Controlling Blood Sugar Naturally-Discover the Healthy Choices

Controlling Blood Sugar Naturally-Discover the Healthy Choices

Which is your choice?

Controlling blood sugar naturally is the best way to keep your blood sugar level. There’s steps that can be taken. Each individual chooses which direction to go in. We all have different visions. Everything happens for a reason. Nobody makes the right choice all the time. This is no different.  Everyone is different and has to decide their own plan in how to lower blood sugar and control it or it can stress you out, giving you high blood pressure as well and you don’t want your blood pressure high because coupled with high blood sugar is not a good thing at all.

Medications

Medications

Now I’m not saying that any one method is right or wrong. I know that most likely a good portion of us are on medication and probably some choose to just stay on the medication for whatever their reason may be and that’s fine. I personally don’t want to live on medication and I would choose exercise and eating the right foods, but that’s me. I also turn to supplements that help.

From what I gather, there also seems to be certain side effects from diabetes medication, but that is possible with any medication you take, not just for diabetes. Another issue with medication is that your doctor may have to change my medication and dosages several times in order to find what works for you in particular.

After a good night’s sleep, I get up in the morning and must remember to take my medication and also whatever other times I am instructed to take it. There’s also the cost that’s involved. Drugs today are very expensive and while some are reasonable, others are not. And are you keeping track of your blood sugar levels and progress with your doctor? You don’t want your levels too low though.

If you’re serious about getting your diabetes in check by lowering and controlling your blood sugar the way I am, then eventually your doctor can lessen your medicine and then under careful surveillance, take you off them, but that is his or her decision, unless you want that decision to be yours. That’s your choice.

Exercise and Stress

Man exercising on treadmill

When your sugar levels are high and you want to avoid medication to lower my glucose or taking insulin, then turn to some form of exercise which can result in a natural way to lower your blood sugar and rather quickly. Taking part in any form of physical exercise or activity helps to increase your body and it’s sensitivity to insulin. There is less glucose in the bloodstream because your muscles take in more.

Any form of exercise helps, including an exercise bike. I make it easy at first. I tried yoga! It’s exceptional for helping my sugar levels and my back too. Walk. Try 15 minutes a day to start. Then work up to 30 minutes. Do at least that 5 days a week. I bike ride almost every day. I was surprised at my results and I’m helping my body to get healthy anyway and even lose weight.

I walk as much as I can. I also bike ride. I joined a very inexpensive gym and just do the basics for now. Increasing the amount I do comes slowly but the goal here is like anything else. A-C-T-I-O-N. Once I get started and actually SAW results, I had no desire to quit!  Go for it! The hardest part of anything is getting started. Write down your goals. What’s my blood sugar level goal? Weight? Do I also want to lose 10? 20? 50 lbs or more? Write it down as I did!

When you set up your exercise schedule and you miss it one time, don’t get discouraged and too concerned. It’s like missing your medication once in a while. Don’t worry. Just get back on schedule and you’ll be fine. It will become routine for you and you’ll feel so much better in no time at all.

FoodHealthy food

You can’t live with it (the temptation is everywhere) and you can’t live without it. Sound familiar? You need it to survive, but which foods do you need to be healthy and help combat diabetes? Of course. It has to be healthy foods! These are the foods that provide the energy for our bodies and health for our future. Apple cider vinegar is one of them.

So we should know by now that high protein and low carbohydrates are what we need to lower blood sugar and get rid of any belly fat. Everything you eat affects every part of your body inside and out and you want to keep your weight in check. Vitamin D can have huge benefits for your body too.

A person who is diabetic needs a diet high in vegetables and beans especially, and on the low side in consuming any kind of  animal products because you want to watch your cholesterol. One thing I remembering a doctor on TV stating that meat is something we don’t digest it. It just rots inside of us. I don’t know how true that is, but it sounds gross to me. I started cutting way back on red meat. Too much isn’t healthy anyway and while I was never much of a chicken lover, I choose that over red meat.

