General Diet Plans and Questions - anyone on "The GI Diet"?

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01-09-2004, 12:54 PM

Is anyone out there following The G.I Diet? (gylcemic index diet).

It is similar to the South Beach Diet (low carb, low fat) but without Phase 1. As well, since it's by a Canadian probably not as well known as some diets.

I've just started it and it's going well so far. (My traditional downfall has been overeating starches). As well, my doctor who just did a physical on me, really would like to see my weight go down as I'm risk for diabetes. (I also am going to restart exercising too.) She's says my health is very good for my age (47) and weight but having just lost my father-in-law; I'd like to live as long and healthy as possible. (I have a severely disabled teen who's going to need our advocacy for the rest of his life.)

01-09-2004, 03:37 PM
I actually just received the book so if you would like to chat about it I will be here. My GI doctor recommended this way of eatting to me.


01-21-2004, 08:00 PM

The GI way of eating is what we follow over on the Sugar Buster board. You're welcome to come on over and join us if you want!

02-04-2004, 08:59 PM
I've just learned about it and have started moving toward it. I printed out an index to get me going and am buying the book Friday. I'm 47 as well, and have a LOT to lose, but when reading up on this realised that it's something I could live with LONG term instead of a diet to go on and off of.
How long have you been on it and how are you doing?

A fellow Canuck,

02-04-2004, 11:33 PM
Hi, I misplaced my book on the GI diet so i am just reading it now. If you are going to start this way of eatting I will do it along with you and we can support each other.


02-15-2004, 07:08 PM
Hi everyone, I to just finished the book and am going grocery shopping tomorrow to get the right stuff. It would be nice to chat with you to see how we are all doing and to give and get some support. I am 49 yr. old and need to do something. Hope to hear from you soon.

02-15-2004, 08:19 PM
Hi, I am still here and I am also just starting. So if you want to chat I will be here.


02-16-2004, 03:28 PM
Hi bev,
well so far so good, but it's only been a 1/2 day so far. My biggest hurdle is when I work, I am a working kitchen manager, I do a lot of cooking and baking, I am around all the wrong foods. I have a plan to bring substitutes for the foods I seem to munch on the most. That is my biggest problem is the munchies. Anyway how is everything going with you? I will check you out tonite or tomorrow after my challenging day at work.
Take care

02-16-2004, 05:37 PM
HI Deb, I am so glad it is going well for you. Today is a tough day for me because my kids are home from school. How did you like the book? I like how the book is layed out. It makes it really easy to follow. are you just following the book or are you also doing something else like counting calories or something else. I go back and forth between counting the calories and just eatting the books in the book.

I don't know if you know or not but they talk about the book and the eatting plan in the Feb. 17 issue of Woman's World.

I like forward to hearing from you again

02-18-2004, 12:00 AM
I just bought the book and gonna start soon. Last year I lost 27 lbs. on Weight Watchers. The first time I ever lost any big amount of weight. I gained it back so back to the drawing board. I really like WW, but it has alot of carbs. Anyways I going to start the GI soon.

02-18-2004, 09:45 AM
grallo1954- Hi, when you start the GI diet plan we will be here to support you.


02-23-2004, 09:08 AM
I am waiting for the book to arrive from Amazon. I have over 100 pounds to lose. I am 63 and find it is so hard for me to lose weight. I've tried and bought anything that I've heard about and I don't stay with anything. I broke my knee cap Jan.2nd, so it is difficult for me to get around, but I going to try to do as much walking as I can manage.

03-01-2004, 12:39 PM
I picked up the G.I. diet book... after reading about it in womans world. I want to try the diet to see how tough it is to live on. My husband is the one that really needs to lose the weight. I want to see if it is a life style that the both of us can live with. I have been on it for a week now... I have lost 2 lbs. but the hardest thingt for me has been to try to give up on the coffee... I do drink a lot of water, but I have to have the coffee too, anyone else having a problem with that... I have a horrible time with decaf.

03-02-2004, 05:04 PM
I have been on the GI Diet for a while and I love it...though overloading starches and not enough fruit...although I do great with the veggies.

