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    Hi everyone. I could use some advice. Iím a pregnant Type II diabetic. It just so happens to be that the second half of my pregnancy is coinciding with an especially hectic time at my workplace. In the past week, Iíve been in non-stop meetings with my boss, and when lunch rolls around she drags me to the cafeteria with her where there is hardly anything suitable for me to eat as a Type II. Most items are carb-laden junk (I'm not opposed to healthy carbs but again, what's available is junk) and whatís not carb laden junk is off limits during pregnancy and I refuse to take any risks (i.e. processed meats, tuna salad, etc.). A few times Iíd mentioned that I wanted to run out to grab some lunch and my boss would say ďno, thereís not enough time - just eat saladĒ.

    I simply canít survive on just salad through the long, hectic days.

    I would cook more to bring with me as I've done in the past before I was pregnant...although itís been very hard this time around. I came down with a terrible virus a few weeks ago and Iím still recovering. So the combination of being sick, pregnant, and exhausted, not to mention being run ragged at work leaves me completely sapped of energy when I get home. I have no family nearby who can help me through this challenging period...

    Does anyone have advice on what I can do to make things more manageable w/o having to ďoutĒ myself as a Type II at work? Any quick and easy sources of protein I can bring with me to supplement my salads or snack on that don't require a lot of prep time? Note: For quite some time I'd been bringing hard boiled eggs with me but after months of doing this I'm absolutely SICK of them. I'm also avoiding canned goods due to BPA.

    Iíll really appreciate any advice since I'm feeling very overwhelmed. Thanks for listening!

  • #2
    I'm T2 pregnant as well. At first I thought "Where's her mate? Can't he help?" then I thought "Hard boiled eggs" then I thought "Protein powder". The latter has been a saving grace for me lately. That & cottage cheese. I've been using Sun Warrior Raw Vegan Warrior Blend with franken-coconut or almond milk (hey it's low carb). For breakfast I'll add grass fed heavy cream and it keeps me full a good long time. I've also been enjoying cheese (0g carb). High fat cottage cheese would be a good option to keep in your fridge too. I probably sound like a broken record, but I love Kalona supernatural products (4% cottage cheese included). Greek yogurt as well. Fage total or Better Whey of Life. Chobani is my #3 choice.
    --Trish (Bork)
    TROPICAL TRADITIONS REFERRAL # 7625207
    http://pregnantdiabetic.blogspot.com
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    • #3
      Jerky, shredded coconut, and nuts come to mind. If you think you can do it, maybe drink cans of (full fat) coconut milk?

      If you've got a work fridge, then roast up a batch of sweet potatoes and bring them to work. Those with butter have a good caloric impact, and prep and cook time is minimal.

      But honestly -- it sounds like your boss is being a jerk and putting your job above your health. Kindly tell her to fuck off, you're pregnant. I'm lucky in this case: I have an awesome lady-boss who has been pregnant and knows what it's like. She was VERY understanding of my situation and didn't pressure me if I was feeling exhausted or pukey. And I, too, work a high-stress job with a lot of meetings and constant iteration from outside "customers".

      If you think your boss is going to give you flack, contact your HR department (if you have one) to find out what your lunch "rules" are. I know in California if you're hourly, they cannot require you to "work through" a lunch, and they HAVE to give you 30 minutes of unedited free time.

      I don't know if you live in the USA or what, but for your sanity and health, and the health of your child, I'd find a way to politely tell your boss to step off when it comes to lunchtime. Barring that, go above her -- but there should be a reasonable way to say, "Hi. You want me to be at my best, right? Well, I need 30-45 minutes to hunt up some food so I have the energy, as a knocked up lady, to finish out my day and give my job the focus it deserves."

