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During both of my pregnancies I developed gestational diabetes and was forced to give up all sugar. That means the white crystal stuff that most of use on a daily basis, but also it means all refined sugars like flour, white bread, potatoes and so much else. It was hard. Very hard. I don’t know how diabetics do it every day of their lives. Now that I’ve had the baby I’m back on sugar. I’ll have to take a glucose test in a couple of weeks to make sure I don’t have diabetes, and I’ll have to take this test every year from now on, but for now I don’t worry about it.
Now, I have a new dietary restriction — no dairy. This is a doozey. Just lovely. I only started eating sugar again a few weeks ago and now I’m already restricted again. My 4-week-old baby has reflux and the medicine doesn’t seem to be working as well as I’d hoped so her Pediatrician suggested I eliminate dairy from my diet and see if the baby responds. Since I’m breastfeeding, what I eat affects her.
I used to tell people … Do you realize how many foods sugar is in? Now, I’m saying Do you realize how many foods milk is in? It’s hard to eliminate it completely …
- Cow’s milk
- Cheese (oh, how I love cheese) — and this means, no pizza
- Cottage cheese
- Ice cream
- Mayonnaise — do you know how much is made with mayo?
That’s only a partial list. I have yet to do all of my research to know all that I should not be eating.
If you have to give up either sugar or dairy, which would it be?