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Easy and quick low GI meals?

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RiffyWammal Thu 24-Oct-13 14:31:10

I think I'm going to try the GI diet. I've had a read online and I think I'll get a book from eBay, but a lot of the recipes seem quite long-winded and use a lot of ingredients I'm not familiar with, and worst of all, use American foods and measurements which instantly puts me off!

In the last couple of days I've been eating omelettes with mushrooms, ham, sweetcorn, and tomato; baked beans and boiled egg on toast; pitta with chicken and hummus...I don't mind making the odd stew or soup but I want more ideas for quick meals using ready-bought ingredients if that's possible. The thing is, I suddenly get VERY hungry and want to eat straight away and if I have to prepare too much I just eat something quick that's inevitably bad for me, like a white bread sandwich or a ready meal. I get panicky and light-headed when hungry, which is part of the reason I want to do GI as I think this must be blood sugar related.

Another problem is breakfast. I am ravenously hungry when I wake up and have always eaten breakfast straight away, I can't function otherwise. It kills me on holiday when I have to get washed and dressed and walk to the restaurant before I can eat, that's how bad it is! I usually eat Special K (aka Aldi Benefit wink) but I understand this is a no-no, and anyway when I have this I'm usually starving by 11am and have a piece of toast with honey. For this reason I know I won't be able to cook eggs or porridge first thing, it just takes too long and I am so grumpy until I eat (I appreciate this sounds pathetic). Would a slow cooker be a good investment, do you think? Then I could get up to ready made porridge?

Any tips would be very welcome. smile

ElbowPrincess Thu 24-Oct-13 16:00:16

I am doing the insulin resistance diet, to sort out my shakey-have-to-eat-right-now episodes, and its really working. Minimal weight loss, but the benefits outweigh that for me. Its about balancing yoru carbs with the rigth amount of protein, im finding it dead easy to follow. I have started a thread on it.

Do you have a slow cooker? You can do porridge in that overnight. Or I sometimes I put the oats & water in a small saucepan before bed & cover it, then turn it on when I get up in the morning - 5 minutes later add milk & serve. Or oatibix is not too horrendous if you want something quicker. I have seede bread toast & peanut butter on my quick mornings.

ElbowPrincess Thu 24-Oct-13 16:00:49

EEk just read that you havent got a slow cooker yet - yes, get one! mine has been a life-saver!

RiffyWammal Thu 24-Oct-13 16:55:17

Thankyou ElbowPrincess, I will get a slow cooker. I think they're on special at Aldi this week.

acrabadabra Thu 24-Oct-13 16:58:27

Muesli is ok with no added sugar. Add half a pot of muller light yoghurt.

Have some salad with plenty of roughly chopped carrot and o gratedr beetroot (which can be shop bought) bit of protein (chicken, egg, tuna or similar) and a vinegrette dressing.

Use very seeded bread for open sandwiches.

Soups should be chunky.

Baked sweet potato only takes 5 mins in microwave. No need to peel it. Add beans or tuna. Or grilled salmon/chicken lots of steamed still crunchy veg.

Porridge only takes 4 mins in microwave. Use half milk half water add fresh fruit.

I lost almost 5 stone on the gi diet. 2 dc later need to follow my own advice.

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