What is it:
Glucose Goddess: The Life-Changing Power of Balancing Your Blood Sugar by Jessie Inchauspe has become a community across the world that has a large following. The author shares the following 10 hacks all based on balancing your blood sugar:
- Eat foods in the right order
- Add a green starter to all of your meals
- Stop counting calories
- Flatten your breakfast curve
- Have any type of sugar you like – they’re all the same
- Pick dessert over a sweet snack
- Reach for vinegar before you eat
- After you eat move
- If you have a snack go savory
- Put some clothes on your carbs.
Jessie’s website https://www.glucosegoddess.com/science and instagram @glucosegoddess has useful highlights of the info and visuals.
- Tips on breakfast, balancing out carbs when needed, the timing of exercise and possibly the vinegar hack if you are particularly sensitive after big workouts or before big meals can be helpful for general health and wellness or if you have a specific condition. For those who are pregnant or lactating when glucose management is particularly important may find these hacks helpful.
What to watch out for:
- Some of the studies cited involve outcomes that aren’t clinically significant and some mis interpretations of clinical data – Dietitian Abby Langer reviews everything thoroughly here and to be an informed reader of this information I suggest reading through Abby’s post as it will help keep everything in perspective
- If you have a history of an eating disorder or disordered eating, you could be triggered by the information and how it is presented/the conclusions that are drawn
Who needs this book:
- Well, paradoxically the short answer is everyone and not everyone. General takeaways that are beneficial to all are similar to nutrition advice that’s been validated i.e. eat more vegetables and fiber, fill up on that first, etc. But, glucose monitoring is not necessary for all individuals and glucose spikes are normal they are not a pathology meaning a glucose spike in and of itself is not necessarily bad. Context matters such as your health conditions, health history, health goals, etc. So take what’s helpful to you and leave the rest.