I have learned a lot about salt, I used to think it was evil so there wasn’t much of it in my diet which led to potato chip cravings (potato chips are evil lol). Now I make sure to include a healthy amount of salt with each meal and if I am craving potato chips I have cruskit with vegemite on it and magically I don’t need potato chips anymore. It might seem really obvious to some of you, but when you don’t grow up learning these things about nutrition trust me everything is new.
I honestly used to believe (quite naively) that I had a healthy diet because I ate vegies and fruits and did not eat take out often. I stayed away from salt (didn’t even have it on eggs) and avoided a lot of fried and fatty (or what I thought was fatty) foods. Guess what… still fat, still got insulin resistance, still got PCOS…
What I have realised is that I know very little about proper nutrition. Since I found out about my condition a couple of months ago I have done tonnes of research – I am talking almost daily. I have looked at treatments, recommended diets, statistics, and so many low GI recipes it makes my head spin. What is killing me is that I know I need to make these massive changes in my life (and I have done quite a bit to date, but I have a heap more to do) and even though I have read so much literature on everything I could find to do with it I still feel really ignorant.
Does anyone else feel like this about their diets or medical conditions?
I feel like when I go to a doctor they jabber at me in jargon and when I tried to talk to a nutritionist she started babbling on about gluten free and something else before my ears packed up and went home. I know these people are learned and know their stuff, but so often they aren’t able to put their knowledge and advice in terms I will understand. I am a pretty intelligent person with a pretty impressive understanding of vocabulary and the English language… if I don’t get it there must be more out there like me, right?
Meanwhile I have had some random cravings lately since I have drastically reduced my sugar intake. Funny story – last night I dreamt I had a Mars Bar that I had been saving for an emergency, in the dream that time had come, just as I was about to take a bite I woke up and realised there was no Mars Bar and was sad. Then I realised that I don’t like Mars Bars anyway hahaha.
November 14th, 2014 at 5:44 pm
Cruskits and vegemite – yumm, love them.
P.S I love Mars Bars too but haven’t had one for ages.
November 15th, 2014 at 12:08 am
Eventually it will become ingrained and be easier to handle. My daughter was diagnosed with T1D about 7 years ago. It was a good year before I felt like I knew what the heck I was doing. I read every book I could get my hands on, as well as a few research articles (because that’s how I roll). Now I (and she, as she is now 19) don’t even have to think twice about the dietary choices and daily routines.
November 15th, 2014 at 3:24 pm
It is hard – nutrition. We seem driven by habit. Wish there was a pill for self control!
November 19th, 2014 at 5:17 am
Psht. I THOUGHT I was eating healthy, and in most people’s eyes I was. Just not healthy for MY BODY. I use to participate in these beach body challenge groups. I actually got shunned, KICKED OUT, because they didn’t feel I was eating healthy. Haha bitches, down 17 pounds! lol. But yes, I totally know how you feel!
December 11th, 2014 at 2:59 pm
Eating healthy is pretty difficult because there is so much conflicting information from experts. I do feel that I am doing a better job at eating healthy than when I was first diagnosed with PCOS.
Great post BTW. I have blog called SuddenlyImbalanced.com. It is about my experience with PCOS and everything I learned along the way because of it. It’s a new blog and I hoping you will check it out.
Continue to do well and stay motivated.
December 11th, 2014 at 3:28 pm
Hi! Thank you so much for visiting my blog! I hope you will consider following me so we can exchange information as we learn.
You are so right, there is so much conflicting information. It is hard to make head or tails of it. I have done so much research, but still feel as though I am wading in the dark.
Thank you. I have checked out your blog and it looks great, I have followed you.
Thanks again for stopping by.