Stacy Goldberg Featured in USA Today: NBA coaches Steve Kerr, Ty Lue balance stress, pressure and health in grueling industry

Long days, sleepless nights, packed schedules, and high pressures are the epitome of health concerns for many pro athletes. However, many people neglect to realize that coaches are subjected to the same high stakes as athletes. Because of this, coaches’ health and wellness is now a rising concern in the NBA, and the National Basketball Coaches Association (NBCA) is putting their best efforts forward to improve coaches’ well-being. One important step in this process was the NBCA hiring our nutritionist and CEO, Stacy Goldberg, as its health and wellness consultant.

USA Today’s article written by Jeff Zillgitt “NBA Coaches Steve Kerr, Ty Lue Balance Stress, Pressure and Health in Grueling Industry” looks at this important NBA issue and how Savorfull’s Stacy Goldberg is helping to make a change in the lives of certain coaches by assisting them to improve their health and well-being in one of the most stressful fields.

FULL ARTICLE BY JEFF ZILLGITT:

NBA coaches Steve Kerr, Ty Lue balance stress, pressure and health in grueling industry

 

CLEVELAND – Golden State coach Steve Kerr learned the importance of proper work-life balance from two of the coaches he played for in the NBA – Phil Jackson and Gregg Popovich.

 

“When I was a player, I kind of wondered if coaches were like holed up in their office all night sleeping on the cot,” Kerr said. “I wasn’t exactly sure how it worked. Both those guys had such diverse interests outside of the game. You know all the stories about both of them.

 

“Seeing how interesting they both were and how devoted to their families they were and their kids, and how interested they were in our lives besides just what was going on in basketball, I think they really influenced me.”

 

Health and wellness of NBA coaches is on center stage in this season’s Finals between Golden State and Cleveland. For different reasons, the coaches for both teams – Kerr and Cleveland’s Tyronn Lue – took time off during a season.

 

Kerr addressed his health in 2015-16 when complications from back surgery forced him to step aside temporarily and allow Luke Walton to coach the team on an interim basis, and last season when he wasn’t feeling well, Kerr turned over coaching duties to Mike Brown during some postseason games.

 

Lue missed time earlier this season to focus on his health as the result of anxiety, bad diet and poor sleep.

The health and wellness of coaches is just as important as the health and wellness of players. Teams invest millions into their players and are starting to do more to make sure coaches are operating at an optimum level.

 

“The National Basketball Coaches Association is absolutely vigilant about the importance of proactively nurturing good health for all of our coaches, both head coaches and assistants,” NBPA president and Dallas Mavericks coach Rick Carlisle told USA TODAY Sports. “It’s important your health comes first. Your preparation for a season is meticulous and purposeful and once you get into it, you must have a great staff that can take a lot of pressure off the day to day demands and you have to take care of yourself.”

 

The coaching lifestyle in the NBA is not conducive to healthy living. Late nights, poor eating and drinking habits, inadequate sleep and the high-stakes pressure of winning can take a toll mentally and physically.

 

The NBA is filled with stories of coaches whose jobs led to physical and mental issues. Rudy Tomjanovich stepped away from coaching the Los Angeles Lakers because of stress. Former Charlotte coach Steve Clifford, recently hired by Orlando, missed 21 games earlier this season due to headaches caused by sleep deprivation.

 

The NBCA is making an effort to improve coaches’ well-being. The organization sends quarterly health and wellness bulletins with advice on proper diet, sleeping and exercise tips and hired Stacy Goldberg as its health and wellness consultant.

 

“There’s a ton of emphasis that gets placed on player health,” NBCA executive director David S. Fogel said. “Teams go to great lengths and great financial lengths to have the best doctors, nutritionists and trainers and while they are available to coaches, a lot of times their schedules are full and coaches are left to their own for individual workouts and nutrition plans.

 

“That’s where we wanted to come in and educate our coaches. We want our coaches to be the most educated in all of professional sports.”

 

Beyond the quarterly bulletins, Goldberg is available to answer questions and help coaches.

