We’ve been talking a lot about setting realistic goals in 2017. I shared with you my word for the year, which is “less.” To me, this means less clutter, less bs, less excuses and less processed crap. Using this one word method to create my goals for this year gives clarity and direction while skipping a laundry list of resolutions without a plan.
I started the year with the stomach bug at 34 weeks pregnant which was no fun at all. As I added food back into my diet, I decided to avoid certain foods since I was basically starting from scratch. I accidentally followed a paleo diet, and for those 2 days I felt excellent. I took things one step further and adopted the Whole30 diet for four days. You know what’s amazing? The body’s desire for natural, clean, whole foods and how it treats you back when you take care of it. I have been sleeping better, my skin looks fresh, and I feel less puffy.
My true goal is to fully commit to the Whole30 program after our second baby arrives next month. While I feel amazing and am commited to my less excuses goal, I have to be realistic. We are not sure if we will have another child, and I would like to treat myself just a little during these final weeks. I am not perfect but I know my (and baby’s) health and happiness are key. Even with all of my careful meal prep, my blood sugar was dipping too low to carry on the Whole30 at this time. Gestational diabetes can be a bummer!
What’s more, my 31st birthday deserved some celebration! The hubs booked us a cozy weekend up in New Hampshire at one of his favorite lodges. I tend to eat pretty well when I go out to eat – either salmon or filet mignon with veggies and potato. I didn’t want to completely sabotage my goals and what I have been working on, and blood sugar was also a key player. Pasta was out but a little something sweet was in.
Enter Halo Top Creamery. I first heard about this brand from fitness expert Heidi Powell and was so curious to try it out. A whole pint of this high protein ice cream is under 300 calories. Guys – A WHOLE PINT! A whole pint of Haagen Dazs has around 1,000 calories, so good luck with that. What about my blood sugar you ask? Halo Top Creamery uses stevia and erythritol to sweeten the goods. These plant-derived ingredients do not cause blood gluclose to spike and do not cause bloating. Double winning. It tastes like the full fat stuff too. Their various flavors do no use a chemical crap storm to replace flavor either. Everything is natural.
So I’m not gonna lie – I totally had a YOLO moment and woofed down half a pint of the birthday cake flavor to celebrate the big 3-1. Regrets? None. Nope. Not even a little bit. It tasted like frosting heaven mixed with Funfetti cake batter. I don’t even feel like I ruined my goals, because I actually didn’t. If those following a carb-cycling or macro diet can eat this for breakfast, than my preggo butt can definitely enjoy a little…