The above photo is of Baby Mac’s Chicken Noodle Soup. (Click through to the post to see the picture if you’re reading on RSS). It was simple and seriously yummy. Which is big praise coming from me – I don’t really like soups!
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♥ Monday – Beef Stir Fry
♥ Tuesday – Dinner at Grandma & Grandad’s
♥ Wednesday – Tarragon Roasted Fish with Sweet Potato & Lentils
♥ Thursday – One Pot Asian Noodles
♥ Friday – Pan fried chicken, salsa verde, salad & pasta
♥ Saturday – Spicy Pork Meatballs
♥ Sunday – Dinner for Grandma’s Birthday
Meal planning was a little harder this week. Mid-week last week I got the diagnosis of Gestational Diabetes. I was almost expecting it but it was still a little hard to deal with. Thankfully, for the moment, it is only diet controlled but it has already made a huge difference to our lives. Every meal and snack has to be planned and calculated and I’m monitoring my blood sugar levels 4 times a day. A lot of extra stress and work but I just have to keep focusing on the positives – I will end up with a healthier baby and hopefully easier labour and it will also help minimize my chances of getting Type 2 Diabetes in the future, especially if I continue to look after myself once the baby is born.
So, what are the differences with my diet? Well, no sugar obviously – things like soft drink, chocolate, lollies. That much was obvious and although it sucks, I knew I could cut them out. However, I hadn’t realised how much soft drink I’d been drinking lately! I’m now drinking soda water with lime, soda water with diet cordial or plain water and I have to say, it’s already pretty boring. But not much I can do about it.
The biggest thing I have to concentrate on is carbs. A serve of carbs is 15g and I have been advised to have:
Breakfast – 2 serves
Morning Tea – 2 serves
Lunch – 2-3 serves
Afternoon Tea – 1-2 serves
Dinner – 2-3 serves
Supper – 1-2 serves.
So, every meal has to be measured for carbs (thankfully I was given a list of foods with their carb serves which makes it easier) and I have to obviously also have lots of veggies and some good, healthy protein. I also have to watch how much salt I have and things with lots of saturated fats.
It’s hard and it’s a lot of work but I’m starting to get my head around it. I’m finding I almost have to force myself to eat more often – I definitely don’t eat morning or afternoon tea normally and would often not have breakfast as well.
My blood sugar levels have been high a few times but I feel this was mostly to do with working out what I can and can’t eat. Also, if I leave breakfast too late it makes my level sky rocket as there is too long a gap between supper and breakfast. Which means earlier mornings for me!
So, when doing this week’s meal plan I had quite a lot to keep in mind – meals that are healthy, meals that Mr Monkey and Lily will want to eat, meals with lots of protein and veggies to fill me up but also meeting my carb requirements, plus working out what we were doing during the week and how that would affect dinner. Fun!
After a quick google search I came across Gestational Diabetes Recipes. I was a little hesitant to look at the recipes at first, thinking it was an American site but it is actually Australian and meets the Australian guidelines!
There is not a huge selection of recipes but there are some really good ones. Each recipe highlights the carb ingredients and list the serves of carbs for each person. Makes it much easier to work out!
On Tuesday night we’re going to my in-laws’ for our usual dinner. They both have diabetes so have an insight on what I will need to eat so I’m not too worried about working out what I will or won’t be able to eat there (Hi Jean! ). We’re back out there again on Sunday for Grandma’s birthday dinner so it may be a little harder that night. But I’ll do what I can!
We have a fairly busy week this week otherwise – swimming lesson for Lily on Monday, dentist appointments for the whole family on Tuesday, doctor check up for Lily on Wednesday, school for Lily, hair cut for me and Mr Monkey back to work on Friday.