Friday, June 22

Pregnant and Raw: Food that is. Part 2

I just called in what I hope will be my last insulin refill.

If you missed part 1 here is a link.

Borrowed from Medical Daily
I have been injecting insulin for four years. I do not like taking up to 8 shots of insulin a day. I do not like the fear that comes with running out of insulin before I am able to refill it. Insulin as it turns out, is not the answer to healing diabetes. The answer is FOOD. 

Food has been my enemy almost my whole life. I have been overweight from the age of twelve on. I believe I hit 200 pounds sometime around thirteen or fourteen. I am tall so no one ever thought I was that fat. 

I ate my feelings.

I would eat "comfort food" ie: cheesy and fatty and carb-o-licious.  I would eat to celebrate, in a big family this usually means birthday cake! I would eat if I had a bad day. I would eat if I had a good day. I didn't just eat when I was depressed, I would eat when I was bored, or tired, or thirsty! It's a well known fact that Americans as a whole are dehydrated. We mix up our thirst signals for hunger and so we eat. 

Back to topic. 

Food is still my enemy. I am sitting here eating carrots. I would much rather be working my way through a dozen hot wings with bleu cheese dressing! (It doesn't help that I am watching "the chew") I crave  food that  is BAD! 

Bacon Cheese Fries from Nathan's? Yes please!
<---- This is what I would want to eat. Daily if possible. I may eventually have gotten sick of bacon cheese fries, but I guess we will never know. 

As I have been surfing blogs lately for raw food recipes I have come across a new term. The "Standard American Diet" ie: the SAD.... Sad, it's kinda true huh? Fast food, convenience food, schools that refer to french fries as a vegetable! SAD! 

My diet was SAD. BUT, <----that's a big but!

I am happy to say that I am now in day 3 of my raw food 30 days. I have already lost 7 pounds. For those of you freaking out b/c I am pregnant and losing weight, worry not! I am that overweight that in pregnancy it's actually healthy for me to lose weight. As long as I am eating enough calories for the baby and I am getting all of the right nutritional components for the baby, weight loss is actually a positive thing! 

Eating raw is not easy. I don't know if you can tell, but I am a little food obsessed. I love raw veggies and I love salad. I also love whipped cream and oreos (not necessarily together, but maybe!). I know this is the right thing for me. I know this is the right thing for my body. I know this is the right thing for my baby! 

cucumber slices topped with nut taco "meat" and avocado slices
Pardon the grainy photo, but this was dinner the first night. --->

It was better than I was anticipating! Flavors were good. It's been so dang hot here that a cool dinner is welcome. I can do this. You would be amazed what you can do with some nuts and seasoning. 

Join me on my journey. I will post what I am making and hopefully I can come up with my own recipes soon. 

In the mean time I am scouring the interwebs for raw recipes. I have found a few blogs that I am adoring right now. 

My next adventure in raw eating is to somehow find all the ingredients to make young thai coconut kefir and yogurt! This is not an easy task in my small New York State town. 

On the menu tomorrow:

Breakfast smoothie: Spinach, strawberries, blueberries, and grapefruit juice. 
Lunch: Whatever I can find at the farmers market.
Dinner: The same.
Snacks: Fruit and veggies and perhaps a lara bar!

I know this blog is all over the place, but so am I! Keep me in your prayers while I continue this journey. I need all the help I can get!

Pregnant and Raw: Food that is. Part 1.

 18 weeks pregnant with #3. 

Expecting Baby Number Three!

Surprise! I mean, it certainly was for us. I am diabetic. I don't know if I ever mentioned this before. Being pregnant and diabetic is not easy. I was diagnosed when I was 20. I wasn't even able to legally drink yet! So not fun. I have been on insulin since week 12 of my first pregnancy. This was summer of 2008. I gained negative weight during that pregnancy. Negative 5 pounds. I ate really well and my body tolerated the insulin really well. Then I lost 35 pounds in the first six weeks post partum. With my son, (pregnancy #2) I got pregnant in early August of 2009. My daughter was 6 months old when I found out I was expecting again! I gained 50 ish pounds during my second pregnancy. What can I say. All I wanted was fries dipped in mayo! I was perfectly happy for 25 years hating mayo. My son, apparently thought the stuff was wonderful. I lost all of 10 pounds from my second pregnancy. My son weighed 10 pounds 7 ounces. Yeah... in other words, I didn't lose any of the weight I gained while I was pregnant with my son. 

So, I say all of this to say that I started this pregnancy all WRONG!

I had become lax with my blood sugar levels. My son had self weaned at 17 months. He is now just older than 2! Now that my breasts weren't being used for food, I would drink wine occasionally* (dude, I know... alcohol?!?!) YES! Wine! It's not bad for you (well, YOU anyway) It is bad for me because I am diabetic and drinking wine is like eating spoonfuls of refined sugar for my pancreas! I ate poorly, I would eat CHEESEBURGERS! I would eat pasta and ice cream and drink super sugary coffee drinks and everything else that is on the DON'T TOUCH IF YOU ARE DIABETIC list. Long story short: (don't say "even longer"? please?) My blood sugar levels were not ideal far baby making.

Apparently it didn't matter that I was being awful to my body. 


Yay!!! Baby number 3 is on the way. From the moment I found out I was expecting I changed my diet. However, my goal of being off insulin by the time I got around to baby number 3 seemed to be a loss. I FAILED. I got pregnant with an overweight and diabetic body again! I felt shocked, then guilty, then depressed, then... I got over it. 

I decided that pregnancy lasts awhile and I had time to make up for a bad beginning. At first, I started with a no carb diet. After a week this did not help my diabetes in the slightest, which alarmed me. You would think that if no carbs(sugar) were being consumed that my blood sugar would be normal. My Doc told me to steadily increase my insulin doses. This worked well enough until just before week 12. At week 12 my Doc put me on a sliding scale with my insulin. This means that I had to give myself a shot before every single meal and snack. This was the best control for my blood sugar yet. I was able to eat what I wanted (within reason) and not have the worry of high blood sugar. You would think this was the answer for me. I could eat well, or not so well and just take insulin in a similar manner to how my pancreas works, right? Wrong. Shooting insulin is not the answer. For a short while, it's not a bad thing. It is not the only answer to a diabetic though. Insulin is a treatment, not a cure.

My food habits needed a change. Taking up to 8 shots of insulin a day is no way to have a healthy pregnancy. Eating whatever I felt like led to a weight gain of 16 pounds by week 16. Any weight gain for me in pregnancy is not advised as I started out really overweight. I managed to gain weight even though I was really sick from week 6-16. 

I needed a better option for food. I needed food to heal me and not to hurt me. It was suggested that I check out a documentary and so I did. 

I watched the documentary titled "Simply raw: curing diabetes in 30 days".  This movie has changed the way I think about my diabetes. 

'Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food' - Hippocrates

Stay tuned for Part 2

*No drinking occurred during pregnancy to my recollection. 

For Part 2 click here!