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Are your Blood Sugar Levels steady?

Today, we are all aware of the risks of obesity and the risks with high sugar intake, in some cases resulting in the start of Type II Diabetes.

The It's Your Life Way of Eating naturally addresses this so you can start to say good bye to the dramatic highs and lows in your blood sugar levels, as all the delicious foods have a low or low-to-medium Glycaemic Index (GI).

The Glycaemic Index (GI) is the rating system for foods containing carbohydrates. The GI shows the effect each food, when eaten, has on the human's blood sugar level. The body works hard to ensure it maintains a steady blood sugar level by using insulin, a hormone made by the pancreas, which allows the body to use the sugar or to store the sugar as glucose for future use. So, insulin helps keep the blood sugar levels from getting too high (hyperglycaemic) or too low (hypoglycaemic).

For GI measurements, the sugar levels are measured about 2 hours after food has been consumed:

  • high GI: white bread, biscuits, corn flakes, cake, .. maybe we love these foods because they are like eating sugar or convert to something like sugar .. perhaps somewhat addictive?
  • medium GI: sweet potato, unpeeled potato, wholewheat bread.
  • low GI: beans (black, kidney, cannellini, pinto); most proteins, most vegetables, small seeds (sunflower, chia, pumpkin, sesame, poppy, flax, hemp); almonds, hazelnuts, cashews, walnuts, macadamia nuts; oats, millet.

High-GI foods can cause massive highs and lows, putting the body under stress.

Low-GI foods allow the body's blood sugar levels to increase more slowly and steadily.

Interestingly, the effect of lowering one's sugar intake seems to lower any desire to eat sugar at all.

Aiming to eat foods with a low or a low-to-medium Glycaemic Index.

How sensible and respectful to the body it would be if we aimed to eat foods with a low or a low-to-medium Glycaemic Index. The body needs Proteins, fats, carbohydrates and more. It is the CARBOHYDRATES which cause the GI to swing high and low. The carbohydrates in the It's Your Life Way of Eating all have a low or low-to-medium glycaemic index. I have made a list of these carbohydrates.They are healthy! They are tasty! I have called the list the Sweet Potato Club.

Eating the IYL way. xxSueB

 

 

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