7 Habits to a Stable Blood Sugar

Hey everyone and Happy Monday!

A few weeks ago I posted a video about the 5 foods to stabilize blood sugar and boy, did it resonate. I got personal emails from viewers about how valuable they found the information. Clearly there are some of you out there experiencing the effects of an unstable blood sugar.

In today’s video, I am taking it a step further. I am going to share with you the 7 habits you need to be including in your diet and your life to stabilize your blood sugar and help you shed those pounds.

Symptoms of an unstable blood sugar can be feelings of lethargy even though you are getting plenty of sleep, increased cravings and appetite, disjointed sleep patterns, inability to lose weight even though you’ve reduced your calories, and even irritability and mood disorders. As you see, it is very important to get this under control in order to start feeling and looking your best.

It is so important to manage your blood sugar, because if not, over time it can lead to serious health issues such as insulin resistance and diabetes. In turn this will eventually compromise your overall health and well being.

So check out today’s video and start practicing the habits that will get your metabolism in gear. And once you do, I want to hear from YOU. Do you have an unstable blood sugar? And what habits do you incorporate into your life that make the biggest difference in helping you control it? Let me know in the comments below.

Have a great week everyone and stay well!
xo
B

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28 comments on “7 Habits to a Stable Blood Sugar

  1. Paul

    Hi Barbara. Thanks for your video. I’ve always struggled with all the symptoms of Hypoglycaemia, but as none of it show up in any tests I’ve had done I can’t seem to get professional help. I noticed you mentioned adding Cinnamon to anything like coffee etc, and I was wondering if you had heard anything about coffee actually destabilising blood sugar as well as alcohol? I’ve always felt it does and some books have also agreed with this. Also is Cinnamon the same as Cinnamon sugar? Thanks, Paul.

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    1. Barbara Mendez RPh MS Post author

      You might want to ask them to taste your glucose tolerance. That may offer some insight if the fasting glucose test has not. It’s not a comfortable test to go through, and in truth, unnecessary if you’re already experiencing symptoms of hypoglycemia (in which case it’s rather indisputable that you have it), so just working to sort it out would be a great next step. In any case, yes, I have found that coffee can aggravate symptoms of an unstable blood sugar. Reducing/eliminating it would be helpful. If you have one cup a day, then it’s not terrible, but multiple cups can aggravate hypoglycemia. Cinnamon sugar is not the same as cinnamon, as it contains added sugar which will further destabilize you…. get plain cinnamon. I hope this helps!

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  2. Tony

    Hi Barbara,
    Great information. I have a question if you don’t mind. My Wife asked me to write this on her behalf. She is trying to lose some weight. She has a very busy lifestyle.Her job requires a lot of walking . She is a Riding instructor and can walk anywhere between 6-11 Kilometres in one day.She was wondering about calorie restriction. What do you think? We watched your video on Stabilizing Blood Sugar.We find your videos very educational and helpful.

    Thanks!

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    1. Barbara Mendez RPh MS Post author

      That’s actually a great idea for a video b/c calories are not created the same… you are better off having 100 calories worth of avocado than 50 calories worth of popcorn. The digest differently and therein lies the secret of calories… so I would say, be mindful of the kinds of calories and shoot for more vegetables and some lean protein.
      PS: Sorry on the delay! I was in NC for the weekend and got no notification of your comments~

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  3. Roger

    Thank you for the informative video. Combined diet and exercise proper rest and adequate water intake are the foundation for health. My wife just got diagnosed with type 2 diabetes, she’s not easy to conform to that lifestyle. What would you recommend on guiding her down the path to live healthy and control her diabetes.

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    1. Barbara Mendez RPh MS Post author

      Have her start out on all the videos for stabilizing blood sugar. I have a few on the site. But the most important thing is getting away from sugars and processed foods… if she can do that, she should stabilize.
      Glad you found the video helpful!
      B

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  4. gwendolyn

    Delighted to have found your website this morning.

    I was searching for support in my theory and devotion to change lifestyle habits. Pain is a great motivator. So full of inflammation, which makes activity very challenging. It delineates my motivation and enthusiasm for life.
    So, your information agrees with my theory, I just needed to be reminded, and I thank you for that. My mind is full of fog, while my blood stream is full of unsavoury stuff. Not sure I should be posting, not sure I am making any sense.
    Thank you for all your efforts.

    Gwen

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  5. Mohammad Siddique

    Another Awesome advise and Tips will pass-on who needs it, Keep it up such great service and it certainly Helps to improve Healthy Life-Styles.
    Best Regards,

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  6. Louise DiSclafani

    Barbara…I’ve been doing these habits for a long time…some longer than others. I’ve been cutting sugar for a long time. I eat fiber and lots of greens. I also cut out dairy and gluten and made fantastic progress with my health and weight. I’m at a point where none of these left out foods bother me so I know it has been a good move for me. I lost weight but also fat…it just seemed to melt away. I’m 5’2″ and weigh 104 pounds and went down a few dress sizes. I love where I am and will stay there with all the good habits I have now mastered.

