I have type 2 diabetes and when I was first diagnosed about 7 years ago it gave me a real jolt. My weight has been up and down all my adult life and now I was paying for it. I had read that many people were able to control their diabetes and even reverse it by cutting carbohydrates from their diet. So much as I loved bread, potatoes and anything sweet that didn’t see me coming and make a hasty getaway, it was time to changed the way I ate.
Lots of veggies (luckily I love’em), lots of protein, cheese… no calorie counting or points to worry about. And combined with exercise (I was working at a company that had a gym) it worked like a dream. For the first time ever I felt in control of my body, lost a shed load of weight and felt fit and healthy. And yes, I had reversed the diabetes and was now back to “pre-diabetes” blood sugar levels.
Then I gave up smoking… sigh. And gave up that job. And cheated on what I ate, and simply ate too much of everything. And hit the chocolate. Did I mention I can’t eat one chocolate? Oh no, it has to be the whole box. And of course, the weight is all back despite swearing I would never let it happen (hands up, who’s made that pledge?).
So. My current mindset is right for having another go. I know the low carb route is right for me (I’m sure it isn’t for everyone) and while you can’t avoid all carbs, it does help to avoid the ones that do the most damage. Which is where the GI index comes in. I’m sure you’ve heard about it.. the glycaemic index, which scores how fast your body turns different carbs into energy in your body, the slower the better to avoid sugar spikes in your blood.
It’s not always intuitive (who knew I’d be better off sucking a sugar cube than eating mashed potato, one of the great pleasures of life?) So it really helps to have a handy source of info, and all sorts of tips and recipes.
Enter the University of Sydney: GI News is a monthly blog you can subscribe to.
Have a look and click on into the website for all sorts of brilliant stuff, including excellent fact sheets.
If you’re like me, you may find it a real source of help, advice and inspiration about healthy eating! Even if it does tell me mashed potato is a no-no for me 😣(sweet potato is much better – that’s really counter intuitive, isn’t it!)
Oh, have some sweet Richard! 😉 He’s really low GI!