You are probably looking for it — the “King’s X” food. Is there a food that doesn’t raise your blood sugar? Well, yes. Meats, poultry, seafood, and eggs do not have any insulin response. That’s because of the fat and protein in them. Their glycemic number is 0.
Does that mean you can eat meat until it comes out your ears? I wouldn’t recommend it! Gorging is never healthy — regardless of what you are eating. And meat and eggs do have calories, which do count. More on that in a later blog.
However, it is also true that meat, fish, poultry, and eggs do give you many benefits. They provide protein, which is essential for fat loss, as well as for building muscle. Meats are also satisfying and help keep hunger under control.
Just don’t do crazy things — and we dieters are famous for the crazy things we do to lose weight!. Many people on the Adkins and South Beach diet, which are basically low glycemic, just stuff themselves with meat — which is not what the originators of the plans intended. I saw a breakfast entree in a menu billed as the “Adkins Breakfast.” It consisted of SIX eggs, six pieces of bacon, three sausage patties, and three link sausages. I really doubt that Dr. Adkins came up with this one! A steady diet of that type of food won’t be healthy OR help you lose the extra pounds.
A serving size of meat is about the size of a deck of cards — or the palm of your hand. Eating the meat grilled, cooked in the crockpot, or baked are all good choices. I have a George Foreman-type indoor grill that I use regularly. (It’s a knock-off brand, but I like it.) It’s easy and clean up is a snap since the grill can be washed in the dishwasher.
Beans are also low glycemic. Just about any kind you can name — black, brown, pinto, lima, navy — even baked beans — are in the green-for-go category. So are chick peas, black-eyed peas, and lentils.
Nuts can also be a boon to your healthy eating plan, as long as you don’t overdo it. They don’t have any carbs, so have a 0 glycemic index number. The exception is cashews, which have a low number of 22. They do have fat, but it is mostly the “good” fat. Eating a handful as a snack instead of chips or candy can satisfy you and keep your energy up. However, do NOT eat the whole jar of cashews — as I did once without noticing while I read a really good thriller. I did not feel so great afterward, and certainly did not see a drop in weight the next day!
As you can see, this eating plan is not really restrictive. There is plenty of real food with low or 0 numbers and you need not be hungry.