My life changed the moment I found out I was pregnant. I agree, it sounds very cliché, but it’s the absolute truth. Being pregnant transformed my body into a vessel for my growing baby. For most of my life I was relatively healthy and “in-shape”, so pregnancy seemed fairly simple. Boy, was I wrong

Fast forward four months and I was cruising into my second trimester. I was gaining the right amount of weight and my ultrasounds looked beautiful. All I needed was to complete a routine blood test. Sadly, I “failed” the first test (high blood sugar levels) so the doctor ordered a second test. This time it would take four hours and five blood draws. As I sat in the empty lab waiting room, the guilt and anxiety settled in. Maybe it was the hormones, but I cried quietly to myself as my mind raced towards all the possible worst case scenarios. When my second set of results confirmed my high blood sugar levels, I was disappointed to say the least

The doctors diagnosed me with gestational diabetes. I was told not to worry because this was very common in pregnancy and it was all very manageable, but between a busy work schedule, daily life, and preparing for a baby I was struggling to keep my blood sugar levels under control. On top of everything else, my hormones were in high gear, I was exhausted all the time, and my body felt stretched to the point of pain. 

Here I am at 6 Months Pregnant taking a holiday photo together with Rachelle & Sandeep, my two business partners.

 I went from cruise control to a screeching halt. I was healthy my whole life so it was even more baffling that I was struggling during pregnancy, when it counted the most. In my mind every failed test meant I was failing as a mother. I avoided bringing it up with friends and family. I didn’t want to be judged as a bad mother. My condition became something I tried to hide, something I was ashamed of. Besides, this was gestational diabetes, a disease that I should be able to fully control. So why was this so difficult? I couldn’t accept the fact that the consequences to my failures were jeopardizing my baby’s health. Eating a bag of chips because I was stressed or because “the baby was craving it” was no longer an acceptable excuse.

My first step in the right direction was to understand the causes of gestational diabetes. I learned that during pregnancy my body was producing hormones which caused a build-up of glucose in my blood. My pancreas was unable to make enough insulin to offset this build-up which was the cause of gestational diabetes. The key to maintaining my blood sugar levels was to choose the RIGHT healthy foods AND to portion each component of every meal. 

It was difficult at first because every meal became a conscious decision about food. Try choosing a piece of whole grain toast over a buttery slice of warm corn bread when you’re 9 months pregnant. It’s NOT that easy! But I knew that these choices were keeping my baby healthy and step by step these choices became easier and more routine. I started to plan my meals and snacks ahead of time. Every morning I packed my food for the day. A handful of whole grain crackers, 4 slices cheese, a small bunch of grapes, and a pack of almonds kept my cravings under control. My LoCal Foodz meals not only kept me from going out to restaurants or fast food places, but they also kept me from overeating because I was portioning out my meals ahead of time. I began to see better test results and this encouraged me to keep moving forward. Soon enough making the right food choices, planning ahead, and carrying a lunchbox of healthy meals and snacks became part of my daily routine and I was making big strides towards my goal.

I discovered a few things about myself along the way. I learned how to stop for a moment to fully and genuinely appreciate my health. I was so thankful to be able to carry my baby to full term. I also learned how to acknowledge my accomplishments, no matter how small the progress (putting down that bag of chips counts!) because each step was a part of the whole process. And as I climbed towards my goal I reminded myself of the true purpose of my journey and what kept me motivated to keep going each and every day. This made my path clearer and the journey all the more worth-while.

“My motivation, Eli”

Happy New Year! 

Now that we have enjoyed some eggnog, pecan pie and sipped on a few too many cocktails, it’s time to start thinking about how to nourish ourselves for 2019!

This year we are excited to offer a series of helpful nutrition tips featuring local holistic nutritionist, Anna Frumkin. 

Below are (3) tips that Anna recommends to get yourself back into the game for the new year!

#1: Anna, how do I start working out again?

Now you may be new to working out or maybe you decided to take time off during the holiday season. My biggest tip when it comes to getting back in the workout game is to use the power of your mind.

Now, before you think I am getting to “woo-woo”, hear me out for a moment. Our minds think in pictures, and the simple act of you visualizing how you will feel 15 minutes after a workout can really help get you motivated. An example could be “ I want to go to that yoga class”, visualize how much mental clarity and how refreshed you will feel after that workout.

Just doing this one thing can shift you completely. Another tip my nutrition clients love is to schedule in your workouts just as you would your doctor or dentist appointments. Part of creating a new habit is all about repetition and I want you to think of your workouts as brushing your teeth. Do not let your mind take over- just get that body moving!

Your brain + body will thank you, I promise! 🙂

2. Anna, how do I get in my #nourishing3?

At Nourish with Anna I teach my rockstar clients that in order for you to achieve their specific health + wellness goals, it is imperative that we have accountability, treat every individual uniquely since we all have different needs/ health ailments, as well as balance our blood sugar in order to increase our energy + feel satiated throughout the day.

To do this, we want to follow the #nourishing3™️ . This is a formula I came up with after working with clients. Make sure every plate consist of healthy fats, protein + complex carbohydrates.

Below are some examples to put on your plate (ratios are unique to every body type and to an individual’s specific goal).

1.-Protein ( aids in curbing sugar + simple carb cravings) 56 grams per day for the average sedentary man + 46 grams per day for the average sedentary woman. Examples are: Chicken, fish, beef, lamb

2. -Healthy fats (Keep you feeling satiated) anywhere between 44 grams to 77 grams. Examples are: Avocado, Eggs, Fish, Chia Seeds

3. -Complex Carbohydrates (Complex carbs keep you full longer  + keep blood sugar levels steady) 225 and 325 grams of carbohydrates a day. Examples are: Sweet Potato, Oats, Quinoa, your fav vegetables

3. Anna, how do I stop falling off the wagon?

This is a great question!

What I want you all to practice doing mentally is to STOP thinking of nourishing yourself and moving your body as being on or off any wagon.

Eating delicious nourishing foods and moving your body is a gift you give to yourself. It is ultimate self-care as well as the best health insurance you can give to your body.

Watch your self-talk the next couple of weeks. Instead of saying “ I should go to the gym”, replace it with “ I GET to move my body and feel stronger! Also, instead of saying “ healthy food is boring” start saying “ I LOVE nourishing my body with foods that taste delicious + are great for me! 🙂

Now, I know that starting on a path to wellness can be overwhelming.

This is why I have taken 20% off of all of my nutrition programs just for you! Learn how to eat for your unique body since nutrition is not one size fits all and everyone has different needs.

Whether you are looking to lose weight, heal digestive issues, or have a better relationship with food, I am here for you. Sign up for a complimentary call here to feel + look your best in 2019! 😉

Your Nutritionist,

Anna Frumkin N.C.