Do you have diabetes, high blood sugar, insulin resistance, or PCOS? Do you need to lose weight? All of these conditions will respond very favorably to a low glycemic diet.
Eating high glycemic foods causes your blood sugar to rise and these foods also trigger your body to hold on to fat. Also, eating high glycemic foods cause you to actually eat more during your next meal! A low glycemic diet is not just cutting down on carbs- not all carbs are high glycemic.
The first thing you will want to do when eating low glycemic is cut back extensively on your sugar intake. Drink water, or unsweetened herbal tea instead of sugary drinks. If you do have a soda, tea, fruit juice, or lemon aide, limit yourself to one or two a day.
The next basic step is to avoid common high glycemic foods such as white bread, potatoes, watermelon, sugar, etc. Replace these high glycemic foods with low glycemic foods. An easy way to find out which foods are low glycemic is to visit glycemicindex.com.There you will be able to search the index for many foods and choose sensible foods to eat. Once you know which foods you will include in your diet, make a meal plan for the week. This will keep you on track and keep you from reaching for unhealthy foods out of hunger and convience.
Know that you can eat some high glycemic foods, but only in moderation, and only when eaten with low glycemic foods. Eating a high glycemic food with a low glycemic food will cause your body to view the meal as a whole, thus lowering the glycemic index.
Don’t give up! You are likely to eat a few high glycemic foods here and there. If you feel you have ruined your new way of eating- you haven’t! Just start anew with new determination. This way of eating is a journey and soon you will learn what you can and can’t have and you will start seeing the results that will inspire you to keep it up!