Glycemic Index Diet
The Glycemic Index Diet explains that not all carbohydrate foods are created equal, and that they behave quite differently in our bodies. It describes this difference by ranking carbohydrates according to their effect on our blood glucose levels. It was designed to measure how high and how quickly a food raises your blood sugar levels, so the would be a great guide for a diabetic.
On the Glycemic Index diet choosing low GI foods, like proteins and non refined carbs like whole grains, low sugar fruits and vegetables that break down more slowing releasing sugar gradually in to the blood stream is ideal, because of the resulting low fluctuations in our blood glucose and insulin levels.
Due to the slow introduction of glucose into your blood stream other benefits may be noticed as well like; energy levels will be more balanced and you will feel fuller longer between meals.
On the other hand eating a lot of high GI foods can be detrimental to your health as it pushes your body to
extremes - and you will notice the extremes in the
unbalanced moods and energy levels as well.
Gage youself, if 60-90 minutes after eating a meal you feel exhausted and hungry again, you probably had too much
of the foods in the High GI category. But if your energy
remains constant and reliable and you still feel satisfied
after an hour your made good GI food choices!
Enjoy the feeling and continue.
How you can Switch to a Low GI Diet
The basic technique for eating the low GI way is simply a
"this for that" approach. Swap high GI carbs for low GI carbs.
Great since there is not much counting needed to make sure
you are eating a healthy, low GI diet.
The goal is to focus on Medium to Low GI foods and stay away
from High GI foods.
You can use the chart as a guide and the attached Glycemic IndexFoods List to get an idea.
- Use breakfast cereals based on oats, barley and bran
- Use breads with wholegrains, stone-ground flour, sour dough
- Reduce the amount of potatoes you eat (No white potatoes)
- Enjoy all other types of fruit and vegetables
- Use Basmati or Doongara rice
- Eat plenty of salad vegetables with a vinaigrette dressing
On the Low GI Diet you can expect:
- Help with weight loss and managment
- Improve diabetes management
- Reduce the risk of heart disease
- improve blood cholesterol levels
- Help you manage the symptoms of PCOS
- Prolong physical endurance
- and much more!
As you review this different types of diet choices please keep in mind that this is just a brief overview of each of these programs and that there are many other types as well.
If you would like more information or suggestions on how to easily incorporate them into your busy life and make this a life style change instead of viewing them as restrictive diet, please contact us as we would be happy to help.
Disclaimer: These statements have not been evaluated by the FDA and are not intended to diagnose, treat,
cure, or prevent any disease.