5 Great Reasons to Enjoy “Steady Carbs”

LGILow Glycemic Index. I wish it had a better name. LGI foods are simply carbohydrates that digest slowly, keeping your blood sugar level steady. That’s a big deal if you want to feel well or release weight.

When we eat carbs with a low glycemic load some very good things happen:

1. Easier weight release & maintenance: Low-glycemic foods are nutritious, filling and delicious so you don’t feel deprived. They are NOT diet foods.

2. Disease prevention: A LGI menu reduces your risk for Type 2 diabetes, coronary heart disease, gallbladder disease, and breast cancer. WOW!

3. Increased energy: Your body digests and metabolizes LGI foods more slowly so your energy is steadier throughout the day, not on a roller coaster. A LGI breakfast keeps you feeling good all morning. A LGI lunch means you’re not yawning midafternoon due to a drop in blood sugar. Plus you won’t be prowling around for a snack after dinner because…

4. Decreased Cravings: Since your blood sugar level is not acting crazy you feel more sane and satisfied all day long.

5. Improved mood: The amount of serotonin in your bloodstream and brain is strongly linked to the carbohydrates you eat. LGI carbs make for high serotonin which boosts your mood and promotes restful sleep.

Sugary foods (high glycemic index) cause a quick release of glucose into your blood stream which feels great at first but then – as your blood sugar and serotonin levels come crashing down shortly afterward – you feel grumpy, gloomy and tired.

Filling your menu with mostly low and medium glycemic index food makes a big difference today, and for the rest of your life.

Here’s one easy guideline: Limit foods with added sugar and white flour and you are well on your way to keeping your menu in the LGI range.

Click here for an easy list: http://www.the-gi-diet.org/glycemicindexchart/

 

A True Story: From Bad Diagnosis to Good Health

Bob’s inspiring journey…

“Growing up, I was fortunate not to worry much about my weight or diet because I was always active.

Fast forward to 2008, age 60-ish. My doctor tells me that I need to lose weight because I’m in the pre-diabetic range. I half-heartedly tried several diet programs with no success.

Then in October 2013, my doctor told me that I was officially a card-carrying diabetic. He prescribed medication and sent me to a class where an expert explained that I would be diabetic the rest of my life, my numbers would worsen over time, and my meds would escalate as I aged.

That’s when I realized I had a real problem.

I started reading everything I could find on diabetes. I now know more than anyone should ever know about glucose intolerance, insulin resistance, metabolic syndrome, intermittent fasting, cholesterol, and triglycerides; and how weight loss, what you eat, and exercise all relate to these topics.

My doctor told me that if I would just lose 10% of my body weight, my numbers would drastically improve. I did and he was right.

These days I’m feeling really good! I exercise 3-4 times per week and have an “exercise accountability partner”. I have also altered my desk so that I’m not sitting down for long stretches of time anymore. I monitor my carb intake (yes, there’s an app for that), I mostly eat real, whole foods, lots of healthy fats, and I restrict highly processed foods and carbs. My daily carbohydrate intake goal is 120 grams or less. I monitor my blood glucose with a glucose meter. Since adopting this strategy, my numbers are much improved. My goal was not to “lose weight fast!” but instead to find what works for me – and something I could stick with.”

A NOTE FROM BOB TO US: I will be happy to provide a list of books, authors, websites, and blogs if you’re interested. Most of the resources are doctors and nutrition research scientists. 

Thank you, Bob!!!  – for sharing your journey with us and for offering to share your knowledge too! Dear Reader, email me if you would like to have Bob’s List of Best Resources, or if you would like to email Bob. He has combed through TONS of research and can share the best with you…so what are you waiting for?

Good health and good news await…