I’m not good at dieting
I think it’s personality-based. Or laziness-based. Or habit-based. Or something.
But, I’m just not good at dieting. At all.
My new OB has suggested, for a couple of different reasons, that with the last 10 weeks of my pregnancy — wait — 9 weeks, now — that I go on phase 2 of the South Beach Diet, and limit myself to about 100 grams of carbohydrates per day.
I didn’t think it would be really all that hard because, as a family, and as the Head Chef in our home, I pretty much always cook and live by “South Beach” type guidelines: lots of fresh veggies and fruits, whole grains, reduced carbs, high protein.
However, I’m finding the diet quite difficult, and wondering if 100g of carbs is even attainable for me!! Right now, it’s 2:20, and I’ve had 99g (not even counting the 13g of dietary fiber I’ve eaten), and that’s with me being really conscientious.
The killer for me? The thing that has set me back the biggest, for the day, is that I had 1 cup of unsweetened applesauce. That’s 26g of carbs. How can a bowl of unsweetened applesauce be 1/4 of the amount of ALL the carbs I’m to have in a day???
A lot of South Beachers (and other low-carb dieters) rely on artificial sweeteners to make it through. Well, I don’t do artificial sweeteners. Well, not usually. My hubby, who has a profound skepticism regarding their safety, would prefer that I not have any, ever. (He’s even passed it on to the kids: During Diet Coke commercials, they generally stick their fingers in their ears and loudly chant, “Blah, blah, blah” so they can’t hear it, and shoot me dirty looks, or give me mini-lectures about Diet Coke, which I typically have ONCE per week.) Martin does give a little for Splenda/sucralose. But, Splenda isn’t in a lot of products, and the products that it often is in I think don’t NEED extra sweetening. Like canned fruit. When I do get canned fruit, I get the unsweetened kind, or packed in pear juice. Maybe if I was trying to wean myself off of peaches in heavy syrup, Splenda-sweetened fruit would be more useful to me. I don’t know.
In lieu of raw sugar, which I used to use, I put stevia in my (decaf!) coffee in the morning, but by itself, it tastes odd. So, I put in about 1 tsp honey, too. Well, that honey is 6g carbs. Per cup. I usually have two.
I’m just not your regular American woman who has lots of experience with diets, so maybe my tolerance factor for this whole game is unusually low.
I’ve been on one diet before, in my whole life, and that was about 8 years ago, when my hubby and I both did Body for Life, which we did with great success, but was an awful lot of work.
When I was a kid, I was super-crazy-skinny and tiny, though that was probably related more to undiagnosed celiac disease than anything. But, I was the kind of person, who, up until my early 20s, could eat and eat and eat and eat and still be stick-thin. I didn’t even gain weight in college. The phrase “Freshman 15″ had to be explained to me.
All that changed, at least somewhat, upon my first pregnancy, where I gained 50 lbs. I then fairly quickly lost 40 of it… The same thing happened with my second pregancy: Gain 50, lose 40. With my third pregnancy, I decided that the trend couldn’t continue. I did gain 45 lbs, but I lost it all. With my 4th pregnancy, same thing: Gain 45, lost it all.
So, here I’ve been, at 5′ 7.5”, camped out at roughly 155 lbs for the last eight years or so… and not that I could write a book on perfect excercise and diet, but I have remained active — sometimes, even VERY active — and eaten healthily… and while I haven’t been totally thrilled with being 155, my body seems to settle there, and I’m usually wearing a size 10, sometimes a size 8, occasionally a size 12, feeling quite healthy… like an 8.5 on the scale of 1-10.
(Not that my hubby and I eat exactly the same thing, but it’s close to it — even his lunches at work are usually dinner leftovers. He just had a total health assessment, and at nearly 42, he is completely healthy. There was not one item in any of his blood work, or any of the other tests that the doc did, that was ‘off.’ Everything that is supposed to be low, is low. Everything that is supposed to be high, is high. Again, Martin and I are not the same person, of course, but I think it’s further evidence of our family, in general, living very healthily.)
So, I haven’t really felt a need to diet. I mean, for me, it’s always been WAY more trouble than it’s worth.
And, now, I’ve been prescribed one, and I’m finding it very difficult, and I’m feeling a little rebellious. Like, it’s hard for me to think, “Artificial sweeteners are preferable to honey.” I just can’t wrap my mind around that. Or, “unsweetened applesauce just has too many carbs.” Or, “You better not eat that nectarine.”
I’m not going to give up yet (I just started on Friday!), but I may just keep keeping track of my carbs, and when I see the OB, tell him, “Well, I can’t do 100g, but I can consisitently do 130g.” And, maybe that’ll just be the best I can do. Or the best I’m willing to do.
[Whining is now completed. Generally pleasant blog should now continue.]