Here we go. Are you ready to begin a lifestyle of health? Are you ready to quit dieting? Low Glycemic eating is how I teach my VIP Coaching Program classes and 100 percent of them say this is the easiest program they have ever followed and they plan to live by this method as their new lifestyle.
If you need a quick refresher, be sure to read What Is The Glycemic Index Part 1. The GI (Glycemic Index) is a number scale that represents how quickly the food (any food) we eat converts to sugar. That sugar is then 1. used immediately as a quick energy source or 2. stored as an energy source for later use….each determined by how quickly (or the readily availability) of that sugar. Some foods breakdown very rapidly to sugar and others take much longer. Knowing which foods do which is the important part! The higher the GI number are the foods that convert to sugar quickly in our body and include: White starches such as white bread, white flour, white potatoes, white and brown rice, pasta, sugar, some cereals, pastries and some snack crackers. Fruits such as bananas, dates,cantaloupes and watermelon.
A few vegetables including rutabaga, beets, carrots and parsnips.
Now you can probably guess which foods carry a lower to moderate GI number. They take longer to digest, longer to turn to sugar and therefore, that energy is stored for later use when we need it the most.
Some of those foods include: Whole grain, Sweet potatoes, most vegetables, Meats and other protein sources such as poultry, fish, beef and beans. Does this mean that you should never high GI foods? No, not necessarily.
If you eat a food that breaks down quickly for energy? Notice dates are in the ‘high’ list. I make my homemade oatmeal bars with dates~runners and athletes like to eat dates for that reason-they give us quick energy. BUT, dates are also a good source of fiber and fiber helps to slow down that sugar conversion! Woop! Woop! Did you know that by “adding a protein and fiber to every meal makes losing weight no big deal”? Why? Because protein and fiber slows down that conversion of the sugar causing us to feel fuller longer, feel more satiated, and keeps us from hitting the energy slump after we eat a high GI meal. Isn’t that the coolest thing ever!?
So, do you see what’s different about eating this way rather than following such a strict or fad diet plan? You’re allowed to eat carbs! Yipee! You need carbs! You need energy! It’s just about eating the right carbs to keep our blood sugar levels steady instead of yo-yo-ing up and down over and over again.
That’s all for now! I’d love to hear from you if you have any questions!