I’ve spent the last 6 weeks or so blogging about my Whole 30 journey. I wasn’t going to do ANOTHER post, especially one that doesn’t necessarily relate to diabetes but I did notice some interesting observations about the Whole 30 while I was breastfeeding that I thought I would share.
Phew, I’ve spent the last month eating the Whole 30 diet and blogging about it. It’s been an interesting journey as I’ve never eaten particularly healthy, having chips and cupcakes as my vices. I recapped my experience on my last post, but one thing I didn’t touch on was how the Whole 30 affected my Type 1 diabetes.
I did it! I survived 30 days on the Whole 30 diet! I started this journey because I wanted to have more energy. I was taking naps everyday and was completely exhausted. I do have two young kids so I wasn’t sure if I would actually get more energy because they are pretty exhausting themselves (especially when they don’t sleep through the night!). I also wanted to lose a little of the baby weight. I had 15 pounds to lose to get back to my pre-pregnancy weight for baby 2 and another 10 pounds to lose to get back to pre-pregnancy weight from my first (but I got pregnant right after being in the best shape of my life and having run half marathons so that is a big stretch goal).
Today is DAY 30!!! Last day of the Whole 30 program. I’m going to do a separate post recapping the whole experience for me but today I’m going to recap the last week – Whole 30 Week 4.
Things have been getting better and worse. In terms of the Whole 30, I am finally feeling some of the benefits. My muscles don’t ache anymore and I feel more alert and awake. On the downside, my 6 month old has decided that it’s fun to wake overnight every hour and so I haven’t gotten any sleep at all. Around this time, a lot of the Whole 30ers report feeling tiger blood (increased energy). I haven’t experienced that but I think that’s because I am so sleep deprived. I sort of think that this diet is the only reason I am functioning during the day because the lack of sleep is serious. I wonder how amazing I would be feeling if I was actually getting sleep?
I’ve made it through another week on the Whole 30. The Whole 30 Week two has been tougher than the first week. Remember in my last post when I said on Day 7, I felt like absolute crap? Well that continued into days 8-11. My muscles were weak and I was tired. On Wednesday, I woke up especially foggy in the brain. My husband was worried so he told me to test my ketones and surprisingly I had moderate ketones! I’m not positive that’s the cause of my weakness but I think it was definitely a strong factor. Now, I’m looking back and wondering if I had high ketones on Sunday (day 7) and that’s why I felt like crap and my blood sugars were high. I have never done a low carb diet before, and while I’m getting carbs from fruit and starches which is not low carb, it’s lower carb than I’m used to.
Well, I have survived my first week of the Whole 30 program! I started last Monday, January 30th which means I should be finished at the end of February. So far it’s been going well but goodness it’s a LOT of cooking and a LOT of cleaning. My husband and I sat down and planned out our meals for the entire week but going to the grocery store was still pretty overwhelming. It was pretty crazy because we literally only shopped in the produce and meat sections.
My name is Kelley and I’m a carboholic. It’s never really been an issue for me because I just cover carbs with insulin. When I was pregnant I would try to limit my meals to 50 carbs and my snacks to 30 carbs. I have tried to maintain this but since having my second son, I’ve realized that I am just not eating healthy enough. I do get in my fruits, veggies, protein and dairy. I think overall I eat pretty decent meals. BUT, I snack and have desserts way too often. And those snacks are NOT healthy. Instead of eating a healthy snack, I reach for a big bag of chips. After my “healthy” lunches and dinners, I go for dessert, usually cupcakes or chocolate. I am also addicted to Diet Coke and after a tough day of dealing with toddler tantrums, I often enjoy a glass of wine.
If there was ever any doubt about the effect of breastfeeding on blood sugars, it is evident here in spades. Cutting my nursing sessions down to half has wreaked havoc on my blood sugars. I’ve been cruising in the 300’s without a low in sight.
One of the perks of doing the Whole 30 was trying out a lot of new recipes. I’ve already shared my favorite lunchtime recipe, the Harvest Grilled Chicken Salad, but another chicken recipe that we tried for the first time while doing the Whole 30 and LOVED is….