Gestational diabetes inspired cooking

I was so busy with many activities in November that I really became quite laid back on my pregnancy. By the time I took my gestational blood sugar test, I’m one month to go to my planned delivery date. And to my surprise, I failed the test. I’m diagnosed with gestational diabetes.

At first, I was upset. Because December is a feasting month with lots of Christmas parties. I pitied myself and thought of all the sugar-filled food I will miss out on… Brazos de Mercedes, leche flans, puto bumbong, ice creams, chocolates…

I also learned that a healthy diet in a 9″ plate would be half vegetables, a quarter on meat and a quarter on carbs. Also, no cheating can be done because I now have a blood sugar tester and I need to prick my finger either before meals or after. I had to keep my blood sugar level at 95 or below before meals and 130 or below 2 hours after a meal.

Then suddenly encouragement from family and friends poured in with suggestions, recipes, and I started researching dishes for myself. Never would I think, I’d be preparing food for myself everyday. But I have to say, I am so enjoying it… I have been cooking not only for me, but for the rest of the family!

Here are a few of my favorites!

/home/wpcom/public_html/wp-content/blogs.dir/2ca/46462652/files/2015/01/img_0722.jpgPork Loin salad with yogurt dressing

/home/wpcom/public_html/wp-content/blogs.dir/2ca/46462652/files/2015/01/img_0762.jpgPaleo Broccoli with bacon grapes and celery on lemon mayo dressing! Yum!

/home/wpcom/public_html/wp-content/blogs.dir/2ca/46462652/files/2015/01/img_0796.jpg okra salad with olive oil and red wine vinegar dressing

/home/wpcom/public_html/wp-content/blogs.dir/2ca/46462652/files/2015/01/img_0817.jpgRoasted Vegetable Salad with olive oil balsamic vinaigrette! This is an awesome surprise because it tastes so good!

/home/wpcom/public_html/wp-content/blogs.dir/2ca/46462652/files/2015/01/img_0799.jpgChicken pita with apple, celery, onions on mayo mustard dressing. What a filling treat!

/home/wpcom/public_html/wp-content/blogs.dir/2ca/46462652/files/2015/01/img_0805.jpg Vegetable overload with bacon on 3 cheese quiche! Cooked on turbo only and it was yum!

/home/wpcom/public_html/wp-content/blogs.dir/2ca/46462652/files/2015/01/img_0922.jpg Sugarless rolled oat cookies with banana, apple, raisins, and sugar free chocolates!

I don’t know, but what turned out to be bad news, God turned out for good! My hubby has been requesting and asking what healthy dish I’ll be cooking. He rarely requests that from me! But now, he is interested with my cooking and encourages me. I cannot explain what’s stirring in me… But I’m inspired to cook! God is helping me see a different perspective. Lemons can be turned into yummy lemonade, as they say.

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No Sugar Christmas

It was just last week that I was free from obligation and decided to take the glucose test for my pregnancy. At 33 weeks, my glucose test was unlike my first pregnancy. This time around my blood sugar was above the range of the normal and I have been diagnosed with gestational diabetes.

I look at myself and my limbs are rather small but my belly is obviously growing. No one would figure that I have gestational diabetes. Okay, I had a hard first trimester. I was nauseous and I had a bad case of morning sickness that I lost 10 lbs in 1 week. To top it all, I was stressed with forced weaning of my breastfed baby because I needed to care for the baby in my womb and myself. So, in short this pregnancy was hard on me physically and emotionally. That’s why when I had the urge to eat, I did not stop myself from any of my cravings.

I had occasional junk food, and maybe a month that I chewed on one chocolate bar a day. Then I stopped eating that way. But when I did stop… I found myself to have some blood sugar issues.

This means buying a blood glucose tester and pricking my finger at least 3 times a day. It also means getting a better and healthier diet. The only sad thing is — it’s Christmas season! Everything seems great to eat with sugar!!!

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So far eating salad with non-honey based dressing, brown rice, and one piece of non-fried protein has kept my sugar level in check. Good thing that fructose from fruits has not been banned but is limited.

My first pregnancy did not reach this point. Now that I’m older, everything seems more difficult. But I am still sooo blessed. Never did I imagine to be blessed with another child… The Lord God is so good. A little sacrifice and a little cheat (as soon as I can find sugarless ice cream and other food) will help me thru the Christmas season.

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