Have 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.
Here are some examples of foods that are not only appropriate to eat on a gestational diabetes diet, but they are actually considered some of the very best foods for you to eat. Of course, any time you are trying something new with your diet and lifestyle, you should discuss it with your doctor first.
The trick to eating carbohydrates is to stick to whole, natural, complex carbs that fill you up and keep you full. Unlike simple carbohydrates, like almost anything made with white flour, these grains will actually help your glucose levels rather than hurt them.
Oatmeal: This breakfast staple is a lot more than just a bowl of mush. It is extremely versatile, which means you can add just about anything to it to make it what you want. You can also use oats in many recipes, casseroles, and can even use oat flour in place of white flour in cooking and baking.
Quinoa: This grain has a funny name, but a great taste and excellent health benefits. It is also surprisingly easy to cook and thanks to it becoming a rather trendy food lately, it can be found almost anywhere. It makes a great substitution for rice, and can be used in all sorts of soups, casseroles, and more.
While you should keep your eye on how much sugar you eat, even natural sugars like fruit, you can still enjoy some sweet treats and fruit is the way to go.
Apples: Although apples are starchy and have carbohydrates, the old adage “an apple a day keeps the doctor away” is actually true. A sliced apple with some cheese or peanut butter is a perfect pregnancy snack.
Berries: Berries, such as blueberries and raspberries, are considered “super-fruits” because they are full of vitamins, nutrients, and antioxidants. They can also help control your blood sugar, making this sweet super-food perfect for snacking.
You really just can’t go wrong with fresh, healthy vegetables. Opt to steam, bake, or grill your veggies to keep them as healthy as possible, or enjoy all of their benefits raw. There is almost no such thing as an unhealthy vegetable. Some diabetic favorites are asparagus, broccoli, spinach, red bell peppers, and carrots.
Gestational diabetes absolutely does not mean that you are going to eat nothing but celery and cardboard for nine months. There are so many delicious and healthy foods available for you to eat with gestational diabetes. So snack away, Mom, and enjoy all of the foods you can eat instead of focusing on what you can’t. Click here for great baby shower ideas!