Snacks For Moms With Gestational Diabetes

Snacks For Moms With Gestational Diabetes

snacks for moms with gestational diabetesSnacking seems to be a prerequisite for being pregnant. It’s almost as if at any given time, you are either hungry or need to use the restroom. At some point, keeping an empty bladder and a full stomach seems to become a primary life motivation.

Eating healthy snacks is a goal that all soon to be mothers should strive for, but it is especially important for moms with gestational diabetes. Gestational diabetes is a form of diabetes that shows up during pregnancy only. High blood sugar can make for a more difficult pregnancy and can affect the health of both mother and baby.

Luckily, doctors have figured out how to treat gestational diabetes and it is no longer much of a threat. Some cases of gestational diabetes do require medication, but mostly what is needed is a healthy balanced diet and exercise.

The Importance of Snacking

Snacking is, of course, a part of a healthy balanced diet. Especially for moms with gestational diabetes, snacking is quite important. This is because snacks not only keep you full and energetic throughout the day, but they keep your blood sugar levels stable as well.

Being pregnant and having gestational diabetes does mean that there are some foods that you should stay away from. A lot of high carbohydrate foods, sugary snacks, and simple carbohydrates will land on the restricted list. While this might make snacking slightly less fun, there are still lots of delicious snacks to be had.

Rules For Snacking

Plan Ahead: A hungry pregnant woman is not a pretty sight. Save yourself the trouble and torment of locating a healthy snack by making sure you always have something with you. Prepare snacks ahead of time and have them ready to go, whether you stow them in your desk at work, your purse, or the fridge.

Balancing Act: A healthy balanced snack has a little bit of carbohydrate for energy and enough protein and fiber to fill you up and keep you fueled throughout the day.

Keep It Fresh: Fresh fruits and vegetables are pretty much always on the “yes” list. Not only are fresh fruits andgestational diabetes veggies super healthy, but they are super easy as well. We’ll call them nature’s fast foods.

Examples of Healthy Snacks for Gestational Diabetes

– Two tablespoons of hummus and as many baby carrots as you like. You can cut down on sodium by making your own hummus by simply adding a can of rinsed and drained chickpeas, some garlic, lemon juice, and a little olive oil into a food processor.

– A large apple, sliced, with two tablespoons of natural peanut butter. Always choose natural peanut butter, it tastes amazing and has a lot less sugar and other additives.

– A serving of whole wheat crackers with slices of cheese. To make this snack a little zestier, add a slice of green olive or pickled jalapeno.

With each of these snacks, there is a balance of carbohydrate to protein. This helps to level out blood glucose and keep it stable until your next meal. I hope these 10 snacks for moms with gestational diabetes help you.Let me know what other questions you have.

Stay Hydrated During Pregnancy

Stay Hydrated During Pregnancy

Stay Hydrated During PregnancyIt is important for everyone to stay hydrate. Your body is made up of 60% water, after all, so it is important to replenish the water that is lost throughout the day. Especially during pregnancy, dehydration can be very dangerous. Dehydration can make you dizzy, faint, increase your heart rate and blood pressure, and even land you in the hospital if you aren’t careful.

Besides avoiding dehydration, staying hydrated is good for you and your baby. The fluid in your body is how nutrients are absorbed and transferred to your baby. Fluid is also how waste and toxins are eliminated from your system.

Easy Tips To Stay Hydrated During Pregnancy

Drink More

Okay, this tip seems obvious, but the very best way to keep yourself hydrated is to drink plenty of fluids.

Water: Water, of course, is the best and most obvious option for hydrating your body (and baby). To encourage yourself to drink more water, carry a refreshing glass of ice water around with you when you are home or in the office. When you are out and about, keep a bottle of water with you at all times and take sips whenever you get a chance.

Spruced Up Water: If you don’t like the taste of plain water or are just craving some flavor, spruce up your water with some super simple and tasty “spa water” tricks. Add some cucumber slices and mint leaves to a pitcher of water and let it sit for a few minutes before drinking. Also try citrus fruit like orange slices, and fresh raspberries. The possibilities here are endless, and it’s a great way to encourage yourself to drink more water.

Green Tea: Sitting down with a nice hot cup of decaffeinated green tea with lemon and honey is about as relaxing as it gets, not to mention a great antioxidant boost and a great way to hydrate. Craving something chilled? Try a glass of iced green tea for a refreshing twist on a warm classic.

Juice: While you certainly want to watch your sugar intake, juice can be hydrating as well. If it’s the flavor you’re after, consider diluting your juice to cut down on the sugar.

Milk: When it’s hydration you’re after, just about anything wet counts. A frosty glass of regular milk, almond milk, coconut milk, or whatever it is that you prefer works like a charm and you even get a few grams of protein out of it.

