December 24, 2010

Night Before Christmas...



It has been quiet in here... because every spare moment I've had, I have been researching and carb counting for my gestational diabetes challenge. I thought I'd stop in to tell you all how I was doing with it.

So far in a week I have lost 4 or 5 pounds. I've been eating 2 snacks a day (mostly protein), and I have been eating as healthy as I can - and very low carb. Seems that everything has sugar or carbs in it... at least everything I was used to eating. I have found a great sparkling water (berry flavored LaCroix) that I'm switching to instead of Cokes - permanently. I have also learned about how much grains (even whole grains spike your sugar) I can eat to keep my blood sugars elevated. Amazingly, if I eat a little bit of dark chocolate with nuts, I do fine. This morning I even had most of a pecan-pancake at the Cracker Barrel... and my 2 hour after-meal glucose was 120 (high normal range). Yay!

So, this diet, while a shock at first, is doable. We'll see how I manage tonight at Grandma's house when her dining room buffet is spread with every Christmas goodie known to mankind (including my favorite dessert that I only get once a year - Worm Pie). Worm pie has another name I can't mention on this blog, but mainly it is made with chocolate pudding, cream cheese and whip cream... a home made nut pie crust and shaved chocolate on top. Mmmmm.

:Cold sweats: I think I can. I think I can.

This has been a strange Christmas... half of our family flew out of state to be with other family members and we've been "Home Alone" at Grandpa's feeling pretty lonely in their absence. Counting carbs has kept us all busy. The end of pregnancy is never an 'easy' experience for me since I blow up like a Macy's Thanksgiving Parade balloon. Tomorrow brings miles of freeway as we make our way home.

For now, I'm signing off and taking my broccoli-cheese BROWN rice casserole, and my LOW CARB SPLENDA Cheesecake to Grandma's. The kids are eager to open their gifts.

Wish me luck on that Worm Pie refrain.

I pray that you are having a very Merry Christmas... however you celebrate.

"May your hearts be merry and your troubles be light." - Michael W. Smith

Amen.

3 comments:

Shannon said...

Merry Christmas Heather! I pray that the remainder of your pregnancy goes well, and the the GD goes away. Good for you on kicking the Coke habit! That in and of itself will be such a healthy change. Oh, and I am still working on writing about homeschooling, thankfulness, etc. in the midst of grieving the loss of my son. I know I had promised you that before Thanksgiving...well it didn't happen. I simply haven't been able to write much.

Take care! Hugs!

Beverly said...

Good job on the diet, girlfriend. I know it's hard work. Hope you have a wonderful Christmas. Love to you and yours!

Meredith said...

It is SO HARD, especially at Christmas! I am due in Jan and have been on the strict low carb diet, too. The only blessing is that it's opened my eyes to how much even "healthy" carbs like potatoes or whole wheat can screw up a whole days' eating.

Stay strong! We are keeping our babies healthy!

 

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