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?

A healthy gestational diabetes diet is often a learning process. What works to stabilize one woman’s blood glucose levels may not work for another. So finding this balance will be the same, if not even more of a learning process, for you if you have food allergies. With the right amount of attention and patience, however, you can learn to manage your food allergy along with your gestational diabetes.

Find Balance

The trick to any specialized diet is finding balance. You are likely going to have tons upon tons of recommended diets and meal planning tips thrown at you all at once. Do your best not to get overwhelmed, and take each meal one at a time. Start by learning about what you can eat, not just about what your restrictions are.

Learn Your Proteins

One thing that is super important for all pregnant women, but especially those with gestational diabetes, is protein. If you have a food allergy that is related to proteins, such as an egg or dairy allergy, you might find it more difficult to incorporate proteins into your diet. Often these are two things that are recommended more than any other food group for protein intake. The fact is, however, that there are tons of other options for protein, some of which are much healthier for you than the foods you might be allergic to. The best thing you can do is learn about all of the protein options available to you, and focus less on the foods that you cannot eat.

Be Vigilant

Food allergies are nothing to take lightly, especially when you are pregnant. A minor food allergy can become more serious over time, and your pregnancy could heighten your sensitivities as well. Be extra vigilant when you are inspecting the ingredient lists on any foods you plan to eat. Also, make sure that you are aware of any common alternative names, or the names of derivatives of the foods you are allergic to.

Go Natural

One way avoid mix ups when reading ingredient lists is to avoid foods that have long lists of ingredients, especially ingredients that you do not recognize the names of or cannot pronounce. Instead, stick to whole, natural foods. It is much easier to avoid foods that are bad for you this way.

Food allergies and gestational diabetes are certainly two restrictive issues to deal with. Finding the right balance with your diet may take a little bit more time or effort to work out, but it will all be worth it in the end. With these tips, you can easily manage your food allergy and gestational diabetes.