There are some people that eat because you need to eat to live. I call it eating to exist. I am not one of those people.
My new daily breakfast of 1/2 cup cooked plain oatmeal. Every.day. ~sigh~
My nutritionist is one of those people. I'm supposed to take my blood sugar levels exactly 1 hour after first bite, but there were times in the past that we would still be eating. When I told her that she looked at me like I had two heads. Of course, with my new diet this won't be an issue...ever. There will be no more multiple course anything.
On top of developing gestational diabetes I seem to have a new cholesterol problem. I was pretty surprised because I had it tested when I first got pregnant and I was just fine. I'm not going to dwell on it but it definitely throws another level to the already dismal diet. This has caused the banning of red meat, seafood and egg yolk. This leaves me with egg whites, tofu, lean chicken and lean turkey and I'm bartering for some lean pork loin.
It feels quite insane. Especially for me. I've never counted carbs in my life and I have a don't eat list a mile long. It's been drastic this week as we gain quick control over these problems. We have to work fast, we're not making slow lifestyle changes but dramatic quick changes for the good of Peanut.
On the do not eat list is: dessert (obviously), any grains that aren't whole grain, egg yolk, red meat, seafood, any additional fat like oil or butter and get this- fruit. I'm taking multi-vitamins and eating a variety of veggies to make sure Peanut is getting everything he needs. Add that do not eat list to the pregnancy do not eat list and you have one sad lady.
I have to eat every 3 hours and as you can see the diet plan for the week was repetitive and boring. After breakfast, lunch and dinner I need to walk/exercise for at least 15 minutes to help burn the glucose. If I eat one meal late it throws off my schedule for the day.
I'm hoping this next week I can change things up a bit because I'm already getting tired of half-sandwiches. I've always known how important eating was to me but this really brought it home. I need variety. I'm hoping today's meeting with the nutritionist goes well and she can give me other options for meals.
I miss so many things about a varied diet. I miss cheese. I miss different proteins. I miss eating meals with B. I'm sad to be cancelling plans we had that involved eating.
I know this will all be worth it in the end, don't get me wrong. I just cannot wait to eat my favorite foods again. I.cannot.wait.