Of Food, logs and food logs….

Disclaimer: I am NOT a doctor, nutritionist, nurse, physical trainer, nor anyone else you can think of who can give medical/nutritional/physical advice on a professional level. The views and experiences in this post are entirety personal. Please consult a professional before making decisions that will affect your health. 

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The story can be long or it can be short. And sometimes it can be both.

It is not an uncommon reality for many women today. I have PCOS (poly cystic ovary syndrome). I’ve been battling it most of my life, between meds, diets and lifestyle changes.

After two miscarriages, I was tested very early on in my third pregnancy, confirmed for gestational diabetes and placed on a very strict diet, blood testing and med regimen for most of the 9 months. I started my pregnancy at 227 lbs, arrived at delivery day with 226 and weighed in at 204 after baby.

One thing that helped me a lot during my pregnancy to keep on top of things, was a food log. And, although calories are important, in this case it was the carbs that were my main enemy. So I kept track of the second and kept the first in the back burner (my nutritionist approved). It was hard trying to find the right combination of foods that wouldn’t cause a blood sugar spike, along with the meds that would help. Add pregnancy hormones to the mix, and my pregnancy wasn’t much fun. But EB makes the whole ordeal worth it. 

At this point, the facts stand as such: I’m 5’3″ and weigh 220 lbs. I’ve gained most of the weight back and I definitely feel it. 

So I’ve decided to make an effort and rerun to the food log. I threw it out after delivery, because as many mothers out there can confirm….it’s hard enough finding the time to eat while taking care of a newborn, much less the time to write it down. 

I know there’s newfangled apps that help you keep track of food. I’ve used a couple in the past, but I find them a little too constricting. These days, I use them only from a research point of view (looking up brands, specific foods or creating ‘recipes’ to see what’s their combined nutritional value). 

I’ll be returning to the style of food log I followed while pregnant (minus the blood tests). Because in my history of dealing with PCOS, it has been the one thing that helped me the most. 

My old logs were kept in Moleskines. I filled three of them up in little less than 9 months (I was crazy detailed, haha). 
I’ll be using my Hobonichi this time around so I can keep everything together from a planner point of view. 

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One Book July 2015

I found out about it while watching a video by Mylifemitts

The challenge: one book, one pen, one month. There are addendums, but those are the basics. You can follow the links above for more in depth information. 

So I’ll be doing a month-long test of my Hobodori to see how it runs. 

The Book: as described in my previous post, a Hobonichi and Midori mix composed of three sections. 

  
The Avec for a planner, sketchbook, journal, etc. 

A Moleskine cahier as a food log. I keep it separate from my journal, because while dealing with gestational diabetes, I had to keep a very strict log of everything I ate and the log would be reviewed and photocopied every appointment. I’m trying to get my health in check, so I’m starting a log in the same fashion I used then.  

One more Moleskine cahier for writing. I need to get back into storytelling and this will be my tool for the month. In my previous post, I was using the notebook that came with my cover, and while it’s a nice notebook, I really like the Moleskines. 

The Pen: Jetstream included with the Hobonichi. It has three colors: red, blue and black. 

  

And that’s about it! I’ll post any progress shots on Instagram (@cafenox). 

Have a great day!