All those ugly, painful, low energy things you thought were just part of aging—they’re not! They are what happens when the delicate balance you were designed for gets out of whack. And that includes the biggies like cancer, heart disease, arthritis and weight gain! The good news is it’s a self-healing unit—if you give it what it needs and quit giving it what it doesn’t.
In light of what the last year has taught me about weight
loss after menopause, I have been making a few additions and editorial
adjustments to my e-book, “Minding the Middle Aged Middle.”Much of that booklet describes the hormonal
realities of fat and sugar metabolism and storage/retrieval systems.That is totally valid info still, though I am
adding to other parts.
So the upshot of that is a big part of getting fat (the
middle, especially) has to do with the things we eat that digest to sugar—carbohydrates.Eating fat doesn’t make you fat.Eating bread, does.So my recommendation to any who want to lose
weight is, of course, to limit the high density carbohydrates (grains, legumes,
potatoes, alcohol, sweets of all kinds and most certainly sodas.)Want the e-book?See http://mindingthemiddleagedmiddle.com/
The crucial tool for assessing the carbohydrate's ability to raise
blood sugar (and trigger fat storage) is the glycemic load.It is a number telling how fast a
carbohydrate food turns to glucose and how much glucose there is.It is additive--the glycemic loads of things
you eat are added together.Low is less
than 10.Medium is up to 20, and over 20
is high.Keeping it low will certainly
help with losing the middle aged middle.
A paper in the American Journal of
Your risk of heart attack and stroke doubles (DOUBLES, like
twice as risky) if your average daily glycemic load is 206 compared to those
with an average of 117.
Diabetics, with their blood sugar problems, are prone to
heart disease, in fact this is from the American Diabetes website:
People with diabetes have a
higher-than-average risk of having a heart attack or Stroke. These strike
people with diabetes more than twice as often as people without diabetes. There’s
a big link between diabetes, heart disease, and stroke. In fact, two out of
three people with diabetes die from heart disease or stroke…
Blood sugar (as measured by the glycemic load) is
deadly.I can’t for the life of me
figure how there could possibly be any controversy about these findings.If you want a smaller middle, avoid high
glycemic foods (listed above).Look them
up at http://nutritiondata.self.com/ or http://www.glycemicindex.com/foodSearch.php.Not only will it help in minding the middle
aged middle but it will save you from heart disease.Make your carbs be vegetables and fruit with
their relatively low glycemic index and high levels of nutrients, rather than
those with low nutrients and high glycemic load.
For another blog post I will report on what they find
regarding cancer risk and blood sugar levels.No surprise.Higher blood sugar
equals higher rates of cancer.