I've been following a semi-primal diet for some time now - with some brown rice, barley, yams, and occasional ww bread in my diet. I decided to stop all grains and grain-based foods earlier this year and was doing fine, until I turned up pregnant. I've done my best to stick to the diet and stay primal, but my food cravings are out of control.
I have extreme hypoglycemia while pregnant - with my last pregnancy, a three-hour fasting GTT (glucose tolerance test) revealed a blood sugar profile that went from about 60 at baseline, spiked to over 180 at 2 hours, and then plummeted to around 35 within an hour of peaking. I had to have someone pick me up from the lab, it was so severe.
Normally, I can manage my hypoglycemia by eating protein and grazing versus having meals. I know the rice and yams were throwing me, hence my decision to eliminate them from the diet. But since second pregnancy made itself known, I've had an out of control appetite that no amount of bacon, salads, eggs, salmon, or other meats can stave off.
Today was a rough day. I was almost falling asleep on the short ride home from work and had a gnawing pit in my belly, even after eating a hefty amount of food (see below). I gave in to a craving for ice cream despite my best intentions, and paid for it by falling asleep for over two hours on the couch. I felt terrible.
Here is my food intake for today:
2 eggs and 4 slices bacon, eggs cooked in bacon fat
2 slices tomatoes
lettuce wraps with turkey, red peppers, and cucumber (3 wraps, about 1/4 lb turkey)
one apple, one banana, generous handful sliced strawberries
4 oz. salmon filet with sauteed mushrooms and spinach dressed in olive oil and lemon juice
1/2 pint B&J Creme Brulee ice cream
BAS with salmon and avocado
This looks like an outrageous amount of food, pregnant or not! What can I do to help fight the cravings and keep my energy up? Pregnancy carries its own special set of dietary "rules" and I think there is ample anthropological evidence that pregnant women can follow a primal diet and maintain personal and fetal health, but I find myself losing control too often and too easily.