Benefits to eating a low GI diet:
-Feel fuller longer since low GI carbs slowly release glucose into the blood stream.
-control mood swings and stress throughout the day.
-More energy without the crash of caffeine or energy drinks.
– Reduce risks of diabetes and/or heart disease.
-Manage weight without the calorie counting, simply eat low GI foods.
What foods should I eat instead?
-Limit starchy vegetables like potatoes and stick to greens and coloured veggies.
-Put away that sugary cereal and have a bowl of oatmeal, barley or bran cereals.
-Eat flax, sourdough, or sprouted breads.
-Swap out the instant rice for brown basmati and quinoa.
*For more foods that have a low GI click here!
One of the best things you can do for your health and weight is to cut out the sugar drinks. Many desserts are disguised as drinks such as a 20 oz vitamin water (33g of sugar), 12 oz can of Coca-Cola (39g of sugar), 8 oz of Tropicana orange juice ( 25g of sugar), and a grande (16 oz) Starbucks caffe vanilla, frappuccino (58g of sugar). Stick to beverages such as water, herbal tea, and coconut water instead. So next time you’re feeling that craving for sweets just keep in mind the affects that brownie will have on your body and mood and go for something lower in the glycemic index instead. Try this for one week and you’ll be surprised on how less tired and stressed you feel from Monday to Friday.
Healthy foods to curve those sugar cravings:
- Medjool dates (These are medium on the GI so eat with nuts or seeds to balance it out)
- Cinnamon (Sprinkle some over your hot cereal, smoothie or even stir fry)
- Raw cocoa (make real chocolate milk, or make raw desserts)
- Natural Peanut butter (serve with slices of apples for a tasty snack on the go)
- Honey (add some in your tea or coffee for a touch of sweetness)
Your Health Nut,