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How to Lower Blood Sugar Naturally and Healthfully

How to Lower Blood Sugar Naturally and Healthfully

If you find yourself in a situation where you need to lower your blood sugar naturally and healthfully, you might be a diabetic or you might have hyperglycemia, a condition characterized by high blood sugar levels. In people who do not have diabetes, the pancreas releases a chemical called insulin into the bloodstream. This regulates blood sugar levels. In diabetic patients, the body has lost its ability to do this. Levels can climb dangerously high, ultimately causing organ damage if left unchecked.

You can successfully control your blood sugar. Working with your doctor and using tips from this list, you can manage your sugar levels effectively. Then you can spend more time enjoying life rather than managing complications from high blood sugar.

Change Your Diet

Your diet plays a crucial role in regulating your blood sugar.

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  • Choose more complex carbohydrates, but don’t go overboard. Whole grains and bran are good choices.
  • Beans help, too. They add fiber to the diet and help delay glucose (simple sugar) absorption.
  • Fruits and vegetables add needed nutrients for the body to process sugar more effectively.
  • Some people try only eating raw foods and they often experience great results.
  • Avoid sugary desserts and eliminate refined sugars in the form of cake, ice cream, soda, and more.

Enlist the help of your doctor to come up with a diet plan that will complement your own body’s specific needs. It’s more about choosing to eat foods that are more healthful. They don’t have to be boring or bland.

Eat Smaller Meals More Often

Eating more frequently allows blood sugar levels to stay more level throughout the day. Nutrients need to enter the bloodstream at regular times. This also means that you should not wait too long between meals, skip them or fast.

Doing this also helps to keep blood sugar from spiking too high and then getting too low once the body releases insulin.

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Exercise

When you follow a regular exercise program, the effects on overall health are tremendous. Exercise has the added benefit of helping to regulate blood sugar levels throughout the course of a day. You can begin a walking routine, swim or ride a bike, among other things.

Some people have difficulty incorporating a regular exercise program due to work or family obligations. If this is the case, it’s important to build in opportunities throughout the day to get more exercise. Some ideas are as follows:

  • use the push mower to cut the grass
  • park far away from the grocery store entrance and then walk the basket back to the door when you’re finished
  • take the stairs instead of the elevator
  • walk the dog around the block twice a day
  • jog in place while watching TV
  • do jumping jacks before beginning your morning routine
  • don’t make your kids get the groceries: get them yourself and take smaller loads so that you make more trips
  • get a kettlebell, It works like a weight that will help to increase your heart rate in a smaller span of time.

Try Apple Cider Vinegar

This is a folk remedy, but many people swear by it. Get some organic apple cider vinegar (the kind with “The Mother” – it will say so on the bottle – which is the pulpy mass you see at the bottom of the bottle and is said to imbibe the vinegar with more nutrients). Start with 1 teaspoon to an 8 oz. glass of water. If you can’t stand the taste, try adding it to tea without sugar, or try organic stevia. Gradually increase the vinegar amounts in a glass of water, up to two tablespoons. Monitor your sugar levels closely – you might not need that much to maintain acceptable levels.

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The vinegar helps with digestion and absorption of sugar, and also has many other health benefits.

Limit Alcohol Intake

Alcohol can raise blood sugar levels because the body has to busy itself eliminating the alcohol toxins from the body. It cannot focus on regulating sugar levels as effectively. Consuming too much alcohol can cause hypoglycemia, a condition where blood sugar levels are too low. This happens because the body releases insulin to combat the alcohol sugars and can over compensate. Over time, however, the body begins to lose its ability to use insulin to reduce the amount of sugar in the blood. The opposite can develop: hyperglycemia.

Get More Sleep

You may have heard that people who often don’t get enough rest tend to weigh more and are at higher risk for being overweight. With that come the complications: diabetes, high blood pressure, cardiovascular disease and more. Be proactive about getting enough sleep. In general, your body functions better, which will also help your blood sugar levels. Aim for 7-8 hours of sleep each night.

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Implementing the suggestions from this list and being proactive about managing blood sugar levels are crucial to maintaining healthy blood sugar. From revamping your diet to getting more exercise, it takes a bit of effort. It’s worth it so that you don’t develop long-term complications down the road.  It’s important to work with your doctor, as well, to develop a customized plan of action so that you can live the healthiest life possible.

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Cyndi Calhoun

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Last Updated on September 16, 2019

How to Stop Procrastinating: 11 Practical Ways for Procrastinators

How to Stop Procrastinating: 11 Practical Ways for Procrastinators

You have a deadline looming. However, instead of doing your work, you are fiddling with miscellaneous things like checking email, social media, watching videos, surfing blogs and forums. You know you should be working, but you just don’t feel like doing anything.

We are all familiar with the procrastination phenomenon. When we procrastinate, we squander away our free time and put off important tasks we should be doing them till it’s too late. And when it is indeed too late, we panic and wish we got started earlier.

The chronic procrastinators I know have spent years of their life looped in this cycle. Delaying, putting off things, slacking, hiding from work, facing work only when it’s unavoidable, then repeating this loop all over again. It’s a bad habit that eats us away and prevents us from achieving greater results in life.

Don’t let procrastination take over your life. Here, I will share my personal steps on how to stop procrastinating. These 11 steps will definitely apply to you too:

1. Break Your Work into Little Steps

Part of the reason why we procrastinate is because subconsciously, we find the work too overwhelming for us. Break it down into little parts, then focus on one part at the time. If you still procrastinate on the task after breaking it down, then break it down even further. Soon, your task will be so simple that you will be thinking “gee, this is so simple that I might as well just do it now!”.

