Blood sugar imbalance
As many of you know, I have put together a program over at reverseinsulinresistance.com to help people learn to make changes to their diet when they have been diagnosed as insulin resistant. These changes are the ones I have applied myself and I can testify that they work (as can many hundreds of people who have done the same thing). I have mentioned the core principles here on this website many times, but let me summarize:
To start to lessen the spikes in blood glucose which result in the over-production of insulin, the key elements you want to focus on are as follows:
- Decrease the amount of starchy carbohydrate and sugar that you consume
- Increase protein
- Increase fiber by eating more green vegetables
- Exercise regularly
This is a great place to start and is a simple concept that anybody can apply. People who have done just this have emailed me to report enormous changes – weight loss, controlled appetite, feeling better in general, more energy… it all starts with awareness.
However, there is so much more to know, if you’re interested!
When I was collating information for my program, I looked more deeply into the whole subject of blood sugar imbalance, because I know that insulin resistance is only part of the story. There are all kinds of hormones at work, and when they’re not functioning right, you can really feel off your game! Weight gain is a common result of blood sugar imbalance, but other symptoms include feeling “fuzzy”, fatigued and controlled by cravings. As well as insulin, the adrenal hormones (cortisol and adrenaline) contribute to these symptoms in a major way.
Interview with an expert
I was fortunate enough to interview an expert in this field, Dr Ritamarie Loscalzo, for my program. She is a holistic practitioner in Austin, Texas, and she helped me to really understand how these hormonal imbalances occur and gave me some great tips on how to start to address them.
I have attached part of my interview with Dr Ritamarie here for you to listen to – I hope you find it as useful and informative as I did! (click the little “play” button on the left to open the player and listen – you can even download this if you like – when you open the player, you’ll see the word “Download” – right click on this and save the link as an mp3).Dr Ritamarie
As you can tell, Dr Ritamarie really knows what she’s talking about! She has several programs you may want to try, such as her B4BeGone program, which teaches you how to reset your metabolism and get your hormones back in balance. Or simply click on her photo to go to her main website.
If you would like to hear the rest of this interview, and more from Dr Ritamarie (she also discussed supplements with me) the audios are available in my own program, the Fast Insulin Resistance Success Training (FIRST) Program.