I went back to work today and saw the type of food my colleagues, office staff, and friends were ingesting. The amount of sugar, carbohydrates, and “healthy” fruits were alarming. In my discussions with these individuals, it is clear that there is a lot of information that needs to be given in order to change the perception about the 3 main macronutrients; fat, protein, and carbohydrates.
In essence, the body has only 3 main sources of fuel. Your body will preferentially look for the quick source of energy and carbohydrates gets converted into…….SUGAR. Yes, even the healthy, whole-grain variety. The way to measure the effect of food on the increase in blood sugar is by using a scale called the glycemic index (GI). Sugar is on the top with a number of 100 and everything is compared to sugar. The higher the GI, the higher your blood sugar will spike and insulin will rise. The absolute key to a healthy body and mind is to keep your insulin level low. The role and job of insulin is to store fat and inhibit its breakdown. If you go back and look at the GI of different foods, look at a snickers bar and compare it to 2 slices of 100% Whole Grain bread. The bread will spike your insulin HIGHER secondary to its affect on blood sugar. In other words, if you think you are making wise food choices based on conventional wisdom, practice, and experience, you may be in for a surprise.
Take control of your life. Eliminate the grains, pasta, starches, wheat, and gluten. Aim for an initial carbohydrate count of <50 per day to become metabolically efficient and lose weight, feel energized, sleep soundly, and become healthy for you and your family.