- Breakfast: 30 carbs
- Snack: 15 carbs
- Lunch: 60 carbs (according to dietician); 45 carbs (according to GD nurse)
- Snack: 15 carbs
- Dinner: 45 carbs
- Snack: 15 carbs
One thing that's surprised me is how many carbs there are in what I think of as low-sugar foods. I.e., plenty of snacks made with Splenda still have quite a few carbs. Of all the power bar / snack bar-type things, the only brand with about 15 carbs is one called "Kind", and even that, only a few of their bars qualify. Most are 30-50 carbs! And I thought snacks like beef or turkey jerky would be no carb, but in fact, they're more like 6 carbs/serving; I guess there's some sweetness in the sauces they cook them in? So while my calorie-counting memories are vaguely useful in sending me in the right direction, I still have to actually check carb counts on a lot of things. Avocadoes, for example, are not only high in fats (which I knew, and they're 'good' fats), but also high in carbs. Mushrooms, on the other hand, are close to free. Yummy mushrooms! Nonfat milk is higher in carbs than 2% or whole milk, weird! The internet's been really helpful in figuring this stuff out.
Restaurant eating is also almost impossible. The big chains tell you exactly how many carbs are in things, and usually have at least a few low-carb options, especially if you're willing to eat salads or wrap sandwiches. But the couple of times I've tried eating at regular restaurants, and tried to pick low-carb options, my sugars were through the roof afterwards. I guess they just sneak a lot of carbs into sauces and the like. The only thing that's proven relatively safe at restaurants so far is a chicken caesar salad, if you leave off the croutons. This is not my favorite dish ever, so I think I'm just going to try to minimize eating out in the next two months. Which is tricky when meeting Lori to work in cafes. Sigh.
Also my standard cafe chai is just too carb-loaded for the moment. Instead, I'm having regular tea with milk and Splenda at cafes, which is okay, but not as satisfying. Also doesn't help with all the dairy I'm supposed to be getting -- in addition to limiting carbs, I have guidelines on how much dairy, fruit, veg, etc. I'm supposed to have each day, and dairy in particular I was pretty lacking in before. So lots of cottage cheese and some regular cheese and even some of Eli's low-sugar cheesecake (19 carbs/serving) is making its way into my days. I don't actually like drinking milk, which is too bad. Also don't like yogurt unless it's either sweetened or loaded with berries, which, again, are high-carb and only to be consumed in moderation. So this is all taking some thinking and planning.
Still, my food days are falling into a pattern, which looks something like this:
- breakfast: 1 slice bread, egg, slice of bacon
- snack: cottage cheese and a bit of berries
- lunch: usually either a sandwich with meat and toppings (but watch out for sweetened spreads, like miracle whip or ketchup), either on low-carb bread so I can have two slices, or if at a cafe, just eating one slice of the bread it's served on, or a big salad loaded with meat and cheese
- snack: Kind apricot-macadamia bar (also going to try carrot sticks with hummus this week)
- dinner: whatever Daniel and Anne are cooking; since Anne is a doctor, she's really aware of what's in food, and is trying hard to provide low-carb options for me, which is a huge help. A chicken stew with a small amount of quinoa (low carb grain, yummy); cold tomato-vegetable gazpacho with a quarter avocado, sliced, and some fresh mozzarella, and even a bit of french bread. Sometimes with a bit of berry or a single small piece of dark chocolate (much lower-carb than milk chocolate) at the end.
- snack: slice of Eli's low-sugar cheesecake :-)
The doctor said this was okay, so I'm trying not to fret about it; my understanding is that the baby will mostly take what it needs, if I'm not actually starving. Of course, it'll take it from my body, so that if, for example, I don't get enough calcium, the baby will start leaching calcium from my bones, which is not so good. If I could have the baby just target my extraneous fat, that would be fine and dandy, but apparently, it doesn't actually work that way. Pfui.
In any case, I don't have a lot of options at the moment -- I'll keep doing this low-carb thing and hope that as my body adjust I'll go back to gaining a bit of weight over the next nine weeks...or at least not losing much more. It's very weird, mentally, to be worried about losing too much weight. I don't think I've ever in my life been worried about that.