Health: JJ Virgin’s Sugar Impact Diet
Fat doesn’t make us fat, sugar makes us fat. But what counts as sugar? Is honey healthy? Is fruit healthy? Is whole wheat flour healthy?
At the HCI Live event in November, (4 time!) NY Times Bestselling author J.J. Virgin was there to present her Sugar Impact Diet. In this diet, she advocates 3 cycles. In cycle 1, you take stock of the difference between high, medium and low sugar foods. Then you begin to transition from high sugar impact foods to medium impact. In cycle 2, you transition from medium to low. Then in cycle 3, you reintroduce medium (and then high) impact foods and note your body’s response to these foods.
She recommends eating 3 balanced meals a day. A “Sugar Impact Plate” consists of:
• 1 serving of clean, lean protein (wild salmon, grass fed beef, pastured chicken, etc…)
• 2-3 servings of healthy fat (walnuts, chia seeds, avocado, olive oil, etc…)
• at least 2 servings of non-starchy vegetables (broccoli, kale, cauliflower, spinach, etc…)
• and 1-2 servings of low impact carbs (lentils, beans, berries, wild rice, etc…)
So what are high, medium and low sugar impact foods? Below are a few examples. To find out more about how this can work for you, schedule a free session with me.
Grains, Legumes, Nuts & Seeds
low: black beans, quinoa, pistachios
medium: brown rice, garbanzo flour, millet
high: corn, pasta, muffins
low: artichoke, sprouts, carrots
medium: sweet potatoes, beets, plantain
high: french fries, beet juice, root veggie chips
low: blueberries, tomatoes, persimmon
medium: bananas, cherries, pineapple
high: dried fruit, jam, fruit juice