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What to Eat At Parties and Potlucks With Gestational Diabetes

What to Eat At Parties and Potlucks With Gestational Diabetes

What to Eat At Parties with gestational diabetesLiving 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.

Safe Options

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.

Managing Food Aversions and Gestational Diabetes

Managing Food Aversions and Gestational Diabetes

food aversions and gestational diabetesIf there is one thing nearly every pregnant woman has dealt with, it is food aversions. When the slightest scent, taste, or even look of particular foods can send you running for the bathroom, cooking and eating become a whole other issue to contend with. To make matters more difficult, you now have to balance your food aversions and gestational diabetes. It is issues like this that make growing your little bundle of joy slightly less than joyful at times.

The good news is that there are some tips and techniques that can help you manage your food aversions and gestational diabetes. What works for one woman may not work for you, so be patient with yourself as you try and figure out what is going to help you through these difficult weeks of food aversions and morning sickness. [Read more…]

Managing a Food Allergy and Gestational Diabetes

Managing a Food Allergy and Gestational Diabetes

food allergy and gestational diabetesLiving with food allergies can be tough. Certain foods, such as eggs, wheat, and milk, are often hidden in the long lists of ingredients. Sometimes these foods are not even listed by their names, and so finding them on a list of ingredients can be made even more difficult.
People with certain dietary restrictions often find these struggles even more difficult. Women with gestational diabetes, for example, are often recommended to eat things like eggs and dairy products. So what are you to do if you have gestational diabetes and are allergic to many of the foods that are recommended to you?

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Egg Free Diets and Gestational Diabetes

Egg Free Diets and Gestational Diabetes

egg free dietPregnant women everywhere hear a lot about the importance of protein in their diets. This is because proteins act like building blocks for your entire body, and in pregnancy helps with your baby’s development. Women with gestational diabetes have even more reason to incorporate enough protein in their diets, as protein can help balance out and stabilize your blood sugar levels.

One of the most common sources of protein is eggs. Eggs have a whopping six grams of protein per small egg, and they are easily incorporated into almost any healthy meal. People that follow an egg free diet, rather due to preference, allergies, or any other reason, sometimes have a hard time knowing what to eat to boost their protein intake.

The good news is that you do not have to eat eggs to get plenty of protein. In fact, there are many healthy foods that are easily incorporated into your diet that actually have more protein than eggs. These foods make it easy to follow an egg free diet with gestational diabetes. [Read more…]

Coping with Pregnancy Nausea While Preparing Healthy Meals

Coping with Pregnancy Nausea While Preparing Healthy Meals

coping with pregnancy nauseaThere are so many beautiful things about pregnancy: the cute baby bump, the feeling of little baby flutters and kicks, the healthy glow of an expectant mother. There are also, however, a lot of things about pregnancy that aren’t quite as beautiful. There’s the fatigue, the aches and pains, and sometimes there is nausea that seems to get worse whenever you so much as think about food, much less prepare a meal.

While it can sometimes be difficult to do, eating healthy during pregnancy can honestly help with some of the more unfortunate symptoms. A healthy diet can help to give you more energy and actually lessen your nausea, once you get past the struggle of preparing your meal. Luckily, there are some things you can do to help cope with pregnancy nausea while preparing healthy meals. [Read more…]