Author: Dr. Michelle Durkin on 30 June 2020
Do you know what the three biggest complaints I hear from patients?
Did you also know that you can prevent all of these by making sure that you are eating this one food group at breakfast?
In fact, all of these symptoms are preventing by having proper blood sugar control. Not just out of the diabetes range, but in the optimal range.
When I checked my own blood sugar several years ago I was shocked to see it wasn’t in the optimal range. I thought I had a really healthy diet, and if I was following the Canada Food Guide, I did. But my blood work showed something different.
After careful analysis I identified I was eating too many whole grains – oatmeal, brown rice, whole wheat or spelt pasta, rice crackers, ancient grain cereals. I was also drinking a lot of fruit smoothies for breakfast.
All of these foods were broken down into sugar after I digested them. Not surprisingly I had a tendency to hypoglycemia.
So I changed my diet to a more Mediterranean-based, Paleo style diet. No more processed grains and I started eating some good quality protein with veggies for breakfast (egg muffins or omelettes, paleo zucchini muffins, veggie smoothie with protein powder, leftover meat & veg)
Now my blood sugar is much better. My hemoglobin A1C went from a 5.5 to a 4.3 (the lower this number the better but it definitely should be below 5.5 for optimal health).
Start having protein for breakfast and ditch the traditional breakfast foods. You too can have better blood sugar, better energy, and even lose some weight.
Now I would love to hear from you! What breakfast food do you need to ditch to improve blood sugar? Leave a comment below and I’ll be back again next week with another edition of Doctor as Teacher Tuesday!
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