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Meal Timing Strategies to Better Manage Blood Sugar

In addition to what types of foods you eat, when you eat can impact blood sugar control. Using smart meal timing strategies helps keep blood sugar balanced.

Eat Consistently

Eating meals and snacks at about the same time daily helps your body predict and regulate blood sugar response.

Don’t Skip Breakfast

Starting the day with a balanced breakfast helps prevent blood sugar spikes and crashes later. Make it a consistent routine.

Space Meals 4-5 Hours Apart

Allow 4-5 hours between meals for blood sugar to stabilize. Snacks 2-3 hours apart are appropriate.

Eat Before Activities

Eat a meal or snack containing carbs, protein and fat 1-2 hours before exercise or activities. This prevents hypoglycemia.

Check Blood Sugar Before Bed

Eat a light snack at night if blood sugar is low, and stay above 70 mg/dL at bedtime to prevent overnight hypoglycemia.

Limit Carbs at Night

Your body processes carbs slower at night. Focus evening meals on lean protein, veggies and healthy fats.

Avoid Late Night Eating

Stop eating 2-3 hours before bed. Late night meals quickly raise blood sugar during sleeping hours.

Consider Intermittent Fasting

Fasting for 14-16 hours overnight can improve insulin sensitivity for better daytime blood sugar regulation.

Tailoring when you eat and aligning it with your body’s 24-hour circadian rhythms can yield big benefits for blood sugar control. Work with your healthcare provider to discover optimal meal timing strategies for you.

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  1. Lily Leung on January 21, 2024 at 11:34 pm

    I must be doing something right. I haven’t had a sugar crash for a long time. Now if I can lose a little more weight faster!

    • Karen Admin on January 22, 2024 at 4:58 pm

      Great…keep up the good work!

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