She was talking about my Gestational Diabetes test. You know, the one hour test I have never, ever flunked…until now.
As if that weren’t enough, my hemoglobin is at a point where most people wouldn’t be able to drag themselves out of bed, yet I am full of energy. It’s a pattern I’ve come to know well.
These things are the lemons I plan to make lemonade with.
The first thing I did was to ask friends for links and ideas on what I should do next. I also learned that the stress I was under the day of the test due to some unforeseen circumstances could have contributed to a higher result. My OB had also warned me that the older a woman gets, the more likely she is to at least flunk the 1 hour test and quite possibly end up with GD because of how our bodies age and process sugars.
This all made me realize the changes I had been making in my diet earlier in the year, the very ones I had begun to let slip as I got further along in this pregnancy, needed to part of my life…forever.
I actually began a “real food” – “whole food” – “clean eating” type of diet years ago, but I only implemented parts and pieces at a time. We cut out quite a bit of prepackaged foods, began using mostly whole grains, and added in things like sea salt and real butter as part of our regular diet. But, there were many other things I was doing that weren’t helping me one bit. Such as:
- drinking soda
- eating white sugar
- not drinking enough water
And then there were things I’d never even heard of or had heard of, but thought were way too difficult for me to tackle, like:
- soaking grains
- sprouting grains
- using sourdough
- learning how to convert recipes to real food ingredients
So, this is where I am. I’m not trying to cheat the GD test on Tuesday, I’m just trying to make some lasting changes. Changes I’ve been putting off for quite some time.
I wanted to share with you a few of the resources I’m using to help me along the way.
*GNOWFGLINS eCourse – I have a membership to GNOWFGLINS (which stands for God’s Natural Organic Whole Foods Grown Locally In Season). I’m able to access all sorts of information, videos, podcasts, pdfs and more on everything from soaking grains to using sourdough to teaching kids how to help with real food cooking. There is so much information there, I’m having to really take it slow and try a few new things at a time.
What I am most thrilled about with the GNOWFGLINS ecourse is that it is the first time I’ve felt like soaking grains was doable and not nearly as difficult as I had it pictured in my head. I’m still learning, but I finally see how I can implement this in my own kitchen.
*Clean Eating 101 – My friend Jen from Gricefully Homeschooling sent me a ton of links and this was the one that I ended up getting the most goodie out of (I pinned quite a bit from this site on my Real Food Pinterest Board). While I don’t plan to follow everything on this site (I fall more in line with what GNOWFGLINS teaches), there was a lot of great information here to get me started on things like substituting in recipes and cleaning out my pantry.
*Treat Yourself eCookbook – The first thing I thought of when my OB called was the fact that the holiday season is upon us and I LOVE to bake and make candy this time of year. I’ve been searching the internet for healthier versions of some of my favorite holiday treats, but I’m also planning to try some of the recipes in this eCookbook as I wholeheartedly trust Kate’s expertise when it comes to making recipes taste yummy!
*Mercola.com – While I always get the feeling Dr. Mercola is trying to sell me something way out of my budget, he does have tons of good information on his site. In fact, it was this article on what kind of oil to use that convinced me I need to switch over to coconut oil…now! I never could quite get the hang of using coconut oil outside of topical applications, but my plan is to start trying it in things I’m baking and see how they turn out.
Honestly, this isn’t the post I had intended to put up this week. I was looking forward to telling you how 30 weeks feels like the downhill slide for me and how great I’m feeling and how much I’m getting done (I cannot wait to show you baby’s space in my bedroom!), but when that call came, I felt like I needed to really rethink some things; therefore, I couldn’t be flippant and casual with this week’s post.
If you remember, pray for me on Tuesday when I go for my 3 hour GD test and my iron infusion. I just want to come out on the other side of it all feeling as good as I do now, if not better!
Have a wonderful weekend!