“There is a difference in starting my day in a way that I feel balanced and relaxed… not only is your blood sugar more regulated the rest of the day, there’s less late-night cravings, less late-night eating, there’s less 3 or 4 o’clock cravings for sugar… there are changes hormonally that create that, but disregulated blood sugar exacerbates that.”
There are a myriad of defining factors linking the way we eat to the way we experience health. Regulating blood sugar and hunger hormones help form these, and Kelly LeVeque uses her platform to educate and inform people on how to eat to feel fuelled and grounded.
Kelly is a holistic nutritionist, wellness expert, celebrity health coach, and bestselling author of Body Love and Body Love Every Day. With a background in cancer and genetics research, Kelly returned to study a postgraduate degree in nutrition. She places a particular focus on eating to optimise blood sugar balance, developing personalised plans for her clients that consider lifestyle sustainability and ensuring they feel their best.
At the end of the day, Kelly’s focus is ensuring that her clients feel in control of and empowered by their food choices. Her philosophy revolves around the “Fab 4” structure, prioritising protein, fat, fibre, and leafy greens to promote blood sugar balance.
“I love thinking about and understanding how to eat to feel fuelled and grounded, not frenetic and hungry or anxious.”
There’s plenty to learn from Kelly’s abundance of knowledge around nutrition, hunger hormones, and blood sugar balance. It’s important to me that I host guests on the Plant Proof podcast who may have differing philosophies to me, or whose ideology runs parallel but in a different lane. Kelly is a prime example of this: her focus and methods are a little different from mine, but our mission is fundamentally the same.
In this episode, you’ll learn about blood glucose control and Kelly’s food choice recommendations. We discuss the benefits of elongating the blood sugar curve, with actionable steps to do so. We also cover the negative impacts of poor blood glucose control, with Kelly offering more information on hunger hormones and how to regulate them. She shares her lifestyle recommendations, tips for sticking to dietary changes, and explains how her Fab 4 framework helps people improve their health and how they feel day-to-day.
I hope you learn something new from this episode and appreciate the importance of broadening our scope to explore differing ideologies around food and lifestyle changes. It is always eye-opening to bring alternative perspectives to the table.
If you’d like to explore further, other resources mentioned in this episode include:
- David Raubenheimer and Stephen Simpson’s book Eat Like the Animals
- Episodes with Cyrus Khambatta, PhD and Robby Barbaro, MPH of Mastering Diabetes: Episode 74, Episode 94, Episode 168
- Atomic Habits by James Clear
- To connect with Kelly and discover more of her work, you can find her on Instagram, Facebook, and YouTube. She also hosts The Be Well By Kelly Podcast, and you can access her website here. Kelly has two books, Body Love and Body Love Every Day.
Kelly LeVeque is a holistic nutritionist, wellness expert, celebrity health coach, and the best-selling author of Body Love and Body Love Every Day. Her deep desire to help her clients, her passion for human nutrition, and her curiosity about how and why the body works drive Kelly to diligently study the latest research, evaluate competing theories and use this information to make individualized recommendations for her clients. Most importantly, Kelly’s practical and always optimistic approach to nutrition and wellness helps her readers improve their health, achieve their goals, and develop sustainable habits to live healthy and balanced lives.
Kelly’s website serves as a resource for her readers to find the latest research and rationale behind important nutrition principles, as well as delicious recipes and recommended products to fuel them well. In 2020, she launched The Be Well By Kelly Podcast to further provide listeners with her nutrition and wellness wisdom, and to introduce them to other health professionals with a wide array of experience and insights. With the desire to provide her coaching expertise to the public, Kelly developed the Fab 4 Fundamentals course, in which she simplifies the science of nutrition and empowers participants to confidently take charge of their health. She has expanded her nutrition curriculum to include a second course, Fab 4 Pregnancy, to provide moms-to-be with the wisdom, encouragement, and thoroughly researched recommendations they need to nourish themselves before, during, and after pregnancy. Additionally, Kelly released the Be Well by Kelly Protein Powder to round out the Body Love toolkit. This protein powder harnesses the power and benefits of simple yet wholesome protein and can easily be used in one of Kelly’s favorite tools, the #fab4smoothie.
Through all of these resources, Kelly seeks to provide men and women with the tools they need to transform their health and their lives through nourishing whole foods and body-loving practices.