For example, I’m currently writing a new book (on How to achieve anything in life). Book writing at its full scale is an enormous project and can be overwhelming. However, when I break it down into phases such as –

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  • (1) Research
  • (2) Deciding the topic
  • (3) Creating the outline
  • (4) Drafting the content
  • (5) Writing Chapters #1 to #10,
  • (6) Revision
  • (7) etc.

Suddenly it seems very manageable. What I do then is to focus on the immediate phase and get it done to my best ability, without thinking about the other phases. When it’s done, I move on to the next.

2. Change Your Environment

Different environments have different impact on our productivity. Look at your work desk and your room. Do they make you want to work or do they make you want to snuggle and sleep? If it’s the latter, you should look into changing your workspace.

One thing to note is that an environment that makes us feel inspired before may lose its effect after a period of time. If that’s the case, then it’s time to change things around. Refer to Steps #2 and #3 of 13 Strategies To Jumpstart Your Productivity, which talks about revamping your environment and workspace.

3. Create a Detailed Timeline with Specific Deadlines

Having just 1 deadline for your work is like an invitation to procrastinate. That’s because we get the impression that we have time and keep pushing everything back, until it’s too late.

Break down your project (see tip #1), then create an overall timeline with specific deadlines for each small task. This way, you know you have to finish each task by a certain date. Your timelines must be robust, too – i.e. if you don’t finish this by today, it’s going to jeopardize everything else you have planned after that. This way it creates the urgency to act.

My goals are broken down into monthly, weekly, right down to the daily task lists, and the list is a call to action that I must accomplish this by the specified date, else my goals will be put off.

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Here’re more tips on setting deadlines: 22 Tips for Effective Deadlines

4. Eliminate Your Procrastination Pit-Stops

If you are procrastinating a little too much, maybe that’s because you make it easy to procrastinate.

Identify your browser bookmarks that take up a lot of your time and shift them into a separate folder that is less accessible. Disable the automatic notification option in your email client. Get rid of the distractions around you.

I know some people will out of the way and delete or deactivate their facebook accounts. I think it’s a little drastic and extreme as addressing procrastination is more about being conscious of our actions than counteracting via self-binding methods, but if you feel that’s what’s needed, go for it.

5. Hang out with People Who Inspire You to Take Action

I’m pretty sure if you spend just 10 minutes talking to Steve Jobs or Bill Gates, you’ll be more inspired to act than if you spent the 10 minutes doing nothing. The people we are with influence our behaviors. Of course spending time with Steve Jobs or Bill Gates every day is probably not a feasible method, but the principle applies — The Hidden Power of Every Single Person Around You

Identify the people, friends or colleagues who trigger you – most likely the go-getters and hard workers – and hang out with them more often. Soon you will inculcate their drive and spirit too.

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As a personal development blogger, I “hang out” with inspiring personal development experts by reading their blogs and corresponding with them regularly via email and social media. It’s communication via new media and it works all the same.

6. Get a Buddy

Having a companion makes the whole process much more fun. Ideally, your buddy should be someone who has his/her own set of goals. Both of you will hold each other accountable to your goals and plans. While it’s not necessary for both of you to have the same goals, it’ll be even better if that’s the case, so you can learn from each other.

I have a good friend whom I talk to regularly, and we always ask each other about our goals and progress in achieving those goals. Needless to say, it spurs us to keep taking action.

7. Tell Others About Your Goals

This serves the same function as #6, on a larger scale. Tell all your friends, colleagues, acquaintances and family about your projects. Now whenever you see them, they are bound to ask you about your status on those projects.

For example, sometimes I announce my projects on The Personal Excellence Blog, Twitter and Facebook, and my readers will ask me about them on an ongoing basis. It’s a great way to keep myself accountable to my plans.

8. Seek out Someone Who Has Already Achieved the Outcome

What is it you want to accomplish here, and who are the people who have accomplished this already? Go seek them out and connect with them. Seeing living proof that your goals are very well achievable if you take action is one of the best triggers for action.

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9. Re-Clarify Your Goals

If you have been procrastinating for an extended period of time, it might reflect a misalignment between what you want and what you are currently doing. Often times, we outgrow our goals as we discover more about ourselves, but we don’t change our goals to reflect that.

Get away from your work (a short vacation will be good, else just a weekend break or staycation will do too) and take some time to regroup yourself. What exactly do you want to achieve? What should you do to get there? What are the steps to take? Does your current work align with that? If not, what can you do about it?

10. Stop Over-Complicating Things

Are you waiting for a perfect time to do this? That maybe now is not the best time because of X, Y, Z reasons? Ditch that thought because there’s never a perfect time. If you keep waiting for one, you are never going to accomplish anything.

Perfectionism is one of the biggest reasons for procrastination. Read more about why perfectionist tendencies can be a bane than a boon: Why Being A Perfectionist May Not Be So Perfect.

11. Get a Grip and Just Do It

At the end, it boils down to taking action. You can do all the strategizing, planning and hypothesizing, but if you don’t take action, nothing’s going to happen. Occasionally, I get readers and clients who keep complaining about their situations but they still refuse to take action at the end of the day.

Reality check:

I have never heard anyone procrastinate their way to success before and I doubt it’s going to change in the near future.  Whatever it is you are procrastinating on, if you want to get it done, you need to get a grip on yourself and do it.

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