In pregnancy there are two words that strike fear in the heart of most women.
There is definitely a way to naturally avoid or even combat gestational diabetes simply by changing the way you eat.
In her book, Real Food for Gestational Diabetes, Lily Nichols empowers women to change the way they look at food and take charge of their own health.
From her book, here is a list of 6 foods that will NOT raise your blood sugar.
Besides a few more starchy vegetables like sweet potatoes, potatoes, peas and corn you can pretty much take your pick on filling your plate to the brim with color and variety. Vegetables are filled with fiber which doesn’t get converted into sugar. Actually, fiber slows down the production of sugar from other carbohydrates, so if you needed motivation to eat your veggies…..look no further.
You can find a full list in her book, but here are just a few vegetables that will give you an idea of how much variety is available to you.
Asparagus, bell pepper, Brussels sprouts, cabbage, cilantro/parsley, cucumber, egg plant, garlic, green beans, leeks, mushroom, okra, summer squash, turnip….the list goes on and on.
Fats are given a bad name, but there’s actually a lot of health benefits to having a diet consisting of highly fat (whole, not processed) foods.
Here are some meats that are good to incorporate into your diet, all ideally being pasture-raised or wild caught.
Beef, lamb, poultry, sausage and bacon, and homemade bone broth or stock.
If you are able, dairy products are a great way to get protein and healthy fats into your diet. Again, ideally these products are coming from pasture-raised animals. Here are some to choose from:
Eggs, all types of cheeses, plain greek yogurt, sour cream, etc.
When choosing nut butters, such as peanut butter, always remember to pick the ones that don’t have added sugar (Jiff is one of the brands to avoid, but Maranatha is a brand that can be trusted not to add sugar).
Almonds, walnuts, peanuts, coconut products like oil, full-fat milk, cream, milk (the only coconut product to limit is coconut water, which is full of carbohydrates….who knew?!), chia seeds, flax seeds, sun flower seeds, etc.
5. Oils and Fats
Animal fats, such as butter, ghee, duck fat, etc. are great. Plant fats like olive oil, coconut oil, avocado oil, macadamia nut oil, mayonnaise, etc.
You’ll definitely want to avoid oils like corn oil, soybean oil, canola oil, peanut oil, safflower oil, and cottonseed oil.
If you struggle with high blood sugar during pregnancy, or want to lose weight after baby is here these foods are worth trying.
Feel free to share some favorite clean eating recipes!