Fatigue. Cravings. Mood swings.
These are three common complaints that can be avoided by building healthy balanced meals. One of the most important strategies to improve your nutritional and overall health is to learn how to create meals that stabilize your blood sugar.
When Your Blood Sugar is Stable
- You will feel stable
- You will feel more energized
- You will feel mentally grounded
- And your cravings will diminish
Many of us gravitate towards meals that are carbohydrate and sugar dense with minimal protein and healthy fat, especially at breakfast. When we start our days with this type of meal, we put ourselves on the blood sugar roller coaster of energy, mood and craving highs and lows.
Let me explain how protein, fats and carbohydrates work in the body to create a steady fuel source throughout the day. Making stabilizing meals is like building a campfire:
Quality protein provides the structure of your meal. It’s like the teepee at your campfire. Each meal should include enough protein to create satiety, that feeling of fullness. To learn more about protein timing and to calculate your individual needs per a meal, read my blog post, All About Protein.
Quality healthy fats provide sustainable energy. It’s the log on your campfire. How do logs burn? Slowly and for long periods of time.
Quality carbohydrates provide quick energy. Quick energy is perfect for when you need it but it burns out quickly, like kindling on the fire. It gets your energy revved up, but doesn’t last long. If you eat a breakfast that’s mostly carbohydrates and sugars, you may find yourself craving more food within a few hours because your energy and mood have dropped.
Take a quick peek at this graphic from Natural Grocers that perfectly illustrates the effects of unstable blood sugar.
Building campfire meals is one step you can take to feel and be your best. If you’d like to learn more strategies to stabilize your mood and energy, grab my freebie, Curb Your Cravings right now.