I stumped the dietitian!
Friday, November 09, 2012
In my new quest to make my health a priority, I asked my doctor for a referral to a nutritionist recently. Today was my first appointment.
The woman was really nice and she listened to everything I had to say. I made sure to be really honest with her about everything I eat now and what I ate in the past. She made a ton of notes about my exercise and sleep habits, as well as my stress level and even how much I drink (alcohol). I felt like she was really trying to get a whole picture of who I am and what I’m doing.
She then pulled out a booklet and started to explain complex carbs. I had to stop her because, sorry, but I know all of this already! I really tried not to be a pain about it, but I told her honestly that I read A LOT about healthful eating and I told her what I do on SparkPeople and my own research on PCOS and Type II diabetes. I needed the advanced version, not the starter kit! Luckily, she was OK with this.
At the end of the appointment, she said, “Everything I would normally tell a patient to do to lose weight and get healthy, you already do every day. I have no idea what to tell you!”
OK, this caused two reactions for me: One, “ha! I knew I was doing things right! I knew it!” And two, “What the hell?! Is my case really that hopeless?!” (And then I told the second part of me to shut it.)
She recommended that I cut my calories to 1300/day, which is lower than the 1600ish calories that SparkPeople recommends and that I’ve been eating for a few months. She also suggested I go wheat-free to see if that has any effect. She wasn’t sure if it would do anything at all, but she was out of ideas! She said, “You eat so clean, I don’t know where you’ll get those 300 calories from and you don’t eat a lot of carbs, so the wheat thing might not even matter.” Great!
I’ve cut way back on carbs in the past few months. I was never a big bread person, but I ate pasta and lots of sugary things. But I’ve tried really hard to cut back on the sugar and limiting the startchy stuff wasn’t as difficult as I thought. I just eat more veggies to get the bulk I like. So, this means substituting quinoa for couscous at lunch and avoiding whole wheat naan once in a while.
I honestly don’t think the wheat thing will have a big impact on anything, but I’m willing to give it a shot. I’ve really got nothing to lose at this point. I’m kind of just glad that someone finally listened to me! Cutting my calories to 1300 will be a challenge. It will mean more careful planning and cooking at home, which are good things.
I’ve got a couple of weeks to try these two things before I see her again. We’ll see how it goes!