 

“I provide information that they can apply realistically to their life when it comes to nutrition, health, wellness because we recognize they are extremely busy and so focused on the players,” said Goldberg, who has a master’s degree in public health and is the founder/CEO of Savorfull. “So my initiative with the NBA coaches association has been always to say: Who’s taking care of the coaches?”

 

Several coaches, such as Dwane Casey, Brad Stevens, Fred Hoiberg and Frank Vogel, try to find a work-life balance through family. When they can, they like to pick up kids from school, have dinner with family or put kids to bed. Stepping away from work is good for the mind and body.

 

Former Sacramento Kings coach Jerry Reynolds knew he had to stop coaching or else.

 

Reynolds said there was constant pressure, win or lose. He wasn’t eating or sleeping well and acknowledged he “probably drank too much. … It’s just another habit you don’t need. It became a habit to have three, four beers after every game.

 

“At that time, I knew health-wise I didn’t think it would be good for me to be in coaching a lot longer, and I wasn’t thank goodness. I’m not sure I’d be here today if I had coached another 10 years to be honest.”

 

When Lue was out earlier this season, he talked with Kerr.

 

“We get so wrapped up in the game of basketball I think we kind of forget about everything else,” Lue said. “This was the first time in 20 years where I really just had a chance to focus on me and get myself right and he reminded me of that. We get so wrapped up in the game that we forget about real life and it was the best advice I got – so thank Steve for that.”

 

Kerr had this general advice for Lue.

 

“The main message was you can’t allow what feels like the enormity of the job to interfere with your health and your recovery and whatever you need to do,” Kerr said. “I just told him the team will still be there when you get back. Sometimes I think in this job because there is so much passion from the fan bases and because everybody wants to win so badly, it feels bigger than it really is.”

 

Stacy Goldberg’s Advice for Basketball Coaches Helping Athletes Gain The Nutrition Edge Just Like NBA Pros, Featured on Basketball Coaching Academy

It’s no secret that sports nutrition can be complicated, especially if you’re an athlete or a coach and do not have time to worry about anything other than your game. But, proper or improper nutrition can be a game changer and as our Savorfull Nutrition Expert and NBA Consultant Stacy Goldberg says “Nutrition is THE EDGE in basketball.”

Luckily, Stacy had the opportunity to talk with Shelby Turcotte of  Basketball Coaching Academy  breaking down sports nutrition in her interview on “Basketball Nutrition 101,”. Here are some highlights from her interview, which can hopefully be helpful hints for basketball players looking to up their nutrition game.

Basketball Nutrition 101 – For Basketball Coaches

SOURCE: http://basketballcoachingacademy.com/basketball-nutrition-101-for-coaches/

Stacy Goldberg, MPH,RN, CEO and Nutrition Consultant – Savorfull.com

Nutrition can be overwhelming as an athlete or coach.

Even for professionals often times, there’s an abundance of information out there it continues to evolve in terms of research and studies- and it just keeps compounding on itself.  So while nutrition is ever complex, I think that there are so many great steps that coaches can take to help improve their players health.

For example, I often get youth coaches who will come up to me and say something like,“I’d love to help give my players more solid nutritional advice, I just don’t know where to begin.  How do I start? My players aren’t ready to swap quinoa for rice, I can barely get them to think about anything other than junk food.  I can’t tell you how many players on my team love Doritos and they have no idea what they’re consuming for protein and this and that. Where do I begin in terms of trying to make positive changes?”

Realistically, as a coach, you aren’t going to be able to go in and overhaul an entire diet on the entire team nonetheless even one player.  The first thing that a coach could tell them to help make positive changes would be to be able to learn the difference between carbs, proteins, and fats.

Be able to understand what the difference is and learning which proteins they can eat to help repair damaged muscle tissue, and to stimulate new development of new tissue, and things like that.

Being able to learn how to eat foods that are going to be good for them, learning to take in carbs which are going to be muscle fuel before, during and after their long workout session.

Teaching them what are the healthy carbs and learning the difference between eating just a traditional piece of white bread versus a 100% whole wheat bread or even learning what are healthy protein options and what are healthy fat options.

