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Blood Sugar Levels Affect Mood
By Bonnie Witler - Certified Nutritionist

Our diet fuels our bodies as gas fuels our car. Fill up with “regular” when your car needs “premium” and it won’t perform properly. The same with our bodies.


Our diet can literally affect the way we think, function, and feel. Not only must we get the nutrients we need from eating a wide variety of colorful vegetables, low fat protein and healthy fats, but we must pay attention to our blood sugar as well.


When our blood sugar is not stabilized we will feel sluggish, inattentive and unfocused.


To stabilize the blood sugar consider the following guidelines:


1. Eat breakfast! Fiber regulates the blood sugar. Whole grain waffles, toast, pancakes and cereals are a great source of fiber. Add a protein to that (such as eggs, nut butters or cheese) and you’ll be satisfied for hours.


2. Limit “white” and processed foods. They cause the blood sugar to rise and then drastically fall. Replace white bread with whole grain bread and white pasta with whole wheat pasta, cous cous or brown rice. “Healthy Harvest” is a tasty whole grain pasta that kids enjoy. Make gradual changes as your family gets used to these new foods.


3. Don’t go longer than 4 hours without eating. Snacks should be low in sugar. (less than 8 grams per serving).


4. Enjoy a  protein with every meal and add a small portion to your snacks whenever possible. The addition of protein will help slow the absorption of carbohydrate in the blood. This will help your child feel focused and attentive for hours after eating.


Omega -3 fats have many benefits. Among other things studies have shown they boost mood, focus and attention, reduce cholesterol and regulate the blood sugar..  Foods high in Omega 3’s include: salmon (canned or fresh), sardines, ground flaxseeds, canola oil, walnuts and omega-3 fortified eggs. In addition, omega-3 supplements are available  in adult and children's formulas.




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