Glucose Screening and Other Fun…

5 Apr

OK, so let’s just agree that I’ll stop promising to write more often, and you guys (all, what, seven of you?) won’t feel too abandoned and distraught over it.  I’m sure you’ve been getting by just fine without me.  The thing is, I haven’t really been experimenting in the kitchen as much as I used to.  It’s just a phase, I know.  I always feel less motivated in the colder months, and then spring hits and suddenly I feel like tackling all sorts of projects.

So the result is that, yes, I’ve still been eating Primal, but I’ve pretty much just been perusing other people’s websites, and making their recipes.  That said, here’s a photo of a shepherd’s pie I made from a recipe on Mark’s Daily Apple.  If you haven’t tried this recipe, you really should.  Amazing comfort food!  I only made two little tweaks – I added a few splashes of Worcestershire sauce to the meat for some extra flavor, and I added crushed garlic to the mashed cauliflower.


I felt compelled to write today (after this loooong hiatus) mainly because tomorrow I’m taking the dreaded glucose screening for gestational diabetes that’s standard for pregnant women between 24 and 28 weeks.  If you’re not familiar with it, basically they make you drink a sugar syrup that’s 50 grams of pure glucose in less than 5 minutes.  Then you get to sit around for an hour, presumably too jittery and scatter-brained to be able to concentrate on the book you  brought, and then they test your blood sugar after an hour.  If you don’t “pass” that screening, then guess what?  You get to come back another day and do it alllllll over again, except this time with twice the amount of sugar and three times the amount of wasted time!  But that’s not all!  Get this – if you have to take that subsequent three hour glucose tolerance test, they recommend that in the three days leading up to it you eat at least 150 grams of carbs a day (presumably to prime your body for what it’s got coming) then fast for 8 to 14 hours before the test.  Because, yeah, that should totally give you an accurate snapshot of how my body and metabolism work on a day to day basis.  Let’s take this pregnant lady who thus far has been the picture of health – no complications, no irregularities in blood work, no nausea or other ill side effects, minimal weight gain – and purposely spike her blood sugar (and, as a result, her baby’s too) just because the vast majority of Americans can’t control their sugar intake.  Modern medicine is really twisted sometimes.

But I digress.  Back to the important stuff.  I’ve heard the taste described as flat orange soda or flat cola or flat Mountain Dew (depending on the flavor offered by the clinic) with a bunch of extra sugar mixed in, all of which sound completely vile.  I’ve done a lot of reading on this over the past couple of weeks, mainly wondering if my body will simply rebel against me when given 50 grams of pure glucose in 5 minutes.  If you happened to read my most recent post, well, then you know how I can react to a large, unexpected dose of sugar since I pretty much never touch the stuff.


Thankfully they told me to eat a small amount of protein before coming in, instead of testing on a completely empty stomach.  Most doctors will have you fast before the screening, which seems like it could only end badly, at least for me.  Being that I don’t want to pass out or throw up, I’m opting for a boiled egg and a brisk walk before my morning appointment.  I imagine the fasting guideline is because most people start the day off with something like cereal, toast, and fruit, which would just pile more sugar onto what’s already gonna be a major sugar overload.  Then again, I guess if you eat the standard American diet, 50 grams of sugar at once isn’t an overload for you – it’s just breakfast.

Oh, and just for fun…

24 weeks (taken on 3/30)

One Response to “Glucose Screening and Other Fun…”

  1. Jan April 6, 2012 at 6:19 pm #

    Even though you are sharing this body, YOU are still in charge and you don’t have to agree to a longer test if you “flunk” the one hour. If it will appease your physician agree to get a meter and check your fasting and post prandial blood sugars and report them to the doc.

    That test WAS miserable and I can’t see how sending your blood sugar into a roller coaster ride is good for your baby. If you are eating healthfully and feeling fine, there are other ways to monitor you.

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