Easy Dieting Tip #2

The Glycemic Index (GI)

Stop!  Stop having a love affair with food.  I have a question for you. Would you want to have a love affair with a person that didn’t care about you?  That hurt you every time you were around them?  That was down right no good for you?  If you answered “no” to any or all of these questions and you really should of, then why do you want to have a love affair with food  that is not healthy for you and could be hurting you?

I know what your thinking.  “Some food tastes so good.”  Yes, I agree, alot of foods taste really good, like the mashed   potatoes (I only had a little) that came with my veal marsala last night, the italian bread with olio, (only a small bite because of the gluten) and the tiramisu  was to die for(only had a little because of the gluten and probably eggs). Here is a news flash- just because they taste so good doesn’t mean they are good for us.

I want to introduce the Glycemic Index to anyone who is trying to loose weight just by cutting down but eating the same foods and not really loosing as much as they want to, or for anyone who has been gaining  weight a little at a time through the years and doesnt really know why, who may be blaming it on age, and for those that may be borderline diabetics.

These people may already be or may slowly becoming insulin resistant. According to Wikipedia insulin resistance (IR) is considered as a pathological condition which cells fail to respond to the hormone insulin. A habitually high intake of carbohydrates such as glucose, fructose, cane sugar,  starches and sweetened beverages contributes to insulin resistance and has been linked to weight gain and obesity.

When the body produces insulin under conditions of insulin resistance, the cells are resistant to the insulin and are unable to use it as effectively, leading to high blood sugar and more weight.

When my vision started getting worse and became distorted about 12 years ago my eye doctor recommended that I get an A1C blood sugar test.  The results were not good.  My A1C blood test was 7.8.  The nurse told me I was probably a diabetic. I didn’t want to be that so I went to the library and took out 3 books on diabetes.

In one of the books I was lucky enough to find a basic glycemic index, which ranks carbohydrates in foods according to how they effect blood glucose. I felt like I really needed to make a copy of it so I did. I started following it immediately. There are three categories, low, medium and high. I followed the low which goes as high as 55. I started loosing about 2-3 lbs. a week.  I recently found a pretty good Glycemic Index at universityhealthnews.com or you can google ( the Glycemic Index) or (glycemic index) and check out a bunch of sites until you find one you like.

If you are serious about loosing weight, lowering your blood sugar, and improving your health and possibly your vision, you will probably like following the GI because even though you would probably have to give up an extra large loaded baked potato you can still eat some potatoes and last I checked a 3 musketeer bar, because they are whipped and lite are on the low glycemic index. However, depending on your situation I wouldn’t recommend eating a whole one.

If you decide to try the glycemic index, please do your research to make sure  you understand how it works. Its really easy to follow its a -eat this instead of that- type of diet.  Lots of choices. Best of luck to you. Thank you for spending your time here with me. Please leave a comment or question. Contact deb@healthygrany.com

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  1. Wow! I’ve been following the glycemic index since I got my insulin pump. I’ve lowered my A1C from 10.9 – down to 7.1 in a little less than a year’s time. Good info Deb

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