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Blood Sugar Balancing Is Key
Don’t let this happen to you after a feasting day…
Some of us (no names mentioned) woke up post Thanksgiving, perhaps with the intention of fasting or even regrouping and getting back on track after over indulging on festive holiday feasting.
The Number One Most Important Thing
For those of you who planned to fast post feasting, you may need to abort that intention to attend to keeping your blood sugar level.
Last night (Thanksgiving for USA), we decided to have a gourmet fine dining experience to celebrate Thanksgiving in our new UK homeland. Lake Road Kitchen makes the most exquisite bread on the planet.
James Cross, former sous chef of world famous Noma in Copenhagen, uses organic grain to craft slow fermented country crusty bread. They explained they use a traditional sour dough method except they never put their dough in the fridge, therefore their bread doesn’t take on a sour taste.
Allowing the bread to remain room temp encourages the bacteria and enzymes which I believe is why the grain is somewhat pre-digested and easier on the gut to process. If there is one bread my body will tolerate it is this one! (Scroll to the bottom to link to a great article on why wheat is toxic and hint, it isn’t the gluten).
It was a choice I made, an indulgence, really.
I woke up too early with a bit of a tummy ache and shortly after getting up I got a migraine. Can’t say it was the bread for sure. Could have been the wild duck in a very tasty sauce whose ingredients are unknown, or neither. But the one thing I can be sure of is my blood sugar balance felt very off.
Since I normally don’t eat many processed carbs, I can really feel the difference almost the minute I wake from sleep.
I had planned to fast today with broth, but after listening to my body cues I had to intuitively adjust.
I began with my daily baseline of warm lemon water and moved forward with barley grass powder in coconut water (Barley Blast). When I got quiet and listened to what my body was telling me, I intuitively felt to …wait on eating and find my magic oils.
My Favorite Natural Remedy For Migraines
I used a combination of peppermint oil and lavender smeared across my forehead and dabbed under each nostril as well as across the base of my neck. It is amazing how well that cuts it if I can do this immediately after the first onset of a migraine. Responding to the first cues with the oils can make all the difference in how the rest of the day falls into place.
Just a side note: I made a choice to eat outside my normal PURE Healthy Way for me. Usually I pay some kind of price and on a few occassions, I am willing to pay that price. With bread, the consequence I experience is feeling bloated, tired, spacey, clogged up feeling and perhaps a headache/migraine. The one symptom that stops me from going back for more, is blood sugar imbalance. This always takes center stage and what motivates me to get back on the proper path for my metabolic needs.
Not long after dinner I felt the bloating and woke to feel blood sugar imbalance. Intuitively I sensed I needed some fresh raw, nutrient dense food with a quality protein and MUFA (mono unsaturated fatty acid) fat.
I began to look around at what foods I could put together for my remedy. This is how intuitive PURE cooking unfolds for me. After I intuitively assess what my body wants/needs, it is as if the ingredients volunteer themselves.
Out of the fridge and pantry jumped a series of items, each with their own merits and just what the inner intuitive doctor ordered!
The very first thing that called to me was dragon fruit. It had mysteriously jumped into my shopping cart the other day even though I had never even tried one or had any conscious plans to use one. Who knew that my first upfront live encounter with dragon fruit would happen in the UK as a post feast remedy? I had seen them before when I lived in Hawaii, but had never tried them.
I was drawn to using blueberries and pomegranates for their high level of phytonutrients and antioxidants and immediately reached for the dragon fruit suspecting this to be true for it as well. What I knew intuitively was it seemed to be the most important of the three. I was curious to find out why I felt so intuitively attracted to it. Not only did I find out that dragon fruit is right up there with acai berries in antioxidant value but apparently the high fiber content of dragon fruit can help stabilize blood sugar levels by stabilizing sugar spikes.
No wonder I was intuitively attracted to dragon fruit! Scoring fairly low on the glycemic index it does not taste sweet like most fruits do.
Next, chia seeds came to mind for their great omega 3 fat and blood sugar balancing benefits.
I took a generous cup of coconut water (I didn’t measure but am guessing) and warmed it up to take the chill off. Once I turned the flame off I whisked in 1/3 cup chia seeds and I let it set up for about a half hour.
Notice in the picture above how I used an egg slicer to slice my kiwis into thin even cuts.
When I cut open the dragon fruit I was stunned to see its magnificent magenta color. Playing with food is my form of art therapy. When I saw this brilliant, gorgeous color, it was obvious the sharon fruit/persimmons in our fruit bowl were to be part of the palate.
I played with making some blends with just the white of goat’s yogurt and some with just the seediness of chia pudding. My body craved both along with the addition of kiwis, tangerines and macadamia nuts for the MUFA.
I broke my fast around 2pm with this delicious intuitive PURE recipe remedy and almost instantly felt restored.
I have been brewing broth all afternoon and now it is “tea time” (4:30). Which means it is time to settle down with a big mug of PURE Healthy Way’s signature nourishing detox broth.
Ingredients From Today’s Intuitive Creation:
You can use either or both : goats yogurt or 1/3 cup chia seeds mixed in 1 cup coconut water. And then add any and all of the below:
- dragon fruit
- pomegranate seeds
- persimmons/sharon fruit
- macadamia nuts
We bought the last 2 fresh loaves of the night and they wrapped them up for us to take home. Honestly if it weren’t for waking up feeling funky, I would be very tempted to dive in for more. So I had to make a conscious choice. Into the freezer they went. I would choose crusty bread and butter any day over a sugary dessert. These loaves will wait in the icy cold and dark of the freezer until we have company over the holidays when they will be pulled forth and served up as part of our festive meal.
If you ever come to Ambleside in The Lake District, we highly recommend you book in at Lake Road Kitchen. Watch this and you will see why!