Blood Sugar and Why It’s Important
Quick-acting carbohydrates break down to glucose (energy) and move through your digestive system and into your bloodstream more quickly than a slow-acting carbohydrate, such as brown rice. In your bloodstream, glucose is called blood sugar and sails the red sea and travels to different muscles knocking on the gate to be let in. The gatekeeper is this ugly troll named insulin (ok – I’m getting carried away with the metaphor, I like pirates ok!) that allows the glucose to pass or not pass into muscle island to deliver energy and power.
On muscle island, if you invade through the gates too quickly, the locals will riot and there will be a quick and bloody finish. If you are too slow to act, the locals may catch on to your plan and overtake you. That perfect timing for the most effective delivery of “power” is our goal. When you exercise, the ugly insulin troll is more likely to open the gate for you so it is OK to have quick-acting carbo energy ready to deliver; but we still need Captain Blackbeard, or “protein and fat” to strategically slow our advances through the gate to make sure we have a well-timed execution (or as we like to call it – optimized exercise performance). Make sense?
So to recap:
Quick-acting source of carbs + source of protein and fat = stable blood sugar = optimized performance
Balanced blood sugar side effects may include:
- Balanced moods (suppresses the Hangry (hungry + angry))
- Improved sleep
- Increase of energy
- Mental alertness
- Regulated hormones
- Reduced sugar cravings
So what is the check to tell if you blood sugar is balanced?
- Can you go 4-5 hours without getting hungry after you eat? If not, ask yourself:
- Did I eat a balanced meal of protein, fat, and carbohydrates?
- Did I eat enough food?