Originally Posted by cristeen
Are you veg (since that's what that diet looks like)?
Are you familiar with the Brewer Diet?
Honestly, if that's a day's worth of food for you, then yeah, you're getting plenty of carbs in, so then the other end starts being concerning, and that's protein levels. Not to get into the "everything has protein" argument, but for pregnancy, that looks really light to me.
Take a look at the Brewer Diet - http://www.blueribbonbaby.org/brewer-diet-checklists/brewer-diet-lacto-ovo-plan-checklist/ (That's the veg link), and I'd start trying to work towards that. Most people cannot manage all of that in a day, but your concentration at this point (IMO) would be on the protein - the eggs and the protein checklists specifically.
And I wouldn't be drinking Gatorade - that's empty sugar. Coconut water is a great source of electrolytes, or there's a drink powder available at the HFS that is electrolytes without the sugar, but I'm drawing a blank on the name right now (Emergen-C maybe?). Not sure why she would recommend both - coconut water should be plenty. How much liquid are you getting in a day right now? Dehydration can certainly play a part.
Did you take the GTT? Or have you had your blood sugar levels checked at all this pg?
Nope, not vegetarian. However, the only kind of meat I like is red meat, so I don't eat it every day, usually only every other or every 2 days. On the days I don't eat meat, I'll usually have a few hard boiled eggs for snacks or tofu/tempeh in a meal. It's funny that you liked to the Brewer Diet because I was pretty good about following that for my first pregnancy (I was so hungry for 9 months that all I wanted to do was eat, eat, eat!), but I looked at it this time and thought, you must be kidding me, there's no way I can consume so much food every day. One problem is that my asthma is acting up a lot, which makes it hard to eat because I'm so short of breath most of the time (I do use an inhaler, but it's not helping much).
I also think Gatorade is garbage. I don't mind a small bottle every once in a while, but would much rather drink coconut water. I assume she mentioned the gatorade because she's not the crunchiest person in the world, she's pretty mainstream in many ways (though I love her dearly).
I took the one hour glucose test on Thursday, so still waiting to find out results of that. I really think that much of this problem is due to dehydration. I kept a careful record yesterday. I drank what felt like an insane amount of liquid throughout the day...but when I tallied it up, it was only 58 oz. I assume it should be a little more?
Ok, off to consume some protein and drink all of the liquids. Thank you, Cristeen!