Since we joined the Essex Farm’s Whole Diet CSA last fall, we have been eating a lot more amazing sausage for breakfast (and packed in lunches too!), including this homemade ginger sage sausage.
It’s good to eat (homemade) sausage for breakfast. Here’s why:
Aside from the building-strong-young-bodies nutrients it contains like:
- Protein/Amino acids
- Vitamin B-12
- Healthy saturated fats (that build hormones, keep the immune system ticking, feed our brains, etc.)
It is really important to start your morning with a breakfast that sets the tone for good blood sugar regulation throughout the day. Let me explain further…
Blood Sugar Regulation is one of the body’s TOP Priorities.
Anything outside of the narrow range of 80 – 100 mg/dL causes stress to the body…and stresses the primary organs of Blood Sugar regulation…
Here is a healthy Blood Sugar Scenario:
You start your day with a nice balanced breakfast of protein, fats & veggies. Your blood sugar has a gentle rise after breakfast. The pancreas secretes the hormone insulin which takes any extra glucose/sugar out of your blood and stores it for later use, as glycogen. This is fuel that is stored in the muscles & liver.
You go about your day…
Your blood sugar dips down to the lower level and a lesser known hormone, called glucagon, is secreted by the pancreas. It’s job is the opposite of insulin, in that it mobilizes the stored glycogen (pulling it back into the blood) until we eat our next meal.
You feel good…satiated…never in a state of emergency…balanced. Storing & mobilizing glycogen in equal amounts.
Buuut, here is what happens all to commonly.
Here is an unhealthy Blood Sugar Scenario:
Let’s say you start your day with a bowl of cereal and lowfat milk, a banana, glass of orange juice, coffee w/ cream & sugar. Sounds pretty benign, right?
Every one of these items (with the exception of the cream) is going to turn to sugar in the body really quickly.
Very quickly the blood sugar spikes past the Upper Limit.
To your body this is a state of emergency and the pancreas goes into overdrive pumping out excess insulin. Some blood sugar gets stored as glycogen but we can only store a limited amount, so the extra gets stored as Body Fat.
Your blood sugar levels go down, but so much insulin was pumped out that there is an equal and opposite reaction causing the blood sugar to drop too low.
Sugar high…sugar crash.
This brings a new state of emergency. The hormone glucagon cannot mobilize enough stored glycogen and one of three things happen…sometimes a combination of all three:
- You crave sugar.
- Your adrenals fire (sending a rush of the stress hormone cortisol which increases fat storage-fight or flight mode).
- You have caffeine (which is like a sledge hammer to the adrenals…and eventually the adrenals are exhausted causing varied & multiple health problems).
These responses spike the blood sugar levels back up and the extreme pattern continues…
Storing Fat…Not Using It…Storing Fat…Not Using It.
Biochemically we put our body in a survival mode and it stores fat.
At the Upper Level of this extreme the body feels a high, maybe feeling jittery or “wired”. On the Lower Level of this extreme the body feels an energy crash, sluggish, fatigued.
All that to say, it is really important to eat a breakfast that sets the pattern right for the day…balanced ideally with fat, protein and low-glycemic carbohydrates like vegetables.
Enter…easy homemade ginger sage sausage. 🙂
Enjoy this yummy recipe inspired by Essex Farms, and share this post to friends. Blood sugar regulation is a foundational piece to health.