I have long been on a quest to find a sweetener that doesn’t taste like butt, and yesterday I finally discovered it in Wal-Mart of all places. I’d tried agave nectar before, but it only came in these little straws and cost the earth so I left it alone. They were too much trouble to deal with. Well, it still costs the earth, but I discovered it in an easy-to-use squirt bottle. Agave nectar is great for those of us with insulin issues because it’s a low glycemic index food. It’s 90% fructose so your body processes it much more slowly than it does table sugar. Yep, no insulin spikes. Even better, it’s considerably sweeter than sugar, so you don’t have to use as much. I literally use just a couple of drops in my morning cup of tea. Better yet, it doesn’t have a nasty after-taste like artificial sweeteners. I’m delighted. It is still pricey, but since you use so little, I still think it’s a good buy. (My husband pointed out that agave nectar is used to make tequila. Be my luck he’ll start fermenting the stuff.)
I’ve also been supplementing with cinnamon. I get it at Wal-Mart, and it also has Chromium. Both supplements help process sugar. Fair warning, take it with a full glass of water, you really don’t want to burp cinnamon. I think it’s really helping a lot.
I’ve been following the Insulin Resistance diet as well, and I’ve lost ten pounds. Essentially, any carbs I eat must be eaten with at least half as many grams of protein. Also, I can never have more than 30 grams of carbs in a meal. So, if I eat something with 30 grams of carbs, it must also have 15 grams of protein. It’s working really well, and I like it a lot.