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Hold up my goings in thy paths, that my footsteps slip not.   Ps. 17:5

Sometimes a healthy eating plan seems like a slippery slope, doesn’t it?  It’s so easy to slide into bad habits and to make poor choices.  Easy to give up.  This verse is a prayer for the times when it is hard to keep your footing.  He is a good God and never fails His children.  He’ll be happy to hear you praying this prayer from His Word – and happy to answer.


Eating to live and living for Christ,
Susan Jordan Brown



Here is another surprise for you — cream cheese.  You probably thought it was the cream cheese on the bagel that was adding the inches to your waistline.  Actually, it was the bagel!  Cream cheese is on the green-for-go list.  Click here to learn about the Green Light/Red Light eating plan. The fat and dairy components make it slow to digest and so gives a slow sugar release into the bloodstream.

It has a glycemic number of zero.  That’s right — zero.

It does, however, have 9 grams of fat and about 100 calories in a one-ounce serving. That’s about two tablespoons or so.  You won’t want to eat the whole block of cream cheese in one sitting!

However, you can use those two tablespoons to stuff some celery sticks and have a filling, tasty snack in the mid-morning or mid-afternoon.  Very crunchy and filling — and it’s still about a 100 calorie snack.  Don’t like celery?  Eat your cream cheese on fruit.  You’ll add a few more calories that way, but it can still fit in your overall plan.   You can also use cream cheese in recipes to add flavor and richness.

Another option if you are having trouble keeping your calories within range — try the low fat cream cheese or the whipped variety.

Eating the low glycemic way isn’t restrictive and isn’t hard to do.  There are plenty of good things to eat, and you can do it for the rest of your life. Check back tomorrow for another surprise low glycemic food.

Eating to live and living for Christ,
Susan Jordan Brown


Set your affections on things above, not on things on the earth. (Colossians 3:2)

Can’t stop thinking about food?  Maybe that’s a signal to you that you need to change your focus.  The more you set your sights on the Lord and think of Him, the less you will be tied down to the things of the world — like the stash of goodies in the cabinet.

Make a conscious effort to turn your thoughts toward Heaven and ask God for help.  He will be pleased to do just that.

Eating to live and living for Christ,

Susan Jordan Brown


We’re taking a look this week at some surprising foods that have a low GI number.  They can be a part of your long-term healthy living plan — if used wisely.  I’m afraid this isn’t a candy bar diet plan.  (Wouldn’t I make a million with that!)

Here is surprise number one:  A Snickers bar has a low glycemic number of 40.  How can that be when it is has a whopping 28.8 grams of sugar, 34.5 grams of carbohydrates?

The answer lies in the 13.6 grams of fat.  Fat takes a long time to digest, so that Snickers bar isn’t immediately converted into sugar and dumped into the bloodstream.  It is a slow and prolonged release, so the pancreas puts out a steady stream of insulin instead of a major dump.  Your body doesn’t get the urgent message to store fat and the pancreas can still manufacture glucagon.  Click here to learn about your autopilot.

So can you eat Snickers all day long?  Or even one a day?  Nope. (Sorry!)  Here’s why:  The candy bar has 270 calories. That’s a big chunk of your daily allotment,  and those calories are empty with no nutritional benefit to speak of.  Click here to read about how to control your calories. You would have to walk about 2 1/2 miles to burn up the energy you would take in.  That’s a lot of work for a few minutes pleasure and you probably won’t do it.

So can a Snickers be a part of your long-term plan?  Maybe.  Here’s why.  You are making changes that you will do for the rest of your life.  Will you never, ever, eat candy or a dessert for the rest of your life?  That’s not realistic for most of us.  We will be in situations when people will be serving desserts or  we will just have moments when we want to indulge.  In that case, you might want to choose a treat with a lower GI number like Snickers than something with a higher number like microwaved popcorn (74) or vanilla wafers (77).

Take this scenario:  You are at a church fellowship and the ladies have outdone themselves making cookies.  The plates, heaped with chocolate chip cookies, lemon bars, etc., look fantastic.  You know that even one of those cookies will make the sugar zoom into your bloodstream and start the insulin pumping.  And you know you won’t eat just ONE cookie.  But it’s sure hard to stand around and watch people stuff them into their mouths and to listen to them say, “Ummm, yum, these are delicious. Wow!”

Would it help to handle it better if you plan to buy ONE regular-size Snicker’s bar on the way home?  You will eat it slowly, enjoying every bite, and you won’t feel deprived. You will have made a lower glycemic choice.  You still have the calories, but probably fewer than in the cookies.

If you know a difficult-to-handle situation is coming up, you can plan accordingly.  You can cut down on the calories during meals and snacks and can step up your exercise.  You can also buy your Snickers in advance and put it in the freezer. A frozen Snickers bar takes a long time to eat, so you won’t gobble it down, but will enjoy it for a while.

Warnings:  I don’t recommend this for diabetics – and you had better not try it if a candy bar is a trigger food.  Click here to learn about trigger foods. Don’t buy a package of Snickers to keep on hand, and be aware that it will probably slow down your weight loss.

However, if you are careful, an occasional Snickers can be a part of your long term plan.

Eating to live and living for Christ,
Susan Jordan Brown