Sweet Enough

I recently found out I have metabolic syndrome and was told to dramatically reduce the carbohydrates I take in. My understanding is that it means I have taken in so much sugar for so long that my body is sort of immune to it now. sweet

Considering I am basically a sugar addict I’m finding this challenging. 

The good news is that while cutting back on carbs, I actually have to increase protein and fat content. (I’m allowed because my cholesterol levels are great otherwise I don’t know what I’d do.) The protein and fat makes me feel fuller longer. 

I’ve always had an up and down relationship with weight gain – ever since I was very young. Until I was 25 I was chronically ‘under weight’ and couldn’t gain if I wanted to. My doctors had me drinking meal nutrition shakes in addition to regular food but it didn’t make a difference. I was much more active back then too and lived on my bike until I was in my early twenties. sweet

Then I met my husband, had two kids too close together and hopped aboard the depression roller coaster for a while. All that added up. I have too much weight now – I think that’s what is causing the pain, trouble sleeping through the night, and overall discomfort. I’d walk as my exercise but the pain from a separating pelvis ensures even short distances or bike rides are torture. I could swim if I wasn’t allergic to chlorine. 

Getting the sweet out with steak and veggies

Steak, mushrooms, onions, broccoli, tomatoes, mayo and TONS of butter!

I lie in bed at night after waking up thinking about how terrible I feel and how I can’t go on like this any more. 

It’s hard to know where to turn so when the endocrinologist finally said ‘metabolic syndrome’ I felt some relief – at least I have something to focus on.

Now for the fun part. I’ve begun this journey cautiously but I have begun. Last week I went away to a luxury resort and had 5 course meals prepared by a world renowned chef. Sure it was a setback but I’m ok with that and understand it’ll happen sometimes. I’m making better choices overall and I have already noticed I get the shakes when I do have sugar – that must mean something is changing. Eventually my body will adjust and I will start to feel better too.

Sweet strawberries

Naturally sweetened strawberries don’t need sugar.

Did you know that a cup of store bought chocolate milk has less carbohydrates than a glass of store bought grapefruit juice? And that mayonnaise is good but ketchup is bad? Or that you get used to not having sugar in your tea within a week? 

I’m not missing the store bought bread but I do miss how it filled me up. Instead I’m using thin shaved slices of ham and rolling it around cream cheese, and a bit of cheddar for breakfast. A few other meals I’ve come up with include sausages, bacon, eggs, tomatoes, steak, veggies, naturally sweet strawberries, plain kefir and steel cut oats…

sweet treats

Ham, cheddar, cream cheese, cucumbers, beet humous.

I’d love to hear any advice or suggestions you have for meals. I’m shocked at how many over processed foods and sugars I was eating before. This isn’t a diet – this is a change. Also, if any of you have a good idea for a sweet treat I can have after dinner I’d be SO GRATEFUL! That is my biggest craving time. 

I’m off to search for carb friendly snacks! 


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Comments (4)

  1. September 30, 2016 - 2:36 pm Reply

    This is not an easy thing to face, but there is so much great information (and science!) out there to support this ketogenic LCHF way of eating.

    You will feel so much better and might even see some changes you didn’t expect.

    If you don’t already, follow @mmmisformommy (Heather Nolan) and @livinlowcarbman (Jimmy Moore) on Twitter. Great successes.. one new.. one who’s been at it a while! Everyone needs encouragement and it’s always nice to know of another person who is giving this woe a shot!

    Best of luck! See you in the Twitterverse. 😀

    • PooBah
      October 1, 2016 - 3:58 pm Reply

      Thank you so much! I REALLY appreciate your note – I shall follow away. (Already follow Heather actually. ) It is tough and I really don’t like restrictions at all so this is not an easy pill to swallow. I’m very open to ideas. Thanks again!

  2. September 30, 2016 - 2:48 pm Reply

    @peady sent me 🙂

    I’m in the same boat. Well, kind of. I, on the other hand, have always been a metabolic syndrome poster child. I was the ‘fat kid’, who grew up to be the fatter adult. I did lose weight successfully about a decade ago by following a calorie reduced, vegetarian diet, which for me, was A HUGE MISTAKE. The excessive carbs (even if ‘good carbs’) sent me from being insulin resistant to being type 2 diabetic.

    After years of non-successes following ‘moderate carb’ diets and taking meds, I decided enough was enough and decided to go full on low-carb. Within days I saw drops in my blood sugar, my anxiety and IBS issues pretty well vanished, and in 3 months I’ve lost 30 lbs, not even trying.

    I post a lot of the food I eat on my instagram account @mmmisformommy with the #lowcarbmmm hashtag . I’m also trying to do monthly round ups on my blog and eventually will start posting some new recipes on my blog as well. The hard part is, most of the food I eat isn’t recipes, it’s just, well… food 🙂

    The low carb/keto lifestyle isn’t easy when you are out in the sugar-filled world, but hopefully, like me, you will feel so good the temptations aren’t even tempting.

    If you ever want to ask me something, or even vent about ‘stupid’ sugar, I’m around 😀

    • PooBah
      October 1, 2016 - 4:35 pm Reply

      Heather I do follow you on Twitter and I have to admit I will be paying much more attention to your advice now that I have this diagnosis. It’s really nuts trying to figure it all out. I told my husband that I would be fine if I could have broccoli, steak and eggs every day all day. He thought that sounded fantastic but I get bored so fast! Also, veggies and fruit give me terrible stomach issues the next day. Yesterday I had a piece of loaf cake thinking it was ok as a rare treat. I woke up today with one of the worst headaches I’ve ever had – I guess it was because of that sugar? Anyway, I’m sure I’ll find my way soon enough. Look forward to learning more from you!

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