The Gestational Diabetic
- Aims to help those who are transitioning into the diet and/or looking for meal ideas
- Wants to give you foods that you are used to eating (meaning you don’t have to become a total health nut if you don’t want to)
- Hopes to educate and empower
- Realizes that life is hectic and completely changing your diet in a moment’s notice is sometimes not feasible
- Highlights the nutritional benefit of the ingredients in each of our recipes
- Emphasizes getting nutrition in by eating real foods
- Encourages you to eat as best as you can for your and baby’s health and development
- Will always link scientific research and/or field experts
The information provided on this site is always linked to scientific research and/or field experts.
Food truly is the vehicle to optimal health in ALL cases! Prenatal vitamins don’t make up for what’s lacking in diet, and OB/GYN’s aren’t required to know or counsel us on nutrition for baby’s development and our changing bodies. That means it’s imperative that we seek out and spread the wealth of prenatal nutrition knowledge.
Hey, Mama! My name is Traci Houston – a mother of two incredible children, just trying to figure it all out.
In the midst of what was the most hectic time in my life, I was diagnosed with gestational diabetes in my first pregnancy. I was also in culinary school and had just started baking class! The diagnosis dropped like a bomb. The concern for her health was a hovering storm cloud, and trying to fathom a lifestyle change at that point was beyond overwhelming.
Discouraged and confused after leaving the nutritionist’s office, I went home and googled ‘gestationaldiabetes.com’ and ‘gestationaldiabetesdiet.com’. To my surprise, neither site existed. Even more confused, I read a few of the results from a Google search but ended feeling no more informed than before searching.
Fast forward two years, after delivering a healthy baby, and another 13 months later without a gestational diabetes diagnosis, it occurred to me that other moms go through the exact circumstances I faced.
Those feelings of wanting to provide for and protect baby, but feeling overwhelmed and defeated are emotions that probably every gestational diabetes mother goes through. So, I created The Gestational Diabetic brand to serve the community.
It started as an idea for a cookbook and very quickly morphed into a brand that is determined to establish familiarity and trust, address the needs and relieve stress.All of this just started in April 2018, so I’m working (as much as these two toddlers will let me) to get you relevant content and recipes that look like what you eat every day. There’s a lot on the horizon! I would be super appreciative if you follow this journey with me! You can sign up for my emails or just check back regularly. I really like Instagram for communicating with you guys and making mommy friends. <3 Here’s my IG page.
It’s very important to me that you have quality and supported information.
Since I’m not a dietitian/nutritionist, I’ve paired with one specializing in prenatal nutrition to develop meal plans (coming soon). I’ve also taken a few professional courses for nutrition, gestational diabetes and pregnancy nutrition, and have read up on all three topics from peer-reviewed resources.
I’d love to talk to you about all things food, and teach cooking techniques, but I know you’re here because you just need to get through this diagnosis and I respect that. I’ll talk about only the stuff that matters to you!
A Little More About Me
My adulthood consisted mostly of being an Airman in the Air Force for almost 10 years. I was able to get a Bachelor’s in Health Administration (that I never used), live in Europe and Japan, and meet amazing people that I consider family. When I separated in 2014 I pursued a culinary degree and now that I’m blogging about gestational diabetes, I’ve taken some courses for nutrition.
On the flip side, I’m a total goof and I’m instantly won over with any “The Office” reference. I love business and entrepreneurship and I absolutely love to see others succeed. I will always cheer anyone aspiring to reach goals for self-fulfillment. <3 If you share any of these interests I would love to connect with you! Send me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org or DM me on Instagram.