Understanding the Glycemic Index
Understanding the glycemic index is critical for optimal health and weight maintenance! I truly believe that learning how to balance your blood sugars is the key to a healthy lifestyle inside and out. Eating low GI foods will help you lose weight, reduce inflammation in your body, give you more energy, more mental clarity and support your cardiovascular health, blood pressure, cholesterol….and the list goes on! When you eat low glycemic foods, you will also be eating foods rich in healthy micronutrients (antioxidants and minerals) and healthy macronutrients (protein, fiber, fat and carbs)!
Most of us don’t realize it, but we are sending our blood sugars on a roller coaster every day by the decisions we make about our food choices! Every piece of food you put into your mouth will affect you in some way. I always tell my clients, if you owned your favorite dream car, you wouldn’t fill it up with cheap gas or forget to change the oil (well, I hope not!) You have to FUEL your body. You only have one body, and unlike a car, you won’t be able to get a new one! So let’s take care of it so you can live your life to the fullest in the amazing body that God gave you!
As a Certified Health Coach, my passion it to teach my clients how to SIMPLIFY living a healthy lifestyle. It doesn’t have to be complicated, but you do have to make a decision for yourself that you want to make a change!
What is the Glycemic Index?
In simple terms, the Glycemic Index measures the rate at which your body converts a carbohydrate to sugar. If you eat a high glycemic food (such as jelly beans), your blood sugars will spike. Your body knows this is dangerous, so it releases a hormone called insulin. Insulin’s primary role is to bring your blood sugars back down to a healthy range. YAY!! But there is a problem here…INSULIN is a fat storing hormone! It also causes inflammation in your body, which can lead to degenerative disease over the years.
So what do you do and how can you start making some small changes in your own life? Make sure you read all the way down to Tips #7 and #8 because those are very important!
Tips for eating low on the glycemic index
Following the glycemic index (GI) system can be confusing if you spend all of your time memorizing and crunching numbers! But there is no need to do that! Understanding the general principle and some simple tips can make it easier for this to be a lifestyle and keep is SIMPLE!