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The Importance of Breakfast in Gestational Diabetes

The Importance of Breakfast in Gestational Diabetes

The Importance of Breakfast in Gestational Diabetes

The Importance of Breakfast in Gestational DiabetesThere is a reason breakfast is said to be the most important part of the day. Many reasons, actually. Yet still a large number of people skip this vital daily meal. If you are skipping breakfast, you are missing out on a myriad of benefits that include mood boosting, energy, and more. It is very important for gestational diabetes to eat small meals throughout the day to maintain consistent blood sugar levels.

So let’s explore a few of the many reasons why breakfast is so important:

Starting Your Day Right

To function properly during the day, putting together a morning routine including a balance breakfast can help you start of on the right foot. Taking an extra few minutes each morning to sit down and eat breakfast gives you time to reflect on the tasks of the day and will help you remember things you might have otherwise forgotten. Breakfast time is also a great chance to have a little bit of happy family time before you all get wrapped up in work, school, and the stresses of the day.

Mood Boost

Starting your day with a healthy breakfast will have a great impact on your mood. People tend to get grouchy when they haven’t eaten. When your blood sugar is low and your body is craving sustenance, it is going to tell you something is wrong in the form of irritability. Skipping breakfast is a fast track to mood swings and surly behavior, add to that the normal stresses of everyday life and you are basically handing yourself a bad day. Give yourself a hand up and make sure to eat breakfast to give yourself a mood boost for the day.

 

Energize

 

Eating a healthy, balanced meal in the morning will vastly improve the amount of energy you have throughout the day. If you skip breakfast, you are heading out with an already empty tank.  Typically, breakfast is your first chance to eat the eight or more hours that have passed since your evening meal. If you are skipping breakfast, you are sending your body into pre-starvation mode and causing it to slow down and conserve whatever energy is remaining. By taking a few minutes out of your morning routine to eat, you are giving yourself an energy boost that will help keep you sustained until your next meal.

 

Weight Management

 

Eating a healthy, balanced breakfast is one of the number one recommended clues to weight loss and management. A good breakfast kick starts your metabolism, helping you feel fuller and more energized throughout the day. If you aren’t starting your day already empty and hungry, you are less likely to make poor choices when it comes to snacking and exercise.

 

Food For Thought

 

Starting your day with a good breakfast also helps with brain function during the day. With your metabolism in check and body functioning properly and happily, you are likely to have better focus throughout the day. A good breakfast will improve your memory and concentration. Not only that, but the healthier your breakfast, the better your concentration will be.
By eating a healthy, balanced meal in the morning you are helping your mind and body get off to a good start. You are giving yourself a boost that will allow you to fuel you through the rest of your day. Breakfast truly is the most important meal of the day.

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The Importance of Breakfast in Gestational Diabetes

 

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Lunches for Gestational Diabetes

Lunches for Gestational Diabetes-Get It Right

Lunches for Gestational DiabetesFor any pregnant woman, gestational diabetes can be a tough and scary experience to contend with.

Gestational diabetes is an abnormal condition in which females without previously diagnosed diabetes exhibit high and increase blood glucose levels/amounts during gestational pregnancy.

Women with uncontrolled gestational diabetes are at risk for a myriad of complications including preeclampsia, jaundice, low blood sugar, or giving birth to exceptionally large babies which can cause delivery complications. A controlled diet is often the first step to controlling gestational diabetes.

It is important for any pregnant women, especially those with gestational diabetes, to follow a healthy dietary plan that includes whole foods and vegetables from every category. It is recommended that you eat three moderately sized meals with snacks in between. It is very important that you do not skip meals or snacks, and that you keep your options healthy and balanced.

Try for whole grains, fresh fruits and vegetables, and lean proteins. You will need to control your carbohydrate intake as they turn into glucose in your body. Carbohydrates are found in many kinds of foods including breads, fruits, cereals, pasta, potatoes, even milk and yogurt. Desserts and sweets, of course, are not only high in carbohydrates but also sugar so you will need to limit yourself.

Especially when you are out and about, finding suitable lunch options can be intimidating. Here are some ideas for healthy Lunches for Gestational Diabetes:

Grilled Chicken and Artichoke Salad

Toss together fresh romaine lettuce, carrots, beets, green peppers and cherry tomatoes. Add or replace any fresh raw vegetables of your choice. Top with one ounce of sliced grilled chicken and steamed artichoke hearts.  Drizzle with 2 tablespoons of low fat Italian dressing. A handful of grapes make a fresh and sweet side for this yummy salad.

Grilled Turkey and Provolone Sandwich with Broccoli Salad

Place one ounce of sliced turkey and a slice of provolone cheese between two slices of whole wheat bread. Use either a Foreman grill or a pan on medium heat to grill both sides of the sandwich. Serve with broccoli salad: raw broccoli or store bought “broccoli slaw” tossed with shredded carrot, chopped red onion, sunflower seeds, and dried cranberries or raisins. Make dressing with lemon juice, Dijon mustard, olive oil, and salt and pepper to taste. Toss together and enjoy.

Veggie Parmesan Pasta

Cook together one diced fresh tomato, chopped zucchini, sautéed mushrooms, and whatever other vegetables you prefer. Season to taste with pepper, oregano, and basil. Toss with one cup of cooked whole wheat pasta and sprinkle with parmasan cheese.

Spinach Salad with Strawberries and Grilled Chicken

Toss fresh chopped spinach with sliced strawberries, one tablespoon of crumbled turkey bacon, and almond slivers. Top with one ounce of sliced grilled chicken and drizzle with two tablespoons of balsamic vinaigrette dressing.

Fast food options:

•    A slice or two of thin crust pizza with a salad on the side.

•    Grilled chicken sandwich or (if you must) a cheeseburger, but remove the bun.

Most fast food restaurants offer healthier grilled options, including salads. Eating for two with gestational diabetes can be daunting, but there are a lot of choices out there. Just remember to focus on whole grains, lean protein, low sugar, and as many vegetables as you like and have great lunches for gestational diabetes.

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