I was upset that I had't lost alot of weight, but have just been diagnosed with brings low metabolism and an inability to lose weight easily, and it is aggrevated by stress....and I operate a day care and write freelance, including an article on the GI Diet that came out at the same week the GI Diet came out in Woman's World. And I am the only person I know who gains weight when I get sick! It must be the metabolism thing!

So, actually, the 23 pounds I have lost since July isn't bad, considering.

03-07-2004, 02:09 PM
:dizzy: I'm finding the diet fairly easy to stay on... in fact I'm not craving sugar the way I usually do . I also have a thyriod condition ... and i'm not losing the weight like I would like to but I'm hoping to have more energy ... The muffins in the book are really great for the sweet tooth... I'm going to have to search around for recipes though. :coffee: I still like my coffee.

03-08-2004, 02:07 AM

The thyroid thing really does slow things down. I try to exercise about an hour after eating so the metabolism can rev up a bit.

I have the "Living the GI Diet' book and it has some really great sweets recipes. also, there are a couple on the website for the books, wwwgidiet,com ,

I went off coffee cold turkey Thursday. I even make it through a late night dessert run with my VERY pregnant girlfriend, whose not so DH wouldn't go get her an apple struesel cake on Saturday night...who would have thought that you can eat crazy chocolate sake without coffee??????

I can give you the recipes if you want, just let me know,


03-08-2004, 01:10 PM
Thanx Deb... I'll try to get some recipes on the web site... I really liked the muffins in the book.... I thought that artifical sugar would be gross... but not bad at all.In fact I'm going to try the brownies on the splenda package once I lose a bit more. My hubby gave up chocolate for lent so I don't think I should try it in front of him at the moment.

03-09-2004, 01:40 AM
My girlfriend uses Splenda all the time, it has less after taste I think, although the baking does come out somewhat heavier.

I found using liquid egg was a challenge. I thought they were really expensive, but once you realize how much they are equivilently they are not so bad

I am now getting into white white omelettes. I saute all the veggies I can think of, set them aside. then I make a thin layer of egg white in the pan. Finally I pread the veggies onto one side and roll the egg down the pan...yummy!

03-09-2004, 09:19 AM
I was wondering if you count calories or journal your food along with eatting low GI food.

03-10-2004, 01:14 AM
I journal...I have never dieted before, other restricting intake, and I journal my food and exercise together it works for me...

I even use a section to write my feelings of the day as I am an emotional eater.

03-10-2004, 06:31 AM
I started the G.I. diet a couple of days ago and so far I find it very simple to follow. Like someone else said the book is well laid out and easy to follow. I have the recipes from the book but I would like to try some others if any one has any can you please share them with me. I am so happy to have found some others who are also trying this diet.

Feel free to email me with any recipes that you may have or just to chat at


03-14-2004, 12:50 AM
one of the best things on the the GI diet is the fact you don't have to count calories... I also find that the less I think about it the better I do ... Supper is the hardest for me sometimes... I feel that at the moment I'm cooking 2 different meals. Hubby is having a hard time with me altering our food ... I hope he'll evenally adjust.You know I haven't had a potatoe for a month almost and haven't missed it at all...Still having my coffee, although I have cut back alot. Hope everyone is doing well on this plan.

03-14-2004, 11:38 AM
well I don't have that problem, I cook for myself. My problem is that I have the urge to eat carbs after my workout which is late at night...

I have found that not having coffee...and I dislike decaf...hasn't been as much of a problem I drink tea, but I don't have nearly as much.

I am using the "Living the GI Diet", the second book for recipes. It has a lot of good recipes.

The other thing is that you can lighten alot of regular meals without noticable difference, if you are cooking from scratch. I know because I cook for 8 day care children every day. My biggest saver is making basmati rice, which is allowed and much nicer brown, in my tasts a little nuttier than white, but looks like white, which is sometimes more important.

