3 Surprising Ways to Control Blood Sugar and Prevent Type 2 Diabetes

“Things change for the better when we take responsibility for our own thoughts, decisions and actions.” – author unknown

Know anyone with type 2 diabetes? Sure you do because diabetes is becoming so common most people think it’s normal to get it. Well it’s not— and you can take control of your health and prevent this terrible, debilitating disease.

Look, Type 2 diabetes runs in my family. Many of my aunts and cousins have it and even my older brother has it. Make no mistake. Diabetes is debilitating and so many people have no idea that they have the power to prevent diabetes and enjoy a long healthy life. Your power is in your plate. That is, what you choose to eat everyday.

By making better food choices, you will control the spikes in your blood sugar levels.

You likely know that controlling your blood sugar (yes you can do this) response from the foods that you eat is a VERY important factor for controlling your ability to burn fat, balance your hormones, and also prevent diabetes.

Let’s take control of our health and use the tips below to get healthy and prevent type 2 diabetes, weight gain, and other diseases:

Reputable studies show that these 3 substances below help to control blood sugar response and/or insulin sensitivity when you take them with meals:

Blood-sugar controlling substance #1: Cocoa 

(Not junky cocoa you get in packets or from any kind of commercial source)

It might sound surprising, but pure, organic and unprocessed cocoa powder contains flavanols which are powerful antioxidants that can help improve insulin sensitivity and blood sugar control.

I recommend organic cocoa powder (pure, NOT with any added sugar), which you can add to smoothies or in other ways to help your body improve blood sugar control. Find org no/sugar cocoa at Whole Foods or other similar outlets.

My personal favorite way to use org cocoa:

Give your green smoothies an amazing chocolaty taste and nutritional boost by adding a heaping spoonful of organic unprocessed cocoa powder. Then add your favorite fruit like frozen berries, bananas, kale and my

favorite protein powder

For a delicious blood-sugar controlling breakfast or meal replacement!

Make a healthy cup of hot chocolate:

Any time of the year when you want a healthy dessert drink after a meal you can also make your own healthy hot cocoa drink at home by blending a couple spoonfuls of org cocoa powder with your milk of choice and some stevia to sweeten.

Then just heat on the stove by slowly stirring and in a few minutes you have a delicious healthy hot cocoa, low in sugar, high in fiber from the cocoa, and also high in antioxidants that can improve your insulin sensitivity.

Blood-sugar controlling substance #2: Green Tea

This is really cool if you enjoy drinking tea like I do. However, I’ve heard that using the loose leaf tea over the tea bags have more beneficial compounds such as the antioxidant EGCG.

How does it work? In one study, animals given the antioxidant, EGCG, did not have fluctuations of blood sugar after consuming a starchy carbohydrate filled meal compared to the ones who did not receive the antioxidant compound.

So if you’re eating a meal that contains carbohydrates, you can protect yourself from the blood sugar spike with a cup or two of green tea along with the meal.

Blood-sugar controlling substance #3: Apple Cider Vinegar

It’s been found that taking apple cider vinegar with a meal can slow the digestion of carbohydrates in that meal and slow the rate of absorption of sugar into the blood.

Using apple cider vinegar on a lunch or dinner salad is an ideal way to use this blood sugar lowering trick.

Make your own salad dressing at home using apple cider vinegar and olive oil and add some seasoning such as dried onion, garlic powder, sea salt and pepper. Really delicious and much healthier than any store-bought dressing, plus, you have the added blood sugar benefits if you are eating any kind of carbs with your meal.

There you go. Three easy and delicious ways to get and stay healthy and prevent diseases.

Use only organic unprocessed cocoa powder, green tea, and apple cider vinegar through out the week in your meals and of course, cut out other sources of processed food

And you will be well on your way to a healthy new you.

 

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