The second piece of that is that the really difficult challenge is sugar. If a coach can talk sugar with their athletes that’s going to be critical because even the healthiest of athletes can’t have unlimited amount of sugar. There’s a lot of information out there about what are healthy sugars and what are unhealthy sugars and trying to teach your athletes where you can go to get healthier choices for sugars.  That’s a really big deal.

Working with athletes on nutrient timing is really important and being able to provide them information as far as what they should be eating:

  • 3-4 hours before a workout
  • 30 minutes to an hour before a workout
  • During a workout
  • After a workout

There is a lot of content and information around that and then being able to help to learn what those are going to be. If you can work with them to learn a little bit about that then that’s going to be critical, what should you be eating two hours after a workout and then two hours after that and 30 minutes after.

Those things are really critical and we can always help provide more information on that if they need it.

You may be asking yourself, “That’s great Stacy, but I’m not sure what the best choices are for my athletes…Carbs? Fats? Proteins?”

Carbs:

When it comes to a healthy carb source I like quinoa much better than I like brown rice. If someone can have quinoa incorporated into their diet, it’s a great choice. It’s not expensive, it’s easy to make, it has a complete amino acid profile. So, it’s really great for recovery and that’s a great choice to be able to use with athletes for sure. So, that’s a great option and then I like getting starchy carbs out.  Instead I recommend coaches have their athletes get a lot of fruits and vegetables in their diet.

If you can have an athlete incorporate more vegetables and fruits as their source of healthy carbs that’s great and if they can eliminate a lot of the fruit juice because fruit juice is not good for them. They’re probably drinking too much juice and a lot of them are drinking too much Gatorade too, so they’re getting a lot of extra sugar!

Getting a little bit more serious about it, I love sprouted grains. If people can start experimenting with things like sprouted grains, those are awesome. Beans, lentils those are all really good healthy carbs sources.

Protein:

When it comes to protein, if they can have healthier protein sources like beans, nuts, seeds, chicken, or turkey; but if they can try to get a variety of different protein options that would really be ideal.

If they don’t have restrictions; if they’re not vegan, if they’re not vegetarian, then they can try to experiment with different types of proteins and that would be the best thing that they could do. Getting protein from eggs, chicken, turkey, lean beef, fish, sea food – all of those different sources. If they’re vegan or vegetarian it also requires a more serious look into their diet and helping to be able to give them the resources if they need plant protein or if they need pea protein, or if they’re looking to nuts and seeds as their source of protein.

Being able to adapt and especially when it comes to supplements and bars. If you’re working with an athlete that need assistance and they need a bar or they need a shake or they need something that’s going to have protein in it but you’re not really sure exactly which protein, that’s important to know.  Being able to balance the different types of protein and then making sure they’re getting enough protein. That’s the key and that varies by athlete.

Fats:

Healthy fats – I’m a huge fan of fats and actually many athletes are not getting enough of the healthy fats.

These are things like: olive oil, coconut oil, avocado, healthy fats that are found in fish such as salmon, tuna, nuts and seeds. Being able to eat a variety of different types of nuts and nut butters. Peanut butter is out there, but there’s also other nut butters (almond butter, cashew butter, sunflower seed butter). Making sure that someone’s getting enough of those healthy fats is really, really important.

Like I’ve mentioned before, I’m not a big fan of creating a one-size-fits-all template or nutrition plan.  I think, in particular for coaches, the most valuable thing you can do is educate your athletes and give them options to help encourage them to make better food choices by looking at some of the examples above.

 

Goth Food, Collagen Peptides and More of Nutritionist Stacy Goldberg’s Faves Featured on Total Beauty

We know the drill; you scroll through Facebook and see that hip new food shop that just opened in New York. Maybe it’s a cookie dough store or maybe they specialize in everything avocado or maybe they have some type of food you’ve never even heard of until today. All you know is you’ve GOT  to try it.

