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…]

Low Carbohydrate Snacks for Gestational Diabetes

Low Carbohydrate Snacks for Gestational Diabetes

low carbohydrate snacksCarbohydrates are a component of many foods that, over time, break down into sugar in your body. One thing to realize about carbohydrates is that eating too many carbohydrates, or the wrong kind of carbohydrates, can significantly raise your blood sugar. This can be dangerous both to you and your unborn child if you have been diagnosed with gestational diabetes.

Eating carbohydrates is necessary, especially considering that even some of the healthiest foods, such as fruits and vegetables, are carbohydrates. That being said, you have to be aware of which foods have the lowest carbohydrates, especially when it comes to snacking. This is because snacking is an important part of a healthy diet during pregnancy, especially with gestational diabetes.

Almonds

A handful of almonds is a great snack during the day, especially for busy and on-the-go mommies to be. They are easily portable and come in many varieties. It is recommended that you steer clear of the sugared or heavily salted versions, but you might be surprised how sweet raw almonds taste as opposed to roasted. Make sure to pay attention to how much you are eating, because many nuts are pretty high calorie. Typically, a handful or so is enough for a healthy snack– about 15 to 20 almonds.

Light Popcorn

Popcorn is a great snack for those ladies that like to have something to munch on, especially if you are very attracted to eating unhealthy snacks like chips. A cup or two of light popcorn, without butter or much salt, is pretty low in carbohydrates and satisfies that need to crunch on something. To keep you satiated until your next meal, it is a good idea to incorporate a protein option as well, such as a low fat cheese stick.

Berries

Berries are truly one of nature’s super-foods. A small bowl, about ½ cup, of berries such as blueberries, is not only a low carbohydrate option but is very healthy in so many ways. Berries are a great source of so many vitamins and antioxidants, not to mention they are absolutely delicious.

Carrots

Carrots are delicious all by themselves, but they can also be paired with delicious options like hummus or low fat ranch dip. Carrots are naturally low in carbohydrates, are super healthy for you, and have such a satisfying crunch. To mix it up a little, have some carrot sticks and celery with some natural peanut butter for a very well rounded and delicious snack.

Hard Boiled Egg

A hard-boiled egg has less than five grams of carbohydrate, and is high protein to boot. This simple snack takes minutes to make, and can be made ahead of time to make your life so much easier. They are also very filling; it is a good option when you are feeling really very hungry and need to make it until your next meal.

Snacking is an important part of a healthy pregnancy diet, especially if you have gestational diabetes. Healthy snacking helps keep your blood sugar levels stable, gives you energy and nourishment between meals, and also helps you avoid overeating during meals. These low carbohydrate snacks are great options for gestational diabetes.
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Gluten Free Diets and Gestational Diabetes

Gluten Free Diets and Gestational Diabetes

gluten free gestational diabetesWomen with gestational diabetes often need to follow certain healthy diets. There are many diets that are recommended for gestational diabetes patients to follow, the most common being a high protein, low carbohydrate diet. Another diet that is sometimes being recommended is referred to as a “gluten free” diet.

According to the American Diabetes Association, there is a correlation between celiac disease and diabetes. Celiac disease is basically an allergy to a certain food protein called gluten. Gluten is typically found in wheat products, such as breads and pastas. The connection that the American Diabetes Association found was that although the occurrence of celiac disease is pretty uncommon, they found a higher percentage of people with celiac disease within the diabetes community. [Read more…]

High Protein Snacks for Gestational Diabetes

High Protein Snacks for Gestational Diabetes

high protein snacks for gestational diabetesEating your fair share of snacks during pregnancy is expected and often necessary. First of all, you have to keep your body and unborn child nourished and your energy up. Secondly and probably most likely of all reasons for snacking is that you just find yourself being really hungry more often than usual.

Eating high protein snacks, especially if you have gestational diabetes, is an important part of keeping healthy during your pregnancy. Snacks can help you keep your energy up, blood sugar levels stable, and prevent you from overeating during meals. In many cases, snacking can help with nausea and getting lightheaded as well. [Read more…]

Dairy Free Diets and Gestational Diabetes

Dairy Free Diets and Gestational Diabetes

dairy free dietThere are many different diets and approaches to treating gestational diabetes. The most common is to limit your intake of carbohydrates and focus on getting plenty of lean proteins. The problem is that sometimes, foods that you never thought of may have the potential to be high in carbohydrates.

Dairy products, for example, are one of these foods that have carbohydrates but are sometimes not counted because people do not realize that dairy products contain carbohydrates. What many people do not also realize is that dairy products contain sugar as well. The ingredient lactose is actually a type of sugar, and it can raise your blood sugar. [Read more…]

What Can I Eat With Gestational Diabetes?

What Can I Eat With Gestational Diabetes?

what can i eat with gestational diabetesHave you ever wondered “What Can I Eat With Gestational Diabetes”? The short answer to this very common question is “a lot”. While a gestational diabetes diet may seem restrictive at first, you may actually find that there a lot more foods that can be eaten than you may think. It simply takes some understanding of the basics of gestational diabetes and what makes different foods good or bad for you.

So often, doctors and patients focus solely on what you “cannot” or “should not” eat. This is important, of course, because avoiding foods that could potentially raise your blood glucose to dangerous levels is absolutely key. You should also learn about all of the foods you can still enjoy, however. This will not only help you be able to enjoy your pregnancy a little more, but it will help you to stress less and stay healthy. After all, what you eat is no longer only affecting you. [Read more…]

Gentle Exercises for Gestational Diabetes Patients

Gentle Exercises for Gestational Diabetes Patients

benefits of exercise for gestational diabetesStaying active is an important part of just about every pregnancy. It helps to keep both you and your unborn child healthy, keeps blood pumping, and can actually help to increase energy especially while you feel like you have none. Gestational diabetes patients can especially benefit from getting some regular exercise.

The Benefits of Exercise for Gestational Diabetes

Regular exercise can actually help you control your gestational diabetes. This is because it gives your body a healthy outlet to expend extra sugar and calories, which in turn can help to maintain healthy blood sugar levels. In fact, studies have shown that in many cases, moderate exercise during pregnancy can actually help to control blood glucose levels almost as well as taking insulin. [Read more…]

Best Meal Plan for Gestational Diabetes

Best Meal Plan for Gestational Diabetes

meal plan for gestational diabetesPregnancy is a long period of time when so much of your body and life become a guessing game of what to do, what to expect, and what is normal. Women living with gestational diabetes may feel this pressure a bit more as they have to spend more time considering their diet. Figuring out what to eat during pregnancy can be tough, especially if you are very nauseous.

Although gestational diabetes can absolutely be trying, it is not quite as difficult as it may seem to figure out the best meal plan for you. There are many factors that determine the best meal plan for gestational diabetes. If you keep these factors in mind, you should be better able to choose the very best foods for you and your growing baby. [Read more…]