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Friday, May 18, 2012

fuel, for your body.

but not gas. Gas is not good. Have you ever tried to work out when you're bloated? I have. Not great. I think that's one of the main reason I like to work out first thing in the morning. If I've gotten to drinking soda (can't stop, sorry), and eating... I just feel gross when the blood starts flowin', yanno?

But I digress.

One of the best diets (I hate to use that word, it really is a lifestyle change), in my opinion, is the glycemic index diet. It basically assigns a number to each food based on how long it takes your body to break it down into sugar. It's science, people. You can't argue with science. Don't even get me started on evolution.

This GI diet is the basis for a lot of fad diets out there... South Beach, Nutri system, etc. The difference here is that there is no book, or club, or membership. It's the bare bones. Ironic.

"Originally, the index was developed as a tool to help diabetics manage blood sugar control. In theory, if it works to help control blood sugar in diabetic people, then it should work for weight control."

Are we together on this? Okay.

It makes me think of one of the biggest misconceptions about diabetes. "Oh, here, I brought you a bag of chips instead of a cookie, cause you got the 'betes"

Nope. Not okay. Gimme my cookie, thanks. A carb is a carb, is a carb. The one difference is that some of them take longer to break down than others. For instance, a glass of OJ will spike your blood sugar fast, and a bowl of oatmeal with the same amount of carbs will raise it slower, but will level out and stay high longer. 

On the glycemic index scale, each food is assigned an index number from 1-100, with 100 as the reference score for pure glucose. Typically, foods are rated high (greater than 70), moderate (56-69), or low (less than 55).

Your low GI foods are going to be richer in fiber and protein, less processed, and overall healthier in most cases. We are looking for what we call perimeter food. Food you find along the perimeter of the grocery store... meats, dairy, fresh fruit and veggies, etc.

Your high GI foods are going to be the processed crap. Stuff that is going to make you feel sluggish and gross.

So, lets all take a vow now. Lets start perimeter shopping. Sure, you may wander into the aisles for miscellaneous fillers, but lets make the perimeters our main area of purchase. 

Soon to come, those promised recipes and pictures. While I upload, I want to ask all of my 7 followers (awesome), to get your favorite perimeter recipes ready! I am going to ask you all to share them only next post!



  1. I'm a total perimeter girl! I just realized recently thay I never go down the frozen food isle and only get a few things in the condiments isle. Works for me! I come home with two bags of fruits and veggies half a bag of meat, cheese and milk and the rest are all organic items in jars or pasta. With my gluten free lifestyle it just happens to work out that way. I'll have to think about which is my favorite recipe.....I have so many of them now! :)

  2. Unfortunately, I can't do Shred in the morning, so you can only imagine what it sounds like when I'm doing jumping jacks and whatnot lol