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Jenn0113's picture
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GD Diet

I know some of you had GD with your last pregnancies and you said you are following it this time as well. Alissa, I think you said your OB says everyone should follow it anyway, right? Can you tell me about it? I didn't have GD but I would like more details on what the diet is like and how I can follow it to prevent GD or prevent lots of weight gain. What do you eat? What do you need to avoid? Etc.

TIA!

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I'm trying to follow my GD diet now, it's very challenging for me though because right now proteins are turning my stomach and I love my carbs! The only thing that's agreeing is cottage cheese! When I had GD I ate a lot of peanuts, beans, eggs, salads,chicken, cheese and had to watch how many carbs I ate at every meal. I forget now how many carbs I was allowed a day but it wasn't very many.

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Go to the living with Diabetes board (link in my siggy) and I have GD stuff listed including diets.

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"mom2robbie" wrote:

Go to the living with Diabetes board (link in my siggy) and I have GD stuff listed including diets.

Thanks!

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Yes, my doctor said that ideally everyone should follow a GD diet. I want to go back to a nutritionist later because I feel like I have kind of forgotten some of the finer points, but here is a quick and dirty of what they told me last time (if I am remembering correctly)

1 unit of protein = 7 grams
1 unit of carbs = 15 grams

Keep in mind that the carbs are the max amount that you can eat in a sitting, while the proteins are the min amount that you can eat (to balance the carbs) - so if you are hungry, eat more protein.

Breakfast -
2-3 carbs
2-3 protein

Morning Snack
1-2 carbs
1-2 protein

Lunch
2-3 carbs
2-3 protein

Afternoon Snack
1-2 carbs
1-2 protein

Dinner
3 carbs
3 protein

Evening snack
2-3 carbs
2-3 protein

Then there is all sorts of stuff like veggies are free, and peanut butter (although it has carbs) is considered a protein as long as you eat 2+ TB of it.

Example of a normal day of eating:

Breakfast:
2 eggs, scrambled (2 protein)
1 Whole wheat muffin (2 carbs)
1 slice melon (1 carb)

Snack:
Apple - 2 carbs
Peanut butter - 1 protein

Lunch -
1 cup lentil soup - 2 carbs, and 1 protein I think - trying to remember
1 serving whole wheat crackers - 1 carb
1 oz cheese - 1 protein
1 cup carrot sticks - free

Snack -
Hummus - 1 carb
Raw Veggies - Free
Boiled Egg - 1 protein

Dinner
1 chicken breast - 2-3 protein
1 baked sweet potato - 2 carbs (depending on size)
Salad - free
1 cup milk - 1 carb

Snack:
Chocolate Brownie Luna Bar - 2 carbs, 1 protein

Hope that helps! If you need more snack/meal ideas, let me know. I am constantly reading labels and trolling dLife for new recipes.

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Thanks Alissa. Your sample menu helps it make sense to me. I can definitely handle 2T of pb in one sitting. Smile

I think I'm going to loosely follow this for a while and see how I feel.

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You'll have to let me know what you think. I have to say that it is sometimes a PITA to plan/stock/prepare all of that food, but I think it does help you feel better and more energized because it keeps your blood sugar fairly constant.

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I'm a horribly picky eater so its going to be tough. I can't have eggs or breakfast would be easy for me - egg sandwich every day! After having DS my gall bladder decided that eggs were bad for me :rolleyes:

I'm going to try to figure out what I can eat that I like and try it for a while.

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If you can't do eggs, maybe 2 slices of toast with peanut butter and a small serving of fruit?

I love the website www.dlife.com for diabetic friendly menus, meal ideas, and recipes. I have been using it to plan most of my meals since I found out that I had to go back on the GD diet.

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Why is it that you are automatically back on it? Because you had GD before or something else? Will it prevent you from getting it again?

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"Jenn0113" wrote:

Why is it that you are automatically back on it? Because you had GD before or something else? Will it prevent you from getting it again?

Never mind - reading your journal now Wink

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I think because I had such a big reaction to the test last time. If I am remembering correctly, the normal range for blood sugar after the 3 hour test is 120-140 and I was something like 260. My OB said that he has never seen anyone test that high and not have it again with subsequent pregnancies. I don't think that I can prevent myself from getting it again, but I think they are just trying to keep me as healthy as possible from the jump. The way they explained it is that there isn't really a downside to doing it since that is the way we should be eating anyway, but doing it from the beginning should help me feel better and stay healthier over all, and hopefully avoid some of the risks of GD (big baby, plus all sorts of vascular and eye risks for mom.)

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Makes sense. ts better to be proactive and be safe rather than sorry.

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'Zactly! Haha, if you read my journal you can see pictures of some of the stuff I've been making from dLife. The Pesto Chicken and Squash and Apple Mustard Pork Chops both came from the dLife website.

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Thanks for sharing, ladies! I've been thinking about taking part, too. Though I had great results on my tests last pregnancy I would like to gain only a bit of weight (or none) because I never lost the weight from DS#4.

I put on 35 pounds with him, and did lose 15 right after. But BFing only lasted 2 months and once that ended I found 10 pounds again. Bleck!

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Have you checked out the brewers diet.

I fixed my insulin resistance problems with eating a lowish (not atkins) carb diet. I only ate good carbs.. brown rice, stone ground 100% whole wheat etc.

learn foods glycemic index levels and try to stick to lower glycemic foods.