Cotton Candy and Cloudy Skies

Functional Medicine

What does eating cotton candy have to do with your mood?

Quite a lot actually. As many as you know, the warm fluffy sugary delight is not exactly healthy for you. Have you ever wondered what happens once that sugary treat gets past your lips?
In the stomach it's broken down and absorbed into the blood stream and into the brain almost immediately. This creates a problem for your Pancreas (the organ responsible for keeping blood sugar balanced). It dumps insulin into the blood in an attempt to keep your brain from going into a food coma (literally).

Why the food coma?

When the brain is exposed to too much sugar, it is very exciting to the surrounding nerves. So exciting in fact it can cause your nerves to overreact and die. You get this sensation after eating too much, ever feel like taking a nap after eating? That is your blood sugar out of control. While everyone has experienced this at one time or another. Its important that it isn't happening often.

Put very simply, people with blood sugar balancing problems, (Type I Diabetes, Type II Diabetes and Pre-diabetics) have a higher incidence of brain degeneration.

So how do we balance out our blood sugar and save our brains from becoming taxed?
Protein and vegetables in the morning is by far the easiest way to start. Eat some eggs in the morning and add the butter! That’s right, fry those sunny-sided embryos in fat. Fat and protein are a great start to balancing out your blood sugar. For lunch much the same, start with vegetables and protein, some carbohydrates are allowed. For supper rinse and repeat vegetables, fruit, protein and carbohydrates are allowed.

Don't like that plan?

Then start with protein in the morning and keep your carbohydrates under 100 grams per day (6 slices of bread). Not everyone eats 6 slices of bread every day, but we do have pasta, soda, potatoes, beans, chips, (and other things that are similar to bread) Try this for tomorrow, keep track of everything you eat and write it down, then add up the total number of carbohydrates you consumed throughout the day. You might be surprised at the amount of carbohydrates you take in on a daily basis.

Next time you feel like indulging in that fluffy fair food, think of your brain and go for the turkey leg instead.


Call: 701.356.3255
Fax: 701.356.3263

Twin Oaks Health Solutions
4166 31st Ave S. Suite 101
Fargo, ND 58104

Monday: 10:30-4
Tuesday: 9-5
Wednesday: 9-5
Thursday: 9-4