Do you ever feel like you’re stuck in an energy slump, or craving a snack after every meal? It could be your blood sugar levels! And that’s where Jessie Inchauspé comes in - she’s on a mission to teach us all how to eat the right way and keep our glucose levels even, so we can transform our health, energy, and mood.
So, what’s the deal with glucose? It’s simply our body’s fuel, the basic molecule of energy. But when we eat sweet and processed foods that are low in fibre, our systems become overwhelmed with glucose. And when your blood glucose goes up, your body reacts by flooding your system with insulin to mop it up, leading to a glucose spike. But here’s the thing: Many of the symptoms we treat as normal, such as energy crashes, needing to eat very regularly, and brain fog, are down to glucose issues. Take cravings, for example. "We’re taught that we should either give into them or suppress them with willpower," says Jessie. "But they are not things to suppress. They are signals your body is sending you." The message is this: you’re not eating right.
So how do we eat right? Jessie’s got some life-changing hacks for us. Her first piece of advice is simply to drink a tablespoon of vinegar in a tall glass of water a few minutes before eating. Then, eat a green starter - any veg works: asparagus, courgette, peppers, broccoli, lettuce, tomatoes, as well as pulses and beans, and even coleslaw. Inchauspé’s favourite is two cups of spinach, five jarred artichoke hearts, vinegar, and olive oil. She also mentions it's best to start the day savoury – the food you eat first thing affects your glucose levels for the rest of the day, so opt for savoury breakfast ingredients to go with your veg like Greek yogurt, tofu, meat, fish, cheese, cream cheese, protein powder, nuts, nut butter, seeds, and eggs. And finally, it's important to move after eating – exercise stops the accumulation of glucose in the body, so take a walk, go for a run, or do some squats.
Ultimately, Jessie’s advice is that it's not about what you eat; it’s about how you eat. So, if you want pudding or chocolate, go ahead and eat it! Just start your meal with veggies and plants first, then proteins and fat, and lastly starches and sugars, including fruits, to reduce your glucose spike by 73%. Remember, cravings are signals your body is sending you, so listen up and learn how to eat right with these glucose-flattening hacks.