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Cereals seem to wander from one category to another more than any food in my various lists.  One reason for that might be that formulas for the cereals often vary from country to country and the bulk of testing has been in Australia. Here are some  breakfast cereals that tend to have a lower GI number, but are not on the green list.

Bran Buds

Bran Chex

Raisin Bran


Mini Wheats


Nutri Grain

Shredded Wheat

Most of the rest are on the red light list, including:



Corn Chex

Cream of Wheat


Many cereals are listed by name in my reference books, so I will be happy to check out your favorite for you.   And by the way — don’t dump sugar on your cereal!  Use another natural sweetener if you have to have it sweeter.


It’s slump time — the dreaded time when our emotions lag behind our wills.  Do I really want to make these changes?  Is it worth it?  Does it matter anyway?

Yes!  Don’t listen to the negative voices inside your head.  Every day at slump time I will post for you some encouraging words to help keep you on track. For today, here’s an oldie but goodie:  Nothing tastes as good as thin feels.

And what does thin feel like?  It feels like clothes that fit without pinching.  It feels like power.  I can move with energy and ease.  It feels like confidence. It feels young. It feels great!

I am thinking I really want that cookie — but will I enjoy it that much?  The cookie is all refined flour, sugar, and transfat. It will just make my blood sugar jump up and then crash. I’ll feel lousy.  And, of course, I won’t eat just one cookie. About half the package will disappear in no time and I will feel lousy AND like a failure.

Here’s my message to me (and you other slumpers) at slump time:  PUT THE COOKIE DOWN. IT’S NOT WORTH IT!!!!

By the way, it’s not smart to keep cookies around since you don’t plan  to eat them anyway.  Maybe though, you are like me and have a naturally thin spouse who likes to eat ONE cookie with his coffee after dinner.  Revisit this post when you are tempted to raid his stash.  Hmmm.  Would you be interested in some posts about living with naturally skinny people, without killing your healthy eating plan — or killing your spouse?

Eating to live and living for Christ,

Most of the breads do fall in these categories and should be eaten in small amounts and in moderation, especially if they are a trigger food for you.  Some of the yellow light breads are:

barley flour bread

some fruit breads

hamburger buns

sourdough rye

pita bread

taco shell

white high-fiber bread

wheat flour bread

Lots of red lights here!  A few are:


bread stuffing

english muffin

french baguette

kaiser rolls

melba toast

white bread

In general, just be aware that the whiter the bread, the more quickly it will be digested and turn into sugar in your blood stream.  If you have questions about a particular type of bread, don’t hesitate to ask.


There are a few more of these than there are veggies. Here are some fruits that should be eaten in moderation:



cantaloupe melon



fruit cocktail (canned)

kiwi (borderline red light)



peaches (canned)



There are only a couple of red light/occasional fruits. They are:


dates (borderline — some lists have them as yellow)