How to eat what you love with diabetes!

The minute you are detected with diabetes, your doctor inevitably will chuck out all sugar and naturally-sweet foods especially, mangoes, banana and pineapple as well as high-carb foods such as rice, pasta from your diet. In short, he is prescribing you the “Dreaded Diabetic Diet” which is no less than a nightmare if you love eating fruits, potatoes and can’t do without rice, isn’t it?

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What if, we told you that there is no such thing as a Diabetic diet or that even with diabetes, you can relish mangoes in the swelter summers, custard apple during monsoon and the juicy grapes during winters?

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Butter roti is Healthier than plain roti

Bon happetee weight loss and weight gain appIt is weekend! Along with your foodie buddies, you have decided to try out this new restaurant that has become the talk of the town. It is your turn to place the order, and keeping in mind the 2 kilos you’ve put on last month, you safely go for a plain roti with some chicken curry. You tell yourself it is the right thing to do. But you can’t stop ogling at the butter roti that the skinny chick at the next table is having. You frown and tell yourself, “She can afford to eat all that butter, not me. All the aerobics I did last week will go down the drain.”

Bon happetee weight loss and weight gain appWhat if we told you, you can eat that butter roti and still lose weight? Yeah, now we are talking! And why stop at just the butter rotis? We say bring on the tempting ghee ke paranthe, the delicious butter chicken, and even the gulab jamuns.

But before you embark on this indulgence, we would like to give you a little gyaan about GLYCEMIC INDEX. As foodies, we need to understand the concept of Glycemic Index (GI) and the factors that affect GI of foods and meals. Why food pairing is not only important but the only way for you to enjoy your white rice, white bread, and sweet treats ? How the right pairing of foods can help you eat what you love, without the guilt and without the bulge? Continue reading

How to eat rice without gaining weight

“I have stopped eating rice” say all weight watchers and diabetics!

Obviously, we know it is the right thing to do since rice is a primary cause of weight gain and fluctuations in blood sugar levels! Have you ever wondered why?

It is because the Glycemic Index (GI) of rice is very high! Goodness…that is such a complicated scientific term to use, isn’t it? Speaking in plain terms, GI is nothing but a measure of how fast and how much a food raises your blood glucose levels!
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The body breaks down carbohydrates from the foods we eat and converts them to glucose. After eating, the time it takes for the body to convert carbohydrates and release glucose into the bloodstream varies, depending on the type of carbohydrate. Some foods cause the blood glucose level to rise rapidly; others have a gradual effect. Foods with higher GI values raise blood sugar more rapidly than foods with lower GI values. An increase in the blood sugar levels can lead to fat storage, diabetes etc.

Don’t be disappointed! It doesn’t mean you need to stop eating your favourite rice or carbs.

We have some good news for you! Continue reading