Everyday Problems Solved
Don’t stress: #GestEat! (See what I did there.) But seriously. Go light on the carbs, but eat whatever you have in mind. Eating when and what you want is called intuitive eating. Do you feel satisfied when you finish eating? If not, eat food with more protein and fat. Even try foods with more depth of flavor; meaning flavors/spices that remind you of comfort food – that means butter, sweet potatoes, cinnamon, warm salads and spicy foods like jalapenos.
Eat it, because intuitive eating is important, but portion control is everything! If you’re craving something you know you can’t handle, see if the chart below from theveggiegirl.com (she’s a Doctoral student in Health Education) helps.
How’s your water intake? We often don’t get the fluids we need: consequently, we binge on food, (unknowingly) trying to satisfy the lack of hydration. Drink more water!
“I’m ALWAYS hungry!”
There are a few tricks for this.
- Raw veggies are very filling! Most are freebies and you can dip them.
- Don’t like raw veggies? Try boiling them until they’re half cooked, then saute them in a skillet for about 3 minutes. This technique keeps a little bite to them like restaurant quality/texture.
- Try flavoring your food with spice (cayenne, chili powder) and/or deep and warm (cinnamon, nutmeg) flavors. It kind of tricks you into feeling satisfied.
“I don’t want to eat.”
Try not eating until you’re hungry and see what your blood sugar looks like. If it’s out of range, then you have to keep with the schedule of eating every 3-4 hours. If you’re not hungry when it’s time to eat, eat something small. Try half of a yogurt or a few nuts. Just eat something so your sugar isn’t thrown off.
“I’m sick of eggs!”
Take a break from them, or try them in different ways. Instead of eating them for breakfast, try deviled eggs, egg salad or egg drop soup. As a side note, eggs are so nutrient dense and such a great food for your little human. They are very high in choline, a nutrient directly linked to advanced brain development. The only other food even close in choline content is liver.
If you’re looking for breakfast food outside of eggs, try protein pancakes or some of our breakfast recipes!
“I’m sick of cheese!”
No problem. Cheese is widely recommended because it’s a no-prep food, but all of its nutrients (protein, calcium and fat) can be found in other foods, or a combination of foods; you’ll just have to prepare them.
“I’m tired of eating the same foods!”
Pinterest is awesome for this! You can follow my boards, or just search Keto recipes. The Keto circuit is a bit redundant, so now is a good time to expand your culinary horizons. If that doesn’t sound good, check out these sites that I really like: savorytooth.com and thebigmansworld.com. Follow #gestationaldiabetes on Instagram!
“My fingers hurt!”
Prick the corners, near the nail where the skin is tougher. You may have to adjust the needle a mark, but it’ll hurt less.
“I’m stressed out!”
Relax! Stress has a direct effect on your blood sugar, and it can be very harmful to Baby. Find something that can help you relax: a bath, stretching, music, etc. Make it part of your routine. If your diet is stressing you, keep more detailed notes of what you’re eating so you can pinpoint what is giving you high numbers.
Some use essential oils to help control stress, nausea, headaches, etc. They are natural alternatives to medications, but the quality/brand matters! Lots of companies water down the oils or use additives. Pure essential oils are the way to go, but don’t take the company’s word for it. Research!
“My fasting numbers are consistently high”
First, are you taking your reading at the appropriate/recommended time? If you are, look at your bedtime snack next. It’s recommended to make it a protein-heavy, carb-light snack. If that hasn’t been working, dairy seems to do well for some. Recently, some have said they had to skip the bedtime snack to get a good fasting number.
This concern is frequently addressed in FaceBook support groups.