You probably look like this:
maybe even this:
Did you ever consider that what you ate today may have contributed to your sleepiness?
Newsflash: The sugar content in the food we consume on a regular basis is strongly correlated with both 1. our eating habits throughout the day. 2. our energy levels.
While that may sound a little confusing, let’s bring out a special chart.
This is the Glycemic Curve.
The Glycemic Curve is a visual representation of how blood sugar levels behave in response to the foods we consume.
The red line labeled “high GI” (high glycemic index) represents a person who consumed starchy, processed, or sugar foods that may include but are not limited to:
soft drinks, pizza, hamburgers, fruit loops, some types of alcoholic beverages, chocolate, any starbucks beverage, white breads, white pastas, chocolate chip cookies, rice cakes, or gummy bears.
The yellow line labeled “low GI” (low glycemic index) represents a person who consumed more dense, less processed foods that are probably low in sugars/carbohydrates and may include but are not limited to:
fat free plain yogurt, whole grain bread (pumpernickel or any dark grain), apples, peas, beans, salad, sweet potatoes, bok choy, feta cheese, water, pistachios, almonds, peanut butter, dried fruit, blackberries, raspberries, or blueberries.
When we eat “high GI” foods, we are making our blood sugar spike and crash more than a yo-yo and as a result, we are tired, irritable, and unfortunately, even more hungry than when we started. Unfortunately, “high GI” foods are also very high in calories, so that when we hit those sugar lows, we crave the dangerous foods that are loaded with calories that we don’t need.
So how do we prevent the low blood sugar bitchies from happening??
I don’t care how sick it makes you. Start with something small in the beginning (such as a bagel with cream cheese and honey, etc) and work your way to a solid, well balanced meal.
A small cup of yogurt with fruit is an excellent between meal snack. So are small fruits such as pears or apples or even nuts. These items are all full of nice complicated carbohydrates that will fuel your body better than a Coca Cola or a bag of m&m’s and less than 110 calories per serving.
Seriously. You’re better off ordering a triple big mac from McDonald’s wrapped in bacon and synthesized sheep’s brains.
Nope. No potato chips, no french fries, no snickers bars.
You will wake up a starving bear. You will want twenty bowls of fruit loops with bacon and orange juice. You will restart the high GI cycle again and you will yo-yo your blood sugar all over the place. Be mindful about your food choices.
CONGRATULATIONS, QUEERS. YOU HAVE SURVIVED GLYCEMIC INDECES 101.
Awesome. See you later.