Towards the end of my second trimester I was diagnosed with gestational diabetes. I was bummed, surprised and nervous. My blood sugar levels were fine for my first pregnancy and I was eating more unhealthy. This time around I was eating healthier and more protein, it just didn’t make sense to me and was such an adjustment. I could no longer stop for something quick on the road and couldn’t have any dessert at all the summer birthday parties/get togethers. It was hard to find a good amount of variety and I had to test my levels 4x a day. It was all in the way my body and my placenta reacted to the carbs. I couldn’t count specific grams, it was more of the amount of protein and the type of carbs I was eating.
Meal prepping was the MOST important part of my weekend. I had to prep for myself and my daughters lunches for the week. I would make hard boiled eggs, protein muffins, cut up cucumbers and apples, make almond cookies, and put everything into individual containers to just grab and throw into lunch bags in the morning. This would take a good amount of time and I would have my daughter help me. It was definitely a weekend activity that I could not skip. This routine was awesome to start before the baby came because it helped save time in the morning and I want to continue it once I go back to work.
My go to snacks/meals for the work week were:
- Fage 2% greek yogurt with blueberries/strawberries and nuts
- Nuts/seeds I would eat and mix into muffins or yogurt – pumpkin seeds, almonds, walnuts, pecans, and peanuts. Pumpkin seeds and nuts have an even amount of protein and carbs.
- Apples with peanut butter and cinnamon
- Protein muffins from Toneitup.com
- Almond cookie recipe from The Beyond Diet
- Protein smoothies from Toneitup.com
- Boiled eggs with fruit
- Rotissorie chicken from the store that I would add to salads or make lunches with this and veges
- Turkey burgers
- Sweet potatoes
- Ezikiel bread
- Cheese sticks
Gestational diabetes was SO nerve wracking and I found comfort following certain hashtags or people on Instagram that would post pictures of meals with the recipe of something that I could eat. Many people go through this and thankfully gestational diabetes is temporary. I still need to be checked every year and be aware of a healthy diet but no matter what, as of right now, it’s temporary. Pregnancy in itself can be so nerve wracking that I kept just trying to look at the bright side. I learned a lot about balancing my meals and eating healthier foods.
After I delivered, I needed to have my blood sugars checked until I had at least 3 good readings in a row. Once I was given the complete ok, I have started indulging in foods that we have around the house like cereal for breakfast, brownies my sister made, sandwiches, and anything I wanted. Let’s just say, I am giving myself a little bit of a food free pass while on leave haha
Hopefully this post will help someone the way others have helped me. Whether it’s with some good examples or just the simple fact that you are not alone! Please reach out with any questions and have a great weekend 😊