I’ve recently been upping my efforts to eat a sugar-free, low-grain, vegetable-heavy diet. We moved away from SF about 7 months ago, and since then life has felt kindof crazy. We house-hunted for forever until we finally found a house we liked well enough to buy, and now we’re remodeling it; plus I’m currently 24 weeks pregnant with baby #2. You know how things can mount up and life can feel crazy, and then one day you start to realize that your good habits and routines and things you know you need to do for yourself have been sacrificed for less-helpful and healthy habits. Well, that had happened with my sugar and grain consumption. Even Nutritionists need a kick in the pants sometimes.
Mine came in the form of Kat James’ book The Truth About Beauty, in which she advocates a sugar-free, low-grain, low-glycemic, higher fat diet for overall health and beauty. The book has a lot of information about healthful products, Kat’s food philosophy, and how to take advantage of and enhance your own natural beauty, as well as her story of her recovery from obesity and eating disorder by good nutrition and clean eating. Ensconced as I have been for the last few months in house-hunting and house-remodeling, in full-time mothering, and adjusting to a new life in a new place; reading this book was just what I needed to remind me of all the things I know, all the things I learned in my master’s program, all the things I learned working with sick, inflamed people. And to remind me to take care of myself even though, and especially when, life is crazy and stressful. I don’t completely agree with everything Kat advocates, but the vast majority is great advice, and certainly worth a read.
So, here I am, recalibrating. Because that’s what we do when we get off track. I’ve been cutting out the sugar, reducing grain, and eating lots of veg, berries, nuts and seeds, and fats, plus some legumes and organic eggs . I’ve also made a conscious effort to increase my fat intake in the forms of coconut oil, avocados, olives, and some full-fat fermented dairy products. For the first few days I craved sweets and carbs, but that tapered off to a new calmness, a new satiety, a sense of nourishment.
Obviously, I’m pregnant, so weight loss isn’t my goal, or even an option for me. But sugar is bad for pregnant ladies anyway, and pregnancy is the best time to eat healthfully. Any (refined) sugar reduction is always a good sugar reduction, whatever your case may be. Since I’ve been eating more fat, I’ve noticed that I’m hungry less often, which is a huge issue for me when I’m pregnant. I started eating a serving of whole Greek yogurt (plain, unsweetened), with flax seeds, chia, a little xylitol or stevia powder, and fresh berries before going to bed (I don’t typically advise eating just before bed outside of pregnancy); and have since not awakened once in the middle of the night so hungry that I had to get up and scrounge around for some less-than-healthy-but-convenient snack. This alone, getting a good night’s sleep (I still have to get up and pee usually), makes a huge difference in my quality of life. I’ll take it.
Hopefully I’ll have a chance to post more about this soon. Meanwhile, keep an eye on YouFrillMe for occasional updates, as well as recipes I’m working with, adapting, and inventing, which are low-glycemic and full of healthy stuff. So far I’ve posted a couple of refreshing summertime treats, for your sugar-free enjoyment: Homemade Sparkling Green Tea Spritzer and Creamy Protein Fudge Pops.