I love sweet potatoes. (Not as much as white potatoes)..but I love them! Sweet, crisp edges and I usually don't feel to much guilt when I eat them. I am supposed to be avoiding starches..and sugars..and fat. Hmm, come to think of it, I don't think I've ever been honest with you guys about this! Maybe being honest on my blog will help me be more honest with myself and my eating habits.
In 2001 I started college at a size 0-1. I was tiny, although I thought I was bigger. From there I slowly but surely packed the weight on and by 2008 (this year) I was a size 12-14. Ooh, it is so hard to write 14. So when I went to my doctor with the bathroom, weight gain issue she ran a HUGE amount of tests. One which showed Celiac Disease in my DNA and others which showed I have high triglycerides, high bad cholesterol, low good cholesterol, and hypoglycemia. Yep. Metabolic Syndrome. Alot of which is my genes and alot of which is my own doing. In high school I was really active and kept that up for a few years. But for the past 2 years I have been dealing with post traumatic stress and the exercise just dropped away. So my doctor gave me some harsh realities that day.
Eat smaller meals more often.
Only potatoes once a week and fewer starches overall.
No sugar. She wants me to eat as if I'm already diabetic.
No fat for goodness sakes.
Exercise 3-4 times per week and really sweat...alot.
She said that if I don't start doing these things I will develop diabetes in the next 10 years. If I do start doing these things it may not be until I'm 60 or 70. She said my pancreas has a very limited warranty. But she did feel that my new gluten-free lifestyle will help.
And it did. I'm now down to a size 10, but I still have around 30 pounds to go. My eating habits are better, but they still need to improve. (fried green tomatoes...really?) But what really needs to happen is the exercise. I read blogs such as Kath Eats and Eat, Live, Run and See Bride Run and those really give me inspiration, but I really need a plan. Any one got some tips?
I can do this!
I can do this!