"Character is the one thing we make in this world and take with us into the next."
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June 28, 2012
The Glycemic Index
by Cyndie Swindlehurst


Can you break down the glycemic index/glycemic load theory of nutrition into an easy-to-read and understandable format? It was explained to me, but the only thing I remember is, "Just try and keep your glycemic load under 10." I'm worried that I may need cartoons to understand it fully.


What you are really asking is if there is an easy way to lose weight. I'm very sorry to tell you there is not. There are lots of easy ways for other people to lose weight. There is never an easy way for oneself to lose weight.

To lose weight you must eat lots less of the food you do like and lots more of the food you don't like.

Therefore, I am convinced that the people who lose weight and keep it off have done so by converting themselves to a new way of life. They are willing to cast off their favorite foods for a narrower waist. They are willing to consider the accumulation of three extra pounds on the scale as a reason to cut back at dinner. They are willing to watch TV without a serving of ice cream.

If you are willing to do these things, then any plan that cuts your calories consumed and boosts your calories burned will probably work. There are so many to choose from. You could try several to determine which is most tolerable!

For example, if you choose the glycemic index plan, I believe you will try to eat carbohydrates that do not digest quickly enough to boost your blood sugar. I understand this is a very healthful way to eat. I imagine there is some kind of glycemic index reference chart you could find on the internet and then consult before eating.

Or you could follow the advice of a man I saw on PBS one evening. He asked his audience to imagine eating their favorite foods covered in clumps of dog hair and nail clippings. It was so disgusting. I couldn't do it even for a minute.

But I imagine that either theory would work, as long as you're willing to convert.

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About Cyndie Swindlehurst

Cynthia Munk Swindlehurst spent her childhood in New Hampshire and her adolescence in San Diego. She served a mission in Manaus Brazil. She graduated from Brigham Young University with a degree in English and from Duke University with a law degree.

She practiced law until her first child was born. She enjoys reading, tap dancing, and discussing current events. She and her husband live in Greensboro, North Carolina with their two sons.

Cyndie serves as the Sunbeams teacher in her ward.

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