My Gestational Diabetes journey as viewed by my husband, “The Gunner”, Josh Austin, and tips on how to deal with it together-
You were diagnosed with gestational diabetes, now what? Gestational diabetes can be downright frustrating. In Kylee’s case, she was diagnosed with gestational diabetes in both her pregnancy with Tristan and now in her pregnancy with the twins, Kayden and Keegan. When we first learned of the diagnosis, it came as a shock. After all, we ate pretty darn healthy (with an occasional cheat meal thrown in), but all-in-all we ate very clean. And it became more maddening when after eating a piece of fruit, Kylee’s blood sugar would skyrocket above the 120 range. So what did we do? We experimented and this blog is the result of our experiences [and I say our, because I am sort of the Chef/Husband in our relationship] with gestational diabetes.
So here’s my first tip, understand this is going to be a journey. There are going to be peaks and valleys throughout this process, so don’t overly focus on being a perfectionist.
My second tip is to focus on eating low glycemic foods. For Kylee, this meant cutting out the majority of breads, pastas, tortillas, rice, etc. Even beans and potatoes have caused Kylee to spike above the healthy range. With that said, do not take this advice out of context. It is not likely you are going to cut these items out of your diet 100%, and let’s be frank, gestational diabetes is in part a pull between keeping your blood sugar low and in part providing enough nutrients for your baby(ies) to grow.
So what does this look like and how can you implement it. Here are some takeaways: Eat complex carbs in the morning and minimally at lunch, and avoid them later in the day. For example, Kylee will sometimes eat a breakfast bake in the morning [Check out our recipe here] or gluten free toast (we have noticed that gluten free items seem not to spike Kylee as high as wheat products). It is important to understand that Kylee will only eat one piece of the breakfast bake or one piece of toast, so you’ll likely have to be mindful of the quantity of the carbs you are eating. For lunch, Kylee may have a little bit of quinoa, brown rice, or potatoes. When I say a little bit, I mean just one serving – we are talking one yellow container using the 21 Day Fix Eating Containers.
My next tip is to eat more often. You are going to have to eat 5 to 6 meals a day. The goal is to keep your blood sugar relatively consistent without dramatic swings, and to reduce the likelihood of a craving which could lead you to binge eating food that will spike your blood sugar. Shakeology has been a lifesaver for Kylee in this respect. Specifically, Kylee and I drink Vegan Shakeology which is a low glycemic nutrient dense superfood shake that tastes great! Kylee is able to ensure she gets her vitamins, minerals, phytonutrients, prebiotics, fiber, digestive enzymes, and adoptogen herbs along with protein. Be careful with adding fruit to your Shakeology though. Kylee mostly makes her shakes with water and nut butters.
For your other snack, I would recommend raw nuts, such as almonds, cashews, pistachios, etc. It’s also okay to eat a little more than you normally would – you have to remember that you are trying to get in calories and these are a great source of nutrition. Avocadoes are also an excellent snack: You could cut up some avocadoes with tomatoes and basil.
My final tip is to embrace the staples of your new nutrition plan: lean organic meats/eggs (free range/wild caught/grass fed), organic Greek yogurt, and lots and lots of veggies. For the veggies, we have joined a community supported agriculture program which ensures we get fresh/local/organic produce. This is important as it provides you with the most nutrients from your produce. There are also some veggies, such as certain squashes which may tend to spike your blood sugar levels, so try and focus on green leafy veggies and low glycemic veggies, such as bell peppers, tomatoes, cucumbers, etc.
As always, message us at StunnerNGunnerFitness@yahoo.com or comment below for support with your gestational diabetes meal planning along with questions on any of your fitness or nutritional needs!
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