We’re one day out from the baby’s due date, and there hasn’t been much excitement. I’ve resolved myself to not get too excited and to sit tight, as patiently as possible. (this waiting thing is epic!)
In the meantime, I wanted to take a few minutes to focus on something completely different and new for doing domestic – a low glycemic diet. Chez Cookin I’ve always been all about what I believe is healthy, normal eating. But as of last month we’ve had our foundation shaken up. The hubs was told by his doctor that his is pre-diabetic or nearly. What does that mean? It means that if he doesn’t make changes in his life (diet & exercise) he’s going to become a diabetic, yikes!
We’ll see how time permits (aka – when the baby decides to come) but I want to explore a few things about the Standard American Diet (SAD – even the acronym hits it on the nail) and what it means to observe a lower-glycemic lifestyle. I’m doing some research and reading right now to gather my thoughts and get my head wrapped around the issue as it fits with my current beliefs and practices about food and how I feed my family. I’m going to try to compile these thoughts into a few posts to share with you what I learn. So far, I can tell you that this effects everyone, so I hope you’ll find it thought provoking at the very minimum.
Here’s what I’ve learned so far – and this is just the basic framework:
The way that we’ve been told to eat – higher carbohydrates and low-fat is making our country sick (obesity, heart disease, diabetes). All of the processed foods Americans eat has put us on a cycle of blood sugar highs and lows that lead to cravings and over-eating. The ultimate effects of this cycle damage our bodies and that damage leads to illness (the aforementioned obesity, heart disease, diabetes and others like PCOS and high cholesterol).
One of the first things that needs to be done to stop this is to eat in a way that keeps your blood sugars on a more even keel. How? Cutting out refined and processed carbohydrates and sugars and focusing on eating a diet rich in whole foods.
What has this looked like for the hubs so far? No more cereal for breakfast. Eating meals that have protein and fat to balance the carbohydrates. Not “grazing” while at work (so no more little pieces of bread or tastes of desserts or quickly inhaled bowls of pasta or rice as a meal as he goes about his day). This also means no more late night snacking out of the refrigerator.
While I’ve been trying to get ready for the baby I’ve been busily stocking the freezer with foods for dinners for us (mostly me, since he works nights) but I haven’t focused much on breakfasts (which the hubs does usually eat with me). Lately, we’ve been drinking more smoothies – his with a scoop of protein powder to make it more filling with out as much fruit/juice or filler. I’ve also made him more eggs. The hubs doesn’t really like eggs though, at least not plain. So, today, I’ve had an epiphany. I’m going to the store to pick up a bunch of veggies and fruit. I’m going to cook up a bunch of omelet filling ingredients and portion them out so we can quickly whip up yummy omelets or fritatta with little effort. We’ll be able to rotate smoothies, omelets, fruit/yogurt for our breakfasts, and hopefully we won’t get too bored with the menu. Also, I’m hoping we won’t feel like it takes too much effort or time to make healthy breakfasts.
I’m also going to be picking up some more items that I can use to make healthy snacks and “emergency” foods for the hubs to grab and take with him to work. Best for him right now – whole fruits like apples, nuts (almonds, cashews, walnuts), cheese sticks, low carb/low sugar protein bars (the fewer ingredients the better), and I will make up single servings of yogurt and fruit (homemade, not store bought).
So – now I’ve got to run. These errands need to happen, I need to cook this stuff and I’ve decided to get a haircut one more time before d-day, which is happening at 6pm and I’m meeting a friend for dinner now. It’s afternoon and I feel like I’m running out of time!
More on this later – I will try to take some pictures of the cooking today and bring you more information on this topic tonight or tomorrow morning.