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Food To Eat At Night For Diabetics

Food To Eat At Night For Diabetics

Diabetics should understand the nutritional values of food, especially for nighttime meals and snacks, in order to come up with a strategy to keep blood glucose levels under control. Proper spacing of meals and snacks throughout the day provides a more gradual amount of glucose to your body. A meal plan helps with this by letting you figure out when and how much to eat and what time to eat to keep the blood glucose in your target range. Video of the Day According to the Mayo Clinic, late-night eating is fine for diabetics, but you have to make the right choices at night because snacks have extra calories, which can cause weight gain. Also, an after-dinner snack containing carbohydrates may increase your glucose levels overnight. The Mayo Clinic recommends eating a "free" food as a late-night snack, such as a diet drink, sugar-free gelatin, carrots, saltine crackers or a vanilla wafer. Free foods have few or no calories or carbohydrates. Also acceptable is chewing gum or a piece of hard candy. Taste of Home magazine recommends raw vegetables such as bell pepper strips, cauliflower or broccoli florets, celery, carrots, cucumbers, radishes or even zucchini as a light snack, because these foods have few carbohydrates, which helps you keep blood glucose levels under control. If you don't have fresh raw vegetables on hand, the magazine suggests other snack options, such as a granola bar, six saltine crackers, eight plain animal crackers, a box of raisins, a small bag of reduced-fat potato chips, three gingersnap cookies or five vanilla wafers. Going out to eat at dinnertime can be a challenge for diabetics because what you eat and when you eat it can have an effect on your blood glucose levels. In a restaurant, you have little control over the timing of food delivery. You nee Continue reading >>

Gestational Diabetes Survival Tips + Meal And Snack Ideas

Gestational Diabetes Survival Tips + Meal And Snack Ideas

This post contains affiliate links. This means that I make a small commission off of purchases made through my links at no extra charge to you. All opinions are my own. When I was pregnant with Bensen, my biggest struggle came when I was diagnosed with gestational diabetes. Some women cry when their regular clothes don't fit anymore, I cried when my carb intake became drastically limited and I realized just how many high carb foods I enjoy. I knew going into that pregnancy that I was at risk for GD because I was pre-diabetic, a little overweight and have a family history of Type II diabetes, but getting that confirmation that I indeed had it was rough for me. I'm here to tell you that I survived and that six weeks postpartum, I was healthier than I'd been when I first got pregnant! My diagnosis came the week of Valentine's Day, so my loving husband changed his plans for our celebration. Instead of going to our favorite pasta restaurant, stuffing ourselves silly, and then coming home to lounge on the couch in front of a movie, he planned and prepared a low carb dinner at home and then we went for a walk. It meant a lot to me because I knew how much time and effort he'd put into researching and preparing our meal, and also how much of a sacrifice it was for him to eat the same thing that I was eating and nothing more. He told me later that he was hungry within a couple of hours because the meal just wasn't filling enough for him. During those last two months of my pregnancy, I learned to love vegetables and eat foods that I never would have considered in the past. After a few weeks of testing my blood sugar levels before and after each meal, I learned what I needed to eat and do to keep them level throughout the day. Some days were better than others, but I was diligent a Continue reading >>

Have Gestational Diabetes? Here’s How You Should Eat

Have Gestational Diabetes? Here’s How You Should Eat

While most women need to be careful about their diets, others have to be especially careful not to develop gestational diabetes. I’m on the crusade to fight diabetes in all of us, but I’m especially concerned about women with gestational diabetes because their babies are automatically at risk for developing diabetes related issues down the line. And we don’t want that! So let’s discuss a plan to keep moms as healthy as possible during this magical time known as pregnancy. How Did I Get Gestational Diabetes? Insulin is the hormone responsible for getting sugar out of the blood and inside the cells. Our bodies can typically regulate the amount of insulin it needs to produce to get sugar out of the bloodstream and into the cells. But during gestational diabetes, the hormones in the placenta that help the baby develop properly also block insulin from working in mommy’s body – causing insulin resistance. So instead of getting moved into the cells, all this sugar becomes stuck outside the cells, creating high blood sugar levels, or hyperglycemia. How Does Gestational Diabetes Affect Babies? Diabetic women who become pregnant are at higher risk of developing birth defects. But since gestational diabetes only affects the baby after it’s been formed, but is still growing, the risk becomes macrosomia, or “fat” baby. During gestational diabetes, mom’s pancreas has to work harder to produce more insulin to get rid of all the sugar in the blood that the cells are not absorbing. The placenta doesn’t absorb insulin, but it does let sugar pass through. This extra sugar goes right to the baby. When the baby develops high blood sugar levels, the baby’s pancreas starts to produce additional insulin to eliminate all the extra sugar in the blood, just like mom’s do Continue reading >>

