Discuss “What is a Low GI Diet and Why You Should Care”


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24 Responses to Discuss “What is a Low GI Diet and Why You Should Care”

  1. nat June 28, 2010 at 4:09 pm #

    Thanks for sharing this.
    I have heard about the GI diets, but didn’t check it out and didn’t think/associate to mental focus and performance.
    It certainly makes sense now. Cheers!

  2. Tobi June 28, 2010 at 4:31 pm #

    This is all great and we do this, he never goes to school without having eggs, berries and whole grain bread, however, when you have a child with ADHD that also usually means they are extremely picky eaters. Any ideas, suggestions on what to pack such a child for lunch while they are at school? He usually gets a natural peanut butter and jelly sandwich on whole grain bread with water or milk, and yogurt but outside of that he won’t eat anything else. He doesn’t like me to send fruit because it gets bruised and mushy, he doesn’t like nuts, I can occassionally get him to do a healthy granola bar but I have run out of ideas. When he is with me, I can get him to eat other things but he won’t by himself at school. Any thoughts you have would be greatly appreciated. Thanks!

    • Jon Bennett June 28, 2010 at 7:10 pm #

      I feel your pain :-) “natural peanut butter and jelly sandwich on whole grain bread with water or milk, and yogurt” this sounds good. Breakfast is even more important. Try to work in some eggs or some kind of protein. I used to get “kashi” waffles that had a good amount of protein…. but they don’t sell them anymore. If you can’t get any protein, make sure it is NOT a refined, sugary breakfast.

    • Wanda June 28, 2010 at 11:03 pm #

      Another protien source is jerky–beef, turkey, fish. Great snack for school. It’s light and my picker eater loves it, too. As for fruit, use a tupperware-like container which prevents the fruit from being mashed. Get a small size that fits on the outside pocket of the backpack. Don’t put it in the inside of the backpack becuase the kids forgets about it. Don’t use baggies. For Stawberries, cut out the white center, this part is sour. I learned is tip from a chef video. Try cottage cheese with pineapple, fruit leater, homemade is better. My son also like corned beef for breakfast rolled in a torilla. I cut tiny onions, bell peppers, and powdered garlic for seasoning. As for feedback on the Low GI video, I already new this information. I suggest picking up the pace, it a bit too slow and almost didn’t finish seeing it all. Providing more bullets to keep the audience’s attention. You forgot to mention, to avoid high-fructose corn syrup (HFCS) at all cost. A good substitute is Blue Agave, (honey-like liquid from a plant). It’s a natural sweetner and it’s has a low GI score. Costco now sales it. I pour it on oatmeal after it is cooked, not while cooking. Another good book to read is Dr. Frank Lawis (Dr. Phil’s mentor), The IQ Answer, Maimizing your child’s potential. It offers family-centered action plans and good breathing exercises, especially when your kid is brain-drained and doesn’t want to finish his or her homework. Good strategies to all. God bless..

      • Jon Bennett June 29, 2010 at 6:33 am #

        Wanda, Those are some amazing tips! Thank you for sharing :-) – Jon

  3. "CJ" June 28, 2010 at 4:31 pm #

    I’ve read about the GI and it certainly seems potentially helpful. This is the first time I’ve seen it linked to ADD or ADHD. I’d like some professional references from juried professional journals to learn how the claims are supported.

    • Jon Bennett June 28, 2010 at 5:40 pm #

      CJ, google “blood sugar and ADD adhd” and you will find tons of resources from people way smarter than me :-) This is not a “grey” area, yet it is not talked about very much.

  4. Liza June 28, 2010 at 4:39 pm #

    Thank you for sharing about the GI I had read it through your book 3 Step thank you for giving us so much info.

  5. Lanette June 28, 2010 at 4:58 pm #

    My mom has said this for years!! Now I have to listen to her for my kids!

  6. Anonymous June 28, 2010 at 5:29 pm #

    Thank you for the info….It’s very helpfull even for kids to listen and try to understand the importance of their diet.

  7. Mary June 28, 2010 at 6:39 pm #

    This is good information to have. My daughter is a Type 1 Diabetic and has ADHD and is a picky eater. I’m always looking for answers to the challenges each bring to her. We’ve recently started medication which has helped, but I am not happy to be using the medication. It certainly doesn’t help with everything. I am pursuing a full blown evaluation. Any recommendations?

