Edge Chat Book Review: The New Glucose Revolution has gone Gluten-Free

The New Glucose Revolution Low GI Gluten-Free Eating Made Easy: The Essential Guide to the Glycemic Index and Gluten-Free Living by Dr. Jennie Brand-Miller, Kate Marsh and Philippa Sandall

It can be interesting when you look back as to how you got started tracking down information. I had read that Kelly Osbourne, who has been in the news recently about weight loss, was using a glycemic index-based eating plan. She bemoaned the loss of favorite carbohydrates, but of course, loved the results she got. As a somewhat reformed carboholic, deleting offending gluten items from my meals, I am still drawn to sugar, candy and other “gluten-free” but not nutritious sweet stuff. My weight has stabilized to a lower number with the dietary changes I have made but I certainly would like to reach what now seems like an unobtainable goal at present. So, I am strategically scanning for anything that might get me there. I googled “glycemic index gluten free” and this book came up. I had some birthday money with Amazon (thanks, Mom!) so I bought it.

For those unfamiliar with the Glycemic Index (GI), here’s a description:

Not all carbohydrate foods are created equal, in fact they behave quite differently in our bodies. The glycemic index or GI describes this difference by ranking carbohydrates according to their effect on our blood glucose levels. Choosing low GI carbs – the ones that produce only small fluctuations in our blood glucose and insulin levels – is the secret to long-term health reducing your risk of heart disease and diabetes and is the key to sustainable weight loss.  
Source: http://www.glycemicindex.com/

When I became aware of my non-celiac gluten intolerance, I did as everyone probably does and mourned the isles of food at the grocery store that I could not eat anymore. However, I believe now that I have been given the chance to re-evaluate what I put in my mouth. I have moved from the Standard American Diet (SAD) to gluten-free to a whole food/raw food/Eat Clean diet. For me, this book only validates where my nutrition instincts led me.  

Chapter 5 contains the everyday guidelines I was looking for:

1) Eat seven or more servings of fruits and vegetables (at least five of veggies and two of fruit)  
2) Opt for gluten-free whole-kernel grain breads and cereals with low GI
3) Eat more legumes (dried beans, peas and lentils)
4) Include nuts and seeds regularly
5) Choose lean meats, omega-3 enriched eggs and low-fat dairy products or calcium-enriched alternatives
6) Eat more fish and seafood
7) Opt for monounsaturated and omega-3 polyunsaturated fats, such as olive and canola oil and those found in fish, nuts/seeds and avocados.

For healthy weight loss, I believe a consistency in applying the guidelines while making low GI choices will help me remove most of the sugar from my diet (stronger craving at monthly cycle) and help increase my energy level for daily exercise. In a future post I will detail my experience, share recipes and report on the strengths and weaknesses, specifically for GF, to this way of eating.

Rita

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2 Comments »

  1. Clara Putnam (Georgetown, TX) said

    Hi, Rita!

    After reading your most recent post about the Glycemic Index foods & the part they can play in our weight loss journey, I wanted to share what I’ve discovered. I was recently diagnosed w/pre-diabetes, which sent me on a search for information. I discovered “The Best Life Guide to Managing Diabetes & Pre-Diabetes” by Bob Greene. He’s produced a fine collaborative effort w/an endocrinologist & a nutritionist. After struggling thru about half the book (it contains so much info.!), I realized I had been handed the missing piece to my puzzle. I already had the portion control & exercise pieces in place, but the weight was not coming off. When I began following the plan outlined in this book, the weight readily came off. As I read thru your list of important items to keep in mind, it affirmed what has been laid out in this book. I wanted to write this as encouragement — it really does work — my tremendous sweet tooth (which I had come to believe was w/me forever!) has been tamed. I look forward to reading about your journey with this newest piece of your puzzle in place!

    • gfedge said

      Thanks, Clara!

      I shared what I wrote with a “practice” client of mine, as I learn to be a Health Coach, who has fibromyalgia and trying to lose weight…and now I will share this other resource you have mentioned. Neither she or I have pre-diabetes, but I do believe that we have issues with the way our bodies handle carbohydrates. I appreciate you sharing your experience!

      Rita

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