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A simple eating tip
that not only
makes you healthier
but let's you
without even trying
Sounds too good to be true, right?
It's a little known eating strategy that is based on how your body deals with the food you eat.
Forget low fat or low carb- low glycemic is the key. This is not a "fad"- it's healthy eating based on science. It's how our bodies were designed to be fed.
If you've never heard of the glycemic index, it's the measure of how quickly your body turns the food you eat into the sugar you need for energy. The faster it happens, the worse it is.
Without going into a biology lesson and boring you with the details you don't care about, here's what happens when you eat high glycemic foods:
- Your sugar levels go down so fast and far that it makes you crave food that will get it back to normal quickly: more high glycemic food. That of course starts the whole process again. We call this the glycemic roller coaster.
So all of those "emotional" cravings that you just can't ignore are actually your body's natural response to the types of foods you're eating. That's why you can't help but eat it.
And you know that mid-afternoon energy crash? Totally due to the glycemic roller coaster.
- Your insulin requirements go up. No big deal once in awhile, but after years of a high glycemic diet, your body becomes less sensitive to the insulin, so it needs to make more. Eventually you end up with type 2 diabetes.
and last but certainly not least...
- Insulin tells your body to store fat. That's right! Any of you who are trying to lose weight and are not following a low glycemic diet are fighting a losing battle.
What foods are low glycemic?
Generally, foods that take a long time to digest are low glycemic. Think high fiber, protein and little or no processing. Most fruits and veggies are excellent choices, as well as whole grains. Try to avoid packaged foods as much as possible.
Many high glycemic foods are obvious: cakes, cookies, chips, chocolate bars... pretty much anything we consider snacks.
The surprise to most people are some of the foods you thought were good for you that are very high glycemic: potatoes, white rice/pasta/bread, cereals... Really! Except for the vitamins you get, when you eat potatoes, you may as well be spooning sugar into your mouth.
It's just a matter of educating yourself and making different choices.
There are many books you can find that list a value for particular foods. If you're trying to lose weight also, one I recommend is "The Low GI diet" by Rick Gallop - it gives a simple to follow list of good, bad and ugly glycemic foods that also take into account calorie load.
Here are a couple of websites that give some comprehensive lists: www.mendosa.com/gilists.htm and www.glycemicindex.com/
So get educated and start choosing low glycemic today. It may be a big change for some of you, but it's definitely worth it.
Once you start eating a low glycemic diet on a regular basis, your energy level will go up and you usually drop any extra pounds you're carrying without even really trying. After awhile, you'll be able to feel the difference when you eat a high glycemic meal.
It really is the healthiest way to eat. Try it out and next e-zine I'll give you some tips & strategies that can make it easier if you're having problems.
Because Laughter Really IS Good Medicine...
In Honor of Canada Day...
Three men were sitting together bragging about how they had given their new wives duties.
Terry had married a woman from America, and bragged that he had told his wife she was going to do all the dishes and house cleaning that needed to be done at their house. He said that it took a couple days but on the third day he came home to a clean house and the dishes were all washed and put away.
Jimmy had married a woman from Australia. He bragged that he had given his wife orders that she was to do all the house cleaning, dishes, and the cooking. He told them that the first day he didn't see any results, but the next day it was better. By the third day, his house was clean, the dishes were done, and he had a huge dinner on the table.
The third man had married a Canadian girl. He boasted that he told her that her duties were to keep the house cleaned, dishes washed, lawn mowed, laundry washed and hot meals on the table for every meal. He said the first day he didn't see anything, the second day he didn't see anything, but by the third day most of the swelling had gone down and he could see a little out of his left eye. Enough to fix himself a bite to eat, load the dishwasher, and call a landscaper.
I'm Proud to be a Canadian Woman!
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See you next month...
Good Health to You,
Kristy Russ, BScPharm
Pharmacist and Health Consultant
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