You should know that there isn’t one standard gestational diabetes diet available. Each dietitian will have their own meal plan that may be slightly different from someone else’s. Many women receive their GD diet like a tablet with the Ten Commandments on it, only to find out afterward that there are many differences between each dietitian’s GD diet.
As far as GD food plans are concerned, they aren’t usually overly oppressive or restrictive. They are more likely a pattern of eating, with the emphasis placed on combinations of food, and when you eat. You absolutely need to eat every three or four hours, whether it be a snack or a meal. You should not have any huge meals like Thanksgiving dinner, because that is too many carbohydrates to bombard your body with at one time.
The gestational diabetes diet plan won’t leave you starving all the time, but you will probably be eating smaller portions than you are accustomed to, and eating small snacks that you may not usually do. Usually, the hardest part of the plan is that you must eat at certain times, even if you’re not hungry, and not eat at other times, even if you are hungry.
Be sure to eat proteins when you eat carbohydrates, so your energy level remains up longer, and so that your glycemic response is slow. Be very careful not to overload on carbs, especially at mealtimes. Eating the proper foods is only half of the plan. The other half is eating at proper times, and at the same times, every day.
If you compare your gestational diabetes diet with other plans, you will see that many of the rules are consistent. Some types of foods should be avoided on a GD diet. Sweets of any kind should not be eaten. If you’re not sure whether or not you can eat something, read the ingredients label. Any food that contains sugar or high fructose corn syrup or the like is not a wise choice for you. You can check carbohydrates on the label, too. One serving as far as a carbohydrate measurement is about fifteen grams. Make sure you don’t eat more than thirty to forty-five grams of carbs at any snack or meal.
You will notice if you compare diets that non-pregnant diabetics are allowed some sugar. But for pregnant women, sugar should not be a part of anything they take in. The hormones you secrete during pregnancy can cause you to be sensitive to sweets.
Honey or other sweet substitutes for sugar are not part of your GD diet plan, either. Foods that have been sweetened with honey or apple juice instead of sugar or corn syrup are not a safe alternative for women who are pregnant and diabetic. These foods are just as bad for your glycemic response as regular sugar would be, and cannot be used in GD diets.
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