Gestational Diabetes Diet plans
The first part of this is links to some great sources for diet plans. After the links there are several meal plans and at the end you can find healthy snack options. Hope this helps and ladies, having GD is not the end of the world and in fact starting on this diet now and sticking with it will help you lose those pounds once your LO is here (which we will all want to start working on asap!)
This link has a lot of good food ideas and explains what each type of food is (carb, fat, protein...)
Link to sample meal plans: http://pregnancy.emedtv.com/gestational-diabetes/gestational-diabetes-sample-menu.html
The gist: (source: Snack Ideas for Gestational Diabetes < Pregnancy | eGestationalDiabetes.com)
Diet for Gestational Diabetes:
Many pregnant mothers with gestational diabetes struggle with the idea of limiting fruit and particular grains or carbohydrates from their meals, but it’s typically the route to lowering the insulin to manageable levels.
The Rule of Thumb:
1) Always eat some protein with a carbohydrate. If you have some berries, eat a little bit of cheese. If you snack on some crackers, eat a little bit of jerky. If you splurge for that one time on some ice cream, do it after you’ve had a good high protein meal, like salmon and veggies (see examples of gestational diabetes meal plans). Eating protein and a little bit of fat will slow down the breakdown of carbs, thus slowing the amount of sugar entering your blood and keeping your blood sugar level somewhat stable.
2) Don’t go over 30 to 45 carbs per meal or 15 carbs per snack.
3) Aim for 3 meals a day and 3 snacks a day.
4) Aim for whole wheat versions of foods in bread, pastas and rice.
5) Avoid obvious simple sugars and limit or eliminate fruit juices, sodas and “white” carbs such as white bread or white pasta.
It’s best to limit your carbohydrates when controlling your blood sugar to servings of about 15 grams.
Source: Managing Gestational Diabetes: A Patient's Guide to a Healthy Pregnancy - Appendix B: Sample menu
To give you an idea of what a planned day of meals and snacks might look like, a menu example for one day is shown below. This menu is designed for a woman who weighed 130-135 pounds before becoming pregnant and developing gestational diabetes. The menu shown here may not be the right menu for you; this menu is not meant to take the place of your health care provider's advice on menus and meal plans. Talk to your health care provider for more specific information about the right meal plan for you.
Breakfast—Hard boiled egg, toast, grapes, and milk
Source: Sample Breakfast Diet Plans < Gestational Diabetes | eGestationalDiabetes.com
Gestational Diabetes Sample Diet Breakfast Plans
You’ve been diagnosed with gestational diabetes and now you are wondering… “What CAN I eat”? After being told what not to eat, how do you figure out WHAT to eat?
Gestational Diabetes Diet Plans
Sample Breakfast Diet
• 1 egg on English Muffin with melted cheese and Crystal Light Juice
• Special K Plus Protein Cereal (only 14 carbs and 10 g of protein)
• Veggie sausage patties
Sample Breakfast #2
2 slices of whole grain toast with 2 tablespoons of peanut butter
½ cup of 100% fruit juice
Sample Breakfast #3
2 scrambled egg whites
1 scrambled whole egg
1 whole wheat English muffin
1 slice of melon
Make sure to ask your dietitian for a recommended sample meal plan for your gestational diabetes as they may also give you some meal planning tips or snack ideas.
Gestational Diabetes Sample Lunch Ideas
Sample Lunch Diets
Lunch Sample #1
• Sandwich with meat, cheese and 2 pieces of bread. Fruit and Veggies on the side.
Lunch Sample #2
1 cup of lentil soup (any type of bean soup)
1 serving of whole grain crackers
2 ounces of low fat cheese
1 cup of baby carrots
Lunch Sample #3:
2 slices of whole grain bread
Sliced turkey or chicken
Lettuce & Tomato
1 low-calorie and low sugar drink or 8 oz of water
Gestational Diabetes Sample Dinner and Dessert Ideas
Sample Dinner Ideas
Dinner Sample #1
• One cup of pasta or a small potato. A protein such as chicken, beef, turkey, pork and a salad.
• Tofu, brown rice and vegetables.
Dinner Sample #2
6 ounces of fish of choice
1 cup of steamed broccoli
1 cup of brown rice
1 cup of reduced fat milk
Dinner Sample #3
Grilled Chicken (about the size of your palm or a deck of cards)
1 cup of steam carrots (or another vegetable of your choice) – try to stay away from heavy starches like potatoes and corn)
1 small baked sweet potato or yams
1 tablespoon of butter
Sample Dessert Ideas
• Slim a Bear ice-cream sandwich
Snacks!3 graham cracker squares
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