Eating The GL Way

With obesity on the increase and research indicating that the number of people suffering with diabetes in Ireland will double in the next decade it is crucial people start taking responsibility for their health.

In the clinic a specific GL eating plan is devised for your individual needs which helps to balance blood sugar levels and helps the body deal with stress. The GL way of eating is based on the principle that some carbohydrate foods (bread, rice, pasta, biscuits, cakes etc) release their sugar into the blood faster than other carbohydrates. Foods like white rice, white bread, biscuits and other high sugar foods cause a very sudden rise in blood sugar which gives you a false energy for a short period of time. This has the effect of leaving you feel tired and hungry again about 2 hours later, leading to overeating, erratic blood sugar levels, erratic mood swings, poor concentration, fat storage and ultimate weight gain.

Eating foods with a low GL score such as berries, apples, oats, brown rice keeps your blood sugar levels stable throughout the day, this has such a positive effect on overall health and leads to increased energy, better mood, better sleep, reduced food cravings, weight loss, increased metabolism, fat burning and good blood sugar balance.

Foods with no carbohydrate or sugars have a low GL and are ideal to eat – this includes all protein foods – eggs, low-fat milk, chicken, turkey, fish, lean red meat and beans.

The GL plan is all about balance – any diet that rules out one of the major food groups or directs you to eat any amount of a food group is neither healthy nor beneficial. Balancing blood sugar is the key to success and each meal should contain complex carbohydrates (brown bread, brown rice, brown pasta etc), protein and essential fats. Essential fats are found mainly in oily fish (salmon, mackerel and trout) and nuts and seeds.

The GL plan combined with moderate exercise is critical for preventing the development of diabetes.