  8. Lisa Spence June 28, 2010 at 6:43 pm #

    I do appreciate the info I’m already changing my grandson to a low glycemic diet. And its making a big difference. thanks

  9. Mary Luna June 28, 2010 at 8:12 pm #

    It’s like a friendly reminder, something you have known all along but choose not to implement it on daily basis.
    Thank you for taking the time to remind us all that the diet is also an important “venue” of any program for ADD sufferers.

  10. Celeste June 28, 2010 at 9:47 pm #

    This is AWESOME. Our whole family have been on a low GI diet since Sept. and we all are doing GREAT!! My daughter is doing much better in school and we all have seen a change! Thanks!

  11. Travis June 28, 2010 at 11:23 pm #

    This is very useful for dieting advice. I will definitely incorporate it into my life.

  12. Lisa Schiffman R.N., MSHSA June 29, 2010 at 4:06 am #

    This is a really nice presentation that I would apply to people who are on the alkyline water as well as I have experienced an enormous change in the way I eat since I began drinking the water. I have lost 19 pounds in 3 1/2 months – I eat only fresh fruit that is loaded with water and also fresh vegatables. I occasionally have a tuna salad or chicken salad without the bread and use the Essentials for Life and Omega 3 to add what might be missing. I have started drinking tasty high protein drinks as a snack and not only do I have great vitality, think better, but I am finally understanding how important it is at my age (56) to get my act together. I have an autistic child who started adding berries to his diet and drinking the water. I have him taking the vitamins because I can’t get him to eat green vegtables. I would love to share this with my water customers and my son’s behavior is improving just by trying to balance his meals with some fresh fruit.

  13. Cathy Groene June 29, 2010 at 10:38 am #

    Great info. and reminder of the importance and impact of diet. With a picky eater it can be tough but just pushing protein helps my ADHD son.

  14. Louise Ingebrethsen June 29, 2010 at 7:21 pm #

    Thanks for this info on “low GI diet”. I’ve heard about it before, but now plan on looking more into it.

    I would also like to mention again, that some people/parents might want to try and get off of “gluten”, which will mean “no” whole grain wheat….barely….oatmeal….rye.

    I was on this diet for 4yrs and it made the biggest difference in how I felt………no headaches…..no depression……..more ability to focus…..and lost 40 lbs in 3 months. It took me down to my natural weight and kept it there. I’m just sorry that I went off of it after being on it for 4yrs. It’s now been 10yrs since I did that, and am trying so much to get back on it.

    It isn’t easy being on a “gluten free” diet, but is well worth it.

    Jenny McCarthy has been spreading the news that “gluten” is a major culprit with “autism”, and said that it has changed her sons life drastically, and many others too.

    If it works on children with “autism” I don’t see any reason why it wouldn’t work on kids/adults with ADD/ADHD, which, by the way I myself have, and getting away from the gluten did really help me.

    Jon I wish you would look more into this, and hopefully put out a video that might talk about Gluten & ADD.

    • Jon Bennett June 29, 2010 at 9:19 pm #

      Louise, I definitely think there could be a link here. Sounds like another “step #1 -Avoid the Bad” topic! I will dig deeper into this. Thank you so much for your input. :-)

  15. Shari July 1, 2010 at 1:00 am #

    I begged my daughter in law not to put my grandson,Charlie, on ADHD drugs, just to change his diet. He lives on sugar. He’s now on Adderal. I send her all your e-mails and it means nothing. She takes the easy way out on everything. They have 5 children under 6, so my son follows her lead because he doesn’t want to argue with her and take a chance of losing his children. What can I do? I am type 2 diabetic and I know how much better I feel with more protein.

  16. Star Rork September 4, 2010 at 1:00 am #

    Good informative video. I have known about low GI foods & we eat alot of them, but I am definitely going to start making a effort for the whole family to start eating better! Did I see somewhere you have a book about what foods to eat?
    Thank You!

  17. Matt September 4, 2010 at 10:15 pm #

    Good info Jon. Keep the tips coming! They’re great.

  18. sell my ipod March 4, 2011 at 6:01 pm #

    I was in the hospital for three full days when I was finally discharged with a prescription for an antibiotic, bland diet, and a referral to a GI for a colonoscopy. A week later I was officially diagnosed with Crohn’s disease.

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