We love food too, and Stacy Goldberg. MPH, RN, BSN  is obsessed with everything that has to do with free-from food trends. Get a sneak peak of the exciting new food trends to look out for this year in Total Beauty’s article “Bored of Avocados? Here Are 13 Foods Experts Say Will Be Trending This Year,” featuring our favorite expert, our CEO and Nutritionist Stacy Goldberg. Don’t pass up the opportunity to learn about goth food, collagen peptides, mushroom mania and much more. 


 

Savorfull Named Top Company Inspiring Employee Health in 2018

Corporations are continuously trying to find ways to keep their employees or team members both happy and healthy.  According to Namely , early 50 million people work for mid-sized companies (in the US alone). Namely provides HR professionals with the technology, data, and support they need to help employees thrive.  This week, Namely chose our company Savorfull as one of the top companies inspiring employee health and wellness for 2018. The viewed us as being at the “forefront of health” and we are excited to share their list with you! Check out this article  featured on Namely. 

Our Free-From Philosophy at Savorfull

 

Walk into any grocery store and you will be assaulted with additives, bombarded with artificial colors, and blasted with high fructose corn syrup. Even with the keenest eye for reading nutrition labels, it can be difficult to find foods that cater to individual dietary needs. Savorfull has worked hard to take out the guesswork and relieve the hassle when shopping for food to maintain healthy habits. Our mission is to provide our clients with free-from foods and bring the reality of a clean-eating lifestyle within reach. Did we mention these products are also outrageously delicious?

Our online store makes it easy to find the products you’re looking for, as well as help discover new craveable foods you never knew existed! Thousands of products are broken down by category (such as spreads, chips, beverages) as well as whatever you may be free-from (corn, dairy, gluten). To find out all the items we’re free-from, check out the list below. Once your appetite is good and whetted, visit our shop to take the next step towards a simple and sustainable clean-eating lifestyle.   

 

All foods we offer are free-from:

  • Artificial Sweeteners
  • Trans Fat
  • Artificial Dyes & Colors
  • High Fructose Corn Syrup

Certain foods are free-from:

  • Casein
  • Coconut
  • Corn
  • Dairy
  • Egg
  • Wheat
  • Gluten
  • Peanut
  • Shellfish
  • Sesame
  • Soy
  • Tree Nut

Additional Searchable Product Features and Certifications:

  • Vegan
  • Vegetarian
  • High Protein
  • High Fiber
  • Healthy Fats
  • BPA Free
  • All Natural
  • Organic
  • Kosher
  • Fair Trade
  • Many More!

With Savorfull- shipping is always free making it easier and more economical to feed you, your family, company and/or team. Have questions? Drop us a note and we’ll get back to you lickity split!

 

Happy Gluten Free Friday From Simply Southern Moms: A Savorfull Review

We love mother/daughter owned businesses since we are one here at Savorfull.  We connected with the amazing blogging team (Pamela and Brittany) in Georgia who have a great blog featuring recipes and easy DIY tips for living your best gluten free life.  They also share tips on parenting, travel and so much more. Pam and Brittany checked out our Savorfull gluten free goodies and here is what they discovered…Happy Gluten Free Friday! 

New Year, New You

 

The year 2016 has come and gone, and we now embark on a glimmering New Year in 2017. Did you set health and wellness goals or resolutions in 2016? Do you even remember what they were? 

Did you stick to them? 

So often, we set lofty, unrealistic intentions and place daunting responsibilities on ourselves in the new year. We soon realize that our goals were impractical for our lifestyle, and we obliterate them altogether.

Sound familiar? It may be time to readjust your desires. 

In 2017, I challenge you to simplify your life and set just one single, solitary goal. Not three, not six — just one sound, sustainable, achievable goal that you will have success with.

Stuck on which one to choose? 

Here is my advice on setting your goal for a happy and healthy new year:

Start by brainstorming a complete list of your health and wellness challenges on a piece of paper or in a journal. Write down all the objectives you have in your brain, such as exercising regularly, gaining lean muscle, practicing mindfulness, disconnecting from technology or relieving stress. Then, circle the one that seems most imperative to you now. 