      Even hardline execs acknowledge the need for a regular "break" from work. There are plenty of studies that have shown that getting away from the job for even 15 minutes makes you a better worker. Inmates get a lunch break. Why shouldn't you?
      Steph
      My Primal Meanderings

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      • #4
        Hi guys, thanks for your support...regarding hubby and helping, well honestly he's absolutely, pathetically clueless in the kitchen. It IS highly annoying. He also works long hours. The best he can do is pick up take out. But the last thing I want to do right know is fill up on unknown preservatives, unhealthy oils, etc. that take out is typically laden with. I do appreciate the advice on cheese and Greek Yogurt. I have been eating tons of greek yogurt. But if I go crazy with dairy, cheese, etc. it leads to constipation which is the last thing I need right now. Breakfast is the easiest meal of the day for me b/c I can quickly whip something up at home and I have been doing that...usually fried or scrambled eggs and, as you note, smoothies with organic berries and grass fed heavy cream...but I'm screwed when it comes to everything between breakfast and dinner (which is usually late).

        And regarding telling my boss to chill out, I really wish I could. But it was incredibly stressful just to tell her I was pregnant b/c i knew she was not going to be thrilled. Before I'd told her about my pregnancy she'd openly complained to me about other pregnant employees that were "conveniently knocked up" so they could go out on leave. Even upper management seemed visibly troubled when I shared my "good news". And I doubt my HR will be of much help...certainly if they say something to her, it will taint our working relationship. Sadly, I work in a place that pays a lot of lip service to employee health and well being but the culture is unbelievably workaholic. And given the economy these days, there's this unspoken understanding that we're all expected to deal with it or go elsewhere if we can't...
        Last edited by shema; 07-16-2012, 07:16 PM.

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        • #5
          I also had the "where's the father, can't he help though." Barring that, do you have mor energy on the weekends? Bake some chicken and cut into strips. You can then freeze some for W/Th/F, keep the rest in the fridge for M/Tu. Take one portion with you each day. If you don't have access to a fridge at work, find a small cooler bag with an ice pack to keep everything cold. You could even do this with other meats - steak, pork, turkey. Throw in some veggies, maybe some full fat yogurt and that should be good. And I highly recommend using a crockpot to cook your evening meals during the week or at least prep your meals for the end of the week so you don't have to worry about anything when you get home either.

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          • #6
            Originally posted by shema View Post
            And regarding telling my boss to chill out, I really wish I could. But it was incredibly stressful just to tell her I was pregnant b/c i knew she was not going to be thrilled. Before I'd told her about my pregnancy she'd openly complained to me about other pregnant employees that were "conveniently knocked up" so the could go out on leave.
            Okay, I'll just say it because this makes me go red with fury: WHAT A BITCH.

            Argh. Seriously. WTF?

            I wish many daughters upon her.
            Steph
            My Primal Meanderings

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            • #7
              Originally posted by shema View Post
              But if I go crazy with dairy, cheese, etc. it leads to constipation which is the last thing I need right now.
              Miralax, prunes, and dark chocolate can help with that problem

              I've been having constipation issues cuz I've gone from veggie junkie to veggie aversion (it's a texture issue. This kid is Jewish. I'm convinced. I've developed a bacon aversion, too. Smells great, but I gag when I try to chew any). Started taking Miralax once every other day with a prune or a square of dark chocolate and got me going again.
              --Trish (Bork)
              TROPICAL TRADITIONS REFERRAL # 7625207
              http://pregnantdiabetic.blogspot.com
              FOOD PORN BLOG! http://theprimaljunkfoodie.blogspot.com

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              • #8
                Originally posted by onalark View Post
                Okay, I'll just say it because this makes me go red with fury: WHAT A BITCH.
                LOL! Thanks for your support. It IS really frustrating. I wish I lived somewhere else like Europe where women supposedly get something along the lines of paid year long maternity leave with job security n' all. I mean I already have nosy coworkers asking me how long I'll be on leave for, etc. Sigh.

                Dr. Bork: I'm scared of Miralax. B/c I've seemed to fluctuate between constipation OR, um, er, loose stools. (TMI I know.)
                Do prunes spike your blood sugars? Aren't they a concentrated source of sugar? If I remember correctly you are not on insulin, right? I am also not on insulin although my endo keeps pushing it with overzealous determination. Do you mind my asking what your post prandials are like?

