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Gestational Diabetes Meal Plan to Live By

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By Edited Jan 29, 2014 0 0

A gestational diabetes meal plan is the most important factor if a pregnant woman is found suffering from this disease. This disease is also called gestational diabetes mellitus and it points to hyperglycemia during pregnancy. It is caused when the body of a pregnant woman does not secrete excess insulin required leading to increased blood sugar levels.


Gestational diabetes is often detected during the pregnancy trimester. Diagnostic tests identify inappropriately high levels of glucose in blood samples. Gestational diabetes affects almost 3-10% of the pregnancies and so a gestational diabetes meal plan is suggested to decrease the occurrence of the said health problem.


It is important to emphasize that only a registered dietician can recommend your food plan depending on your individual circumstances. Below are just a few possible versions of the gestational diabetes meal plan. This plan is not intended to be taken as a medical prescription, instead you could discuss your needs with your dietician. 


Suggested Gestational Diabetes Meal Plan in Two Options

 
Breakfast

Option A

  • One toast and 2 egg whites
  • Half cup of tea or coffee without sugar or very less sugar
  • 15 grams of fresh apple/ grapefruit/ peach/ blueberries/ kiwi/ orange/ sweet melon
  • One cup of cow's milk

 

Option B

  • 1 hard-boiled egg
  • 1 slice whole wheat bread
  • 1 tsp. canola-based trans-fat-free margarine
  • 1/3 pound grapes
  • 12 ounces non-fat milk

 

Morning Snacks

 Option A

  • Single low fat cheese cube or slice or cottage cheese
  • Sugar free yogurt
  • 15 grams of any of the fresh fruits

 

Option B

  • 1 slice whole-wheat bread
  • 1 tablespoon peanut butter
  • 1 tablespoon reduced-sugar jelly
  • 8 ounces non-fat milk

 

Lunch 

Option A

  • One boiled potato
  • Whole wheat bread or multi grain bread
  • Tuna fish or chicken or green peas or any other green vegetable
  • Plain boiled rice
  • Green salad of non-starchy vegetables

 

Option B

  • 1 large whole-wheat pita
  • ½ cup cooked black beans
  • ½ cup chopped fresh tomato
  • 1 ounce low-fat sharp cheddar cheese
  • 1 tablespoon salsa
  • 2 teaspoons olive oil

 

Afternoon Snacks 

Option A

  • Celery stick or one toast with low fat peanut butter
  • 3 almonds or small servings of other dry fruits

 

Option B

  • 1 medium apple with 1 tablespoon peanut butter
  • 12 ounces non-fat milk

 

Dinner

 Option A

  • Mix vegetable soup or tomato soup
  • Sprouted beans or chicken or tuna
  • Whole wheat bread or boiled rice
  • Carrot or cucumber salad with 15 grams of any of the fresh fruits

 

Option B

  • 3 ounces skinless chicken breast
  • 4 ounces pineapple rings
  • 1 tablespoon sesame seeds
  • 1 tablespoon dark sesame oil
  • 1 teaspoon cornstarch
  • 2 teaspoons low-sodium soy sauce
  • ¼ cup instant rice,
  • ½ cup cooked green beans
  • ¼ pound fresh strawberries

Gestational Diabetes Meal Plan

It is essential to eat proteins with carbohydrates to slow down the glycemic response which makes energy lasts longer. Likewise, it is important to limit carbohydrates taken at a time. The excessive carbohydrates intake is a trouble maker that needs serious attention. Many people have too many carbs in one meal; unknowingly burdening their systems, instead of spreading out the same intake over several smaller meals and snacks. It's always desirable to know exactly how people can eat a perfectly healthy food intake, with desirable schedule and combination. Blood sugar control is derailed because most people do not strictly adhere to their diet regulations. It is better to schedule and adhere to the overall intake norms strictly for the best outcome.
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