Embracing a Disciplined Diet
Time sure does fly by; it's been 5 months since I switched from pumping back to MDI. Wow. During the indulgent holiday season, I had a few moments where I missed the ease of being able to cover a big meal with my insulin pump. However, I kept looking forward to the start of the New Year so I could put my new eating plan into action.
Now that my pregnancies and breastfeeding days are behind me, I have decided to embrace a more regimented diabetic diet. During the week I'm not eating wheat, processed flour, or refined carbohydrates. Baked goods are my biggest weakness and I find refined carbs the most challenging to bolus for accurately. I'm sticking mostly to produce, lean protein, whole grains, etc. Basically, the more "whole" and close to its natural state the food is the better. On the weekends I'm allowing myself one item with wheat per day. I'm already planning carefully what my special treat items will be next weekend!
Today I started a week (5 days) of entirely plant based meals: steel cut oatmeal, stir fried veggies, quinoa, and lentils each day with fruit and almonds for snacks. It's my own little vegan experiment, with the main goal of focusing on the healthy foods that my body really needs. On a more regular basis my focus is on lower carb meals so I'm eating nonfat Greek yogurt, chicken, fish, some beef, shrimp, cheese, and lots of eggs.
Although this "Plant Week" is relatively high in carbohydrates compared to when I'm eating more protein based meals, since the food is so minimally processed, I find that the impact on my blood sugar is less. For example, 30 grams of carbohydrates from processed oatmeal (like Quaker) will spike my blood sugar whereas this morning the same carbohydrate count of steel cut oats required less insulin. (Today I actually ended up low even though I used my normal insulin to carb ratio for my breakfast bolus.)
My overall mindset toward my eating plan is now: "Give myself less insulin by eating healthy, low-carb or minimally processed foods." I'm dealing with much fewer highs and lows; therefore my daily life is impacted as little as possible by diabetes. It's a great illustration of a quote attributed to Julie Andrews: "Some people regard discipline as a chore. For me, it is a kind of order that sets me free to fly."