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    1. Barbara Mendez, RPh, MS Post author

      How great Louise! That is such reinforcing feedback and I hope others are motivated to follow your lead. It’s not hard once you start the path and the rewards are plenty.
      Thanks for your comment and stay well!

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  7. Rick Kelly

    Hi Barbara, Ive been practicing the 7 habits for about 6 months now and it has really changed my life. My problem was the 4 oclock snack. I would have a beer to relieve my hunger but that would lead to another beer or eating another snack. I remembered your video when you said to have water with a slice of lemon in the morning. I tried it in the morning and also in the afternoon and at night . I put in some stevia to taste. It takes the craving away for the beer and now I drink the water with an apple and almond butter. It has cut my beer drinking down, which is good because I don’t wake up with the irish flu anymore. Ill have to look at your past videos for more suggestions on a 4 oclock snack. feeling good these days, Thanks, Rick

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    1. Barbara Mendez, RPh, MS Post author

      So amazing to hear Rick! I am so glad to know you’ve been practicing these habits and gaining the benefits of doing so~ Keep up the great work! It’s always so nice to read your comments and hear of your success~
      B

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  8. Rose

    Hi Barbara, Thanks so much for putting this video together for us. Could not have come at a better time as I was evaluating how I was feeling this weekend. I do think this is something I can work on. I have incorporated the changes in my behaviors, which I need to consider consistently, and the five foods outlined in this video. I too like Jessica think about the smoothies and juices that I am drinking as well as spikes in my sugar cravings that create a downward stream of ongoing cravings. I gave up alcohol for lent and feel good but the sugar cravings and stabilizing blood sugar is something I would like to set some goals and work on. Look forward to talking with you about this further. Regards, Rose

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  9. Ruth Owen

    Good Morning, Barbara,
    Thanks for the informative Monday Blogs and Videos.
    Severe Reactive Hypoglycemia is an issue in our family. Although each individual can be affected differently by blood sugar issues, for this person, it is imperative to eliminate from the diet any fruit that must be peeled before eating: bananas and melons are examples. Reducing intake of high-glycemic foods and staying with sweet potatoes, for example, is helpful. Also any high-glycemic index food must be combined with other foods to avoid that severe drop in blood sugar. And, it goes without saying, that all refined sugar must be eliminated. This condition can definitely be controlled by diet and it takes constant vigilance to be aware of the hidden dangers in food, especially food not prepared at home. Thanks, again, Barbara!
    I hope this is helpful to others as well. Warm regards, Ruth

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    1. Claire Mahoney

      Hello Ruth. I was reading your comment and I so agree with you. Learning that combining foods can help control the blood sugar drop was a really eye opening for me and made a difference. And Barbara, thank you for making your videos and blogs. They are so helpful, I watch them every monday without fail.
      Claire

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  10. Jessica

    Hi Barbara,

    I’m vegan and I LOVE your suggestions for stabilizing blood sugar as this has been something I’ve paid careful attention to recently. I eat an avocado a day between my giant salad and after-work smoothie. Quinoa and chia seeds are my sources of protien and fiber. I’m concerned about my daily breakfast: I drink a fresh-pressed juice in the early morning made of mostly greens with some apple and beet. Could this be spiking my sugar?
    -Jessica

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    1. Barbara Mendez, RPh, MS Post author

      Hi Jessica~ Yes, for sure your morning drink could be doing that. Have some nuts with your drink or a half an avocado. all you need is protein &/or fat to help stabilize the response. That would be helpful~ Also, you might want to check out my raw granola recipe on the site for an alternative vegan breakfast that is heartier and has plenty of protein and perhaps leave the juice for later in the day… consider trying it a few days and notice if you feel a difference~ let me know if you give it a try~
      Best to you~
      B

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  11. Dom

    Thanks for sharing Barbara.

    I’ve been struggling with my blood sugar levels lately and look forward to implementing your tips and suggested foods.

    It seems like blood sugar balancing can be a bit seasonal as well? I seem to experience “wobbly” blood sugar this time of year.

    Keep the blood sugar tactic comes… as it’s absolutely foundational!

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    1. Barbara Mendez, RPh, MS Post author

      Interesting that you notice a seasonal aspect? I’ve not seen that, but perhaps it’s because of a change in diet as the weather warms up to things that are less protein based? Or perhaps you’ve amped up your workouts? These small changes may be part of the reason…
      Try the protein breakfast and see how you feel~
      Stay well!
      B

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