How to Control Gestational Diabetes with Food

How to Control Gestational Diabetes with Food

Nearly 10% of pregnancies are diagnosed with gestational diabetes. A few months into my pregnancy, I got the dreadful news that I was diagnosed with diabetes. I cried inconsolably after hanging up. How could this happen? Is my baby going to be okay? Why me? After some pep talks with family and friends, I realized that it wasn’t the end of the world and my situation wasn’t all that bad. So I decided to take a proactive approach and do everything that I could do to manage my gestational diabetes for the sake of myself and my baby. In this article, I will discuss how to control gestational diabetes with food.

My Story

My OB referred me to a perinatologist (an OB that specializes in high-risk pregnancies).  During my first visit, I met with the registered dietician nutritionist (RDN) and this is where I almost LOST IT.

The RDN was a very nice woman; however, I could not come to fathom the diet she wanted me to follow. More concerning to me was that this diet was supported by the American Diabetes Association. Never in my life had I ever questioned healthcare professionals or dietary standards put out.  In my opinion, this suggested diet will push you to the point where you NEED insulin or medicine to manage gestational diabetes. Below is the American Diabetes Association’s list of “Diabetes  Superfoods”:

Lets Talk Carbs

The body breaks down and converts carbohydrates (such as whole grains, beans, and fruit) into glucose, resulting in a rise in blood sugar levels. Yet, I was being advised to eat carbohydrates as part of a “healthy” and “balanced” diet. SAY WHAT? This made ZERO sense to me. 

I felt as if the healthcare industry wanted to make the sick, sicker. By putting people on this diet, blood sugar levels spike to uncontrollable levels, resulting in a need of medicine for diabetes management. But what is their motive? Well my sweet friends, money talks. In 2012, the global diabetes market yielded $28.1 billion in sales, with $16.4 billion in the U.S. With the predicted increase in disease prevalence, global sales are expected to grow to $67.7 billion in 2022, with $38.8 billion in the U.S. 

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Recipe: Peanut Butter + Banana Lactation Smoothie

Recipe: Peanut Butter + Banana Lactation Smoothie

As a little girl, I always dreamed of being a dairy cow. Well, not really. But as a mama that is exclusively breastfeeding, I know the importance of keeping my milk supply up. Therefore, I wanted to throw together a lactation smoothie recipe that contained the holy trifecta (ingredients said to boost milk production):

  • Old-fashioned Oats
  • Debittered Brewers Yeast (I use this one)
  • Ground Flaxseed

Each morning, I steep myself a cup of Mother’s Milk Tea to go with my breakfast. I then drink this peanut butter banana lactation smoothie as my midmorning snack. I’ve noticed that this smoothie keeps me satiated until lunch and has increased my milk supply.

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Recipe: Peanut Butter Lactation Cookies

Recipe: Peanut Butter Lactation Cookies

These peanut butter lactation cookies are delicious and are so simple to make. The batch yields about 12-15 cookies and are good for up to 3 days at room temperature (in an air tight container). Once cool, I break each cookie in half. I then eat half a cookie after each feeding to get the ball rolling for the next feeding or pumping session. The ingredients are simple:

  • Peanut butter
  • Sweetener of choice (I use monk fruit since its lower in the glycemic index than sugar)
  • An egg
  • Brewers Yeast (make sure it’s DEBITTERED)
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Inspiration: Simple + Cost-Effective Ideas for a Rustic Baby Shower

Inspiration: Simple + Cost-Effective Ideas for a Rustic Baby Shower

Venue: Hacienda Los Robles Barn (Homestead, FL)

  • Hay: Local animal feed ($10 per bale)
  • Baby Burlap sign: Amazon ($10)… we cutoff the “girl” part and only left “baby”
  • Faux Reclaimed Wood Cake Backdrop: Lowes ($20)
  • DIY Donut Display: Michaels (1″ Dowel $3.49 + Round base $.39)
  • Cake Base: Hobby Lobby (bought a while back)

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