Thursday, September 9, 2010

Scared of dieting? Take a little liquid courage!

Hahaha...I am so funny. I know that "liquid courage" usually references liquor, but I am not talking about alcohol! Not at all...and quite frankly it amazes me that so many people insist on drinking when we have medical evidence that it isn't good for the body- smoking too!

Anywho, on to the real post. Last week my insides were not working doctor recommended that I stay on a clear liquid diet for 48 hours to flush out anything that might be stuck in the kinks of the intestines that the baby is squishing. I was not happy about this- who really wants to give up food for gatorade and jello? So I put it off, hoping that it would clear up on its own. After 5 days of feeling not quite right, I caved. 48 hours and a whole bunch of empty bottles later, I feel great! :)

Now, I am not recommending that everyone get on a clear liquid diet (unless recommended by your doctor) but I am encouraging everyone to step up their liquid intake this week. I was so sure I was going to be starving living off chicken broth and mr. freeze popcicles (especially since I am eating for 1.2 now*) but to tell you the absolute truth would be that I wasn't that hungry at all! Sure food looked good and smelled good and was appealing when I was cooking for my hubby or at the grocery store, but my body wasn't crying out to me to give it food.

Scientifically we know that drinking water can curb your appetite, and I am here to tell you that it really does work! So this week make sure you carry a water bottle with you at all times and force yourself to drink up! I bet you will feel so full that you will pass on ordinary snacks that may not be good for you or simply eat smaller portions. Just make sure you listen to your body, not your mind!

Oh and kudos to Katie and Kathy for fitting into their "regular" size of pants! I was so encouraged when I read their posts about how excited they are to fit into size 8's and 10's...because it reminded me that just because I can't button up my size 4 jeans anymore, I am not a whale! It is all about perspective! We are all different and have different "normals" and it is so fantastic to see women excited about and celebrating feeling good and healthy instead of just focusing on numbers. I applaud their efforts and am already getting excited about losing my own baby weight in 6 months!

*Sorry ladies; you can't really "eat for 2" when you are pregnant. You really only need about 300 extra calories per day, which isn't very much at all. So instead of thinking about "eating for 2", think about "eating for 1.2" which is way more accurate!*


Kathy Haynie said...

Now that school has started and I am back to work, I find myself drinking more water during the day. Thanks for all the great tips. Glad to hear that you're feeling better!

Katie said...

Super good advice, Alex. I have been thinking lately about how I really need to drink more water. I have only been drinking about half as much (or less) as I should each day and I think it is taking a toll on my body... and making me more snacky! Gah. I've got to step it up in the water department. Also, thanks for the encouragement. And, lastly, SO true about eating while you're pregnant. I ate WAY too much extra junk while I was pregnant. You are wise to have a more solid and realistic perspective on it. Best of luck continuing to stay healthy during pregnancy! :)

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