Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Eating habits

I have terrible eating habits. I'll admit it. I'm SO not a healthy eater. Therefore when I seeing my fertility Dr, and she put me on a strict diet, I had a very hard time. I have polycystic ovarian syndrome, which causes insulin resistance. I won't go into all the details, but basically, I eat sugar, my body makes insulin, my body resists the insulin, the sugar is stored as fat which causes me to feel tired and hungry, and so I eat sugar, and the process starts all over again.

Prior to getting pregnant, I followed her prescribed diet very closely, and I felt a lot better. Then I got pregnant, and while I tried to eat healthy, I certainly didn't follow her diet. Now that Bridget is here, and my body is trying to get back to "normal" (I'm not sure if it ever will be), I've decided that I really need to go back on this PCOS diet. And so the other night I was reviewing the packet of info my Dr had given me, and reading the list of things I am to strictly avoid. And it left me wondering what in the world I used to eat!

I'm to stay away from:bagels, non-whole grain bread, cake, candy, cereal, chips, soda, fruit juice, cookies, corn, crackers, dried fruits, fast foods, flax products, fried foods, grapes, high fructose corn syrup, honey, hot chocolate, chocolate in general, ice cream, pancakes, pasta, peas, pineapple, popcorn, potatoes, pretzels, processed foods, red meat, white rice, salad dressings, soy products, table sugar, waffles, and watermelon.

On top of that, I'm to eat protein, healthy fat, and a complex carbohydrate at each meal, along with 2 snacks containing a healthy fat and a complex carb.

Soo...any tips on what to eat besides chicken, string cheese, apples and peanuts? Pretty sure that's what I lived on before!


Mary said...

I don't know much about it, but it seems like the South Beach Diet calls for completely cutting sugar, at least for the first phase. Maybe if you researched what they suggest eating for that you could find some possibilities?

Vanessa - Lynn David Handbag Co. said...

If you like hot drinks, I've heard that lemon juice can make a good sugar substitute in tea if need be. (I'm not promising it will taste amazing!) Also, smoked almonds are AMAZING! I eat tons of them to get protein incorporated into my snacking. Also, ground white turkey is AWESOME! I used to replace half the ground beef in a recipe with it, and now I use it 100% in place of ground beef. It took some getting used to, but now that we have we like it much better than ground beef. Also, what about whole weat tortilla chips with fresh salsa? Okay, now I'm hungry!! LOL!

Anonymous said...

Vegetables with butter and salt, chicken, turkey, pork, and fish, whole grain bread and whole grain pancakes, sweeten things (like salad dressing) with stevia instead of sugar, beans in things instead of beef, (Renee has a great recipe for black bean burritos-use whole grain tortillas). For more ideas call 1-800-MOM.