Eight weeks ago today I had my right knee replaced, that demon osteoarthritis did some really major damage inside there. Now I am feeling somewhat recovered but those first few weeks were pretty hairy. I lost my appetite on top of all that pain and it was difficult to eat enough to keep my blood sugar decent, I have pre-diabetes as well as my celiac disease. Normally I control that with exercise, healthy snacks and less sweets but when your knee keeps you from all exercise for four months…things can get a little screwed up. So, I found my self craving fresh produce when I was home from the hospital. Heck, I ate a veggie plate there and a fruit and cottage cheese plate so it began even before I got home. Oranges, tangerines, cuties, grapefruit, berries, snap peas, even broccoli tasted amazing and I couldn’t enjoy a meal without at least a couple fruits and veggies. That and my reduced appetite gave me a ten pound weight loss which I was more than happy with. More interesting yet is that I still don’t seem to crave the processed sweets half as much as before. Oh, they be creeping back somewhat but I am trying not to buy much of that sort of thing beyond crackers to pair with cheese, plain nuts and some organic baked cheese puffs I am treating myself to. Thinking about my close proximity to diabetes plus my recovery time cravings – produced serious soul searching and I have made the decision to try to keep with this program of less processed snack foods and less sugar.
We folks with celiac feel we deserve a treat or two and I am no different from anyone else. But, now I try to treat those cravings with fruit, nuts or maybe a square of dark chocolate. Aldi’s has great dark chocolates and some nuts that are free of cross contamination. As before, I eat a muffin for a snack most days but it is homemade and baked using coconut palm sugar which has a lower hypoglycemic index which bodes well for my sugar levels. Oh, I’m no saint and I can’t resist an occasional treat of some kind but I am trying to not bake the cakes and cookies I used to delight in. Pies, tarts, galettes and tartlets are still on my recipe plans so there will be tasty items here on my blog in the future but other than angel food cake or a family birthday party, cake be a rare treat from here on out. I can’t promise no cookies, woman does not live by pie alone…gotta have cookies!
I will see how the next two months go and let you know if I can keep my plan working. If you are trying to lower your sugar intake you might want to try some of what I am eating…a good place to start are muffins made with coconut palm sugar. They are yummy, easy and healthy. Join me on this new journey and enjoy great homemade foods with less sugar!