Low GI for Steady Energy
What you eat will directly affect your energy levels. Our tips will do two things: a) give you prolonged high energy and b) avoid energy spikes because they are always followed by energy dips. The right diet will also avoid the dip after work when you don’t have the energy for your family – a common problem.
- Have a healthy breakfast. Definitely don’t skip it.
- Replace high GI* food by low GI food. High GI foods will cause large fluctuation in your blood sugar levels, whereas low GI food provides much longer energy release.
- Some high GI foods are: most white bread, most short grain white rices, potatoes and many others. Some low/medium GI foods are: most wholemeal or rye bread, some long-grain or brown rice, sweet potato, many fruits. Wholemeal products are generally medium GI. Search the internet for comprehensive GI lists under “GI index.”
- Love your coffee? Avoid 5-10 coffees, the occasional candy, and so on. It’s just a soft addiction and self-inflicted distraction. Drink plenty of water and have fruit snacks instead. I know it feels strange initially, but it is also easy to get used to it!
- Have healthy snacks in between, especially fruit several times a day. Also, have some diversity in your meals.
- Avoid heavy, fatty, greasy food, too much sugar and white flour.
- Reduce carbohydrate intake towards the evening.
- Avoid overeating in the evening. When de-energised from the work day we give in easier to temptation. This is the most dangerous time and you can waste a day’s worth of efforts within minutes!
~~~What is low GI?~~~
The Glycemic Index (GI) is a popular yet well-researched dietary measure, found increasingly on food packaging. Many studies have shown that low GI products release energy over prolonged periods rather than a short duration energy-rush with a dip following.
While low GI products are generally more healthy, there are exceptions like certain chocolate or even ice cream among others. You may also find some fruits have high GI while being healthy. Choose healthy low GI food!
Low GI is not new but becoming increasingly popular. That is good and bad. More and more produce is being designed as low GI by addition of artificial ingredients to market it under this banner, watch out! Stick with healthy, no or little processed food to avoid this trap.
Search the net for lists of GI products and choose the healthy ones!
~~~ What is it good for? ~~~
The tips presented focus on providing constant energy. You may not love all tips initially, but it’s easy to make them work. Once you have established them, you will feel a difference and will not want to go back.