Having a change
Like many women I am fighting a constant battle with my weight, and in my case this is not helped by the fact I have Graves Disease, an auto-immune thyroid disease. As some of you know, I have enjoyed good success with Weightwatchers and still think it's a great all round plan. But a couple of years ago I also developed Candida Albicans, an overgrowth of yeast in the whole body and this makes me very susceptible to the effects of sugar.
At that time I followed a sugar reduced diet, or Low GI as it's more commonly known and I not only felt better than I had in years, but also lost weight.
The past month my weight has crept up again, my resolve has been tragically lacking and I have also been struggling with my BP and heart rate at times. Now these can also all be symptoms of my Graves Disease, but I also think the Candida is re-appearing too.
So I am changing diet, well actually I did yesterday. I am now following the Sugar Busters Diet, which is essentially a Low GI diet.
Basically it's not as drastic as a true low-carb like Atkins and allows you more fruit, veggies, nuts, dairy, protein and whole grains. What it does not allow are potatoes, white flour or grain products, soda, sugar and most pre-processed foods. So it means back to more natural unrefined whole foods prepared simply, meaning it's back to the cooker for me!
The ideal daily balance is 40% good carbs, 30% protein and 30% fat - this will keep your insulin levels stable during the day stopping those sugar highs and lows. Not that it's a concern for us, but if you are diabetic or in the warning zone for becoming one, this is a highly recommended diet. The most well-known commercial GI based diet, is the one widely sold by NutriSystem.
Today I had oatmeal with blueberries for breakfast, salad and a whole grain organic wheat roll with pepper jack cheese for lunch. For dinner we had steak, garlic mushrooms, broccoli and cabbage with a cheese sauce and my treat was a Jello sugar-free chocolate dessert. I have not been hungry all day, no sweet cravings and I feel good.
The other positive is the hubster is happy to just do it with me, even though he is slim. This diet is scientifically proven to really lower cholesterol and so he is keen to try it and improve his levels a little.
I will keep you updated on how I'm doing and feeling, but please let me know if you have experience of the low GI lifestyle or can share any good tips for success.