Living with Gestational Diabetes has not been FUN, but I will do what I have to do to have a healthy pregnancy these last 7 weeks.
One thing that I have learned is chocolate cannot be my friend for the last 7 weeks of my pregnancy. It is sad and it makes me moody from time to time. I LOVE chocolate! I also had to give up my daily chocolate milk each morning. I still can have my Nutragrain Bars each morning, which my nutritionist thought might be too many carbs, but my sugar levels have been great after eating them. Trust me I have "tested" several things. Which my OB doctor said I would probably do.
The main problem I have is lunch time. I am the type of person that will typically have a grilled cheese or peanut butter and jelly sandwich...something quick and easy. Since I work in a soul office I don't typically go out to eat for lunch. So at lunch I struggle a bit trying to figure out what to eat. Panera salads and half a chicken sandwich seems to be working. I tried to have a smoothie from Panera once and that didn't go well at all! Chad and I have gone on several lunch dates to help determine what I can and cannot eat. IT is helping as all of this is new to me.
As for dinner I have to try to stay away from pasta, pizza, rice, basically anything carb related. We did find pita wheat flat bread that I can have and we have made homemade pizza on these and my sugars were great. I also have had fajitas at home the only problem is that I can only have one tortilla shell, but I can eat all the meat I want. It has been a HUGE adjustment because after eating what I typically would eat if I didn't have restrictions I end up getting hungry before the two hours is up after each MAIN meal.
Plus if you don't know this about me I DO NOT LIKE veggies or eggs at all. Under the diet restrictions you can have the following all you want:
fats such as peanut butter, mayo, cream cheese, sour cream, whipping cream, avocados, olives, and oils
Nuts and Peanuts (which I cannot have)
All other food groups you can have a certain serving per each meal. I guess what I am trying to say is I like carbs, fruits, and chocolate BUT for now I have to limit or eliminate these things from my diet. I remember after learning the rules and restrictions on GD I went to the grocery store for the first time and to be HONEST with you I wanted to CRY I didn't know what to purchase or what to eat. I left that first shopping trip frustrated. I thought to myself how am I going to gain weight the remaining of this pregnancy eating a limited amount of food. Don't take this wrong there are a lot of options I am just a "picky" eater. So Chad made the trip for me and found several options for me to try in the first few weeks of this diet. Some have worked and some have not worked. I am still learning and by the time I get it all figured out Crew will be here!
I am not a fan about talking about food I actually HATE deciding where to eat or what to have for dinner each night. I eat to survive not the opposite of that makes sense.
I didn't write this post to complain I wrote this post to share my experience thus far. As well as, one to help others facing the same situation I am or two to get advice from all of you that have had Gestational Diabetes while being pregnant.
I am secretly hoping that the next 7 weeks will go by QUICKLY!