Pregnancy Preparation

Hello πŸ™‚

As you might have read before, I started with a strict diet in order to plan a pregnancy soon. My last blood level was 9,4mg / dl – that was two weeks ago and I have been dieting since 15th August. So I think it’s a good progress and I guess the blood levels which I took last Saturday will be even better – at least I really hope so.

My current daily intake is 350 Phe / day and I am using the App of the company Mevalia. It’s a great app and very handy, plus I can note everything, I rarely forget my mobile – it was more difficult when using a paper notebook for the daily journal. I’m not yet counting calories, the app cannot count them (I wrote to Mevalia and suggest to add this function..) but I guess I have to start counting real soon.

Is someone of you also preparing pregnancy or is already pregnant?

Love,
Katie

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Back on track :)

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Dear Readers,

I really need to apologize for not blogging for such a long time. As you know from my last blogpost, I had a tough time with the diet. I was struggeling and couldn’t really get back into it. I really did try it often enough, but there were lots of temptations and I usually gave in πŸ˜‰ My daily diet was low protein products, taking regularly the formula, but having a lot of high protein things in between which of course pushed the levels high. My highest level which I took in July was 26,9 mg / dl, and I knew, it wouldn’t be good but actually I was shocked that it was such a high one. I got back on track, but I knew I couldn’t keep 100% diet during our honeymoon. (we went to Turkey for two weeks, it was wonderful!)

Now I’m back on the strict diet with 350 Phe, which is not as tough as I thought this time since I got another kind of motivation: I want to prepare for getting pregnant. For 2 weeks now I’m having 350 a day and my levels dropped from 21,5 mg/ dl (first level after the honeymoon) to 11,5mg (from last Saturday). I’m really proud of this progress and excited too, I think I will get the latest result today or tomorrow.

I’d love to have contact to other PKU moms or moms-to-be to share some experiences… This is so exciting πŸ™‚

I also had a wonderful wedding back in May – It was stressful planning everything but it was so worth it and turned out to be a wonderful celebration with our dearest family and friends.

I hope you also had a great summer (can’t believe it, today it’s already the calendaric beginning of autumn, crazy how fast the time passes)..

I promise to blog more often within the next weeks and months, I got a lot of new recipes, ideas, low protein discoveries πŸ™‚

Have a great week…

Love,
Katie xxx

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My little herb garden

Hey πŸ™‚

it all started when I got this little herb jar as birthday present. Lots of different herbs.

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I decided to have some more on our little balcony. Haven’t tried much with those herbs, but I am really eager to have some nice drinks once the peppermint has grown a little bigger πŸ™‚ I will also have my coriander soups with this fresh grown coriander. I want to make some rosmarin-potatoes too. I wanted to make some punch recipes with this woodruff but unfortunately it already bloomed when I got it so I couldn’t use it anymore… 😦 Maybe next year then! But I will pamper you with some good punch recipes anyway.

The hot nights can come πŸ™‚

Do you have your own herb garden?

Love,

Katie xxx

It’s all about the right arrangement..

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Hey πŸ™‚

I just wanted to say, that it’s all about the right arrangement, no matter what is your meal. The meal in the picture was actually for my fiancΓ© and therefore not low in protein. But just saying, it’s the same for our meals. I needed to go shopping, so I had only a poor choice at home… so I made mash with vegetables and salad.

But it actually looks delicious, doesn’t it?

Love,
Katie xxx

Spanish Gazpacho

Hello Everyone,

since I blogged this recipe end of last summer, most of you might not have tried this so far. So I decided to give it another try, I hope you enjoy it!

It’s a Spanish cold soup, called Gazpacho. This is how it’s prepared:

500g Tomatoes, 1 cucumber (rather big one or you take 2-3 small ones), 1 bell pepper (a green one), 1 garlic clove, 3 slices of low protein bread, 2 spoons of olive oil and 2 spoons of red wine vinegar (I’m not sure, whether this is the common word for it, I hope you know what I mean :-P)

Douse the tomatoes with boiling water and remove the peel. then cut them as small as possible. Also peel the cucumber and slice it. Bell pepper also needs to be cut into small pieces, as well as the bread. Add salt, garlic, oil, red wine vinegar and blend everything until there are no pieces left.

Store it in the refridgerator for a few minutes and enjoy the cold, refreshing soup, it’s DELICIOUS!

Love,
Katie xxx

It’s all about – DRINKING

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Hey πŸ™‚

Especially in summer, it is so important to drink enough, which means around 2 litres a day (at least). Is this difficult for you? What do you prefer? Water with gas, tea, coffee (any coffee addicts here???? πŸ™‚ ), smoothies? Of course, alcohol does not count in, but, coffee actually does, if you drink it regularly (means, if your body is used to it, you can count it in your daily drinking amount).

I love drinking still water, tea (I force myself to drink some green tea from time to time cause it’s said to be soooo healthy, but mostly I am into herb teas or fruit teas, if I want it sweet, I take stevia). Also, at work, I am a coffee drinker… But at work I need to force myself to drink enough.

If you have hard times drinking enough, why don’t you try to pimp your water with some natural additions like lime or lemon juice, ginger, little orange juice or even cucumber? It’s really refreshing and can help to have more pleasure filling up your water balance.

It’s also important to know what is hunger and what is thirst. Ok. This might sound stupid. But I do catch myself sometimes eating, when I’m not really hungry but thirsty.

I will pamper you with a lemonade recipe within the next few days, it’s sooooo delicious!

Love,
Katie xxx