1. Controlling blood sugar as a vegetarian diabetic can be tough, and even harder in gestational diabetes because the glucose cut-offs are more strict.
2. Much of the vegetarian diet is moderate to high carb except for non-starchy vegetables, nuts, seeds, and a few low-sugar fruits.
3. Although vegetarian foods have protein, it comes in small amounts, and in most cases, the protein to carbohydrate ratio is significantly imbalanced, making it difficult to regulate glucose.
4. These issues are amplified in the vegan diet.
In all cases, eating for gestational diabetes as a vegetarian will be harder than a meat-eating gestational diabetes diet. What will make the vegetarian diet easier is knowing low-carb vegetarian protein sources and low-glycemic fruits and vegetables, as well as understanding the glycemia of an entire meal.
Below are vegetarian recipes suitable for gestational diabetes. Check out the popular almond berry smoothie, leek and potato soup, or healthy egg salad recipe. There's also a vegetarian recipe book available for purchase in the shop.
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