Once you have arrived at your goal, write it large and bold on a piece of paper and place it in a prominent location in your home, office, car, phone or on a vision board. This will be a constant reminder for you every single day.

Make your goal a S.M.A.R.T goal. Goals should be Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Realistic and Timely. Outline specific strategies you will use to accomplish your goal, set a timeline and determine ways in which you can personally measure your own successes.

Keep a daily diary, journal or log that records the actions or activities you are taking to meet your health and fitness goals. Invest in technology to help you if needed, such as a Fitbit, or using an app such as My Fitness Pal (it’s free) to track your diet and exercise.

Share your objectives with someone who supports and motivates you. This could be a spouse or significant other, a friend, a co-worker or even your children. They may have similar goals, and working together to meet them makes for a more exciting path to success.

Create a Pinterest board that helps to support your health and wellness journey. Find inspiring quotes, recipes, fitness programs, role models and any other images that spark your interest and keep you connected to your mission. •

 

 

STACY’S SWAPS
This is where you can look each month to find hands-on tips for eating what you love in a more healthful way:
• Most restaurants offer grilled chicken in addition to breaded or fried chicken. If your favorite fast-food meal has breaded chicken, ask if you can swap it for a grilled chicken breast.
• Avoid menu items with words like “crispy,” “loaded,” “smothered,” “supreme,” “grande” or “fried.” These are typically laden in oil, loaded with cheese/bacon/sour cream, covered in a fatty sauce or an oversized portion.
• Order your favorite sandwich as a lettuce wrap or your burrito as a bowl to cut calories and refined carbohydrates. You can also turn your sandwich into a salad, as long as you don’t load up on dressing, cheese and fried toppings.
• Choose dishes that have a balance of protein, carbohydrates and healthy fats.
• Replace cheese, sour cream or mayo with avocado or guacamole for a creamy texture and a boost of healthy fat.
• Opt for smaller meal options or ask for a box to split your meal in half in advance — appetizer portions work well, too.
• Limit the consumption of bread or tortilla chips before a meal: Ask for raw veggies to dip in guacamole or salsa rather than chips.

Stacy Goldberg, MPH, RN, BSN, is a nationally recognized nutritional consultant, registered nurse and the CEO and founder of Savorfull (savorfull.com), a Detroit-based e-commerce company that sources nutritionist-approved healthy, allergen-friendly foods and provides nutrition-consulting services. Savorfull is part of the Quicken Loans Family of Companies.

For the full article click here: https://www.thejewishnews.com/2017/01/19/new-year-new/

Happy Holidays from Savorfull!

It’s finally December and you know what that means, right? ‘Tis the season for office holiday parties! Everyone loves a good office party; a chance to take time off of the regular work schedule to mingle with your co-workers while diving into that platter of gingerbread cookies or the candy canes. However, most of us don’t realize just how much fun we’re having until the unwanted weight gain soon becomes our New Year’s resolutions.

 

Before it gets to that point, however, why not take matters into your own hands? Instead of whipping up a box of Duncan Hines brownies the night before, think about contributing Savorfull products to your office potluck. Not only will you gain free-from brownie points with your boss (no pun intended), but the whole office can enjoy these guilt-free treats that are sure to cater to everyones free-from needs.

 

Let’s take a look at some possibilities…

COCO5

If you’re in charge of drinks, switch things up this year by bringing COCO5–a line of fruit-flavored coconut water. COCO5 is an all natural beverage full of naturally-occurring electrolytes like sodium, potassium, calcium, magnesium, phosphorus chloride, and more. Add a healthy kick to the party’s punch bowl by pouring in some COCO5 Tropical Passion flavor!

 

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Grab your color themed Coco5 for your next holiday party! Click on the photo to check out all of the flavors at Savorfull.

 

 

 

Hail Merry

Everyone loves a good macaron, but it’s hard to find a healthy alternative to the treat…until now! Hail Merry’s line of Merry Bites are fresh, delicious, and made from clean ingredients. Each bag is paleo friendly, vegan, and gluten free, with flavors like caramel sea salt, dark chocolate, chocolate chip cookie dough, lemon, and pure vanilla. Merry Bites provide a great tasting and satisfying dessert.

