Getting Control of Your Blood Sugars

Many times when women get diagnosed with Gestational Diabetes, they get scheduled to attend a diabetes orientation a few weeks out and are told in the meantime to keep their carb intake below XXg, They go home not knowing what just hit them and with very little guidance on exactly HOW to keep their carb intake down. Panic starts to kick in.

Does this sound familiar? I want you to know, you are not alone! And the good news is, you do not have to wait until your diabetes orientation to start getting your blood sugars under control. You CAN TAKE ACTION NOW because the sooner the better! This is a very stressful time and you want to do whatever it takes to make sure you are not doing anything to harm your baby. Also, if you are like most women, you want to avoid taking medication because you are concerned about side effects.
Below are some helpful tips to get you started from the time you just receive the news that you have Gestational Diabetes to when you have your orientation or appointment with a nutritionist.

These are GENERAL tips. But from my experience, these tips WILL help you … and the tips are much more DETAILED than what you most likely receive from your doctor’s office. I am sure your doctor is wonderful, but all too often, doctors are just not able to spend as much time as they would like with each patient and they are usually just short staffed.

***If you feel like you are having to wait too long for your appointment or if you are not happy with the support you are receiving, I want to remind you that I am available for individual health coaching. My approach is to develop a specially designed plan for YOU and YOUR UNIQUE needs because everyone is different! ***

1. Eat 3 meals a day PLUS have a snack in between meals. Make sure you don’t go more than 3 hours without eating. If you go too long in between meals, your blood sugar with drop, then you will end up reaching for sugars and carbs out of hunger which will in turn spike your blood sugars. This is a vicious cycle that you want to avoid. Eating every 3 hours will keep you blood sugars more level.

2. Every meal and snack should contain a balance of protein and HEALTHY carb. When you do eat, make sure your meal or snack has meat or fish (protein) AND a vegetable or fruit (good carbs!!) . Having a balance of protein plus a healthy carb again will help keep your blood sugars level.

3. All vegetables should be fresh (not canned). All fruit should be fresh/frozen (not canned). Canned fruits contain syrups and added sugars which can spike your blood sugars. Canned vegetables and fruit are missing many of the healthy vitamins you need and are loaded with sodium.

4. Replace sugary drinks. Sodas, even diet sodas along with sweetened tea, energy drinks and fruit juices are loaded with sugar, corn syrup and artificial sweeteners. Instead drink WATER with lemon unsweetened tea with lemon. Or if you are in the mood for something carbonated, try something like LA CROIX flavored drinks which is free of sugar, caffeine, and artificial sweeteners !

5. Manage your stress! Increased stress raises blood sugars! Pregnancy is a happy and stressful time. Having Gestational Diabetes adds to that stress. Deep breathing You can get prenatal massage, chiropractic adjustments, or learn deep breathing to help. Check out my videos on managing stress on Youtube: Manage Gestational Diabetes Naturally

6. Exercise! Riding a stationary bike, going for a walk can do wonders to help relieve stress, relieve aches and pains and in turn lower your blood sugars.

7. Cereals, breads, pastas and white rice are not your friend! Unless it is old fashioned oatmeal, most cereals contain some form of flour and have added sugar. Even if the package says ALL NATURAL… same goes for breads and pasta. Make a sandwich using romaine lettuce leaves instead of bread. Cook Quinoa instead of rice/pasta.

8. READ ALL INGREDIENTS So many times the package will advertise CARB FREE or GLUTEN FREE or ALL NATURAL… It is so sad and frustrating, but you will need to learn to be skeptical and turn the package over and read the actual ingredients..not just the percentage of carbs and sugars. If the ingredients contain the following words, DO NOT EAT: flour, corn syrup, high fructose, sugar, molasses, aspartame, Splenda, dextrose (or anything that ends in “ose).

9. Explore new recipes. Start changing your mindset and instead of focusing on what you CANNOT EAT, start exploring what new recipes you can try with foods you CAN EAT! There are so many new foods you probably never thought about trying—well now is the time to explore!

10. REMIND YOURSELF OF WHY YOU ARE CHANGING YOUR DIET! When you are struggling and telling yourself “this is too hard” …remind yourself that you are doing this to PROTECT YOUR UNBORN CHILD! You are making changes to have a healthy pregnancy with no complications… you are doing this to bring your child into the world and start his/her life without health problems. Studies are showing children of moms who had GD have an increased risk for developing health issues as they grow up.

So I hope these tips help you. Again these are general and they are to help you take action TODAY while you are waiting for your orientation or first nutrition appointment. If you follow these tips, you WILL see an improvement in your blood sugars. You deserve as much nutrition guidance as you need during your pregnancy. If you feel like you are not getting the support you need to successfully manage your blood sugars NATURALLY, then I contact me, because I can help you!