You may be familiar with the glycemic index if you know someone with diabetes. People with diabetes eat low glycemic foods to help with managing their blood sugar.
If you’re not familiar with the glycemic index, here is a quick definition for you. The glycemic index (GI) is a number from 0 to 100 that measures how much a specific food increases your blood sugar level two hours after consuming that food. Sugar, pure glucose, has a GI value of 100.
The higher the glycemic index, the greater the metabolic stress. The greater the metabolic stress, the greater the insulin requirement and the more likely you are to gain weight with all the accompanying problems! When you choose to eat low glycemic foods, you are minimizing a major source of stress in your life.
Below are the major foods with a GI 55 or below. Eating low glycemic foods appears to be the healthy way to eat!
When you choose to eat low glycemic, you can also treat yourself to many delicious vegetables without worry. Some of the vegetables with a GI of around 15 to consider adding to your diet include artichokes, asparagus, broccoli, cauliflower, celery, cucumber, eggplant, green beans, lettuce, peppers, spinach, tomatoes, and zucchini! In general, raw non-starchy vegetables have a very low GI.
Eating a low glycemic diet does not mean that you need to be a vegetarian or vegan. Meats, fish, fowl, and eggs have no carbohydrate so they have a zero GI.
Further, when you choose to eat a low glycemic diet, you can still add some fats to your diet. Olive oil and butter, or coconut oil, are the only added fats I recommend. They have no measurable GI.
At least 90% to 100% of all the food eaten should be from the foods listed above! Most cheeses have a low GI and can be eaten in moderation. Although some boxed cereals have GI within the 55 or lower range I think it is ideal to avoid them because like virtually all processed foods, they are virtually all really semi-junk!
Norman Shealy, M.D., Ph.D. is the father of holistic medicine. He recommends autogenic focus (the basis of the Biogenics System) as part of your overall commitment to self-health. Register to download your FREE autogenic focus MP3 now.