How many times have you been starving throughout the day, have eaten something to feed your craving, and then ended up starving again an hour or two later? This typically happens when you are eating foods that are high in sugar. Your insulin levels spike for quick energy, but then crash just as quickly leaving you shaky, starving, and moody.
To avoid the need for a quick energy fix, eat for sustained energy. The best way to do so is to eat foods that are low-glycemic as opposed to high-glycemic. Each food carries a glycemic load which is simply how quickly your body converts that food into energy. If a food is high-glycemic it is mostly comprised of sugar which your body burns quickly and is typically void of significant nutrients. If a food is low-glycemic the sugar content is less which is replaced with healthy nutrients from fiber, fat, and protein. Fiber slows the release of sugar into the body while fat and protein slow down stomach emptying and increase satiety. All in all, leaving your blood sugar at a more even level.
Consistently eating foods that are high-glycemic can eventually lead to insulin-resistance (metabolic syndrome); the inability for your body to pull the sugar out of your bloodstream and into your cells effectively. This can lead to belly bloat, weight gain, low energy, general malaise, chronic disease and more.
What foods are low-glycemic? Leafy greens and vegetables, whole grains, beans, healthy fats, and high-quality protein.
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