No Snacking In The Middle Of The Night

No Snacking In The Middle Of The Night

so my fasting numbers have been high lately (been on this "diet" for 2 weeks now) so after reading many womens' evening snacking theories related to fasting, I tried a piece of laughing cow cheese at 3 am...bad idea! woke up 3 hours later to 119! ugh, kinda grateful I won't have to do that on a permanent basis lol but anyone else have trouble w/fasting numbers ? my doctor isn't concerned just yet and I do NOT want to go on meds/insulin as I am fully able to control my day and nighttime numbers...thanks in advance ! Before I went on insulin, my doctor suggested I try a spoonful of peanut butter and see if that works. Some people do better with just protein, others with just carbs. I tried it all, and had to do insulin anyway. :( :( :( I think its relatively common, based on this board, haha! My fasting bs was my problem. I have, however, managed to control it. I experimented with different night time snacks. For me the secret seems to be in eating 1/2 C of plain Greek yogurt with 1/4 C or so of berries. Lately I've also been having a whole wheat English muffin with butter and have been waking up with great bs readings. I would say it probably took about 2-3 weeks before I got the numbers under control.... This obviously isnt the case for everyone, but it can be for some. I didn't eat anything for 11 hours from last night to this morning and my fasting number was 90, is that good or bad? I have no clue! Who knows if they do, haha! I just like them because I get more bang for my buck--You can have a whole bunch to add up to just one serving... And I need a little something to sweeten plain yogurt! Good luck! Peanut butter filled pretzels and string cheese brought my numbers down. The protein/carb mix made it happen. Peanut butter filled pretzels and string cheese brought Continue reading >>

What I Ate When I Couldn't Eat Anything: Facing Gestational Diabetes As A Food Lover

What I Ate When I Couldn't Eat Anything: Facing Gestational Diabetes As A Food Lover

What I Ate When I Couldn't Eat Anything: Facing Gestational Diabetes as a Food Lover Whether food is your comfort, your hobby, or your profession, gestational diabetes is tough. Here's what you can eat. [Photograph: Shutterstock ] In the first few months of my pregnancy, friends often asked me how I was dealing with life without wine, beer, and cocktails; without buttery pieces of toro at my beloved neighborhood sushi bar; without the various other foods most people avoid when they're carrying a baby. Early on, none of those things mattered much to me; I was too sick to crave much more than mac and cheese. Coffee and wine started to taste oddly bitter and flat to me, but it didn't seem that awful to wait 40 weeks to get back to enjoying them. My local bar always managed to serve me some creative alcohol-free concoction. (Pineapple juice and savory Cel-ray? Highly recommended.) I took advantage of California's citrus season, buying pounds of floral Oro Blanco grapefruits and tangerines for making fresh juice. Fruit never tasted better: I sent my husband on wild goose chases for out-of-season mangoes, and celebrated the early arrival of local strawberries by eating a pint every day. And I had ice cream: pints of salted caramel at home, cones of Bi-Rite's insanely rich buffalo-milk soft serve during walks around the park. In challenging moments in those first few months, Max reminded me that "at least it's an excuse to eat all the ice cream you could desire." (I never did convince him to ship me some homemade pints of this crazy chocolate number from New York.) But in mid-March I found myself undergoing a hazing ritual pretty much all pregnant women experience: you show up at the hospital with an empty stomach, get your blood drawn, and then chug a bottle of extra-strong Continue reading >>

