When I was pregnant, I read a book called Skinny Bitch Bun in the Oven: A Gutsy Guide to Becoming One Hot (and Healthy) Mother. I was determined not to be a fat, round blob after my baby was born. When Im not pregnant I am not exactly what one would refer to as "being in good shape". So, I didn't want to become one of those women who looks at pregnancy as an excuse to eat as if I had a tape worm, only to come out the other end of the situation going "Oh my gawd, Im a small planet!" The whispers of others haunted my dreams...."So THAT'S what happened to Pluto....SHE ate it!"
I can proudly state that I only gained 24lbs total during those ten months and I actually weighed LESS a few weeks after giving birth than I did before getting pregnant. I accomplished my goal of staying off of the map of the solar system and I was thrilled. Of course, I didn't account for the fact that carrying a baby was helping me burn calories through that whole time, so when I didn't change my eating style after having Allie, I went right back to square one. Size Fat, Pre-Baby.
The book ended up being nothing about how to be skinny and hot (although the ice packs I stuffed in my bra while working during those summer months would tell you I was definitely HOT.) However, I learned some things about food that changed how Allie and I ate then and how we both eat now. I fully recognized that every single thing I ate was going through her little body as well, so I wanted to eliminate all things toxic. My job was to create the healthiest little being I could, and to protect her from the bad stuff. (This job apparently is long term since I'm still obsessed with it.)
|The bun while still occupying the oven|
Where to begin.....
Sugar substitutes: I could go on and on about this. Sugar substitutes are not meant for people who don't have a sugar problem. They jack up your metabolism and freak out your pancreas. Insulin is running around your body like a disappointed golden retriever who thought someone knocked on the door. "What? There's no sugar here? Are you sure? Cuz all of the signs point to sugar being here!" I wont even go into the conversion into formaldehyde and how it tries to make friends with your brain! FOR-MAL-DE-HYDE!! Bad bad bad friendship.
The juicy stuff is how all of that garbage got passed by the FDA, but I will spare you the legal talk. It's some seriously crooked political bullshit. Just google "why sugar substitutes are bad" and you will get LOADS of information.
So, with that being said, is there any reason why you would choose those pink, blue, yellow packets filled with evil shit over the stuff that grows from the ground that is just down right delicious?? Not if you aren't struggling with sugar issues? And why would I start my baby's life with a chemical running through her teeny veins if I didn't have to?
My hardest task was finding gum with sugar in it. I challenge you to find it in every store you go into. Sugarless gum is all that's out there. Juicy Fruit, Bubble Yum, Bubblicous and Hubba Bubba are being phased out. I still only chew them since going to war with "the packet people". There was a lot of crazy pregnant lady ranting going on in CVS at the register about how they must be part of the conspiracy.
(Tomorrow: milk, meat and veggie drama....to be continued....)