Post # 1
I was recently diagnosed with gestational diabetes (boo, hiss) and I met briefly with the dietiatian and won’t be seeing them again until February 18. I see the endocrinologist and will ask him for suggestions too. Any who, looking for two things
1) good side options for dinner … I like rice, don’t get me wrong, but I can’t eat that every day. I’m cool with the meat and veggies, just don’t know how to get my 60g of carbs in at dinner time without getting bored.
2) My fasting levels are too high, I’ve only been testing my blood sugars for a few days, but it was my fasting levels that got me diagnosed to begin with. Looking for good nighttime snack options (30g of carb) so far I’ve tried trail mix as well as banana with peanut butter, both have resulted with fasting levels that were still too high. Tonight I’m going to try some oatmeal.
Post # 3
Hi there, I’ve been a type 1 diabetic for 23 years. Are you on insulin or oral meds? And your carb values – 60g for dinner, and 30g before bed – have you been specifically instructed to eat that much for these meals? What I mean is, is decreasing your carbohydrate consumption not an option, so we need to look at other options?
Post # 4
I’m not on any insulin or oral tabs as yet, they are hoping that with diet change that may be enough. I’d really like to avoid going on insulin or oral as in addition to having to be on them, it means a transfer of care from my midwife to an OB which I don’t want.
I was told to do the following carb intake:
60g for breakfast with no morning snack, or do some split of the 60g between breakfast and a mid morning snack (this morning I had a flax wrap with a smear of PB and chopped banana for for around 45g and then a mid morning snack of greek yogurt and a piece of cheese)
60g for lunch
15g for a mid afternoon snack
60g for dinner
30g for an evening snack
They said to do that for now and then we’ll go from there. I’m also assuming that it may take a few days for my body to “adjust” to this new regime (my eating hasn’t changed that much except that my fries and gravy [pregnancy craving] and chocolate milk consumption have needed to stop … I don’t know what to do the next time I crave sushi ha).
From what I’ve read, it’s important to eat something beneficial before you go to sleep to help counteract what your body does while you’re asleep.
Post # 5
As for dinner options, I often have carb-free dinners, but there are many options other than rice if you need to be eating carbs. Pasta, potatoes, home-made pizzas, polenta, cous cous, wraps, fritters, quinoa.
Post # 6
Okay, if you’re not on any meds but you’re still having high fasting levels, then the only option really is to decrease your carb intake. This is something that you’ll have to work out slowly, with your endocrinologist or your dietician, but for now I’d probably just stick to the values that they’ve given you, and see what happens over the next week or so. The important thing right now is to ensure that you are actually consuming as close to those carb values as possible, as if you’re eating things that require making guesses about carb content then you won’t know if your BSL is high because your target carb consumption is too high, or because you’re just under-estimating how much you’re consuming. So read your nutritional tables, and make good use of measuring cups and food scales.
As for sushi, that’s a good option! Just work with your dietitian to figure out how much carbohydrate is in the sushi that you like. I happily work sushi into my diet (although it’s a bit easier for me because I’m on insulin).