation.
In fact, blood sugar balancing is actually your very first step to vibrant hormonal health.
Blood sugar regulation is the same as blood sugar balancing. It means eating in a way that allows you to step off the blood sugar roller coaster (where your blood sugar and insulin spikes and crashes continuously), and onto a level playing field where your blood sugar and insulin stay stable (at least most of the time).
Unbalanced blood sugar causes:
- Crazy energy highs and crashes
- Sugar & caffeine cravings
- Inability to fall asleep or stay asleep
- Trouble waking up in the morning Moodiness - you’re happy one moment then melting down for no apparent reason
- Anxiety or panic
Balanced blood sugar results in:
- Consistent energy throughout the day
- Minimal to no cravings for sugary and stimulants.
- Ability to fall asleep and actually stay asleep
- Wake up with energy for the day ahead
- Stable moods -
- Less or no physical pain - especially period cramps.
In our next blog, we will share more about how balanced blood sugar relates to healthy hormones, and what and how you can eat to ensure you have balanced blood sugar all day long.
But to kick it off, we thought we'd start simple with 3 simple ways you can keep your blood sugar stable.
1. Drink water (warm is preferable), within 20 minutes of waking up.
2. Make sure to eat within 60-90 minutes of waking up
3. If you notice you're getting hungry, eat something! Not eating when you are hungry is a dangerous and ineffective way to lose weight (it's also not sustainable and will backfire- more on that science in another email.) Eat every few hours- anywhere from 3-4 hours.
This article is adapted from an article by Nicole Jardim, Certified Women's Health Coach & author of Fix Your Period