Bump & Gestational Diabetes Update: Weeks 29 & 30

Bump & Gestational Diabetes Update: Weeks 29 & 30

Bump & Gestational Diabetes Update: Weeks 29 & 30 Clothes: Pictured is the only maternity top Ive purchased so far. I really should buy more but also find it so hard to buy clothing that Im only going to wear for another two months. Symptoms:OMG the heat is the absolute worst. Im having a harder and harder time getting motivated to go outside. If I didnt have Max I would be in front of the AC. All day. I dont really have any specific symptoms to report. Just being is getting more difficult breathing, moving, thinking. Nothing terrible but certainly not the same as when Im not pregnant. Food cravings:I maaaay becraving sweets & fried foods. But not to the extent where I MUST have it. I think its just because I know I CANT have it right now. Before, there werent any limits to my diet and now there is. You always want what you cant have, right? Sleep:When I was first diagnosed with GD my sleep quality plummeted. I would keep waking up in the middle of the night to test my blood sugar (obsessively). Now that I have reached a level of acceptance, it is slowly improving again. 1.We visited afriends preschool which washosting a Summer Day of Play event. It isa private school located out in Long Island on 60 acres of greenery. Itis an absolutely stunning school and there were so many diverse activities available. We had so much fun playing with clay, sand art, the playground, and just running around. Seeing Maxlove being ina school environment really makes my heart swell. 2. Mr. C and Max got a father and son haircut!It was super cute to see them cutting their hair together. His last (and first) cut was three months ago sowe were definitely due.No tears were shed this time butMax still cringes when the clipper gets too close to his ears or eyes. Gestational diabetes update: Th Continue reading >>

Gestational Diabetes – 3 Common Diet Mistakes

Gestational Diabetes – 3 Common Diet Mistakes

Today’s guest post “Gestational Diabetes – 3 Common Diet Mistakes” is written by registered dietitian and gestational diabetes expert Lily Nichols. When the doctor said “You have gestational diabetes,” you practically broke down. You thought it couldn’t happen to you and now you’re completely overwhelmed trying to figure out how to manage it. Maybe you were given a glucose meter to check your blood sugar and you’re afraid of poking your finger. Maybe you were told your baby will come out big if you don’t change your diet. Most of all, you’re terrified that you might need insulin. For some women, changing their diet and exercise is all that’s needed to lower blood sugar. Actually, diet and exercise are the primary treatments for gestational diabetes. That means there is a chance you won’t need medicine or insulin. Only your medical provider can make that call. As a perinatal dietitian and diabetes educator for women with gestational diabetes, I’ve heard all of these concerns and more. The women in our OB/GYN office are lucky, because they get a full hour-long class with me to learn the ins and outs of eating to manage gestational diabetes. Plus, I continue to see them throughout their pregnancy, because what worked at 24 weeks might not work at week 36. Those first few days (or weeks) after diagnosis and before they see me are rough. Most ladies end up starving themselves in an attempt to control their blood sugar because they don’t know any other way. Luckily, there’s another way. Here are the 3 most common diet mistakes women make before they come to my gestational diabetes class: Mistake #1 – Eating Low Fat We’ve been told for so long that “fat will make us fat” or “low fat diets are healthy,” so it seems like reducing fat i Continue reading >>

Hungry In The Middle Of The Night

Hungry In The Middle Of The Night

Just found this website. Awake at 4 a.m. with hunger pains. Hesitated to eat, because I didn't want a high reading in the a.m. I often wake up hungry. I've found, though, that true hunger pains usually means low levels. When I sleep through the hunger, I wake up with a higher reading. Thought I'd research the dawn phenomenon...and happened upon this site...where I also learned about the Somogyi effect (which I'd never heard of). Good information here. I think I'll try the 2:00-3:00 a.m. testing to see what is going on after reading this. Sounds like I need a better snack before bedtime maybe. Thanks! Friend T1 since 2000, on pump, good for info!!! eat carrots. thats what i do. assuming im not low. lol When life gives you lemons, throw them at someone!!! Moderator T2 since Oct 08, from insulin to no meds =) Sometimes i find myself really really hungry (to the point of having gastric pain)...my levels are actually low... if not...then i'm just hungry and not eaten enough Do keep us posted on your quest to find your answer...and good luck!! let us know if you have any other questions HbA1c: Oct 08 - 9.2% | Dec 08 - 5.5% | Feb 09 - 4.4% | June,Sep,Dec 09,Mar 10 - 5.2% | June, Aug 10 - 5% | Nov 10 - 5.3% | Dec 10 - 5.1% | Feb 11 - 5.2% | May 11 - 5.3% | Aug 11 - 4.6% | Dec 11 - 5% | March 12 - 5.1% | June 12 - 5.0% | Sept 12 - 4.9% | Dec 12 - 5.2% | March 13 - 4.8% | May 13 - 5.0% | Oct, Dec 13 - 5.2% | Mar 14 - 5.0% Continue reading >>

