Review: Glucose Revolution

Glucose, or blood sugar, is a tiny molecule in our body that has a huge impact on our health. It enters our bloodstream through the starchy or sweet foods we eat. Ninety percent of us suffer from too much glucose in our system—and most of us don’t know it.

The symptoms? Cravings, fatigue, infertility, hormonal issues, acne, wrinkles… And over time, the development of conditions like type 2 diabetes, polycystic ovarian syndrome, cancer, dementia, and heart disease.

Drawing on cutting-edge science and her own pioneering research, biochemist Jessie Inchauspé offers ten simple, surprising hacks to help you balance your glucose levels and reverse your symptoms—without going on a diet or giving up the foods you love. For example:
* How eating foods in the right order will make you lose weight effortlessly
* What secret ingredient will allow you to eat dessert and still go into fat-burning mode
* What small change to your breakfast will unlock energy and cut your cravings

Both entertaining, informative, and packed with the latest scientific data, this book presents a new way to think about better health. Glucose Revolution is chock-full of tips that can drastically and immediately improve your life, whatever your dietary preferences.

I picked up this book after my doctor said she wanted to test me for diabetes (which, apparently, I am) so I’m really glad that I did. To be honest, I didn’t think I’d reach the entire thing; I figured I’d skim it and get some tips, but that wasn’t the case. I actually read it all and got a lot of good information and “food hacks” out of this book that I’ve already started applying to my meals. The best part of this book is that the author’s hacks teach that you can still eat what you love, but take control of your health.

The author also teaches how different types of carbohydrates process in our bodies (and I learned that fiber is under the carb umbrella, but it’s more fiber than carb), so one of her main hacks was to eat food in the right order: fiber > protein/fats > carbs/sugar. And another main one was if you can’t escape eating carbs, to try to “dress” it with either protein or fiber. One that’s been working for me to lower my glucose spikes is having a bagel and cream cheese (which I’ve been doing for years and years anyway, but now I know it’s not so bad for my glucose levels).

I’ve already been seeing how different foods in different orders have been affecting me. And if I feel that I’ve had more carbs than fiber or protein, I’ll try to move around a little after. It’s been hard for me not to snack on some crackers or have a few pieces of chocolate while I’m at work, but that wasn’t even a habit I picked up until I started working at the library (well, not one that did that often). Instead, I’m just trying to snack on some better snacks or as the author suggests, waiting 20 minutes when a food/snack craving comes by and see if it passes (sometimes it does, sometimes it doesn’t). 

There’s just a lot of information in this book that I feel is going to help me with controlling my glucose levels and get my a1c level back down to a healthier level. The most shocking thing in this book was the fact that only 12% of Americans have healthy glucose levels… twelve percent! That means more people than we realize are having glucose spikes without realizing it, which is bad because high glucose affects our other organs. It’s pretty scary if you ask me, and I’m kind of glad that I’m now aware of my levels and can start working to take better care of my body.

Anyway, I obviously recommend this book. I know it’s not going to be for everyone, so if you’re even just mildly interested in learning about glucose and how to take better care of it, you can find Jessie Inchauspe on her website, Glucose Goddess, or check out her neat charts on Instagram under @glucosegoddess.

Rating: 5/5 stars

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