I’m always up for a food challenge – and this one from Meghan Telpner (my local and inspirational natural nutritonist) seems to be just the trick: the 5 Days Low Glycemic Eating challenge. As all of Meghan’s challenges do, this one comes with an e-tutorial that gives full info (in a fun way) on the topic. So now I’m armed with a pile of information about healthy, low-glycemic eating, which I am very happy for (as I can have sugar monster tendencies).
So, starting Monday, I’m doing 5 days of Low Glycemic eating, and will be documenting my progress here. The challenge should reduce my sugar cravings and smooth out my energy levels – excellent!
What is the Glycemic Index (GI)? Well, it’s a system that ranks foods (mainly carbohydrates) based upon how they affect one’s blood glucose levels. Low GI foods keep the body’s sugar levels more constant than high GI foods, which spike (and consequently drop) blood sugar levels. This is a very basic explanation – for more info you can check out Meghan’s tutorial, the Glycemic Index Database or The Glycemic Index page.
So what kinds of foods will I be eating next week? Well, a lot of what I eat now: whole foods with a focus on fresh vegetables, lean proteins, and fibre. Meghan has included a meal plan for all five days, which I will be supplementing with some of my favourite meals, and some experiments from The Low GI Diet Cookbook. Yum.
My goal is to stay away from sugar for 5 days, and any of the high GI foods (e.g. white, refined flours & baked goods and sugars). I’m going to aim to eat mainly low GI foods (most veggies, lean proteins, some fruits, and dairy products), and make sure to balance out my meals when picking medium GI options (tropical fruits, whole grains). I will focus on getting lean protein and fibre at every meal, and add exercise and mediation to my routine. Phew!