Gestational Diabetes - My Story And Recipes

Gestational Diabetes - My Story And Recipes

This is a little bit of a departure from my normal blog posts. However, I thought sharing my experience with gestational diabetes would be good to raise awareness and let other pregnant gals hear a first hand account. I hope you keep reading and that you learn something. The recipes, ideas and meal suggestions are healthy for anyone diabetic or not. Heading into my third trimester gestational diabetes was not on my radar. It blindsided me. I didn't expect to be diagnosed. I've been very proactive about my health. I've focused on eating well, maintaining a good weight and getting exercise. I only had two of the risk factors: I'm over 25 and I do have history of type II diabetes from both my maternal grandfather and paternal grandmother. Although they both were diagnosed late in life and already had other health problems so it just didn't seem relevant. When I failed the first 1-hour non-fasting glucose test I figured it was a fluke and I would pass the longer 3-hour fasting glucose test. I didn't. For the 1-hour glucose test, anything over 130mg/dL (or 140mg/dL depending on your doctor) is high enough to warrant the three-hour test. If your blood sugar is over 200mg/dL they don't even bother with the 3-hour test and confirm a diagnosis of gestational diabetes. Usually pregnant women are tested between 24 and 28 weeks. At week 28 my blood sugar tested at 138 mg/dL. What is considered elevated blood glucose levels vary by doctor and practice. From what I've read, I go to a fairly conservative practice. Below you can see the American Diabetes Association scores to diagnose gestational diabetes verses the practice I go to and then what my scores were. The 3-hour fasting glucose test involves not eating for 12 hours, then having blood drawn. That's the first fasting score. Th Continue reading >>

10 Tips To Control Gestational Diabetes Without Medication

10 Tips To Control Gestational Diabetes Without Medication

Update: When I wrote this post, I was thinking that I was going to be put on insulin. However, by the grace and goodness of God, I ended up making it full term without insulin and had a beautiful waterbirth! ---- I've been debating whether to write this post or not. The status of my Gestational Diabetes has changed. The last 3 weeks, I've been unable to manage it on my own with diet & exercise. The first week, I had 5 high readings. The 2nd week, another 5 high readings. This past week, I had 6 high readings. It's not because I've changed anything I've done. It's because your hormones in pregnancy change, throwing everything off, including your Gestational Diabetes numbers sometimes. Due to the recent 3 weeks numbers, my Endocrinologist will be putting me on either medication or insulin. This means I need to find an OBGYN & possibly switch hospitals. It also means my plans for a waterbirth are out. While I'm disappointed, I know there was nothing more I could've done. And as the Diabetes Educator said, "You are doing more than most people. In fact, you could probably write a book about the subject." So, that leads me here. Writing this post, in hopes of inspiring others to at least TRY to beat their Gestational Diabetes without medication. I managed mine with these tips for 33 weeks and no medication! Before we begin, I must write a disclaimer: I am not a professional. I have no health degree and am not a dietician. These are simply things that I researched and tried on my own and had some success with. Always speak with your Endocrinologist or Diabetes Educators before beginning or changing what you're doing. Tip #1: Don't be so hard on yourself. I'm starting with this tip, because it's the one I've had the hardest time with. I kept thinking that my Gestational Diabete Continue reading >>

