Despite my working out daily, and eating a mostly very healthy diet with lots of plants, Omega-3 fats and lean protein (plus occasional treats like cookies from Crumbl Cookies), my last A1C placed me at the beginning of the "pre-diabetes" range. I want to do whatever it takes to get me back to "normal." When I first heard Jessie Inchauspé, Glucose Goddess, interviewed on the Dhru Purohit Podcast, I was wowed by her and immediately followed her on Instagram. Then I couldn't stop pointing out the graphs she posted from her Continuous Glucose Monitor (CGM) to my husband and daughters.
It was mind-blowing to see the difference in the glucose curve caused by changes in food order, for instance, between having a tuna sandwich vs. having a salad, then tuna then bread. It was also crazy to see what a difference it makes by simply having a salad before having pizza instead of having pizza by itself. It was equally incredible to see what a simple walk after eating ice cream did to stabilize the blood sugar or how having a sweet treat as dessert is much better than having it as a snack.
The Glucose Goddess hack that I use most often with my girls is telling them to make sure their "carbs have clothes," meaning they are paired with protein, fat and fiber. The importance of doing so is illustrated here and below. Plus, they think it's funny when I stress, "No naked carbs!"
Inchauspé has also inspired me to drink 1 TB of apple cider vinegar in water before carb-loaded meals like pizza nights. And if I want bread at a restaurant, I save a piece for after I have my meal.
Of course I ordered her book "Glucose Revolution: The Life-Changing Power of Balancing Your Blood Sugar" as soon as it was available. It's similar to her Instagram in that she makes things easy to understand, but in the book she delves further into the science. She explains it all, beginning with what insulin and glucose are and what they do in the body. She also shares results from people who followed her hacks and saw huge improvements in their health.
I always think it is super cool when making small changes can have a huge impact. I really think anyone would be inspired by the cases mentioned in the book.
If you're looking to lose weight, lower your A1C, reduce cravings, understand why you have certain cravings premenstrually, want to avoid being hangry or simply want to understand why stabilizing our blood sugar matters, buy her book or at least check out her Instagram. It really could change your life. It has definitely changed mine. I can't wait to get my A1C checked again!