This summer my doctor advised me to change my diet. He said I needed to cut back on sugar.
This is the same doctor who put me on a diet while I was pregnant. He said I was gaining too much weight–more than what was typically necessary for pregnancy. Thanks to his burdensome advice, I stopped gaining at 30 pounds for baby #1, then only gained 20 pounds with it came to baby #2.
I have to admit, I hate when doctors tell me to change my diet, but I understand how difficult their jobs are communicating that advice–not to mention I like being healthy, in an overall sense.
So, this summer has been an experiement in finding things to eat that fill me up, but are not carbs and processed sugars. I have discovered this means more protein and veggies, less fruit, candy, and cereal.
At first I approached food cautiously, eyeing them for suspicious ingrediants, but now I’ve got the hang of it. I try to include a meat protein in every meal, with the addition of nuts and cheese. I still eat fruit, only less of it. I still eat candy, but very little. I won’t give up coffee without going to battle, but I did switch to an unrefined coconut flower sugar–which is way better tasting anyway.
And the result is…I feel a lot better. My stomach is full, so I no longer consider myself a chronic grazer. I can go several hours between meals and that feels awesome. I think I might even be slightly skinnier, although that might just be in my mind. I won’t step on the scale. I broke up with mine years ago and am not ready to renew the relastionship.
Something that has also helped with my new diet is the fact that our family garden is producing veggies like nobody’s business. It’s been a wet summer and I think we’ve pulled in almost 30 cucumbers, probably 200 tomatoes (some cherry, some sandwhich), two batches of green beans, and a bunch of banana peppers. The moral of the story is it’s a lot easier to eat veggies when you have a banquet at your disposal.
So, chock another win up to my brave doctor who always gives it to me straight. He does actually know what he’s talking about, dang it.
Please leave a comment or word of advice. We’re all in this life-thing together!