Wednesday, December 09, 2009

The diabeetus

Thanks to everyone who's asked how I'm hanging in with my GD.

Basically, the answer is: fine!

The finger pricking has become (an annoying) habit and it's kind of amazing what your tastebuds will adjust to/what becomes the new normal. And it's not like I'm eating brown rice cakes and ice all day; I can enjoy mostly normal things (minus SUGARY BEVERAGES - I never have those, sigh). I just have to be really aware of the carb count in each serving.

This can sneak up on me in sneaky ways. Like...a big bowl of organic raisin bran with skim milk? Slow down, big spender! Healthy enough, yes, but serious blood sugar spike. So if I want that desperately (which I did the other day), I have to measure out very carefully 1/2 a cup of cereal and a 1/4 cup or so of milk. Clay knows I'm fixin' a "treat" when he hears the clank of measuring cups in the kitchen. It's all very Biggest Loser of me.

What I heard would eventually happen, though (and which has) is that I've found a group of foods I can rely on and eat happily with predictable blood sugar results. And because I'm lazy, I just eat the same things over and over and over. I have to write down every single thing I eat in a food journal for my doctors, so it's becoming a little embarrassing seeing those same foods parading through each day.

My daily menu:

Sprouted wheat raisin bread
Chunky peanut butter
Tea with milk
String cheese
Nonfat lattes
Chicken sausage
Cream cheese
Ice cream (allowed! in 1/2 cup servings!)

If we go out to eat, I'll mix it up with a burger or ribs, but this is pretty much my home menu.

The interesting thing is, I feel almost wholly satisfied after eating these things everyday. I stay full and have found things tasty enough to feel un-sad. I do miss eating without care and I miss cupcakes occasionally, but I don't miss those blood sugar spikes and dips I got even pre-pregnancy. I'm basically on an even keel all day now - which is nice.

Another bonus? I haven't gained any weight in the past month. Huzzah! Totally not a goal or something I've done on purpose, but it is a nice side effect of all these changes. Means my postpartum weight burn may be a little easier. And no worries - the doctor assures me baby is growing just fine even if I've slowed down, so I'll take the weight plateau!

Tomorrow I've got my first specialist appointment since they showed me how to prick and eat a month ago. We'll chat about how it's going, look over my food journals, suck some blood, and then take a look at baby. The hope is her tummy growth has slowed down and she's more on track with weight gain than she was a month ago. If she gets a thumbs up on that front, they're less likely to talk induction and other interventions - which would be great to avoid.

So! Fingers (all twenty of 'em) crossed!


  1. I'd say string cheese and popcorn already make up half of my daily intake of food, so it's good to know that cheese loves me back.

  2. happy to heart you're both doing well!

    i really like pb on apples. are you a fan of this combo?

  3. Great news all around! It is amazing how your taste buds and body can adjust fairly fast to a new menu and way of eating! Raisin Bran and cheese? Yum!!

  4. Wilford Brimley! All of those foods look delicious to me, but it is terrifying to find out that raisin bran is so invidious. I'm glad to hear things are going well!

  5. Well, I just read the post after this, so I know all is fine, yay!

    Ugh, this blog entry reminds me how badly I need to get back on healthy eating plan! Thanks, Amy! (Seriously, not annoyed sarcastic)


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