Way back when I was pregnant with Simon (is he really 16 months old?) I was diagnosed with gestational diabetes. And the thing was, it surprised no one. Not my OB, who had long marveled at my penchant for birthing 10 pound babies. Not my family, which is dominated by women whose body types lean towards a soft, pillowy shape. And least of all me, who had seen it coming for years. The writing was on the wall. The battle between my body and my genes was ramping up, and this was a shot across the bow. If I didn’t take this seriously, I’d end up as one of the women for whom GD is a precursor to Type II diabetes. I’d join the majority of my family members in being part of the new, sad class of Americans for whom controlling blood sugar is a way of life. I didn’t like where all of this was headed, and so I threw myself into the diet, I took my meds, and I delighted in the fact that I felt great and the diet wasn’t that tough, really.
And then my baby was born. And real life happened. And before too long, I was back into my old habits.
Funny how that happens.
So here I am, 16 months later. I’m not thrilled with my weight, I’m not feeling great, and I’m almost 40. All those things that I knew to be true when Simon was still a mysterious little gift waiting to be born are even more true than they were then. Which means that I have to do something about it. Not for the health of my baby, per se … but for my own health. If you’re a mom, you know that that’s the tallest order of all. I mean, I’d gladly cut my arm off for one of my kids. But for myself? Gee, I dunno …
All of this to say that you’ll notice a slight shift in the menu over the next little bit. While I’ll be substituting some of my own options, what you’ll see here will be the food for the general family. However, I’ll also be leaning on some of my diabetic-friendly go-tos as well as sampling new meals that are easy on the glycemic index. I’m trying some of the Trim Healthy Mama recipes, and even adapting some of my own tried-and-trues to be carb-friendly. Hopefully, the end result will be some shed pounds and a healthier body. Pray for me, ok?