As a parent, making sure your family is eating healthy and staying active is important. But managing blood sugar levels can be one of the more challenging things to regulate amidst busy schedules and numerous commitments. So we’ll be going over easy ways for moms (or dads) and people looking for tools to control their blood sugar levels better. From mindful eating habits to incorporating exercise in your daily routine – we’ve got all the tips you need for maintaining optimal health.
Tips to Help Control Blood Sugar
1. Exercise Regularly
Exercising regularly can improve insulin sensitivity. This means that your cells can better use the sugar in your blood – reducing blood sugar levels. Adding weightlifting, walking, bicycling, dancing, hiking, swimming, and more into your daily routine can help control blood sugar.
2. Limit Alcoholic Drinks
Many alcoholic drinks contain added sugar, especially mixed drinks and cocktails. The sugar in alcoholic beverages can cause blood sugar to spike. Avoid sweet wines and sugary cocktails, and if you want to have a drink, mix liquor with water, club soda, or diet beverages.
3. Manage Carb Intake
Carbs convert into sugar, and insulin helps your body use and store sugar for energy. The process fails when you eat too many carbs, and blood sugar levels can rise. Counting and reducing your carbs can help control blood sugar. Try to plan meals ahead of time to prevent overloading on carbs.
4. Stay Hydrated & Drink Water
Staying hydrated and drinking water will help your kidneys flush out excess sugar. Remember to read nutrition labels and avoid sugary beverages. Water is always the best option! Try keeping a water bottle with you to help you stay hydrated throughout the day.
5. Choose Foods Lower in Sugar
Sugar is quickly absorbed into your bloodstream, so consuming it causes a spike in your blood sugar levels. Avoid high-sugar foods and drinks such as candy, cakes, pies, pastries, soft drinks, and juice. Many bottled condiments are also packed with sugar and can spike blood sugar levels. Instead, try choosing healthier low-sugar alternatives to help control blood sugar.
Low-Sugar Notta Lotta Sugar Baking Mixes
Notta Lotta Sugar Baking mixes give you the same taste as your favorite treats but with just 2 grams of sugar (or less) per serving. Try our Notta Lotta Sugar yellow cake, chocolate cake, vanilla butter cookies, lemon cookies, honey cornbread, and southern-style cornbread mixes. Reducing your intake of added sugars is one step you can take to improve your overall health. Start by choosing lower-sugar options whenever possible.