Living with gestational diabetes isn’t fun, but I have found ways to make it more manageable. In the past, if I didn’t have a plan in place I ended up making poor food choices. Poor choices lead to not feeling good. Yuck.
Every person that has gestational diabetes is supposed to meet with a dietitian to talk about how much protein, fats, and carbohydrates they should eat at each meal. My dietitian was useless, but hopefully that isn’t the case for everybody.
Every person is going to be a bit different depending on their metabolism and activity level. Even day to day, the amount of carbohydrates I can eat while keeping my blood sugar under control can vary. If I am sick or feeling particularly lazy, I have to reduce the carbs that I eat or my sugar will be high. Days that I am more active, I will need to eat more carbohydrates.
In addition to watching my blood sugar, I try to avoid artificial sweeteners and caffeine as much as possible. These are suggestions from my doctor, what your doctor says may be different.
When planing what I am going to eat for the week, I use a really handy meal planning notepad that I got from World Market.
Two Eggs, Bacon, and Toast
Cottage Cheese with Mandarin Oranges
Sausage, Egg, and Cheese Breakfast Sandwich
Veggie Omelets with Cheese
Salad Topped With Chicken and Parmesan Cheese
Turkey Sandwich With Cheese, Tomato, and Pickle
Costco Chicken Salad, Triscuit Thins, and Grape Tomatoes
Pan Cooked Vegetables and Chicken
Tuna Salad Sandwich
Baked Chicken With Roasted Potatoes and Asparagus
Chicken In Mustard Sauce Served With Brussels Sprouts
Steak Served With Broccolini and Mushrooms
String Cheese and Beef Jerky
Fresh Mozzarella Balls and Grape Tomatoes
Baby Carrots and Hummus
San Pellegrino Sparkling Water (not the fruit juice ones)
I try and find a new recipe to incorporate into my routine every week. I have a few places that I go to when trying to find new recipes to try. My favorite place to look for new recipes is Pinterest. I already have hundreds of recipes to try. I do have to say that not all Pinterest recipes are created equal. I have found that I tend to find recipes from the same users. I cook a lot so I am pretty good at adapting recipes and making them more diabetic friendly. My favorites are Pinch of Yum, Half Baked Harvest, Iowa Girl Eats, and A Spicy Perspective.
Check out my post on eating out with gestational diabetes.