My Experience With Gestational Diabetes

My Experience With Gestational Diabetes

Explanation of gestational diabetes & personal reflection of what to expect if you are diagnosed during your pregnancy. Not to worry, it’s can be managed! When you’re pregnant many people love to say “Now you can eat for two!” or “Your pregnant, this is the time you can eat what you want!” Unfortunately, these words of wisdom are not entirely accurate. Every mom-to-be dreads the glucose tolerance test, which involves ingesting a high concentration of glucose (a form of sugar) mixed with water to see if you have gestational diabetes. It’s a grueling test because you have to sit in a doctor’s office or clinic for a few hours while they take blood samples before and 2-3 times after you drink the solution. Before the test, you have to fast for 8 hours and this alone makes mamas pretty aggravated but then with the drink solution you have to deal with a sugar high! Waiting for the results, you cross your fingers and hope that the last 24-28 weeks you’ve had a balanced, healthy diet. I knew that I had increased my carbohydrate and sweet intake more than before I was pregnant, but I was hoping the test would still be negative. Unfortunately, when I got the call from my doctor who then said I had gestational diabetes, my first reaction was guilt. How could I have done this to my baby? Gestational Diabetes 101 I want to make sure I disclose this up front, I am not a doctor, I’m just sharing my experience with gestational diabetes. My daily pregnancy routine consisted of exercising five times a week and eating healthy on most days. However, I knew I could have eaten healthier in the last trimester, but I didn’t (those darn cravings and ravishing bouts of hunger!). As I learned more about gestational diabetes, I realized that our bodies change so much during p Continue reading >>

How To Snack Right With Gestational Diabetes

How To Snack Right With Gestational Diabetes

Written by Natasha Leader, Accredited Practising Dietitian & Credentialled Diabetes Educator Snacks are a really important part of the gestational diabetes (GDM) diet for several reasons. Simply put, eating regularly will generally help keep your glucose levels tracking smoother. And including a snack between your meals also makes it less likely that you’ll get super hungry. Have you noticed that once you’re hungry it’s much harder to try to control your food intake? The key to a successful GDM diet is ensuring that you’re having a consistent amount of carbs. Snacks are also a good time to fit in your fruit and dairy requirements that you may no longer be able to eat together with your main meal. And often small and frequent intake also helps with other common problems in pregnancy such as nausea and heartburn/reflux. If you’re working or at home with little kids or just aren’t used to including mid-meal snacks, it’s often hard to adjust to this. So planning and preparation is the key! When you’re out and about you’ll probably find it challenging to find something that is both the right amount of carbs and not too high in fat, but also nutritious. So it pays to have a selection of suitable options on hand and variety will help too. I’ve put together this extensive list of suggestions. Your dietitian can help you work out whether you should eat some of these in combination to ensure you’re eating the recommended amounts both in terms of carbohydrate amount but also overall food group and nutrient amounts. Please note, the majority of these products are Australian. Dairy 1 carb snacks (where 1 carbohydrate serve = 15 grams of total carbohydrate) (Always check the product’s nutritional panel for exact info) Cup of low fat/soy milk (if you’d like s Continue reading >>

