Diabetes Diet Pregnancy
Diabetes Diet Pregnancy, here we discuss exactly what you should eat each day to manage diabetes in pregnancy without medication.
Maintaining a diabetes diet during pregnancy is very important, not just for you but for your baby. Fluctuating blood sugar levels caused by diabetes in pregnancy, can cause a host of. You need to prevent sugar level fluctuations at the same time you consume adequate nutrition for both you and your baby.
Unlike the popular myth, your baby doesn’t just take what it needs from you. The nutrients in your bloodstream are most available to your baby, not nutrients being stored by your body in fat cells, etc. For example, calcium circulating in your blood from food you just ate is much more available than calcium in your bones.
When you are pregnant, it is especially important to avoid consuming toxins in your diet. For that reason, we recommend that you only eat organic food. You should also avoid all processed and packaged foods as they contain unhealthy chemicals, including MSG, a neurotoxin, often labeled as “natural flavors”.
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We recommend that you eat the following everyday
For information about WHY you should eat the following every day as part of your diabetes diet pregnancy, read Healthy Pregnancy Diet . To read more about how good nutrition during pregnancy can protect the your baby from diabetes, stroke, heart disease, kidney disease, and memory loss later in life read Vitamins for Fetal Development.
Consume 80-100 grams of complete protein per day. You should plan to have at least ONE protein food at every meal. This is important as part of your diabetes diet pregnancy because it will prevent blood sugar fluctuations. Good sources of protein include organic free-range chicken, organic grass fed beef, organic grass fed lamb, organic pork, wild caught salmon from Alaska, organic raw whole milk or organic whole pasteurized (but not homogenized milk). For information about raw milk.
Your protein intake should include:
- You should have at least ONE serving of beef, or lamb every day
- Drink at least FOUR 8-ounce glasses of milk per day
- You should also consume TWO free-range, organic chicken eggs and TWO additional egg yolks
- You should have at least ONE serving of wild caught salmon from Alaska per week
- You should consume at least TWO servings of green vegetables every day as part of your diabetes diet pregnancy. Good choices include steamed spinach, chard, broccoli, and fresh baby salad greens.
- You get extra credit for ONE serving of a lacto-fermented vegetables (like sauerkraut and pickles) each day.
In addition to the fats you consume eating protein as recommended above, your diabetes diet pregnancy should include the following additional healthy fats. Like protein, fats are critical for preventing large blood sugar swings.
Soaked Whole Grains
It is important that the grains you consume are properly prepared so that the antinutrients and enzyme inhibitors have been neutralized. For more information about this read Be Kind to Your Grains…And Your Grains Will Be Kind To You.
- ONE serving of Oatmeal using thick rolled or steel cut oats that have been soaked water with a couple tablespoons of in lemon juice overnight. For how to prepare healthy porridge get Nourishing Traditions, a great cookbook about how to prepare traditional foods.
- ONE serving of organic sprouted or sour dough whole grain bread with butter or cheese. Our favorite is Sprouted Organic 100% Whole Grain Ezekiel 4:9 Cinnamon Raison Bread (available at Whole Foods) lightly toasted, slathered with butter and organic peanut.
Fresh Fruit is an important part of your diabetes diet pregnancy because it contains vitamin C. Be sure to choose organic as fruits are heavily sprayed.
- Eat ONE serving per day of a citrus fruit or other fruit high in vitamin c. Excellent choices include organic oranges, strawberries, and kiwi fruit.
Salt your food to taste with natural sea salt throughout your pregnancy. Salt is an important part of a diabetes diet pregnancy. Unlike you may have heard, salt does not promote water retention. Our favorite brand is Real Salt which we purchase at Whole Foods.
- Be sure to drink at least a QUART of filtered or spring water each day as part of your diabetes diet pregnancy.
- Drink 3-8oz glasses or raw organic milk as described above under the protein section.
- At least ONE serving per week - of homemade Bone Broths as prepared in Nourishing Traditions. Bone broths are a great source of nutrients and calcium, while also soothing for your stomach. During winter months in particular, we suggest you have soup made with homemade bone broth at least ONCE a week. Canned broth invariably contains MSG, a potent neurotoxin - so be sure to make your own.
Avoid Eating ANY of the Following
Our diabetes diet pregnancy would not be complete without a discussion about what not to consume. Everything listed below is either unhealthy for you and your baby and/or is likely to cause big blood sugar swings. Both of which you want to avoid during your pregnancy.
- Trans fatty acids (e.g. hydrogenated oils)
- Junk food
- Egg substitutes
- Commercial fried foods
- White flour
- Soft drinks
- Drugs (even prescription drugs, if possible)
One of our favorite book is the enduring classic work on how what we eat shapes us, for better or worse, titled Nutrition and Physical Degeneration by Weston A. Price, D.D.S.
There are many great articles on the Weston A Price website about diet and nutrition including:
For More Information about Gestational Diabetes
Read Pregnancy Gestational Diabetes Diet for more information about how you can keep your blood sugar levels low by following a good pregnancy diet.
For more information about blood sugar levels read Gestational Diabetes Blood Sugar Levels.
To find out what your recent diagnosis means and the potential pregnancy problems related to diabetes read Gestational Diabetes Diagnosis.
To find out how to best monitor and manage your blood sugar levels while you are pregnant read Management of Gestational Diabetes.
To find out if you may be at risk of gestational diabetes read Risk Factors for Gestational Diabetes.
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Read more about what comprises a Healthy Pregnancy Diet .
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