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Menu for Great Health

Chef Tom Castrigno

Menu For Great Health – Blood Sugar Balancing Act

I don’t know about you, but when my blood sugar drops I go from Mr. Nice Guy to Mr. Mean Man in a matter of minutes. I sometimes say things I regret or have trouble seeing things clearly enough to make sound decisions.

Fluctuations in blood sugar level can have far greater consequences than just getting cranky or feeling tired. Our bodies respond to that stress by triggering hormone production such as adrenaline, the fight or flight hormone, even when no physical danger is present. Pre-diabetes and the promotion of inflammation are more serious consequences.

Proteins and quality fats such as avocado or coconut are a good start to keeping blood sugar levels in balance. Healthy snacks like nuts are delicious and easy to add to our diets. These foods are easy to make a part of your own menu for great health.

This week we talk with Danielle Cicak from Natural Grocers, a health food chain in the western U.S. As a staff Nutritional Health Coach, Danielle overcame her own health challenges around insulin sensitivity and now helps others be free of those nasty mood swings caused by low blood sugar with diet and lifestyle guidance.

Tune in as we learn about simple ways to balance the blood sugar in your body. As always, you’ll find lots of recipes, healthy eating, and cooking tips on Chef Tom’s blog, The Confidence Diet.