How to stop the Spike, Crash and Crave!
The “spike, crash and crave cycle” is driving the interlinked epidemics of obesity, diabetes and the energy shortfall. This blood sugar roller coaster evolved as a metabolic survival mechanism that helped our prehistoric ancestors survive periods of starvation, but is now compromising our health and driving Diabesity.
Diabesity is the result of a disconnect and mismatch between our prehistoric body design that evolved in a hunter-gatherer environment, and the modern diet and sedentary lifestyle.
Our ancestors didn’t hunt in stores, nor did they consume highly-refined carbohydrates. They were physically active in pursuing their food and consumed slow-release carbs from high-fiber sources (bark, roots, unripened fruits and vegetables) that take the entire small intestine to be digested and assimilated, raising blood sugar levels slowly (low Glycemic Index). This is in contrast to the highly-refined carbs found in most processed foods/beverages that are easily digested, raising blood sugar levels rapidly (high Glycemic Index).
Just Don’t Spike
High Glycemic Index, fast-releasing carbs “spike” blood sugar levels which triggers the pancreas to flood the blood stream with the master fat-storage hormone insulin, taking too much sugar out of the blood (“the crash”). Hunting hormones are released (adrenaline, testosterone, cortisol) to search out more carbs to raise blood sugar back up (“the crave”).
High glycemic foods perpetuate this vicious cycle, taxing the pancreas for more and more insulin to store more and more fat, for starvation times that never come. Ironically the process that helped our ancestors survive is now a slippery slope to Diabesity and related conditions (insulin resistance, type 2 diabetes, heart disease and forms of cancer).
The Slow-Carb Solution
Carbs are the body’s preferred source of energy, not fat or protein. All carbs (sugar, starch) are converted to glucose. The solution is not to eliminate or reduce carbs but rather to fill up your tank with slow release (low Glycemic) carbs that trickle energy into the blood stream and don’t trigger the blood sugar roller coaster.
Join the Slow-Carb Evolution
Step 1: CHANGE YOUR MINDSET
For optimal nutrition, performance and healthy living, we need to look at food differently. We need to consider the blood sugar impact, as well as the nutrient content.
Step 2: MOVE AND GRAZE (low GI foods of course)
To sustain energy, manage weight and prevent disease, we need to be more active and consume low GI carb containing food throughout the day – or “graze”. The benefits are twofold: with regular exercise, less sugar is converted to fat and the metabolic rate is maintained.
Grazing on nutritionally balanced snacks like SoLo GI Bars that are certified low glycemic can help keep your blood sugar in a happy zone, sustain your energy and prevent cravings. Who would think that a bar that tastes so good, can be good for you too!