Going Against the Grain

grain brain

I failed my Gestational Diabetes Screening. So, I went and took the 3 hour Gestational Diabetes Test…where they take your blood 4 times in 3 hours after drinking 100g of glucose (whoever thought of this test was seriously crazy). Thankfully, I passed! WOOHOO! But my doctor did say I failed 1 of the 4 (which I guess is “normal”) so I should just be “aware” of my carb intake throughout the rest of my pregnancy.

Let’s get something straight – all I eat are carbs. ESPECIALLY now that I’m pregnant. I was brought back to Mean Girls thinking my new life would be asking if everything had carbs in it… because I’m pretty sure most of my meals are 80% carbs. Fruit, Sweets, Bagels, Scones, Toast, Potatoes, you name it and it has carbs.

is butter a carb

Ironically, I’ve been reading a book called The Grain Brain: The Surprising Truth about Wheat, Carbs & Sugar–Your Brains Silent Killers.Pretty intense title, huh? This book talks about why we should eat more fats & protein and less carbohydrates for overall better brain function and decreasing your risk of future diseases like dementia & Alzheimers. It’s a great read about the science behind carbs, gluten & sugar and the long term negative impact these foods can have on our bodies. And let’s set the record straight: a Gluten Free diet does not mean a Carb Free diet.

As my job allows me to learn more about the effects of diabetes & I continue to read more about the negative impact carbs can have on a person’s health, I know I need to make some changes to my diet. Now don’t get me wrong, I will always eat carbs. I’m not good at highly restrictive dieting. The Whole30 program? Yeah, that won’t happen. I definitely still believe everything in moderation, but what I realized is that my carb intake was anything BUT moderate.

Take for example my favorite breakfast option: Panera’s Orange Scone. Not only is it 540 calories (but whatever…), it has 81 grams of carbs!!! For perspective, the American Diabetes Association recommends 45-60 g of carbs per meal. Looking at my typical day, I definitely double the recommended carb allotment, especially now that I’m pregnant & crave carbs more than ever.

While I’m not here to right a medical blog post about what you should or shouldn’t eat and the science behind it all, I’m hoping this post can at least get people to start thinking.

I want to be a healthy weight, have a healthy baby, & live a long and healthy life. I’m not going on any cleanses. I’m not completely cutting out any food groups. But, I’m trying to better educate myself on how I can continue to improve my diet & improve my overall wellness. And hopefully, if you’re struggling with gestational diabetes, were “almost” diagnosed, or are reading this and realizing “oh man, I eat way too many carbs”, you can take a minute to reset and start over!

So I’m going to try and add a few posts throughout the blog with low carb recipes, snacks, tips & tricks I’ve found helpful and we’ll continue this journey together.

Need ideas for low carb recipes – check out Pinterest!!

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