The Seven Secrets of Magic Eating

These ideas will help you keep your blood sugar levels steady throughout the day. [step-list-wrapper title=”” time=””] [step-item number=”1.” image_url=””

These ideas will help you keep your blood sugar levels steady throughout the day.

[step-list-wrapper title=”” time=””] [step-item number=”1.” image_url=”” title=”Choose low-GL carbs and limit carb portions.” ] Carbohydrate-rich foods, especially grains and starchy vegetables, are the main contributors to high blood sugar. By choosing “slow-acting” (low-GL) carbs instead of “fast-acting” (higher-GL) carbs, you can help keep blood sugar low and steady. You’ll also want to limit your portions no matter what kind of carbs you choose.[/step-item]

[step-item number=”2.” image_url=”” title=”Make three of your carb servings whole grains.” ] You’re not eating as many carbs, so make those you do eat count by choosing whole grains, which help prevent heart disease and diabetes independently of their effects on blood sugar.[/step-item]

[step-item number=”3.” image_url=”” title=”Eat more fruits and vegetables.” ] Aim for at least seven to nine small servings a day. Most fruits and vegetables have little carbohydrate and are packed with vitamins, fiber, and health-protective compounds, with few calories. Eating fruits or adding vegetables to carbohydrate-rich dishes helps make your diet blood sugar friendly.[/step-item]

[step-item number=”4.” image_url=”” title=”Eat protein at every meal.” ] Protein lowers the GL of meals and helps curb hunger, making weight loss easier.[/step-item]

[step-item number=”5.” image_url=”” title=”Favor good fats.” ] “Bad” saturated fats can interfere with your ability to control blood sugar, but “good” unsaturated fats help your body control it better. Good fats also lower the GL of meals.[/step-item]

[step-item number=”6.” image_url=”” title=”Add acidic foods to your meals.” ] It’s an amazingly simple way to blunt the blood sugar effect of a meal.[/step-item]

[step-item number=”7.” image_url=”” title=”Eat smaller portions.” ] We’re talking not about just carb-rich foods here but about all foods. Even when you eat a low-GL diet, calories count. Cutting calories can help you fight insulin resistance — and of course, along with exercise, it’s still the way to lose weight.[/step-item]
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Originally Published in Reader's Digest