To yoyo or not… that is the question

Before I jump into class last night I thought i’d share my delish breakfast this morning, raw buckwheat porridge, submitted to wellness weekend and slightly indulgent Tuesday

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Doesn’t that look yummy! after first bite I knew it was going to become my newest food obsession.

raw buckwheat porridge: 1/2 cup raw buckwheat groats soaked over night, in the morning strain and rinse the buckwheat well. In your blender or food processor blend up 1/3 of the soaked groats with 1/4 cup almond milk a splash of vanilla, sprinkle of cinnamon and a glug of maple syrup. Once blended pour over the remaining groats, stir in chopped fruit and nuts of choice and your don, enjoy! 🙂

okay onto class

Last nights class was about blood sugar and seeing as diabetes is on the rise, I figured we could all use a little info.

How many people struggle with:

Confusion, moodiness, irritability, dizziness, exhaustion, shakiness, fatigue, clammy, cold sweats, cravings, anxiety, depression, headaches, anger, agitation, and indecisiveness, just to name a few? I’m guessing everyone has moments they feel some/all of the above symptoms, these are symptoms of low blood sugar. So what happens to your blood sugar when you eat?

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Well, basically if you eat a ‘happy’ healthy well rounded meal (like above), glucose (sugars) is released into your bloodstream which triggers your pancreas to release the hormone insulin to regulate your blood sugar, insulin signals the cells to ‘open up’ and take glucose in to use as immediate fuel, it signals the liver to convert the glucose into glycogen for short term storage, and signals the fat cells to store any excess glucose.  A little while later, when your blood sugar starts decreasing your pancreas will release the hormone glucagon which tells your liver to convert the stored glycogen into glucose to be released into the bloodstream as well as signals the fat cells to release its stored energy.

But how often do people eat healthy well-rounded meals? Unfortunately, not as often as they should, so what happens when you eat a more processed meal?

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(recipe coming soon :))

Basically, the high sugar processed food causes your blood sugar to rapidly rise, your pancreas panics and releases an excess in insulin causing your blood sugar to drop too low, your body gets stressed because your blood sugar is so low and your adrenal glands release cortisol to stimulate the release of glucose but, because you most likely regularly consume a processed diet, your body doesn’t respond to cortisol and you continue to be low, you start feeling all/any of the symptoms mentioned above and your cravings cause you to consume another processed meal and it all happens again. High Low High Low. This long-term cycle is what eventually causes type 2 diabetes or ‘insulin resistant’.

Although it’s healthy to consume the occasional ‘bad’ meal, if you experience the symptoms above on a regular basis you should maybe check in with yourself and your daily diet.

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6 thoughts on “To yoyo or not… that is the question

  1. […] Raw Buckwheat Porridge from Simone’s Edible Adventures. Two of my favorite things: raw food, and porridge! I bet this makes an incredibly satisfying breakfast. […]

  2. Sara September 30, 2012 at 10:37 pm Reply

    Love this breakfast recipe! a great alternative to oatmeal!
    -Sara
    http://www.eatfeelfresh.com

  3. Laureen @FoxKitchen October 1, 2012 at 8:46 pm Reply

    I like buckwheat but have never tried it “raw”. Your recipe intrigues me, I’m wondering if I should try adding soaked buckwheat to my smoothies. Have you ever tried that? 

    I also like the valuable information you’ve shared about the highs and lows of blood sugar and diabetes.

    Pinning and sharing on my Facebook page 🙂

    • simonesedibleadventures October 1, 2012 at 10:26 pm Reply

      It is really good raw, I love kasha porridge but this is a great addition to the breakfast rotation, and very versatile, you could add any toppings you like… I have tried it in smoothies and its really good, it thickens it quite a bit which I enjoy. I find adding a sprinkle of chia seeds really helps it thicken up as well. If you blend it up in a smoothie then add the chia seeds and let sit for a little bit it becomes a pudding which i’ve been loving as a little snack 🙂
      thanks so much! glad you like it

  4. Jennifer November 21, 2012 at 3:51 am Reply

    I’ve been trying to lose weight for the longest time but nothing worked. When I finally decided to go vegan, it did wonders for my body well at least right after I got myself used to eating pure fruits and vegetables. This is a good breakfast recipe for those who like to speed up the process of their diet. Thanks for sharing! 🙂

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