I've talked about low blood sugar, hypoglycemia, and the power and importance of SNACKING before on this here blog — plenty of times — but I still have days where it gets to be 3pm and wouldn't you know it? I haven't eaten since 9am and my tummy is letting me know it. Not to mention my head and my quickly drooping eyelids.
In talking with clients, moms, friends, and women of all ages, the general consensus is, it's just too hard to always have healthy, fresh, unpackaged snacks when our world is constantly on the go!
Enter this beauty of a eco-friendly container! Smart Planet's Collapsible Double Decker Meal Kit includes two stackable compartments under one lid (for the picky eater who doesn't want certain foods touching — you are not alone!). The silicone bases are microwave and dishwasher safe. Bottom Base compartment expands to Double the size, push down to collapse and store at half the size. Did I mention it includes a dressing container and reusable spork that are both stored in the lid? #Genius.
While you're busy staring at this beautiful little creature, I'll go ahead and fill you in on a few hypoglycemia facts. Hypoglycemia (which essentially means low blood sugar) and glucose intolerance are symptoms of the body having trouble regulating blood sugar levels and are commonly thought to precede insulin resistance, but are actually components of insulin resistance. Hypoglycemia can occur as a result of fasting, which is normal, but is a problem when it occurs in response to eating (meaning its reached its reactive phase).
I recommend nutrient-rich food that nourishes the neuro-endocrine system, as well as all the cells of the body, and it helps balance blood sugar with its healthful ratios of macronutrient foods that strengthen and sustain the body's support systems:
- 25–30% of calories from proteins
- Diabetics have disordered synthesis of niacin from dietary tryptophan, which can be reversed through higher protein diets
30–40% of calories from good quality fats
30–45% of calories from carbohydrates, mostly non-starchy vegetables and fresh fruits. Whole grains and starchy vegetables need to be in more controlled portions.
Blood sugar balancing foods contain plentiful amounts of the B vitamin complex, vitamin C, and the minerals potassium, zinc, and magnesium. These provide important nutrient cofactors for insulin and energy-production support, and almost all of them contain generous amounts of fiber.
- Hummus with veggies in pita
- Nut butter on whole grain crackers
- Hard boiled eggs with green drink
- Yogurt with nuts or seeds
- Cooked fruit or dried figs with nuts and seeds
- Handful of nuts, raw or lightly roasted