Total Body Diet Rules for Blood Sugar Control - dummies

Total Body Diet Rules for Blood Sugar Control

By Victoria Shanta Retelny, Academy of Nutrition & Dietetics

Your blood glucose (sugar) levels reveal a lot about your health. The goal is to keep your blood sugar in the healthy range for the long haul. And you can do that with diet and exercise.

Blood sugar responds well to rules and regulations. A regular schedule of eating, drinking, and exercise does your blood sugar good. When your schedule is out of whack, chances are, your blood sugar is, too!

Here are the Total Body Diet rules for blood sugar control:

  • Wake up and eat. Eat within one to two hours of waking up in the morning.

  • Combine food groups. Have protein-rich foods with complex carbohydrates and healthful fats with meals and snacks.

  • Eat often. Space your meals and snacks regularly through the day to stabilize blood sugar.

  • Move more. Get daily physical activity.

The combination of foods you choose to eat every day affects your blood sugar. When planning your meals and snacks, opt for whole, less processed foods first.