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Thursday, July 10, 2008

Sugar-free (or elimination diet) and Pregnancy

Another food post! Are you sick of my food rantings yet ? Now I coming full circle because now I am going to tie this topic in with pregnancy.

I have given a lot of thought how far my sugar sensitivity goes back for. If you have read Permission to Mother, you know that I flunked my glucose challenge test in my first two pregnancies (p 55). I feel fairly certain my sugar problem goes back to at least then. During that first pregnancy I also got painful scarring acne on my right shoulder. Much of it has faded, but I didn't wear sleeveless shirts for years in public because of it.

I never had diabetes in pregnancy. I was told to monitor glucose and watch what I eat, but I was not given any specific guidance. If I was offered nutrition counseling (I don't remember), I didn't go (I probably didn't think a dietitian could help me.) Way back then, I loved Raisin Bran for breakfast. I have been eating Raisin Bran for breakfast for years. When sugar would be in my urine on spot checks near the end of my pregnancy, I couldn't imagine why. Raisin Bran is healthy? right? Check again look at the label. It is loaded with 2 scoops of sugar in every box. :) I also ate a lot Breyer's mint chocolate chip ice cream while pregnant.

By my third pregnancy, I was a little smarter. I switched to Total and added my own raisins. I am so stubborn. I had to have my raisin cereal. Total still had plenty of sugar in it. I still had sugar in my spot urine checks. With the birth community influence I was eating better overall than compared to the first 2 pregnancies.

Kathy has written a blog about glucose testing in pregnancy. My third pregnancy, I opted out for the reasons Kathy gives. I don't eat cereal for breakfast everyday anymore. If I do, I have juice sweetened millet or corn flakes and can add my raisins, oats, flax, blueberries, etc....

Back to pregnancy in general. If I had known then what I know now, I'd probably have really, really good pregnancies. Knowing how to eliminate preservatives and additives, and knowing how to shop and prepare for the good stuff would be a tremendous asset to pregnancy. I got away with vaginal birth, no yeast infections. None of my sons had hypoglycemia. Our own nutrition sets us up for so many potential problems. I got away lucky.

One disclaimer, when I received my first alcat test results, I was in a state of disbelief, shock, denial and withdrawal. I did not eat well at first. I did not know how to find the good food. That would not be good for a pregnancy. A good nutrition coach in place would of been necessary. It's good to start prior to conception incorporating good nutrition into your routine.

3 comments:

fitncrafty said...

Corn flakes is loaded with corn syrup the reason I stopped putting it on my yogurt and switched to a granola sweetened with Brown rice syrup instead. It has sugar and corn syrup.. Are you still eating those? Do you have issues with corn syrup?
Here's the ingredient list:

Kellogg's Corn Flakes

Milled corn
Sugar
Malt flavoring
High fructose corn syrup
Salt
Iron
Niacinamide
Sodium ascorbate and ascorbic acid (vitamin C)
Pyridoxine hydrochloride (vitamin B6)
Riboflavin (vitamin B2)
Thiamin hydrochloride (vitamin B1)
Vitamin A palmitate
Folic acid
Vitamin B12
Vitamin D
vitamin B

Permission to Mother should be studying said...

Thanks for reminding me about corn flakes. I once thought they were healthy, too. They look healthy compared to all those colored cereals and frosted flakes. In the past, I went through phases where I would get corn flakes instead of RB or Total. I don't eat any of them now.

I choose not to include corn syrup or high fructose corn syrup in my food. Going by the test results, I can have corn and I can have fructose. Right now I don't want any processed HFCS. I googled HFCS and didn't like what I read. We may have gotten it out of my house as far as "meal" food goes.

It may still be in some desserts the boys are eating. Overall, we have cut way back and I am not eating it at all.

hopefaithbelieve said...

It's amazing what we learn "after the fact". Ever since my son was diagnosed with autism and we found out that he was (is) allergic to many foods and we took a hard look at all the preservatives in every day "boxed" foods, our family has changed our eating style. One autism blessing (there are others) has been that our whole family eats healthier.

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