One of the best things about our program is that there are virtually no calorie
or portion restrictions. One of the biggest components of the Complete Clinics
program is the use of the glycemic index to help you decide on your food choices.
Many diets have you restricting the amount you eat or giving you points based
on what foods you eat during the day. These diets might work temporarily, but
normally can’t be sustained for a lifetime. Who wants to count calories or points the
rest of his or her life? We have tried to simplify our program not only so it is easy
to follow, but also so you can develop healthy eating habits that can be sustained for
The glycemic index was developed to help people control their diabetes through
diet. Now it is widely used as a tool to help those who want to lose weight or
increase good health. Eating a low glycemic diet has been shown to benefit people
with autoimmune disorders, heart disease, high cholesterol, high blood pressure,
obesity, allergies, anxiety, depression, mood disorders, and high stress.
How the Index works
The index researchers set the GI of glucose at the arbitrary number of 100 in order
to establish a reference point for other carbohydrate containing foods. Then each
food was tested to compare its effect on the blood sugar levels. Each food was then
given a number depending upon its effect on blood sugar. Let’s keep in mind we are
only talking about foods with carbohydrates; it may surprise you to learn how many
categories of food exist that contain carbohydrates in small or large quantities.
Below is a list of carbohydrate classifications and examples.
Starches: bread, flour, oatmeal, tortillas, cookies, pasta, donuts, and muffins.
Sugars: honey, molasses, table sugar, fruit sugar, milk sugar, high fructose corn
syrup (used to sweeten packaged foods and sodas), candy, and candy bars.
Fruits: all fruit including fruit juices.
Vegetables: This category encompasses all vegetables.
Nuts and seeds: Although these are considered combination foods because they
contain mostly fats, they do provide carbohydrates and protein.
Dairy products: Milk and yogurt. Note that cheese is considered a protein because it
normally contains very little or no carbohydrates.
Legumes: Some beans, lentils, soy, and peanuts.
Carbohydrates with a score of 55 or lower are considered low glycemic, 56-69
medium glycemic, and anything above 70 high glycemic.
Our clinicians will take the time to discuss this diet protocol further, and will offer
you suggestions on what fits into the diet. They also will provide you with a booklet
that contains even more information to take home. To check a food at home, check
out this neat resource below: