Category Archives: HealthyEating
What Is Quinoa?
Quinoa, pronounced “keen-wah,” has been traced back to the ancient Aztecs who considered it a sacred energy source. They called it “The mother of all grains.”
What Are Chia Seeds?
When I first heard of Chia Seeds my mind went immediately to “Cha Cha Cha Chia…” the theme for Chia Pets. Do you remember Chia Pets? Those little clay animals that had Chia Seed “hair” that would grow. Well, the Chia Seeds that are the latest “superfood” are the same thing, with one exception, they are an edible grade grown for human consumption.
For over 20 years we have been taught that if we didn’t stop eating fat it, would make us fat. We listened to the advice of all the nutritionists, doctors and the media. We followed low-fat diets they recommended, but they left us overweight and scratching our heads wondering what happened. As Americans continue to focus on eating low-fat foods, obesity, diabetes and high-cholesterol has skyrocketed. This has caused many people to rethink the idea of low-fat dieting, including the nutritionists and doctors that originally supported it.
The Glycemic Index (GI) was developed in 1980 by Dr. David J. Jenkins. He was testing to see which foods were best for people with diabetes by measuring the blood glucose response to each food.
The GI is a useful tool for controlling blood glucose or for losing weight. It allows us to easily choose foods based on their ratings. High-GI foods are digested and absorbed quickly and cause blood glucose and insulin levels to rise quickly. Low-GI foods are digested and absorbed slowly, cause gradual rises in blood glucose and insulin levels. People who eat more high-GI foods tend to have a higher level of body fat (BMI). High BMIs are linked to obesity, heart disease and diabetes.
Your body’s response to crashes in your blood glucose tells you to eat. How strong your willpower is has nothing to do with it.
The average American diet causes blood glucose spikes and crashes like a roller coaster.
Crashes & Spikes in Your Blood Glucose Leads To: