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Thursday, January 24, 2013

What an adventure pregnancy was! Right now I don't have time for a long post, but I'll get back to some of my experiences when I have more of a chance.

Main things:
~Baby, though slightly early, is fine and doing well.
~Mom and Dad are fine and doing well so far, though this is a new experience for the both of them.
~I didn't get to do low-carb in the fashion I would've liked while pregnant. Baby triggered a nasty case of gestational diabetes relatively early, to the point I was needing regular blood sugar monitoring and insulin injections. So...in a sense I had to stay low carb, but to keep from letting the insulin take me too low, I was taking in significantly more than what I was doing previously on my own.

Now that baby is out and I'm feeling my former energy coming back, I hope to get back to my low-carb lifestyle. It's no longer just about my personal well-being anymore, but also that of my child and doing what I can to ensure I'm there for him as he grows up. On that note, I won't be alone coming back. My DH surprised me yesterday by registering with SparkPeople and expressing an interest in joining me on the journey this time. Very exciting as it's always nice to be able to support, and be supported by, a partner when undergoing such a major change.

It won't be without its challenges, though... He's not much of a veggie person (or more accurately...veggies and leafy greens just about never purposefully cross his lips). Instead pasta, bread, cereal, and potatoes are a large part of his diet, so the goal for him (I'm thinking) may not be to immediately try to get him eating like I was, but to get him eating lower carb relative to what he was eating and start introducing veggies into his meals. If he can get established on some veggies he likes (or at least tolerates), then we can start modifying his carb intake further.

Well, time to see if I can dig out my old tape measure.

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RYOKOSITH 1/24/2013 2:38PM


Yeah, all you can do is offer. If they decide to join, it has to be when they're ready for it and decide to do it for themselves. (Just as it is for anyone, actually.)

Thanks for the link! I'll take a look and see if it'll be something we might like to try.

He's already managed broccoli in the past, and there are a couple other veggies he's shown signs of tolerating, so we do have a starting point to go from. Leafy stuff (lettuce, spinach, and the like) so far I haven't seen him touch, but that sort of thing can easily go with a food he would normally eat. We might try a couple baby spinach leaves on a burger, for example, and go from there. Rather start with something like the baby spinach than lettuce since it tends to pack a little more of a nutritional punch than lettuce but mild enough in flavor and texture that it shouldn't be too distracting.

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SUSANELAINE1956 1/24/2013 1:00PM

    Congrats on the new baby and on your husband joining you here. I've been suggesting the same to my husband, but he hasn't yet. He has been eating better and going to the gym, though. The trick with veggies is finding recipes he likes. This is our go to recipe:


I switch it up with different vegetables on different nights.

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Low-carb can lead to Stealth Babies...

Saturday, August 04, 2012

Sooo...looks like I figured out why I suddenly started eating every carby thing that crossed my path at the begining of May. Looks like carbs were my baby cravings.

The hubby and I had been trying for years with no results. We always figured if it was going to happen, it would without going through extreme measures. But we probably finally got to the point that we weren't expecting it to ever happen.

I went on low-carb mainly to try to bring down my weight and lower my chances of becoming a type II diabetic. It worked better than I expected. Not only did I lose far more weight than I had been able to previously, but my other numbers were falling in line. Blood sugar, blood pressure, and cholesterol numbers all fell into normal (or even low normal) ranges. I was feeling so much better and everything.

So...obviously my body was feeling up to snuff because after about 4 months of low-carbing, it decided it was ready to maintain a pregnancy. At least now I know why I had the sudden change in eating habits.

I'm no longer craving the way I was before, but I'm likely going to keep eating a bit higher carb level for now. At least until after the baby is born. Nothing too extreme, maybe aim for having one relatively carby meal a day...but won't beat myself up if something small sneaks in here and there for now. I'm currently off of two out of three blood pressure meds; a side effect of pregnancy. Nice news, but I'll need to keep a close eye on my bp in case it decides to go back up or my body needs more than the one med. Since I know eating a ton of carbs tends to raise my bp, it's good motivation not to go overboard.

Interesting times ahead!

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RYOKOSITH 8/4/2012 12:01PM

    LOL...thanks everyone.

Maybe if I had been craving something totally off the wall, I might've suspected sooner. But it just seemed like I suddenly couldn't be bothered with ordering a salad to replace the fries...or take the buns off...or get up and cook breakfast like I had been so instead I'd grab cereal or pop in a toaster struddel. So when I got all gassy and bloated feeling, I assumed it was from the carbs since I had been chronically suffering from those symptoms for years until I changed to low-carb.

No morning sickness...at least nothing I noticed.

So yeah...hubby finds me all emotional in a back room counting change for a change jar weepy and muttering over some dream. At that he's like "no...time to go get a test". emoticon

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SINNIBLONDE 8/4/2012 10:20AM

    WOW, fantastic news -- CONGRATS!


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VHALKYRIE 8/4/2012 10:01AM

    Congratulations! I have heard that low-carb has helped improved fertility in many women. I'm trying to be careful since I'm not quite ready! ;)

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WOUBBIE 8/4/2012 9:25AM

    Congratulations! There are 2 women on the Living Low Carb team who just had their healthy bundles of joy, and they stayed pretty low carb for the whole pregnancy. Come on by and post in the forum and I'm sure they can give you great advice!

Poor SUZANNEYEA had HORRIBLE carb cravings and morning sickness for months. She's typically zero carb, and had to add in a few carby things each day because her usual diet was so unappealing! ~STAYFIT is typically more moderate carbwise, but still had to fight the cravings as well. Both of them returned to pre-pregnancy weight within weeks.

Best of luck!

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NELLJONES 8/4/2012 8:49AM

    That was one of the symptoms of pregnancy for me, too. We didn't have testing kits back then, and you couldn't even make an appt with a doc until you had missed two periods. Nausea and/or cravings were the only sign. Congrats!!

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One step back, two forward

Thursday, June 21, 2012

Due to a lot of stress that popped up recently, for the past couple weeks I started eating crap again. I knew what it was doing (and it confirmed that my body really doesn't like excess carbs and reacts to it), but at the time I just couldn't bring myself to care. Not surprisingly, I gained back about 11 or 12 lbs, but thankfully the inches didn't come back along with.

Finally I had enough of feeling unnecessarily crappy and to start taking care of myself again. Basically restart what I know works for me. As an added bonus, I got my latest physical's lab results in the mail on that same day I decided to restart.

Now prior to the physical, I had been doing a good job at sticking to my low-carb eating for the previous 6 months. If I had slip-ups, they were very minor and I would just get back to what I was doing...so the labs should be a good representation of whether or not this sort of plan has me going in the right direction physiologically.

Well, compared to last year, my numbers have all improved! My cholesterol numbers are all (but one) within normal range (and the last one is only a couple points off). My fasting blood sugar levels have dropped dramatically, even compared to the last time (before the physical) that I took my own measurements.

For comparison sake:
-- Results for 2011--
Gluc=103 (which 6 months ago had gone up to 120 just before starting low-carb)
Chol=208 (normal range 140-200)
TGL=132 (range 35-150)
HDL=29 (should be >40)
LDL=153 (range 80-130)
CHD=7.17 (range 0.00-4.44)

--Results for 2012 after only changing diet--

Very encouraging results and great motivation to know I'm able to get results worth the effort. Also should keep the doctor's nurse from slipping comments about the threat of getting put on a cholesterol med...which if you can possibly avoid getting onto those things, do so. I still remember what one of my professors in college said about the stuff and how most people (according to him) once on them never come off. No thanks!

So, I'll keep on truckin' and all. Put together a physical log to write in each day. Figure I'm more likely to fill that out on a regular basis than if I have to login or get to a computer. And if I'm logging more readily, I'm more likely to keep an eye on what I eat since I'll be listing it all in the log (though I don't plan on going crazy adding weights or sizes outside of tracking any "discretionary carbs" I might take in within a day so I can avoid going overboard).

TIll next time!

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RYOKOSITH 6/21/2012 11:45PM

    Very true!

It's one thing to know you FEEL better doing something. Another to have some actual numbers to back up what you suspect is happening. :D

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WOUBBIE 6/21/2012 3:07PM

    At least you're starting to recognize what makes you feel good and what doesn't. And it's good to have some confirmation from the lab that what you're doing works!

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Back on track

Wednesday, May 02, 2012

Still working on the potassium issue, but no mention of my cholesterol so I'll have to wait until the next time I go in for an appointment to get a copy of the actual results. I'll assume it's going in the right direction, but then again, there were times based on lab results they really should've said something about my blood sugar levels and didn't.

I allowed myself to drag behind the wagon a bit. I'm sure there was at least one special event that I used as an excuse followed up by a I'll-have-this-just-this-time, and so on. Thankfully gaining weight follows the same rules as losing in the sense that my body likes to stick near the 10's mark. I stuck back up at 240-242 for about a week.

Interesting how quickly I was feeling down on myself when I started making (for me) poor eating choices. Not so much putting myself down as feeling a mild cloud of depression...something that had lifted for me once I started low-carb. A lot of the digestive issues came back during this time period, too.

Got my rear back in gear and now am back to around 237 (give or take a half lb). And again the issues related to eating more carbs subsided very quickly. Looking back, I really need to get into the habit of making more of my own food. Somehow fast food (even if the bread was removed) had snuck itself back in a bit too much. While you can make good choices, they are limited and it does wear on you to put yourself into such a situation on a regular basis.

To try to get in a little more potassium intake, I'm adding in a serving of whole milk a day and might experiment with allowing up to 100g of potato as well. The milk I know I can tolerate well, the potato...we'll see. If nothing else, I'll skip the potato and allow an extra serving of milk. Just depends on what else I'm eating for the day and feeling out how sensitive I am to carbs. At this stage I try to aim for around 40 to 50 max and seem to do alright on that. Ultimately, I'm hoping if I can eventually get off of the diuretic BP med that I suspect was a major reason my Ka levels become lower in the first place. It will be so nice when I can stop dumping NoSalt on my food.


Now in the 230s!

Tuesday, March 27, 2012


After seeing the doctor and putting new batteries in my digital scale, it's like I stepped back a couple paces as my scale now registered me closer to the one in the doctor's office (about 3 lbs heavier once you account for the difference in clothing). I figure it just means I was 3 lbs heavier when I started than I originally thought. It felt almost like having to replay a level in a video game where you forgot to save before the game glitched on you.

Still, after what seemed like a couple weeks of my body fluctuating a bit without any real movement, its so nice to see the scale move again. Even nicer that I've now broken the 240 barrier and am now officially in the 230s territory with a weight of 238.5 this afternoon. My blood sugar is at 107 fasting, which is the lowest it has been since I've started this "experiment" and I've shed several more inches.

Very awesome!

Last time I went to the doctor, I had lab work done. My potassium is low, but that's an issue related to the various BP meds I've been put on throwing it all out of whack (and previous advice from the doc to avoid the salt substitute while we see what a Ka-sparing drug does). Before the lab work, I even reminded my doc that this was what he had me do. So as a result, instead of having me go back to the stuff I already had, they prescribed a KaCl supplement, which uses the EXACT same active ingredient as my NoSalt which I was previously told to not use while we were seeing what would happen. After figuring out what a "MEQ" measurement was and what that translated to in mg, I realized the amount of Ka the supplement would give me (along with nasty side effects) was less than what I would get from one serving of the NoSalt...and the NoSalt is far less expensive! I have a bottle of the pills on hand, but I'm only using the NoSalt for now until I can have the next set of labs done.

That and the nurse mentioned my cholesterol was a bit high but not high enough for the doctor to want to put me on meds. At 153, I should certainly hope not considering (if I read the correct information somewhere) that 150 is the upper "normal" test range! Seemingly my LDL is a little high (but lower than last year) and all other levels are normal. It just leaves me with the impression that they are almost chomping at the bit to throw more meds my direction, like with the supplement. Unfortunately, I have to wait to see for myself what the numbers are as they stopped automatically mailing the lab results to the patients.

So, I'll be setting up my next appointment for a follow up and lab work for the next week or the one afterward. That and demand they give me copies of my own lab results again. Then I can track the results for myself again.

Next weight goal is to break the 235 mark! :D

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RYOKOSITH 3/27/2012 7:39PM

    Yep, when I had first researched doing a low-carb lifestyle, I had run across the information about the various types of cholesterol and how not all LDL is bad. The fact that they didn't say my "good" cholesterol was low makes me think that the LDL is more likely the fluffy sort since that occurs more in conjunction with good HDL numbers. If my triglycerides had been up, then I'd suspect the LDL to be the dense sort, which isn't good.

Yeah, the potassium thing I'm keeping an eye on. I'm hoping that eventually I can get off of the meds that most likely threw off my levels in the first place. But until then, I've got to manage it.

They better not give me any hassle getting a copy of my lab results! You would think that would be a basic thing to provide to patients. Probably mailed out some to the wrong address and it brought up privacy concerns so they stopped the practice, I'm betting.

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WOUBBIE 3/27/2012 5:19PM

    The LDL number is generally misleading. The standard test gets the value of LDL by subtracting the HDL number from the overall cholesterol. Not all that accurate.

You need to request a special test like VAP that actually measures it directly. There are actually two kinds of LDL, one good and one bad (Yup. LDL is no longer the "bad" cholesterol!). If you have mostly "fluffy" LDL your heart disease risk goes way down. If you have mostly "dense", then it goes way up.

Oh, and congrats!!

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RETURNTOTHIN 3/27/2012 4:13PM

    I have to smile.
YOU ARE SMART! -- Use your no salt
and for a cholesterol of 153.... don't take meds -- just more side effects and cost.
"normal" is just a setting on your dryer.... as is the number on the scale, just a number...
going down is the big thing....
and keep being smart! wise! and thoughtful! at all your decisions! You are on the right path!

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LESLIELENORE 3/27/2012 4:10PM

    emoticon The numbers on the scale may not be the most important measure of how well you are doing, but doesn't feel good to that number drop? My cholesterol dropped 132 points just from changing my diet and exercising. I hope the doctor's office doesn't give you a hassle over getting a copy of your lab results.

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