10 Savvy Snacks For The Gestational Diabetes Diet

10 Savvy Snacks For The Gestational Diabetes Diet

If you’ve got gestational diabetes, you can still get the nutrients you and Baby need and keep your blood glucose levels under control. Enjoy these 10 healthy, diabetic-friendly snacks during pregnancy. 1. Nachos Who says diabetic snacks mean zero taste? These zesty nachos are tantalizing to the taste buds, provide approximately 29 grams of carbohydrates, and are a good way to work in a little calcium and a serving of vegetables into your prenatal diet. Here’s how to make them: Layer 10 corn tortilla chips—just over 1 ounce in weight—on a baking sheet and top with 1/4 cup of grated cheddar cheese and 1/4 cup of chopped green pepper (or use hot peppers, if preferred). Bake for 10 minutes at 350 degrees Fahrenheit, or until cheese is melted and bubbly. Remove from oven and transfer to plate. Top with 1/4 cup of tomato salsa and a tablespoon dollop of low-fat Greek-style yogurt. Health Tip: Because flavored tortilla chips tend to contain lots of sodium and, even worse for moms with gestational diabetes, added sugar, stick to plain corn tortilla chips. 2. Cheese and Crackers Perfect for a healthy, carb-controlled snack break at home or work—and easy enough to pack up for eating on the go—change up your choice of fruit and cheese to keep this snack classic fresh and exciting. These options are paired with a cup of low-fat milk for added calcium and just enough carbohydrates to reach 30 grams: 10 whole grain baked “thin snack crackers” (approx. 8 g of carbs); 1 ounce of cheddar cheese, sliced; 1/2 medium apple, sliced (10 g) and 1 cup of low-fat milk (12 g) 4 pieces of whole grain melba toast (15 g of carbs); 1 tablespoon reduced-fat cream cheese (1 g); 1/4 cup sliced strawberries (3 g) and 1 cup of low-fat milk (12 g) 5 round whole grain crackers (10 g of car Continue reading >>

How To Tame Late-night Snack Attacks

How To Tame Late-night Snack Attacks

A. If you are craving a snack after dinner, you aren’t alone. Many people do, and there are a few reasons as to why. If you are eating too little at dinner, or choosing foods that are not filling, you may start to crave an evening snack due to hunger. But it’s not always hunger that has you headed toward the kitchen either. It’s possible that sweet craving is coming from a desire to “treat yourself” as you relax and unwind from the day. It can also stem from boredom at night and eating is an “activity” that gives you something to do. To stop these evening cravings, first you need to identify if you are truly hungry or if your desire to snack is coming from boredom or emotional reasons. Before reaching for that snack, ask yourself if you are truly hungry. Is your stomach growling? If you aren’t sure, a good strategy is to wait 15 minutes before reaching for a snack. If you are still feeling the need to eat after this time, you are most likely hungry whereas a craving would typically pass. Another strategy is to allow yourself to snack on only vegetables or fruit. If you are truly hungry, any food choice will help to fill you up. If you are just craving a snack or “sweet treat” for emotional reasons or due to boredom, the idea of having produce may not be as appealing as the cookie you've been eyeing. If hunger is the cause of your need to snack at night, look at your current dinner choices and see how you can improve them to make your meal more filling. Can you add an extra serving of vegetables to boost fiber without adding many calories? Can you increase your serving of lean protein to improve your feeling of fullness, or drink an extra glass of water with your meal? Changes like this will not elevate blood sugar levels, but will help to leave you m Continue reading >>

Bedtime Snacks For Diabetics And Gestational Diabetes: Beat The Dawn Phenomenon

Bedtime Snacks For Diabetics And Gestational Diabetes: Beat The Dawn Phenomenon

Bedtime snacks go against everything we are taught in our nutrition classes. I have always known that eating after 8 p.m. will make me fat, so I avoid it. That all changes when you have diabetes, however. Bedtime snacks can become a critical component of managing blood sugar levels, particularly your fasting blood sugar. Although you would logically expect to have low numbers after eight hours of sleeping, some people with diabetes and gestational diabetes notice higher than expected fasting blood sugar numbers. This is due to what is known as The Dawn Phenomenon. What is the Dawn Phenomenon? The dawn phenomenon is a rise in blood sugar during the early morning hours, usually between 3 a.m. and 8 a.m. There are two theories as to why this occurs in some diabetics. One is that it is caused by our bodies naturally releasing certain growth hormones overnight that are linked to insulin resistance. This insulin resistance may be stronger in some people, which explains why some will experience the dawn phenomenon and not others. The second theory, which is where bedtime snacks come into play, is that the liver produces too much glucose after fasting too long. Our livers are designed to produce extra glucose to help us have the energy to wake up in the morning. In people with diabetes, the difference between the insulin and blood sugar produced is often unequal, resulting in higher fasting blood sugars. To combat this phenomenon, a small snack that contains both carbs and protein can help give your body something to digest longer, keeping your blood sugar levels on an even keel. For gestational diabetes, some recommendations are as high as 45 grams of carbs in a bedtime snack. I have found this number to be much too high for me, but around 30 grams works well. Once I began hav Continue reading >>

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