A starter guide to bridge the gap between diagnosis and the dietitian appointment.
I’m so glad you’re here and I hope that you find this site to be helpful and ease a little bit of your stress. This starter guide is built to help you understand this site and how you can use this content to choose your meals until you precious baby arrives! So on this page I’ll give summaries of each section and link to corresponding page if you want to read more.
The diet is really simple once you have a general understanding of which foods belong to which food groups. Once you’ve grasped that, you’ll have the knowledge to be able to eat wherever you want! The key is to always eat fat and protein with each meal and snack. Why? Because fat and protein don’t raise your blood sugar, and when you eat foods that do raise your blood sugar (like rice), the fat and protein help to stabilize it so it doesn’t spike. You can learn food groups and more about the diet on the Gestational Diabetes Diet page.
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Don’t skip those pages because it’s really important that you internalize the food group info. It is the foundation, and knowing it empowers you! There’s so much stress from this diet, but a lot of it is relieved when you are confident about what your options are!
If you’d rather watch or listen than read, click here for a 3-video series from Lily Nichols. She’s a Registered Dietitian/Nutritionist and Certified Diabetes Educator with an extensive background in gestational diabetes.
Changing Your Pantry
Chances are you have at least one of the following in your kitchen right now: white flour, sugar, rice or potatoes. These are all blood sugar-spiking foods, and three of the four have NO nutritional value at all! So think about what foods you regularly buy that are of no value to you right now because of this diet. Next, think about how you use these foods, because from there you’ll be able to find a better substitute.
For example – If you use white flour because you like to bake, you should probably put that out of sight (out of mind) and buy almond flour or coconut flour. But if you use flour only to make gravies, you can continue to do so because that requires such a small amount per portion.
Another example – If you have rice because you like to eat everything over rice, you should exchange white rice for brown rice or quinoa. Even though these foods have high carbs as well, they have better nutritional value and will have less affect on your blood sugar. If you expect to continue to eat rice at every meal, these are better choices. But if you eat rice minimally, there’s no reason to buy a replacement unless you find out that your blood sugar doesn’t respond well to rice.
Here are some quick substitutes for blood sugar-spiking foods.
Make the next grocery trip easier with a Pantry List (<– Click to receive via email.)
What to Expect
Let’s take a step back from food. Gestational diabetes is a lifestyle change. If you think that you’ve been emotional so far, just wait! That’s the truth. This diagnosis is going to pull so many emotions from you and there’s a chance you’ll have a breakdown or two in the next months. We don’t want that to happen, of course, so take a look at What to Expect with Gestational Diabetes so you can be better prepared for what you’ll encounter in the coming months.
It’ll benefit you to also look at Everyday Problems Solved. It’s a list of super common complaints and how to fix or alleviate their burdens.
- Best Foods for Pregnancy
- Easy Ways to Avoid Toxins in Pregnancy (coming soon)
- How to Avoid Getting Sick
- Gifts for Pregnant Women
- Pregnancy Nutrition – An itemized list of free audible resources
- Fast Food Series