High Morning (Fasting) Blood Sugar?

It must be frustrating to wake up with HIGH blood sugar when you haven’t eaten for 8+ hours…

So let me share why this happens and why I think you should stop freaking out about it.

Let’s talk about Dawn Phenomenon. ✨

Dawn Phenomenon is a term to describe high blood sugar in the mornings, particularly in people with Type 2 Diabetes.

But this number isn’t driven by FOOD—it’s driven by HORMONES.

In other words, your morning blood sugar is NOT an accurate reflection of last night’s dinner. Rather, it’s driven by a notorious little hormone called C O R T I S O L .

You see, part of cortisol’s job is to raise our blood sugar for quick bursts of energy—it’s like jet fuel compared to caffeine!

And it just so happens that cortisol peaks in the morning, causing a rise in blood sugar completely unrelated to food. ☀️

Oftentimes, a person’s morning blood sugar is the highest of their ENTIRE DAY.

The difference between someone who experiences Dawn Phenomenon and someone who doesn’t is a little problem called “insulin resistance”.

Insulin resistance makes it damn-near impossible to keep your numbers down.

The takeaway?

High fasting blood sugar doesn’t necessarily mean you ate something “bad” the night before.

Again, this is driven by CORTISOL—not food.

A high morning number just means you’re dealing with some level of insulin resistance.

The good news? You can repair insulin resistance—and when you do, your fasting blood sugar, A1C & all those pesky symptoms will follow suit. Simple as that. 👌🏽

For now, take your fasting blood sugar with a grain of salt (figuratively). 😉

Not sure where to start?

Sign up for my FREE Diabetes Masterclass where I’ll cover the top strategies my clients use to get OFF meds and put Type 2 Diabetes in REMISSION!

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(Hint: most people are going about this allll wrong!)

7 Type 2 Diabetes Symptoms To Pay Attention To

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Don’t ignore these symptoms.

Symptoms are your body’s way of telling you it’s under stress. It’s your body’s way of screaming that something’s not right.

Left unchecked, these subtle symptoms can lead to more serious problems like blindness, amputations, memory loss and kidney failure…

So while these may seem like minor inconveniences or you might be inclined to brush them off as unrelated, they’re the most common symptoms I see in people with Type 2 Diabetes.

Inside The Type 2 Transformation Program, we address ALL of these symptoms by repairing insulin resistance, and I’m a firm believer you should settle for no less.

This is not a band aid approach—it’s a TRUE solution to fix what’s broken.

This is how my clients get off meds & put diabetes in remission…while eating delicious, REAL food.

Wanna learn how?
Be sure to register for my FREE masterclass:

“Will going vegetarian lower my blood sugar?”

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So many people struggle to get their A1C below 6 after switching to a vegan, vegetarian or plant-based diet…

And you might be wondering why that is.

After all, it sure looks good on paper to load up on veggies, beans & whole grains!

But we need to clear up the misunderstanding, because this approach points a finger at the WRONG foods.

You see—beef, pork, chicken, turkey, wild game & seafood have NOTHING to do with diabetes…

From a blood sugar perspective, these foods aren’t a problem at ALL.

  • They won’t turn to sugar in your bloodstream…
  • They won’t raise your A1C…
  • And avoiding them isn’t gonna solve your blood sugar woes.

The unsexy TRUTH of the situation is this:

Carbohydrate restriction is a REQUIREMENT, not an option, for true blood sugar control.

Why? Because all carbohydrates (except fiber) turn to sugar in your body. Every. Damn. Time.

This is true whether we’re talking about the carbohydrates in cookies, pastries & ice cream…

OR the carbohydrates in quinoa, beans & oatmeal.

Once carbohydrates go through the digestive process, they enter your bloodstream as sugar molecules.

This is science, not “theory”…

And THIS is how high carb foods are wreaking havoc on your blood sugar.

The problem is, most vegan, vegetarian and plant-based diets are very HIGH in carbs (it just comes with the territory).

Have you bought into the vegan/vegetarian/plant-based myth? Could this be why you’re still struggling to get your numbers down?

I hope this cleared things up.

Your anti-vegan nutritionist,
Mallory

Philosophies of a Farm-to-Fork Nutritionist

by Mallory Nowak, NTP

People often ask what I eat. Am I vegetarian? Vegan? Paleo? Do I subscribe to the keto craze? My response: “I eat real food.” 

I realized early-on that people usually assume I’m joking.

“Opposed to fake food?” they often chuckle.

To answer their question, yes: my primary emphasis is on real, unadulterated food. My overarching philosophy on nutrition is that all animals (including humans) should adhere to their native diets. Seems intuitive enough, right? Most of my philosophies on nutrition and wellness are! 

Living in the farm-to-fork capital makes clean eating an easy feat. From an agricultural perspective, the Central Valley of California is one of the most abundant regions in the world. Sacramento’s collective of local grocers (I love me some Corti Brothers!), real-deal butchers (Taylor’s Market, anyone?), slow foods restaurants (hi, Magpie!) and daily farmer’s markets make for quite the bountiful food scene. It’s easily my favorite attribute of the area. 

We have a lot of responsibility surrounding our food choices. The creation of all food (whether plant- or animal-based) requires sacrifice; it requires the use of resources. Food waste and food packaging are important concerns and we ought to give them the recognition they deserve. Fostering creativity in the kitchen and finding ways to utilize food in its entirety are ways to prevent unnecessary food waste. In addition to sporting reusable shopping bags, we can opt out of foods with excessive packaging (including pre-packaged produce) to lessen our burden on the environment. 

And then I have some rather unconventional beliefs: my stances on sun exposure, dietary cholesterol, salt and saturated fat all come to mind instantaneously (but we’ll save those for a future discussion!). I believe gut health is of utmost importance and water is under-rated. I believe ‘health’ embodies so much more than the absence of dis-ease. I wholeheartedly believe in the functional medicine model, which aims to address the root cause of disorder as opposed to symptom suppression. I believe food can be medicine, but our society is largely confused about what “food” is.

Broadly, I believe our bodies have the innate ability to self-heal when given the raw materials to do so. I look forward to sharing time-honored nutritional wisdom, local resources and earth-loving tips with my community! 

In health,
Mallory Nowak, NTP

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