Saturday, April 27, 2013

Maintaining Healthy Eating Habits

Hi everyone! Here's an update on us. Ayla is now 11 weeks old and doing wonderfully. She's sleeping so well at night already, sometimes up to 10 hours! I feel great too. I've managed to continue incorporating diabetic eating habits into my daily life, even though I'm no longer diabetic. The fact is I could become a diabetic at any time because of my history of gestational diabetes, so I'm taking preventative measures now. I'm eating small portions in regular intervals, having protein with every meal, limiting the amount of carbohydrates I eat, and choosing complex carbohydrates instead of refined sugars, white bread, etc. I haven't gotten into any heavy exercise yet because of the c-section, but I've been going for walks every day with the stroller, sometimes multiple walks in a day. I give a lot of credit to this diabetic lifestyle for dropping my pregnancy weight so quickly.

2 weeks postpartum
That's me 2 weeks after giving birth, 125 lbs and 5'9". I've lost a few more pounds since then, so I'm about 122 lbs right now. Of course not everything is exactly as it was before I was pregnant, I'm still working on toning up, but at least I'm back into my size 2 skinny jeans. I say that's not too shabby for a mother of three!
Seriously, you don't need to be diabetic to benefit from the habits I've mentioned here. Everyone can be healthier by doing this.

Here are some of the things I've been eating.

Voluminous oatmeal. This is a tip I learned from Chocolate-Covered Katie. Use 1 to 1 1/2 times the amount of water you normally would when cooking your oatmeal, then cook it and let it sit overnight. They become double the size of regular oats so it seems like you're eating a lot more oatmeal than you actually are. How great is that??

Coconut flour chocolate cake in a mug, for those late-night cravings. I like to top it with a small scoop of chocolate frozen yogurt. Yummy!
I also love these "All for One" Chocolate Chip Cookies. I usually just make mine as one jumbo cookie in the microwave, and I top it with a little vanilla frozen yogurt.
Coconut flour is so awesome, I'm addicted. I've been enjoying these coconut banana pancakes too topped with Greek yogurt.

Also, because you know how I love pancakes, I used Bob's Red Mill Low-Carb Baking Mix to make pancakes this morning. Recipe here.

I'm loving that mix so much and so do my kids. I made muffins with it the other day and Cole couldn't stop raving about them.

Check out my Low-Carb Pinterest board for more great ideas (link is on the right-hand column).


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