I was diagnosed with insulin resistance 2 years ago (thankfully all traces are gone) but I found that the Low GI diet did wonders for my wieght and my sugar levels.
Here are some basic guidelines for anyone who struggles with their weight or sugar.
1. Eat regular meals – don’t skip meals. Eat breakfast, lunch and supper – sometimes it is necessary to split food intake to include snacks between meals.
2. Avoid sweet foods and choose starches and fruits carefully, using the GI list to make lower GI choices. Lower GI choices will not cause sudden increases (spikes) in the blood glucose and will therefore place less strain on the pancreas to produce large amounts of insulin.
3. Limit fat in the diet, especially saturated fat (ie. animal fats and fat in most commercially prepared foods, including take-aways). Give preference to mono-unsaturated fat eg. olive oil and canola oil or canola margarine. Limit total intake for weight loss.
4. Increase intake of omega-3 fatty acids by using dark, oily-type fish 2-3 times per week (sardines, pilchards, mackerel, tinned or fresh salmon) or use a supplement.
5. Exercise regularly, at least three times a week for 30 minutes. Exercise is very important for successful management of insulin resistance.
Use a supermarket grilled chicken – you may want to season the meat a little more with Garlic & Herb Seasoning after removing the skin.
½ roasted chicken, at room temperature
Ina Paarman’s Garlic & Herb Seasoning
1 ripe avocado (when in season, otherwise omit)
½ cup (125 ml) Ina Paarman’s Lite Greek Salad Dressing
1 wheel of feta cheese
4 stems flat leaf parsley
200 g cherry tomatoes, halved
3 spring onions, finely sliced with green tops
2 T (30 ml) black calamata olives
1 iceberg lettuce, remove core and break apart (see chef’s tip)
Remove the skin from the chicken. Pull the meat from the bones and shred it roughly. Season to taste with Garlic & Herb Seasoning. Halve, stone and peel the avocados. Cut crosswise into slices, season and sprinkle with a little of the dressing. Crumble the feta cheese. Pick the leaves off the parsley and set aside.
In a large bowl, toss the chicken, tomatoes and spring onions together. Dish into individual lettuce leaves. Scatter over the feta, avocado, olives and parsley, and drizzle with the remaining dressing.
I have been encouraged and challenged lately to be more dependent on God. This has reminded me of how easy it is to slip into complacency and an almost disregard for Christ.
As James 1 says:
16 Don’t be deceived, my dear brothers.
17 Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows.
18 He chose to give us birth through the word of truth, that we might be a kind of firstfruits of all he created.
How amazing is our God and Saviour, that He never changes and is always there to provide for our needs. He doesnt need to do this, we are despicable sinners who do not deserve his mercy and yet He chose us to be his children. We truly serve an Awesome God!!
Having been on leave and on my mission to try to live a godlier life, I have had the time to look at the various ideas of modest dressing. I have come across some outfits that even my grandmother would not wear… Why is it that some woman feel that you cannot dress modestly and fashionably at the same time? I’m sure when the bible refers to dressing modestly and not using outward adornment to decorate oneself, the implication is not to look ridiculous in public. I have come across a great site by a Christian lady who designed fashionable but modest outfits for ladies. I suggest we all try to take a page from her book and dress accordingly. You can look fashionable and retain your godliness, however hard that might seem.
I’ve been reading a million blogs the last two weeks, and most have two central themes… 1: Godly womanhood and 2: Frugal and simple living.
This has made me think alot about how we live in South Africa, and esspecially how I live. Consumerism is a huge thing, and its so easy to just buy stuff at random and not bother with thinking whether its a waste of money or not. I have been challenged to reassess my life, and think about being more frugal and godly. Things like growing my own veggies and herbs as opposed to having to buy mass produced nonsense, and saving energy etc. These are all things that could make it easier to be “green” and godly. Because I doubt the Lord intended for us to just live paycheck to paycheck and eat plastic food. Nutrition is seriously lacking the the meals today… and I aim to stop feeding my family bad food.