I love food, I really do. I don’t believe in starving myself, or reprimanding myself for craving a treat. I work on the basic principles of eating in moderation and that fresh is best. I believe in eating slowly and stopping when I feel satisfied, as well as properly chewing my food. Masticating is an important part of the digestive process and is where a lot of the nutrient absorption begins!.
Being an active person, I find that I am hungry often and need to feed my body the fuel it needs to continue powering on. Knowing what my day holds for me, and by planning ahead, I can pick foods that I know will provide me with the most energy and keep me not only powering on for longer, but also feeling satisfied.
So I opt for meals and snacks that are not only nutritious and enjoyable, but also low GI so that my body gets the slow release energy it needs to sustain me through my day.
What is GI, and why should it be low you ask? Well let’s have a look!
GI = Glycemic Index
This is a measurement used on foods that contain carbohydrates to determine their impact on your blood sugar levels.
High GI foods, flow quickly into your bloodstream and cause your glucose levels to spike. This will give you a burst of energy, followed by an energy crash once it has all been used up. Low GI foods, on the other hand, have a slow release, which will sustain your energy levels for longer. They are also naturally high in fibre and will keep you feeling satisfied for longer.
And if that isn’t enough reason to opt for low GI foods, they have also been attributed to decreasing risks of serious health conditions such as cardiovascular disease, stroke, type 2 diabetes, chronic kidney disease, metabolic syndrome, gallstones and cancer of the breast, pancreas, colon and prostate!
Here are some fantastic low GI options you can include in your diet:
- Rolled oats
- Brown rice
- Nuts and seeds
- Most vegetables (not including parsnip, pumpkin or beetroot)
- Some fruits such as apples, berries, kiwifruit and oranges.