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Best Diet for Gestational Diabetes Patient

Best Diet for Gestational Diabetes Patient

diet choices for gestational diabetesNow that you have been diagnosed with gestational diabetes, you might be spending a lot of time wondering what foods you are not supposed to eat and what foods are okay. Just the simple task of eating might feel like a chore now, and you might be feeling afraid that what you eat could hurt your baby. You do not have to worry so much, however, because finding lots of information and a diet for gestational diabetes as never been easier.

Here is a list of some of the best diets to follow for your gestational diabetes healthy lifestyle. These diets, whether combined or separately, can help you find what works best for your gestational diabetes. Of course, you should always discuss with your doctor when you are looking at making any changes to your diet or lifestyle, especially when you are expecting. [Read more…]

Enjoying an Office Potluck with Gestational Diabetes

Enjoying an Office Potluck with Gestational Diabetes

office potluck with gestational diabetesHaving to watch every bite that you put into your mouth can sometimes kill the joy that comes along with so many food related activities. Office potlucks, for example, require a whole lot more thought when you have gestational diabetes. You can still enjoy your office potluck, however, and find plenty to eat, even with gestational diabetes.

Watch the Carbs

As you are perusing and sampling the many dishes that your coworkers have brought to the office potluck, be sure that you are remaining vigilant to how many carbohydrates you are consuming. Keep an eye out for options that look protein based or vegetable based, and options that don’t rely on pasta and a lot of sauce. Try to make the best decisions you can based on what the dishes have in them. For example, try a scoop of green bean casserole rather than focusing too much on mac & cheese or the always abundant pasta salad dishes.

Request Ingredients

When the office starts planning a potluck, advocate that everyone include a list of ingredients with their dish. You might find that many people in the office will be on board with this strategy, as there may be people with food allergies. There are likely quite a few people watching their weight or dieting for their own health reasons, so you might be helping a lot of people by advocating for ingredient lists.

Talk To Your Office Mates

If you have a very small office, or a group of people that you are close to, you might mention to them that you are worried about the lack of options at the office potluck with gestational diabetes. It might even be an issue that other people are concerned about too. Who knows you might start a healthy eating trend.

Bring a Great Dish

It is always a great idea to bring in your own delicious and gestational diabetes friendly dish to the potluck, because then you know there will be at least one good thing to eat. Just make sure that you get a healthy helping of your own creation before everyone else gets to it, because you know it’ll be a hit. Especially when people find out it is healthy and delicious; you’ll be taking home an empty dish for sure.

Load Up on Fresh

At almost every potluck, there are always fruit and veggie trays. You can always count on this because someone, without fail, will not have the time, ability, or desire to cook a dish for the potluck. Filling your plate full of raw veggies might seem boring, but with a few tastes of all the other delicious dishes you will find yourself quite satisfied and much happier when you check your glucose levels later.

Office potlucks can be a lot of fun, but can seem daunting or even scary when you have gestational diabetes. With these tips and ideas, plus maybe a snack in your pocket for good measure, you can still enjoy the office potluck. As long as you are careful and vigilant, you might even get to splurge on a little bit of dessert, too.

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Planning an Evening Out with Gestational Diabetes

Planning an Evening Out with Gestational Diabetes

eating out with gestational diabetesAn evening out may be just what you need, but the added hassle of worrying about what you can and cannot eat with gestational diabetes may take some of the joy out of the event. Not to worry, however, because with a simple amount of planning, you can still enjoy eating out with gestational diabetes.

Here are some ideas to help you plan a successful evening out with gestational diabetes:

Research Menus

The last thing you want to do is find yourself in a restaurant and have no idea what, if anything, you can eat there. Most restaurants have their menus very conveniently posted on their websites so you can do a little research ahead of time to learn what the best options will be for you to eat. Make a small list of places you would like to go, and then visit each of their websites to compare healthy dishes that are gestational diabetes friendly and see what looks best to you. This little bit of research will help you decide where the best place to go will be. [Read more…]

Breakfast Ideas for Gestational Diabetes Patients

Breakfast Ideas for Gestational Diabetes Patients

breakfast ideas for gestational diabetesBreakfast can be a touchy time for many pregnant women. After not eating for several hours while you are sleeping, the nausea of morning sickness can set in and make for a rough start to your day. Eating a good, nutritious meal can help curb the nausea, give you some energy to start the day, and help nourish that baby you are carrying.

Gestational diabetes means that breakfast is even more important. You need to keep your blood sugar monitored and stable at all times, so it’s not a good idea to skip meals, especially that first and most important meal. Starting the day with stable blood sugar levels is going to help you have the best and healthiest day possible.

Here are some great breakfast ideas:

Easy Veggie Omelet

Whisk two egg whites with 1 tablespoon of milk. Heat a pan to medium heat with nonstick spray. Pour egg mixture into the pan. Add chopped veggies such as broccoli, onion, bell peppers, and tomatoes. Sprinkle on two tablespoons of shredded cheddar cheese. Flip omelet over to finish cooking and then fold in half. Serve with a slice of whole wheat toast with sugar free fruit spread or a serving of fresh cut fruit.

Fruit and Nut Oats

Prepare steel cut oatmeal as directed on package. Top with fresh fruit such as strawberries, blueberries, and chopped apples. Using a saute pan, toast some walnuts, pecans, and/or almonds and dust with cinnamon. Add toasted nut mixture to fruit topping. Drizzle with one tablespoon of agave nectar for additional sweetness.

French Toast with Peaches

gestational diabetesDredge two slices of whole wheat toast in a mixture of one egg white and ¼ cup of milk. Dust with cinnamon and then cook over medium for about one minute on each side. Keeping the pan hot, toast a small handful of pecans. In the same pan, warm up ½ a cup of fresh, frozen, or canned peaches. If you use canned, choose only the fruit in juice, not syrup. Top toast with peaches and nuts.

Cajun Breakfast Sandwich

Toast an English muffin and spread one teaspoon of butter or margarine on both halves. Whisk one egg or egg white with a dash of pepper and Cajun seasoning. Cook egg in a small pan, folding egg onto itself until done. Set the egg on one half of toasted English muffin and top with one slice of your choice of cheese. Enjoy with a small side of grapes.

Breakfast Banana Split

Spread two tablespoons of natural, unsweetened peanut butter over a medium, ripened banana. Dust with half a teaspoon unsweetened cocoa powder. Enjoy with a small glass of milk and two slices of whole wheat toast.

Whenever you are preparing a good breakfast fit for a gestational diabetes patient, make sure that you are balancing your carbohydrates with protein. For example, wherever there is bread there are eggs or peanut butter. Also, be sure to keep your sweets to a minimum by choosing to eat naturally sweet fruits and low glycemic index sweeteners like agave syrup. Click to see lunch and dinner ideas!

Hosting a Dinner Party with Gestational Diabetes

Hosting a Dinner Party with Gestational Diabetes

party with gestational diabetesHosting a dinner party when you have gestational diabetes might seem like a daunting task, but you might find that it is easier and more fun than you originally imagined. With a little research and planning, you will be able to create a delicious and healthy meal plan that everyone can enjoy. There are many benefits to hosting a dinner party with gestational diabetes, too. For one, you do not have to worry about what you can and cannot eat because you are in control of the menu. You also reap the benefits of being in the comfort of your own home.

The Planning Stage

The basics of putting together a successful dinner party revolve around adequate research and meal planning. If you put a little work into this part of the process, you will find that everything else tends to fall into place rather easily. [Read more…]