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Now – on to other business…
Today I want to talk a bit about glycemic index/load. I have heard of this term many times, but I seem to be continually confused by it. But, no more my friends. Today I am breaking this bad boy down and clearing it up!
Very simply this is the deal: when carbohydrates (of any kind) are digested, sugar enters the bloodstream. The glycemic index ranks how quickly sugar enters the bloodstreams after that particular carb has been eaten. If the blood sugar rises quickly, the brains signals to the body to release insulin. Insulin helps to absorb the sugar out of the bloodstream and converts the excess sugar into fat. Then, the real fun begins… once the insulin has spiked there is a drastic decrease in blood sugar, resulting in that awesome exhaustion slump, we are all a little too familiar with!
Everyone following so far? Just to recap…
carbs =blood sugar = insulin = fat storage = blood sugar = feeling like crap.
One problem with the glycemic index is that it does not take into account how much sugar is in each particular food – only how quickly it is absorbed. That is where the glycemic load comes in. The G.L. accounts for how quickly a certain food is converted into sugar in the body and how much sugar (in grams of carbs) is in the food.
So, what does this mean to me? I may have some more control over my moods than I thought. Those “mood swings” that I have throughout the day – where I go from feeling focused and clear headed to fantasizing about how I could somehow sneak in a nap – may have more to do with my food intake and less than with my crazy side than I realized. And… I wonder… could I even possibly control how I am feeling with my food? This make me think of that quote by Hippocrates.
I have been feeling more stabilized throughout the day since cutting out sugar from my diet. However, I am also really feeling the “need” for something to quench the cravings. For the next week or so, I am going to make a concerted effort to not allow my glycemic load to be too high in any one meal or snack and see if that helps. This, should be interesting…