I looooove sugar. I have always known that I love sweets, but most of the time I would rather have seconds of the meal than dessert. So I just didn’t really think about the implications of the SugarBusters diet when the RE recommended it to us. I figured it would be sad giving up sweets, bread, etc. but didn’t REALLY think about it. Oh my goodness! Everything that tastes good in this world has sugar in it…you have to really read labels because sugar in some form is added to almost everything.
On this diet you can eat 3 servings of starchy carbohydrates a day – either brown rice, 1/2 sweet potato, oatmeal, whole wheat bread, whole wheat pasta, etc. These items have to have 3 grams of sugar or less in them though, so lots of label reading. You can have 3 servings of fruit a day –anything but pineapple, raisins, watermelon and bananas. LOTS of veggies – not no corn or potatoes. No white flour, corn meal, etc. And of course no added sugar. Added sugar is in salad dressings, seasonings, dried fruit, canned soups, yogurt, sandwich meats, condiments, coffee creamer, etc. This is the hardest part of the diet for me.
Those are the basics…you can find more info at the SugarBusters website if you are interested. Here is an article talking about the correlation between high blood sugar and infertility. It is on a Diabetes website but the logic behind it applies across the board. I am sure there are many more articles out there but I haven't gotten the chance to look. It is enough for me to know that the RE and my OBGYN have both explained the correlation between sugar and infertility and recommend the diet.
It really is difficult but we are eating SO healthily because of it! I was talking to my friend Emily about it and she was saying to think about how healthy I will be WHEN we do get pregnant! There couldn’t be a better way to bring a baby into the world, you know? So it is totally worth it and I AM NOT complaining! At least it is giving me SOMETHING to do that MAY help improve our chances at conceiving. It is sure worth a shot! AND a bonus - I have lost a good 5-7 pounds since we have started just a little over a week ago! Yea!