How to GI “Joe” your food!

October 7, 2009 at 1:41 pm 2 comments

So wouldn’t you love to look in as great shape as they do in the GI Joe movie?

Well I took a long shot to connect GI (glycaemic index) and the movie to write this blog.gi-jane

GI is often misunderstood but in simple terms it relates to how different foods contribute to spikes in blood sugar levels. Interestingly  it is the “proceessed” foods that are high GI.

So lets look at bread… I still eat bread myself but I choose it carefully. Find a dense grained type like Cape Seed from Bakers Delight or look in your local bakery for rye/ sourdough. These breads will be far lower on the GI scale than your standard white bread from Woolies.

Next we will look at cereal.. If you eat it for breakfast there is a chance that you are eating high GI cereal and that will leave you starving at tea break which will make eating those bikkies with your tea very hard to resist. Muesli is a better option than most cereals due to the amount of fibre in the mix. Add nuts yourself and they will help to neutralize any blood sugar spikes.

If you have a sweet tooth opt for something like Date loaf which generally has far less salt, butter and sugar than say “Madeira Cake”. I prefer to alleviate my sweet fixes with a red apple and some almonds as it satisfies me and I dont feel worried about getting fat from fruit.

Brown rice and wholemeal pastas are the lower GI options. Brown rice with soy sauce has a really nice taste and most pasta based dishes really have a lot of flavour so changing to wholemeal really isnt that difficult. If it means the difference between gaining weight from excess blood sugars stored as excess energy and trying something new then I would say the smart thing to do is choose the low GI option.

I didnt want to exhaust you but hope to make these tips implementable into your current diet.

I look forward to hearing of your creativity in meal planning.

Tim James

CPT and Australian Kettlebell Instructor

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2 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Julie Grimm  |  October 8, 2009 at 12:34 am

    Thanks, Tim! Helpful and inspiring!

  • 2. Tim James  |  October 8, 2009 at 1:19 pm

    You are welcome, Thank you Julie 🙂

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