does anyone use the glycemic index

By barbiesue Latest Reply 2009-01-03 22:06:08 -0600
Started 2008-12-31 11:50:32 -0600

I was advised to try using the glycemic index for food choices. Has anyone else tried this method of diet?? I've looked it up and it looks interesting. Anyone else??

15 replies

highlandcitygirl 2009-01-03 17:38:27 -0600 Report

i used this at one time. had a great success in losing weight! boy do i need to dig that book out and reteach myself!

2009-01-03 22:06:08 -0600 Report

Just use common sense because Peanut M&M's are low on the glycemic index and we probably shouldn't be eating a ton of those… LOL

tabby9146 2009-01-01 14:29:13 -0600 Report

I really don't use it though I have seen it a few times. The teacher at my diabetes classes has said we don't need to follow that all the time, or with most meals, but that it is great for snack choices or something like that. I just do what some of the others on here have listed that they do. I just make sure everything I eat including snacks has very low carbs, low salt, some fiber and protein, low fat. I eat more vegetables than anything else, at least half of what is on my plate, and I stay away from white bread, white rice, etc.

GabbyPA 2009-01-01 14:33:20 -0600 Report

The problem is that the GI is kind of new. The old ways are not up on the benifets of the GI. It is a very healthy way to eat and it will cause you to eat foods that are more whole, less processed and that is ideal for anyone, not just diabetics.

2009-01-02 22:38:43 -0600 Report

Actually, the GI is not new, it's just not accepted by Diabetes Educators in this country. I purchased books to study it 7 years ago and they weren't new back then already. It's been around for awhile. When I went to the Diabetes School this fall, they told the class not to use it and I questioned them on why. Very sheepishly, they didn't have an answer for me (which means they didn't know how to answer questions about it) so I explained it to the class.

Here is a brief history of the Glycemic Index
The glycemic index has been the subject of scientific research for over 20 years. It was originally developed as a dietary strategy to help people with diabetes gain better control over their blood sugar levels. Today the GI is an accepted part of medical nutrition therapy in Canada, Australia, and much of Europe and its use has expanded to include roles in treating obesity, cardiovascular disease, and various other health problems.

*Judy :)

Anonymous 2009-01-03 09:38:34 -0600 Report

I thought I had read awhile back that there had been a new index come out for diabetics, to include less meat, more fruits and veggies and grains. Because there is no way I can eat all that the index requires daily and stay in control. Judy, I love your knowledge and advice for all of us. I love reading your posts so informative.

2009-01-03 22:04:09 -0600 Report

Thank you..!! I try to pass on what I know.

Made me smile that someone actually appreciates it!!

GabbyPA 2009-01-03 17:27:07 -0600 Report

Yeah, I guess that is what I really meant. It has been around for a long time, but the ADA and a lot of even nutritionist don't know much about it, and won't teach it. It is a shame really, because I really think it is a great guide

GabbyPA 2009-01-01 14:09:31 -0600 Report

I have a great book to help me with it, the South Beach guide. I have it reviewed in the book section of the site. I have not used it like I would, but I will be doing it more this year. It is a great way to go. There is a member here JP who is very versed and uses it a good bit. She can help you a lot if you have specific questions. Another member that is great is Toma, he has his own website and he understands the loads as well as your PCF ratios and can help you there. He helped me a lot get my ratios in line. I was sloppy in December, but I hope to be on track again soon.

2009-01-01 22:24:58 -0600 Report

That would be me!! *Judy JP !! I use the glycemic index quite frequently. let me know if anyone has any questions

Anonymous 2009-01-01 12:08:01 -0600 Report

I try to eat more veggies and fruit, more high fiber grains, less meat. Here is my formula that works for me. On a salad plate, 1/2 plate of veggies or salad, 1/4 meat or protein, 1/4 carb, I eat very little bread. But it works for me.

Avera 2009-01-01 01:41:45 -0600 Report

I was interested in this topic because I had not heard much about it. Today while searching for articles, I found one concerning this. I posted it in the "News and Articles" section. The article talks about using the glycemic index to choose your foods to avoid a sugar spike right after meals. They did a study on it and say it helps, but that the diet is a little hard to follow.

barbiesue 2009-01-01 07:26:54 -0600 Report

Thanks Avera, I read the article and it is a hard diet to follow. Guess I will use it as a guideline though. Some of the choices just make sense. But I like that Strawberries are very low on it. I love strawberries. LOL.

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LadyDi - 26259Miller 2008-12-31 20:40:28 -0600 Report

I too am familiar with it and look at it from time to time, but I do not follow it strictly (probably should). It really is the best source when desiring to control your carbs, which, as we all know, is important for those of us with diabetes.

Patticakes 2008-12-31 13:59:01 -0600 Report

Yes, although I don't check it regularly, I do remember the glycemic index for most of the foods that I consume and am aware of the low glycemic ones and the medium to higher glycemic ones. I find that the basic line for high and low glycemic foods is in regard to carbohydrate content. I stick to low carbs as much as possible and avoid as much as possible, the "starchy" carbs. Sugar is a carb and I try to avoid all sugary products. I use good sugar replacement products, mostly Stevia and Stevia blends, for sweet stuff. Thanks for the opportunity to share. Patticakes