What Not To Eat
Gestational Diabetes – What Not to Eat
When you’re first diagnosed with gestational diabetes, what not to eat is one of your first concerns. Well here’s the good news: you actually can eat anything you want until your body tells you that you can’t. How will you know? Your blood sugar readings will be the indicator to say whether or not you should avoid or cut back on a particular food. However, there are some items that are beneficial to avoid or strictly portion in the list below.
- Added sugar! – Grocery store shelves are stocked with items that have tons of added sugar. This is why it’s best to minimize the processed foods you eat, and eat “real food“ meals that you make yourself. Fortunately, low-glycemic sweeteners are common and can be found at any grocery store. My post on Sweeteners has a definition of “sugar free” and a short guide to common low glycemic sweeteners.
- Starchy vegetables – Potatoes, winter squash, corn, etc. These are likely high-glycemic, meaning they will effect your blood sugar more quickly than table sugar.
- Juices & soda – Fruit juices are almost always made from concentrate, which means there are more sugars in the juice than if you were to eat the actual fruit. Diet soda is a better choice than regular soda, or flavored, carbonated water.
- White grains – Choose brown rice or quinoa to replace white rice. Even if the carb count is similar to white rice, the carbs are processed slowly which makes for a better blood sugar reading. For breads and pasta, make sure they are made with whole wheat. It should be the first ingredient on the package. Other options like protein-fortified pasta and seeded breads are good too. Barilla has a Protein Plus pasta line that is commonly found, and Dave’s Killer Bread has a few options and is found in all grocers.
- White flour – It’s basically just empty carbs. Replace it with whole wheat flour, nut flours, etc. Corn tortillas are a better option than flour tortillas, or choose a low-carb, high-fiber pack.