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In the spirit of the season, these macaroons are deliciously satisfying – with no guilt! Click on the photo to check them out!

 

 

 

Homefree

Instead of reaching for that 500 calorie cookie that’s loaded with fat and sugar, reach for a bag of Homefree cookies. Homefree cookies are made from whole grains, dairy free, egg free, gluten free, non-GMO, and contain nothing artificial. As a mindful holiday swap, replace your gingerbread cookies with a bag of Homefree ginger snaps. Instead of the traditional holiday mint chocolates, try a guilt-free bag of chocolate mint mini cookies!

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A much tastier (and healthier) version of the ginger bread cookie! Check out Homefree Ginger Snap cookies at Savorfull by clicking the photo!

 

 

Lucy’s

Lucy’s is another line of allergy-friendly cookies but also features their own delicious brownie crisp. All products are gluten-free, nut free, all natural, non-GMO, and vegan made from wholesome ingredients. For that festive ginger flavor, try out a bag of Lucy’s ginger snap cookies–the perfect holiday treat!

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Check out all Lucy’s flavors at Savorfull!

 

 

 

Nature’s Bakery

We all love a good brownie, and luckily we have Nature’s Bakery to thank for providing a guilt free product! To satisfy everyone’s chocolate craving, try their vegan, non-GMO line of brownies provided by Savorfull, with their mint flavor being the perfect holiday addition. Nature’s Bakery’s line is made from whole grains, which provide numerous vitamins and minerals and have been shown to reduce the risk of heart disease, type 2 diabetes, obesity, and even forms of cancer. A serving of the typical Duncan Hines brownies, which is 1/20th of the package (we all know we eat at least 3x that), contains 180 calories, 8 grams of fat, 16 grams of sugar, and ingredients that need a dictionary to translate! With Nature’s Bakery, however, 1 brownie in their twin pack contains just 90 calories, 2.5 grams of fat, 9 grams of sugar, and a clean list of ingredients. The choice is simple!

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Check out all of the brownie flavors that Savorfull offers!

 

 

 

Surf Sweets

What would the holiday party season be without the candy? Rather than buying a Costco-sized bag of assorted chocolates, however, try going organic this year and stocking up on Surf Sweets. Surf Sweets provides organically-sweetened candies, ranging from gummies, jelly beans, peach rings, and more. Unlike regular candies, Surf Sweets’ products contain no artificial colors and are made with organic fruit juice. With such a variety of products, you can be sure to find a healthy substitute for your favorite candies. These guilt-free sweets are sure to be a crowd favorite amongst your co-workers.

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Check out Surf Sweet products at Savorfull. Healthier alternatives to typical candies!

 

 

Savorfull wishes you all a happy, safe, and healthy holiday season and New Year!

A Sweet, Savorfull Holiday Treat

Just in time for the holidays, Germack Pistachio Company has given us a sweet and tasty gift: Dark Chocolate Pistachio Bark.

Dark chocolate boasts quite the nutritious punch, and the higher percent cacao – the better (aiming for dark chocolate above 70% cacao is best). Dark chocolate is an antioxidant, and may even lower blood pressure (when eaten in moderation, of course). The pistachios in this recipe provide a dose of healthy fats with plenty of vitamins and minerals.

Uses: Germack Pistachios, unshelled and chopped and Birmingham Dark Chocolate (74% cacao)

 

Ingredients

8 oz, Birmingham Dark Chocolate (74% cacao)

¼ cup, shelled Germack Pistachios (and if pistachios aren’t your thing, try Love Your Health Soy Nuts for a high protein crunch!)

¼ tsp, coarse sea salt

Vegetable cooking spray

Parchment Paper

 

Directions

  1. Lightly coat an 8-inch pan with cooking spray. Line pan with parchment paper, and be sure to leave a small parchment overhang.
  2. Pour melted dark chocolate onto lined pan and use a spatula to smooth chocolate into an even layer.
  3. Sprinkle with chopped pistachios and sea salt.
  4. Chill in fridge until completely set (about 30 minutes).
  5. Remove hardened chocolate from pan, peel off parchment paper, break into pieces, and enjoy!

