Midlife Spare Tire & The Glycemic Index Part 1 – How Did You Get Here?

Midlife Spare Tire & The Glycemic Index Part 1 – How Did You Get Here?

You wake up in your 40s or 50s to a spare tire around your middle. Welcome to the physical manifestation of the midlife crisis.

It’s a mystery how your spare tire got there because you haven’t changed your eating habits in decades and you thought you were eating healthy foods. For years you’ve had your Special K, Cheerios, or Instant Oatmeal for breakfast, grabbed a low fat muffin or rice cake and milk for snack and made sure you ate a well-balanced meal of protein, starch and vegetables for dinner. To add insult to injury, you’ve tried all sorts of ways to deflate the tire, but nothing seems to work.

How did this happen?

There’s probably more than one reason you’ve grown your spare tire, but don’t delude yourself. Your growing insulation is not “the normal aging process”.   It is likely the compound effect of your lifestyle choices over the years; the foods or carbohydrates you have been eating, the Glycemic Index (GI) of your foods.

Wake up Call!!

Your body is finally showing you the external signs of years of eating foods high on the Glycemic Index.

As these high GI foods altered your body’s ability to manage your blood sugar, you’ve tipped into a cascade of physical effects which may include insulin insensitivity, diabetes, cardiovascular disease and abdominal weight gain. The great news is that this can be often be reversed and by doing so you could have a whole new lease on living vibrantly!!

What is the Glycemic Index?

The GI is a numeric system that rates how quickly carbohydrate food (cereals, muffins, vegetables, drinks, etc.) are digested and then absorbed into our blood showing up as blood sugar, also called glucose.

By understanding the GI and applying it to your food choices, you’ll be well on your way to living more vibrantly, with greater energy,
all systems working in harmony. Otherwise, eating high GI foods could lead you into a lifestyle of insulin resistance, diabetes, cardiovascular disease and the hard to discard spare tire.

The great added side effect of eating low GI foods is that you will drop those unwanted pounds and deflate you spare tire! Yeah!!!!

But Just a Minute..

Please don’t think that only us 40 and 50 year olds experience the external effects of the Glycemic Index. Teachers can easily spot children who’ve eaten a high Glycemic Index breakfast. An hour after getting to school their heads are down and they’re nodding off to sleep, they struggle with focus and have roller coaster moods. So if not for you, think of the young people in your life, your nieces, nephews, grandchildren and the like and understand this for them!!

Yes, you are what you eat, but you are even more than that!

A key to vibrant whole living is that


For now let’s look at WHAT YOU EAT as it relates to the Glycemic Index.By understanding how the GI of foods work in your
body you can make better choices which will help you to live the most vibrant whole life.

Join me for Part II of this series: Midlife Spare Tire & The Glycemic Index
Part II – Understanding The Glycemic Index & How It Affects You

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