Better yet, the choice food should be vegetables. In reality, I have a well rounded diet of every food that helps my body function the best it can. I’ve learned to eat more nuts which are very beneficial but high in calories. It’s not easy to come up with a food plan that will suit me perfectly but it doesn’t have to be flawless.

Ok, I’ve discussed 3 different options. Maybe one, two, or all three can be choices? The only way to remedy the diabetes disease to decide which way you would like to attack this so called monster. It is the enemy and we must defeat! While medication was the first option for me, I’ve turned to the exercise and healthy food option and this also helps combat that fatigued feeling. I’m done letting my high blood sugar and diabetes win. It’s my turn now to win! Are you with me?

Setting healthy eating and nutrition goals is the place to start. Diabetics should aim for: 50% carbohydrates- 20% protein- less than 30% fat, lots of vegetables and some fruit are also important.

To summarize:

Do you control your blood sugar by medication? Exercise? Food? None, or all of the above? You might not even BE controlling your blood sugar. YIKES! What do you think about this topic? But there is something else that may help you with lowering your blood sugar and ridding your body of sugar. This is the solution! Please leave your comments and thoughts below. Your opinions matter!

 

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26 thoughts on “Controlling Blood Sugar Naturally-Discover the Healthy Choices

  1. This was an informative post, my dad has been having blood sugar since the past 5 years and it is really difficult for him to control his eating habits. I guess making him follow whatever you have suggested on this post should really help him control his blood sugar levels and maintain his health.

    1. I guess it’s hard to make anyone do anything, right? You have to really want to change your habits to stay or become healthy. I was stubborn for years and let things go. Now I made up my mind to do this and I’m sticking to it. I hope your dad does too. Good luck!

  2. After reading your post I realise that it would be so easy for my blood sugar levels to get out of control with the diet that I am having, so it is great to know that exercise helps reducing their levels. I certainly don’t want to take any medications fearing side effects and I believe the body can take care of itself naturally. Lastly I think I should reduce my sugar intake and have more vegetables! Thanks for sharing!

    1. Yes Daniel every little bit helps. It’s no fun taking medications but exercise for me is bike riding and I love it. I’m on the road to a healthier life. The most important thing is what you eat.

  3. I like this website because diabetes and blood sugar control are enormous issues that affect so many people. You would think that people would be more aware of diabetes and how to control it, but they are not. I like the way that you put the decision of meds or no meds back in the hands of your visitors, you don’t try to shove anything down their throats. Knowledge is power and you are offering the knowledge that gives them the power to make sound decisions.

    1. Yes Donna, more people should be aware and helping people is what it’s all about. Everyone has different issues and different choices. I would like each individual to make their own decision.

  4. Battling any disease would need perseverance and determination. I have a colleague who has a pregnancy-induced diabetes, she relied much on medication and did not control herself at all in terms of diet, the reason she gave was she cannot control her craving. I think that she is not sensible at all because she is harming herself and her unborn baby. She argues that a pregnant woman has a lower self-control. Would you have any suggestions for such an issue?

    1. Yes I agree the cravings can be unbearable. Appetite suppressants that I would recommend that might help are: Low carb vegetables, plain or greek yogurt, unsalted almonds or nuts, and apples which are a great food in helping with cravings. Plenty of water consumed right before helps even more.

  5. Agreed, so many food temptations! You can’t avoid it… it’s everywhere you go, and some days it makes eating right seem darn near impossible. My dad has diabetes and struggles with this. But I totally agree with what you are saying about only wanting to take the medications that you absolutely have to… if you can control it on your own, that’s usually the best route to go. Who really knows what’s in these medications today… I fear far more than they would ever tell us. Great read, thanks for sharing!

  6. As we aged, the blood sugar level will slowly rise, due to the lack of mobility and exercise. It is a very informative article that worth reading and digest it for future usage. Thanks for sharing

  7. Very informative article that you have put up here. The illustrations are superb too.
    I totally agree with the view that you have taken that blood sugar levels must be controlled by eating right and exercise rather than by popping in a medication to do the job. It takes effort to do it the way you have suggested and I guess it depends entirely on the individual concerned.
    I hear a lot about artificial sweeteners to replace sugar for diabetics. Are they safe to take and are there any side effects?

