There are some foods you can avoid if you are looking to cut down your sugar content to the barest minimum. A healthy diet is the best prevention of sugar related diseases. Also, some lifestyle changes can go a long way to effect that change your looking for.
Avoid sugar and refined carbs. These are grains that have been processed, removing the fiber and nutrients. Most white-flour products such as white bread, pastries and rolls are good examples. And it’s a lot easier said than done. Many of your favorite foods are probably high in sugar or refined carbs.
Avoid omega-6 fatty acids. They’re incredibly toxic. You’ll find them in many vegetable, seed and soybean oils and salad dressings. Better choices are butter, coconut oil and olive oil.
Avoid processed foods. This is another tough one. Look inside your freezer. You’ll probably find frozen bags and boxes. These foods are all processed. Whole foods without packaging are generally the healthiest.
Eat a low-carb, moderate-protein, high- fat diet. This will help you burn fat for fuel—unless of course, you want to carry that spare tire around. Many books are available to help you, e.g., Fat for Fuel and The Keto Reset Diet.
Get more sun. And if that’s not possible, supplement with vitamin D. Your vitamin D levels should fall between 40 and 60 ng/mL. Studies have found that low vitamin D levels are a breast cancer risk factor for women over 50. But vitamin D isn’t the only health benefit of getting some sun. Studies suggest that sunshine can kill bad bacteria, ease skin conditions like eczema, psoriasis and acne, and may lower cholesterol.
Reduce stress. You’ve probably heard this advice 100 times—but it does make a difference in your health. Make time for activities that help you decompress—like reading, meditating or gardening. Watching low-key TV shows and movies can help. Don’t discount the positive affect of living a healthier lifestyle has on your stress levels.
Getting enough physical activity, nutrients and sleep can help. For instance, I relax by exercising, learning/teaching and spending time with my family.
Add fasting to your weekly routine. Studies suggest fasting reduces insulin, IGF-1 (cancer factor), weight, C-reactive protein (an inflammation marker), blood pressure and cholesterol. But the thought of fasting is probably dreadful. That’s why I suggest using a fasting mimicking protocol. Researchers have found it can be just as effective as actual fasting. Consult your doctor before making any changes to your diet and continue reading to learn more.
Get more sleep. If you’re parent you probably didn’t allow your children to get by on five or six hours of sleep—then why should you? Get seven to eight hours of sleep each night. Aging is nothing more than unrepaired body damage. And sleep restores your body and repairs damage. If you think about it, you’re also fasting, which helps heal the body.
Lastly, melatonin, the hormone that makes us feel sleepy, also helps fix damage. Start strength training. For years you’ve heard the importance of aerobic training. And while cardiovascular exercise is an important component of health, having more muscle is key to managing insulin levels. Swap a few hours on the treadmill with some weight training. But before you call a personal trainer, talk to you doctor about weight training.
Use the appropriate supplements. Supplements are very controversial topic. However, the typical American diet lacks many nutrients, and I believe that using the right supplements can help fill in nutritional gaps. It can help lower blood sugar, cholesterol and triglycerides in certain patients. My suggestion is to talk to your doctors about using these vitamins and supplements. Consult your primary care physician before making any changes to your diet.