I just freeze the rice in portions...and use them because making small portions never was my strong point. I also thatmake my own pasta sauce, loaded with vegetables, if your DH doesn't like them...just make the sauce, portion out his and saute the veg and add them to yours.... works like a charm

Have a great day

03-14-2004, 09:58 PM
Thank-you for the advice on the rice... I've never tried freezing it before. Doing it that way just make things a bit easier ... I'm still waiting for my energy level to rise... how are you finding that ? It could be just the weather.

03-14-2004, 10:32 PM
I don't have a problem with energy. Try keeping to a two to three hour space between eating. I make sure I always have a protein/carb combo. Like banana with peanut butter, an apple with cheese, yogurt and cracker and almonds and veggies.

I find that if I eat later that 3 hours I lag sometimes. but as I am always cooking for kids I seldom have no food around... :lol:

03-17-2004, 03:13 PM
Hi everyone:

I'm wondering if someone would mind posting a day of sample menus? I am very interested in this plan. However, I have been interested in many other plans, ran out and bought the book and then either didn't like it or didn't apply it to my life.

I'm hoping seeing some menus could help me decide if I should buy the book.



03-18-2004, 01:49 AM
Hi Nancy,

I am passing along a couple days worth of menus from the "Living the GI Diet" the second book. Thre are more recipes and menus, all the same easy to follow red/yellow/green light charts. The thing you have to remember is that the food is as natural as possible. The oatmeal is steel cut oats...takes about 15 minutes to meusli if you don't have time.. and the protein and carbs are portioned. The protein is 4 oz. and the carbs, oatmeal, whole wheat pasta, brown or basmati rice, to no more than2/3 cup. some other green light foods are rationed, like almonds, olives and margarine are allowed one slice of whole wheat or multigrained bread.
Breakfast: Muesli
Snack: cranberry cinnamon muffin
Lunch: Mushroom Barley and Beef soup, Open faced turkey sandwich with sage and Tomato White bean Dip carroy and celery sticks
Snack: Orange, and fat-and sugar-free fruit flavoured yogurt
Dinner: Hunter Style Chicken, long grain brown rice, and asparagus
Snack: Basmati rice pudding

Breakfast: homey oatmeal Grapefruit sections with 1% cottae cheese
Snack: Cranberry cinnamon muffin
Lunch: Tuscan WHite Bean soup, Barbecue Chicken Salad, 1/2 whole wheat pita
Snack: Apple and 1% cottage cheese
Dinner: Almond haddock fillets, baby carrots and long grain brown rice Zuccini salad
Snack: Apple pie cookie

Breakfast: Puffy Baked Apple Omelette, back bacon
Snack: Almond bran haystack, glass of skim milk
Lunch: Pepper an dtomato beef salad
Snack: tofu pudding
Dinner: Easy bake Lasagna tossed salad
Snack: Poached pears with Sweetened Yogurt cheese

I hope these help you. All the recipes here are in the book, Emily Richards of Canadian Living created them.


03-18-2004, 11:04 AM
thanks a lot Deborah. That was alot of typing to do in response to my post! I really like the sounds of this plan. It is very common sense, I guess after all the "magical plans" I have tried, I keep looking for the "catch". I think this plan is common sense and doesn't have one! That is a good thing.

Last night, I bought a paperback edition of THe GI diet. It's a very easy read. Today, I may have to go looking for the Living the GI diet book. I almost feel healthier after just reading about it.


03-21-2004, 11:55 PM
Well ,I did so good for the first 3 weeks :D ... But I got off track with the curling bonspiel I attended this weekend. :devil: ... I was pretty good ... except for drinking a substanial amount of wine. :smug: ... but today was the worst when I ate a couple bags of potato-chips. :o
I'm hoping to get back on the GI track tommorrow. I do have to admit it was a lot of fun. I haven't cheated at all before, so now I have looked after all those craving I 'm going to try this again.. ;) .I refuse to beat myself up over this, so wish me luck...I hope you all had a great weekend too. :coffee:

07-03-2004, 09:49 AM
Hi, just wondering if anyone is still doing the GI Diet and how things are going in terms of pounds/inches lost?