Living with gestational diabetes can be difficult and confusing when it comes to eating at parties, potlucks, and other get-togethers. This is because “eating for two” has become even more important than you ever thought, as everything you eat has the potential to raise your blood sugar levels and cause you potential harm. Learning about what foods you can enjoy without worry, and which foods should be monitored or avoided, can help you navigate tricky situations such as parties and potlucks.
Typically, most parties and potlucks will have a few standard staples that are safe for women with gestational diabetes to enjoy. Vegetable and cheese trays are almost always present at these types of events, and you can almost never go wrong with fresh vegetables and some cheese squares. If the party offers a salad bar, then that’s even better. Fill your plate up with lots of vegetables and then start looking for some safe protein choices. If you are at a barbecue type event, you can usually get your hands on some grilled chicken or a hamburger patty.
All in Moderation
There are some foods that you can certainly enjoy, but make sure you are doing so only in moderation. Remember that carbohydrates are one of the biggest triggers for raised blood sugar levels. So keep your potato salad and casserole portions in check. As long as you are keeping track of how many carbohydrates you are consuming, you should be okay to indulge a little. Other things to watch out for are fruits, pasta dishes, potato dishes, and any dish that might include sweet sauces such as barbecue sauce.
What You Should Avoid
While there are certainly situations where it is okay to indulge in foods that you should normally avoid at all costs, you should absolutely know what foods are going to be on the “no” list. These foods are mostly obvious, as they are full of sugar and carbohydrates. So, while it might not be fun, you are going to want to avoid the dessert table with all of its cakes, pies, cookies, and other sweet treats. Most desserts pack a double whammy when it comes to the amount of sugar and simple carbohydrates. If you do end up indulging in these naughty foods, make sure that you are really watching your portion sizes. Also watch out for the little things that can creep up on you. For example, many parties will have little bowls of candy and other such party favors. It can be really easy to pop these in your mouth without paying attention to how much you are eating.
Other Rules to Consider
There are a few other things to consider when navigating the rules of eating with gestational diabetes. For example, it is always a good idea to be prepared when you are going to a party or potluck. This means keeping a few protein bars or other snacks in your purse just in case the options are particularly unhealthy or unappetizing because you do not want to end up skipping eating. Another thing to consider is your overall carbohydrate count. What this means, is that if you eat super clean and healthy during the rest of the day, you might be able to afford to indulge a little more during the party.
Eating for two with gestational diabetes can be a bit trickier, especially when it comes to navigating parties, potlucks, barbecues, and more. With these tips, you can educate and arm yourself to handle yourself in any situation. So go ahead and enjoy the festivities, and know that you are making the best choices for you and your little one.