“You are the only person who can be responsible for normalizing your blood sugar.”
– Richard K. Bernstein, MD
Your main goal should be normalizing blood sugar levels. It’s a good idea to check your blood sugar frequently with a glucose meter. This will help you know for sure whether or not you are achieving your goal or not. Here is the brand of glucose meter that I recommend because of its accuracy. Depending on how severe your problem is you might reach your goal with these dietary modifications:
- Avoid easy-to-digest carbs and foods made with them like grains (wheat, rice, rye, corn, barley etc.), potatoes, sweet potatoes.
- Eat “above the ground” vegetables.
- Limit fruits to 1 a day.
- Avoid all sweetened drinks – even 100% natural juices with no sugar added. Drink water, herbal teas, or sparkling water instead.
- Eliminate refined and most artificial sugars. Check the ingredient list of all packaged foods you are about to buy. Liquid Stevia is OK.
There are many factors that contribute to your metabolic health. Your weight, timing of your meals, physical activity, quality of sleep and micronutrient deficiencies can all play important roles.
If after a month or two your blood sugar readings are still high, you might choose to contact me for a more individualized approach and a ton of additional information.
Many of my clients also find that a group workshop like The Restart Program can be a very effective tool to gain control and manage sugar and carbohydrate cravings. A group dynamic helps many people stay motivated and to have more fun at the same time!