When planning for your gestational diabetes diet, knowing what to buy and how to shop for what you need can get complicated. What you eat weighs heavily on your heath when you have gestational diabetes, and keeping yourself and your unborn baby are of utmost importance. With that in mind, grocery shopping for your gestational diabetes meal plan becomes a bit more than just your everyday trip to the market.
Here are some tips to help you have a successful grocery experience:
Make A List and Stick To It
A little preparation can go far when it comes to grocery shopping for your gestational diabetes meal plan. To make the most of each trip to the grocery store, you should make a detailed list of the items you need. To form the best list, do a little research beforehand.
Look at recipes that you want to use and make your grocery list based on the ingredients you need to complete your meal plan. Once you make your list, do everything you can not to deviate from the items on that list. Sticking to the list will help you avoid making impulse decisions, which will help minimize junk food and other unhealthy items sneaking into your cart.
Make A Produce Production
When you are at the grocery store, try to choose items that are primarily in the produce section. A mostly plant based diet can help you to regulate your blood glucose levels. If you can manage to avoid the aisles where processed foods are sold and stick to whole, natural foods you will be better able to keep a healthy diet friendly to your gestational diabetes.
Love Your Farmer’s Market
When you are able to, avoid the grocery stores altogether and look to your local farmer’s markets. Farmer’s markets are the best place to find fresh, local, delicious produce to build healthy meals for your gestational diabetes diet. Since farmer’s markets mostly revolve around produce, you are less likely to be tempted by processed foods and other less than healthy options.
Rules To Follow
Other than making a list and sticking to it, and choosing whole, natural foods like fruits, vegetables, and whole grains, there are some other rules to live by for grocery shopping. Here are a few things to think about:
- Never go grocery shopping when you are hungry. Hunger will encourage impulse decisions.
- If you are familiar with your chosen grocery store, arrange your list by section of the store. This will help make your trip more efficient.
- Bring a pen and check items off your list as you go so you don’t forget anything.
Grocery shopping for your gestational diabetes meal plan does not have to be a chore. With the right amount of preparation and attention, it can actually be fairly easy. In no time, you will be shopping for the ingredients you need to build healthy and delicious meals and snacks that are appropriate for your gestational diabetes diet. For more tips on grocery shopping for gestational diabetes, check out last week’s blog.