Check out Germack and Birmingham Chocolate at Savorfull–both made in the Motor City!

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Preventing Your “Hangry” Side – The Glycemic Index

 

Throughout the day our blood sugar rises and falls depending on what we are doing, our activity level and primarily, on the meals we eat throughout the day. Have you ever noticed when you eat a handful of sugary cereal, you are hungry soon after? This example provides a good look into the glycemic index.

 

Several years ago, Dr. David Jenkins from Toronto, Canada, came out with a study testing blood sugar levels after participants ate certain foods. He found that after participants ate these foods, their blood sugar levels rose differently depending on the food. For example, those who ate beans had less of a blood sugar spike than those who ate biscuits. From his study, the glycemic index was more defined. The glycemic index is a scale from 0-100, and ranks food that contains carbohydrates (so no fats or proteins). Carbohydrates are sugars, starches, and dietary fibers that are found in milk, grains, vegetables, and fruits. They are very important to healthy life, and are crucial for energy and proper body function! The glycemic index also classifies each food into three categories: low, moderate, and high.

 

  • Foods with a glycemic index from 0-55 are considered “low”
  • Between 56-69 is considered “moderate”
  • More than 70 is considered “high”

 

But what do the numbers and rankings mean?

After eating certain foods, like a handful of sugary cereal, blood sugar will rise rapidly. The glycemic index then ranks how fast blood sugar rises. So, foods with a high index cause a rapid increase in blood glucose, while food with a low index cause a slow increase in blood glucose. It’s basically a measure of how fast food is converted to sugar, and then how fast it enters the bloodstream.

Let’s compare the cereal to an apple, shall we? Which do you think will cause your blood sugar to rise the most? If you guessed the cereal, you are correct! But why? Different carbohydrates have different impacts on blood sugar levels. The glycemic index is a measure of exactly how blood sugar will respond to different carbohydrates. Using the scale (0-100), the cereal might have a glycemic index of about 80, where the apple has a glycemic index around 40.

 

How should the glycemic index be used?

There are few things worse than being “hangry” (hungry+angry) during the day. A way to prevent becoming “hangry” is by choosing foods with a low glycemic index. Foods with a low glycemic index often contain protein and dietary fiber, which help you feel fuller for longer, and well as prevent the rapid increase in blood sugar, and the crash. Just like if you ate a large bowl of cereal for breakfast and by noon you are lethargic, tired, and… hangry.

 

Here is a handy list to differentiate between the high and low glycemic index foods:

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Table adapted from www.lowglycemiccertification.com.

 

 

Again, using this chart, consider the following information:

Low Glycemic Index is below 55

Medium Glycemic Index is 55-69

High Glycemic Index is above 70

Snacking might seem challenging when trying to keep glycemic index in mind. There are many products available that boast a low glycemic index, as well as offering many other nutrients to keep your body field throughout the day.

 


 

Click on the photos below to check out all of these products that

Savorfull has to offer that are low glycemic! 


Beanitos

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Get your chip fix with Beanitos! Click on the photo to check out the yummy flavors at Savorfull!

 

 

Kay’s Naturals

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All of Kay’s Products are Low Glycemic!

 

Savory Harvest

 

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Finally! A Savory bar that can not only cure your pizza craving, but is also Low Glycemic. Click on the photo to check out more details at Savorfull!

 

KIND

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Tons of flavors of these KIND bars – all are low glycemic! Click photo to check out at Savorfull!

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Click on the photo to check out these delicious KIND bars at Savorfull!

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Click photo to check out this low glycemic granola at Savorfull!

 

With many food options available to us to snack on throughout the day, it is important to consider the glycemic index, and how each food may be impacting our blood sugar levels. Choosing low glycemic foods can be beneficial for everyone and can prevent you from becoming “hangry”!

 

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