Already Failed

Ok, so the first week was going well then I gave in horribly. We realized that we really weren’t prepared for the diet quite yet. For instance, Dane went to work thinking they had Paleo options at work. But there wasn’t anything so he thought sushi was friendly. I told him that we couldn’t do sushi yet since we’re doing the Whole 30 first. Fortunately for me, I have a salad bar at work. When I forgot my lunch on Wednesday, I just ate a spring salad, with eggs on top, cucumbers, mushrooms, broccoli, cauliflower, and drizzled it with oil and vinegar.

The problem I will face with this diet is constant low blood sugar. Because I’m not getting a lot of carbs, since most of the carbs I was eating was coming from bread/gluten products, I keep getting low blood sugar. It’s hard when I’m working and taking care of patients when I suddenly feel the effects of low blood sugar. If you’re not familiar with it, you feel sweaty, extremely hungry, shaky, and you feel like you’re about to pass out if you don’t eat something. Not good when you’re helping a Fall Risk patient to the bathroom and they sit on the pot for 20 minutes.

So what menu do we plan for the week? Here it is below:

Tuesday ( we had to start with dinner because Dane couldn’t find anything Paleo for lunch)

Dinner: Chili – found this recipe on my friend Amber’s blog

Wednesday: 

Breakfast: Scrambled eggs

Lunch: Leftover Chili

Dinner: Cauliflower Curry Soup – found on Melissa Sevigny’s blog

Thrursday:

Breakfast: Scrambled Eggs

Lunch: Leftover Chili (Dane) Salad Bar (me)

Dinner: Spaghetti Squash and Marinara with Gluten free Chicken Sausage from Trader Joe’s

Friday:

Breakfast: Scrambled Eggs

Lunch: Leftover Chili (me) Salad Bar (Dane)

Dinner: Left over soup

So, Friday is the day I messed my plan up…First of all I ate a doughnut hole at work that a nurse insisted that I eat.  I don’t know what came over me, but I instantly stuck my hand in the bag and gobbled it up. I’m pretty sure my sugars were getting low and my body was craving it…That wasn’t the end of my mistakes. I went out to dinner with two of my friends from nursing school. I figured Joe’s Crab Shack wasn’t too bad because I could get a steam pot and just eat the yummy seafood. I did pretty well, but I gave in and had a glass of wine…not too bad. But then we got dessert and I just gave in again to sweetness. I have a horrible weakness for sweets, and I know this will be my constant battle.

Well today we are starting over. I bought two new Paleo books, Practical Paleo written by Diane Sanfilippo and Well Fed: Paleo Recipes for People who Love to Eat by Melissa Joulwan. I will be organizing our meals for tonight and the coming week so we can go grocery shopping. I just need to keep working on avoiding those sugary foods!!

 

Changing for the Better!

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My name is Suni (like sunny if you don’t know me), unfortunately for me, I was diagnosed with type I diabetes when I was 22 years old. I am now 27 and would say that I take somewhat good care of myself. I have always eaten a pretty balanced diet and stayed fairly active. The guy in the picture next to me happens to be my lovely husband Dane. We met at Truman State University. We were dating when I was diagnosed with diabetes and he was the only friend that was there for me during those times.  For the past four years I have been using an insulin pump, which really regulates my sugar levels well. I highly recommend using an insulin pump if you’re insulin dependent.  I know that having this disease takes a huge toll on the body and so I have decided to improve my style of living.

It was last summer when two of our good friends (Amber and Mike), decided to go Paleo.  (Amber has a blog about Paleo living too! You can follow her HERE) I was always interested in starting a Paleo lifestyle but at the time, I was in nursing school.  Then after that, I started my new job at the hospital. On days I was off work I could cook, but it became a challenge when I needed Dane to help cook. At the time, he wasn’t as determined to make a change.   Whenever I was about to start the diet, I would force junk food down my body in fear that I would never be able to eat them again…what a horrible idea for a diabetic! My sugar levels were out of control, I was constantly fatigued and had constant headaches. To help manage my sugar better, I found a better Endocrinologist which helped tremendously. My last doctor didn’t seem concerned that my sugars were all over the place, which worried me. I started eating healthier again which I found that I wasn’t as fatigued and the headaches went away on their own.

So the sugar levels are better, I feel more energized but I still have other health issues that I know this lifestyle change will help.  I have breakouts of acne all over my body, which was never really a problem before. For the past few years I have been having irregular menstrual cycles which my doctor decided that birth control would solve the problem. Dane also has a few health issues of his own. Since college every now and then he has GI problems and has trouble sleeping now and then.

Dane and I have had it with our eating and exercise habits. We are ready to live healthier lives and decided that we should give the Paleo lifestyle another shot.  Beginning next week we plan on starting the Whole30 challenge.  We told ourselves that if the Whole30 challenge doesn’t work for us, then we will try something different. For now though, we will be living the caveman life!

 

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