I guess I got too deep into the weeds in the “Glycemic Index Shockers” post. I forgot key points about making life easy for your pancreas. As that post said, it can help to pick foods with low GI. But also:
Most simply, eat less carbs per meal.
These tips are “simple”, not “easy”. 🙂
Also very simple: Eat more slowly.
There is a delay between the time time you eat food and the time it makes you feel full. So, eating more slowly will help you to eat less without feeling deprived. But the point, for your pancreas, is that the “glycemic load” will be distributed over a longer time. So, lower insulin levels can do the work successfully. The pancreas won’t need to make huge amounts suddenly, which stresses it. (Large amounts of insulin also lead to “sugar crash”, when the excess blood glucose is all processed but lots of insulin is still in action.)
Eating more slowly is a very healthy habit. Conversation at meals slows you down, and improves digestion in general. If you eat alone, puzzles or reading can slow you down.
Here are some famous quotations that mention digestion:
Things sweet to taste prove in digestion sour.
Yes, exercise is the catalyst. That’s what makes everything happen: your digestion, your elimination, your sex life, your skin, hair, everything about you depends on circulation. And how do you increase circulation?
Meat eaten without either mirth or music is ill of digestion.
Now, good digestion wait on appetite, and health on both!
Good food, good sex, good digestion, good sleep: to these basic animal pleasures, man has added nothing but the good cigarette.
Good digestions, the gray monotony of provincial life, and the boredom – ah the soul-destroying boredom – of long days of mild content.