Tuesday, November 08, 2005

Typical Daily Menu 

Since being diagnosed with gestational diabetes, I've had to change what I eat somewhat and follow specific dietary guidelines. One of the hardest things was figuring out what to pack in my lunchbox for work. I looked online for sample diabetic daily menus, but found very little. Others in the BabyCenter forums have said they're looking for the same information.

Now that I've visited with a dietician and spent some time sitting down with a calculator, an electronic scale, and the USDA Nutrient Database to figure out what I can eat, I thought I'd share that information in case it helps someone else get through this. I'm testing my blood sugar 2 hours after each meal and I'm eating the snacks after I test.
  • 1/2 cup oatmeal (measured dry so I can use the nutritional info on the box) with 1/2 cup 2% milk, 1 teaspoon of honey, and cinnamon
  • 1 egg scrambled
  • Prenatal vitamins
Morning Snack
  • Decaf coffee with 1/3 c. milk
  • 10 almonds
  • 2 dried apricots
  • Sandwich: meat, cheese or egg salad on whole wheat bread with lettuce and tomato
  • Cottage cheese (one of those small take-along containers)
  • Fruit (200g of cantaloupe or one medium-sized apple - basically about 16g of carbs' worth)
Afternoon Snack
  • 5 Triscuits with low-fat cheddar cheese
  • Baby carrots
Dinner varies every night, so here are some examples of menus from the past week:
  • Beef barley soup with a whole wheat roll
  • Pork chop, broccoli, homemade mac'n'cheese
  • Half a large baked potato topped with ham, cheese, and broccoli
  • Trout, couscous, romaine and artichoke heart salad, and a crab cake
Evening Snack
  • Decaf coffee or tea with 1/3 c. milk
  • 1 Dove Promises dark chocolate square
  • 1 tablespoon peanut butter (the dietician recommended natural PB, the kind you have to stir)

I hope someone finds this information helpful. Getting this thrown at you on top of everything else you're dealing with in pregnancy right now can be a lot to handle.


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