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                • #9
                  I was concerned by your comment that you don't want to 'out' yourself at work as a Type2. Just what kind of a workplace is this? Diabetes isn't leprosy, and there's no reason that you can't be frank about your nutritional needs.

                  As to your boss's previous comments about pregnant employees, I would have already been talking to someone in HR about her because you should protect yourself against any retaliation during your own leave.

                  Both her remarks and the lunchtime issues are not something that you should tolerate.

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by shema View Post
                    Do prunes spike your blood sugars? Aren't they a concentrated source of sugar? If I remember correctly you are not on insulin, right? I am also not on insulin although my endo keeps pushing it with overzealous determination. Do you mind my asking what your post prandials are like?
                    I only eat 1 prune and take the miralax with it (I do 1 packet of miralax with 30 oz of water. Super diluted. Only take it every other day or as needed). I haven't tested after eating a prune, but I don't feel like I get a spike. After meals, though, my sugars are generally pretty good. It's my fasting sugars in the morning that suck an elf.
                    I get the sunsweet prunes in the yellow bag. There's only 5g carb per prune.
                    Oh, and, yes, I'm drug free. My endo was super impressed with my last hA1c and I hope to keep it equally low when I see her again on the 30th. Trying to stay insulin free for as long as possible.
                    I expressed to her that I feel like going back on drugs makes me feel like I have failed. She reassured me that having insulin resistance is actually a really good thing. If you don't get a little bit resistant, it means the baby isn't growing. Of course we want our baby to grow! Maybe it's CW nonsense, but I'll accept it to help lessen the emotional blow of "failing"

                    Anyway... after I had my daughter, 4 years ago, I had nightmarish poops. I didn't go for more than a week after she was born. Colase did NOTHING. Prunes and chocolate milk did the trick.
                    --Trish (Bork)
                    TROPICAL TRADITIONS REFERRAL # 7625207
                    http://pregnantdiabetic.blogspot.com
                    FOOD PORN BLOG! http://theprimaljunkfoodie.blogspot.com

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                    • #11
                      Ok, focus: baby.

                      Nuts- unsalted. Go for that tuna salad. It's fine, don't even worry about mercury or whatever is worrying you- you need to get 75 grams of protein minimum. String cheese can last in your purse all day. Hydrate. Get some CO- it will help with the constipation issue. You are creating a human here- you really need the protein. Face the fact that the minute the baby has an ear infection you'll be calling in sick, anyway. Control is an illusion with pregnancy and parenting. Save yourself here. Eat the protein options at lunch. If the choice is salad or tuna- go for the one that will keep your blood sugar stable and your satiety high. You do not want a high blood sugar pregnancy, believe me.

                      Good luck to ya <3

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by Dr. Bork Bork View Post
                        I It's my fasting sugars in the morning that suck an elf...Trying to stay insulin free for as long as possible.
                        I expressed to her that I feel like going back on drugs makes me feel like I have failed. She reassured me that having insulin resistance is actually a really good thing. If you don't get a little bit resistant, it means the baby isn't growing. Of course we want our baby to grow! Maybe it's CW nonsense, but I'll accept it to help lessen the emotional blow of "failing".
                        Hi Trish (Dr. Bork!) - I know exactly how you feel on wanting to avoid insulin although oddly enough, unlike you my endo seems to be fighting me every step of the way. Up until recently my sugars were decent I guess (last A1C was 5.5 and my fastings had been high 80s to low 90s). In the past few days my fasting blood sugars are creeping up...despite cutting out night time carbs I still wake up with fastings around 103 or so. Do you think that's really bad?? My endo has threatened me with night time insulin if my fasting blood sugars go up like that so I'm afraid to tell him. (He's been pushing insulin in general though...seems to think I'm depriving myself of carbs.)

                        (Sorry, this is a total tangent from my original post).