    1. I think most people would rather not take any medications. It’s all about eating right and exercising. Articial sweeteners are safe for diabetics. They can be used to reduce carbohydrate intake and caloric intake as well. There could be side effects such as: nausea, vision change, migraines, insomnia, and change in heart rate. Always check with your physician before taking anything.

  8. Hi Bob, I just commented on another of your pages a few minutes ago, and here I am presented with another page from you.

    Again, very helpful and thoughtful information presented to your readers, from your own personal point ov view, bravo!

    You may want to check the last paragraph under medications. I found that advice very confusing. Are you saying people should contact your doctor, or their doctor? Are you also really saying that it is the doctor’s decision, not yours, whether to take you off medication?

    Because earlier on, you seemed to say that you wanted to absolutely avoid medication, and go the holistic way.
    Maybe you can clarify this a bit more.

    Other than that, again a very helpful site.

    Good luck, Pat

    1. Thanks Pat, I just modified what I had said. I apologize for it being a bit confusing. I personally do not want to take medication and when I said that’s it the doctor’s decision, for me it is. Others may choose to make their own decision if they don’t want to take their doctor’s advice.

  9. Hi Rob,

    I completely agree with everything you’ve said in the post. We should all be exercising, no matter what age we are. It’s always hard to follow a meal plan but from my experience as long as you are consuming plenty of vegetables and whole foods you will be healthy. Your body will thank you and you won’t need to worry about medication. Thanks for the post!

    1. The older we get the harder it seems for us to take care of ourselves, but I believe it’s all about attitude. You have to make up your mind that you’re going to get and stay health by eating right and hopefully that’s the step toward no medications.

  10. Your site really hit home for me Rob. I know many others can relate to your site as well. Diabetes is a disease that hits millions of folks. You never know what’s going on with your body until you get your yearly checkup.

    Many of my family members had this. My wife also had this, among other things, when she died in 2015. It can get pretty bad.

    Nowadays, there’s so much help with a combination of good nutrition, medication and exercise, a person with diabetes have a better chance of living a longer and healthier life.

    1. First, I’m sorry to hear about your wife Ronald. I think the bottom line with diabetes and every other health problem is to have it checked regularly and to keep on top of it. The older we get the harder it is it seems.

  11. Hi Rob. I was once a big guy but have changed that purely by changing my eating habits. Less sugar, cakes, junk food of any kind are the way for me. But I feel that Mr weight still fluctuates as well as my belly. Eat more and I’m becoming bigger. Eat less and I’m smaller.
    That’s when I found that exercise regularly help keeps my weight in check and also increase my general health. I totally agree with you that exercise or eating correctly can help with diabetes, but doing both of them at the same time will help us to achieve more than that. =)
    Cheers!

    1. Isaac, I’m in the same boat as you. The only way for me to control my blood sugar is to couple eating healthy and exercising. One is not enough without the other. Once you break the old habit and get used to it, then it’s fairly routine, at least for me anyway.

  12. Hi Rob,
    Thanks for a great post into combining exercise and diet to reducing blood sugar. Diabetes runs in my family unfortunately – both sides – so a double whammy for me. Although I’m not diabetic at the moment, I do have concerns about becoming one. I think I have a fairly good diet now but most definitely need to start taking A-C-T-I-O-N, like you say :). One question I do have for you, have you noticed if stress alters how your body responds to the same exercise and diet routines? My mum says that when she’s stressed out more, her blood sugar is much harder to control – do you find this the case with your diabetes? I’d be interested to know if this is common or just unique to my mum.
    Kind regards
    D.Bee

  13. Hey, I have a close friend who got diagnosed with diabetes just a little over a year ago. This really changed his life. He can’t eat and do whatever he wants anymore. But with the correct nutrition and exercise he as accomplished quite a lot. Thanks for this very informative and good article.

    1. Yes once he got diagnosed it’s up to him after consulting with his doctor as to which way he wants to go. I pick the exercise and eating healthy method. The doctor may prescribe the medication at least at first.

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