Just a few more days and I’m off to my final semester at school! ahhhhhh! So much ahead–days in the NICU, senior festivities with friends, crazy studying for boards, numerous ceremonies and lots of FREAKING out. I’m excited, happy, sad and nervous–all at any given time. So basically I’m goin cray cray. Nah for real, I’m feeling good about what’s to come–good and ready.
Looking forward to reuniting with my ladies 🙂
I came across a quote in Self Magazine at the gym today–it was so perfect that I ripped it out and took it with me–shhhh! It set me up with a positive mindset to head back to campus with:
Be Fearless. If you make only one resolution this year, let it be to live boldly. You control this movement: Rather than cautiously test the water, drive straight into life with free abandon. Imagine the person you want to be and the life you want to live, then simply commit to them. Believe in yourself. Embrace your beauty. Discover a new passion. And whatever you do, wherever you go, don’t be afraid to make a splash.
Now to a little update with the food switch-up I began on Wednesday. The first day was rough because I was heavily focused on eating low carb and as a result didn’t get much else in to neutralize it all (veggies, some fruits and grains). Instead I ate lots of eggs, bacon, cheese, bacon and bacon. As you can imagine–my stomach was not feelin’ the love. I’m not used to digesting such heavy and fatty foods. And despite what my nutritionist told be about fat not mattering–I do think there’s a limit to all the artery-clogging saturated fat & cholesterol in red meat, dairy and eggs. So I’ve taken a step back and refocused myself a bit–keeping in mind a balanced approach.I’m paying more attention to the quality and variety of my meals while keeping in mind the ratios of nutrients I’m supposed to stick too. I’m finding that lots more veggies and a few low glycemic fruits and grains paired with protein/fat leads to a much comfier gut.
The key to blood sugar control is consuming fiber packed complex carbohydrates (brown rice, quinoa, beans) with protein. This will slow the absorption of the sugar (broken down carbs) into your blood stream and thus minimize insulin spiking (the hormone that moves sugar out of your blood and into your cells). It’s pretty simple: meat&potatoes, apples&peanut butter, fruit&protein powder, etc. Remember that this combination will keep you satiated for hours because you won’t experience the blood sugar crash that follows a glucose/insulin surge. Do it!
I’ve been using this app to see how close my breakdown is to what the nutritionist suggested (50% fat, 30% protein, 20% carb). The above was my first day when I was on my best behavior (and feeling gross after all the bacon). I hope to stay below 30% carbs, allowing for some wiggle room to eat some more nutritious foods like fruit and starchy veggies. And most of the fat should come from monounsaturated sources, which lower bad cholesterol, like in avocados and nuts. To me, that what makes me feel best–as long as I stay smart, limit portions and combine with that Godly protein!