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by shema View Post
                          Hi Trish (Dr. Bork!) - I know exactly how you feel on wanting to avoid insulin although oddly enough, unlike you my endo seems to be fighting me every step of the way. Up until recently my sugars were decent I guess (last A1C was 5.5 and my fastings had been high 80s to low 90s). In the past few days my fasting blood sugars are creeping up...despite cutting out night time carbs I still wake up with fastings around 103 or so. Do you think that's really bad?? My endo has threatened me with night time insulin if my fasting blood sugars go up like that so I'm afraid to tell him. (He's been pushing insulin in general though...seems to think I'm depriving myself of carbs.)

                          (Sorry, this is a total tangent from my original post).
                          IMO your endo needs to take a chill pill. My fasting sugar this morning was in the mid 150s. What did I eat for dinner last night? Paleo gumbo-- shrimp, tilapia, sausage, and veggies. And I went for a 45 min hilly walk. Needless to say, I'm not amused today. My last hA1c (2 mos pregnant) was 5.7, previously 5.5, drug free. I guess I am lucky in that my endo trusts my judgement. If I tell her "Please let me keep trying for one more month", she will. If there's still a problem, we work it out. She knows I'm trying hard to get it right. She wants my fasting sugar to be in the 90s. The closest I've gotten is 117. Post meal she wants it 110, and I'm usually in the 1-teens to 120 ish. She seems content with it for the time being.

                          my advice: find an endo who will trust your judgement and work with you every step of the way, not against you. You know your body better than anyone else.
                          --Trish (Bork)
                          TROPICAL TRADITIONS REFERRAL # 7625207
                          http://pregnantdiabetic.blogspot.com
                          FOOD PORN BLOG! http://theprimaljunkfoodie.blogspot.com

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                          • #14
                            Could you manage to put together some crock pots stews and soups in the evening? Leave it on while you sleep and in the morning just add the hot chili, stew, or hearty soup to a thermos. You can still eat the salad at lunch but add in a nice bowl of soup. Then you can have leftovers for a couple days that you can just heat in the morning and add to your thermos?

                            Another thing that can be helpful is to make a large amount of emergency protein on Sundays - cook a whole chicken, pork shoulder, etc then shred it and freeze it in individual servings. Grab one in the morning and by lunch it will be thawed and you can put it on your salad. Sausages can be precooked and frozen as well.

                            Avocados can be fairly filling and can be eaten with a little olive oil and salt - I frequently eat my emergency protein and an avocado during the day.

                            What are you eating for dinner? One quick solution is to double whatever you make for dinner, put half in a container, and just eat that for lunch.
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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by jammies View Post
                              Could you manage to put together some crock pots stews and soups in the evening? Leave it on while you sleep and in the morning just add the hot chili, stew, or hearty soup to a thermos. You can still eat the salad at lunch but add in a nice bowl of soup. Then you can have leftovers for a couple days that you can just heat in the morning and add to your thermos?

                              Another thing that can be helpful is to make a large amount of emergency protein on Sundays - cook a whole chicken, pork shoulder, etc then shred it and freeze it in individual servings. Grab one in the morning and by lunch it will be thawed and you can put it on your salad. Sausages can be precooked and frozen as well.

                              Avocados can be fairly filling and can be eaten with a little olive oil and salt - I frequently eat my emergency protein and an avocado during the day.

                              What are you eating for dinner? One quick solution is to double whatever you make for dinner, put half in a container, and just eat that for lunch.
                              Really good ideas here. I always believe pregnancy is just really good practice for looking after a baby. Being tired is just not an excuse when you have a chiild to feed. So start now, feed the baby and yourself nutritious food.

                              I also think you are making a rod for your own back by allowing your husband to use the excuse that he cat cook. He's going to be. Father for goodness sake, and he cant make a meal to feed his own child? Book him into a cooking school, if his mother didn't teach him its up to you. Otherwise you are never going to get a break EVER.

                              He could start learning now so you can put your feet up at the end of the day. :-)

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