Fruits and Vegetables

The foods you eat can help keep you hydrated as well. Raw fruits and vegetables have especially good fluid content. One over-achieving example is watermelon, which is 90% water (and delicious). Other great choices are apples, peaches, cucumbers, carrots, and grapes.

Keeping hydrated is part of a healthy pregnancy. To stay healthy and help stave off that dreaded bloat, drink plenty of fluids. These tips should help you stay hydrated during pregnancy. Click here for more tips.

Tips for Dining Out with Gestational Diabetes

Tips for Dining Out with Gestational Diabetes

dining out with gestational diabetesDining out with gestational diabetes can sometimes loses its charm. The huge portions, rich sauces, and decadent desserts sometimes feel like they are just taunting you. However, whether it is a special night out, a gathering with friends, or one of those days where you’re just too tired to cook, everyone dines out once in a while.

Dining out can still be a fun experience, even with gestational diabetes. Your dietary restrictions are not so strict that they omit all of the best foods, and the healthier options honestly almost always taste better. Even so, dining out with gestational diabetes might seem like an overwhelming temptation, considering that you are eating not just for your own heath, but for baby’s health too. [Read more…]

How to Plan Gestational Diabetes Friendly Snacks

How to Plan Gestational Diabetes Friendly Snacks

Snacks are an important part of anyone’s healthy diet, but especially when you are eating for more than just yourself. Your gestational diabetes diet includes recommendations as well as restrictions on what you can and should not eat. Planning ahead helps you make the best decisions possible to keep your blood sugar levels balanced.

Know What to Eat

Simply knowing which foods are good options and which foods should be avoided is a major step up for making the best decisions possible. [Read more…]

Gestational Diabetes Meal Planning Basics

gestational diabetes meal basicsEating for two might seem stressful enough without the added pressure of eating a certain way due to gestational diabetes. Meal planning for a gestational diabetes diet really doesn’t have to be so difficult, however. There are some gestational diabetes meal basics that can help you make life and eating easier.

Easy enough, in fact, that these basics can be broken down into three main tips to make meal planning easier for you.

Three Main Meal Planning Basics for Gestational Diabetes: [Read more…]

Low Carbohydrate Substitutions for Moms with Gestational Diabetes

Low Carbohydrate Substitutions for Moms with Gestational Diabetes

For moms with gestational diabetes, it can be hard to maintain a healthy low-carbohydrate diet. Especially when you have other small children, there are always some sort of crackers, cookies, and macaroni within reach, and it can be tough not to succumb to those cravings.

Unless directed otherwise by your personal physician, most gestational diabetic diets recommend 12 carbohydrate choices per day. This might seem like a lot, but when you think about how much cereal, rice, bread, crackers, pasta, and other carbohydrates that your diet is likely filled with, you might think otherwise. To make up for it, you can choose to make substitutions for some of your carbohydrate choices. [Read more…]

Vegetarian Gestational Diabetes Diet

Vegetarian Gestational Diabetes Diet

vegetarian gestational diabetes dietFor soon to be mothers with gestational diabetes, meal planning can be a chore. Especially for women who have other dietary restrictions or preferences, finding healthy and filling meals can seem impossible. With the right amount of forethought and planning, however, everyone can find delicious, filling, and healthy meals on a gestational diabetes diet.

Vegetarians are often cited as not getting enough protein, or for not having many tasty and filling options available to them. Nothing could be further from the truth, however. Vegetarian women eating for two with gestational diabetes happen to be very lucky. A primarily plant based diet is perhaps the most recommended diet plan for gestational diabetes. [Read more…]

Gestational Diabetes: Fear is Not the Answer

Gestational Diabetes: Fear is Not the Answer

worry about gestational diabetesGestational diabetes, which is a marked increase in blood glucose levels during pregnancy, is an understandably scary situation. A lot of women tend to panic when even thinking about the possibility of gestational diabetes. Although it is understandable that you might worry about gestational diabetes, and any steps in the process of being diagnosed, fear is truly not the answer.

Testing

The testing process for gestational diabetes is rather simple, although a lot of women dread the oral glucose tolerance test. [Read more…]

Why Me? Emotional Challenges with Gestational Diabetes

emotional challenges with gestational diabetesLearning that you have gestational diabetes can feel tragic for some women. The emotional challenges with gestational diabetes, the added stress, and fear, along with already heightened emotions, can feel overwhelming.

Many women, after being diagnosed, feel very scared for their own health as well as the health of their unborn children. They get wrapped up in their own research and then panic over horror stories found on the Internet or just feel hopeless.

Probably one of the most common, and understandable, feelings after being diagnosed with gestational diabetes, is the injustice of it all. Why me? What did I do wrong? These are common questions, and it is understandable that you might feel responsible. It is even more understandable to be very scared and worried about the future and your pregnancy. [Read more…]

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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