DIET Does Not Have To Be A Four Letter Word
The thought of changing your diet can feel overwhelming when you first find out you have Gestational Diabetes. Although, come to think of it, Gestational Diabetes is not the only condition during pregnancy that will force you to take a serious look at what you are eating. High blood pressure, rapid weight gain and water retention are other conditions, just to name a few.
Unfortunately we have been conditioned to associate the word DIET with denying ourselves of tasty foods. We think changing our diet means eating boring foods and being hungry all the time. There are so many fad diets out there that shock your body and cause you to drop weight quickly only to leave you feeling miserable.
This is because these fad diets are the wrong approach and are not good for your body! If you look up the definition of diet, it simply means “the kind of food that a person, animal or community habitually eats”. So one of my recommendations is to change how you view the word “DIET” and stop thinking of it as something that will be painful. Because changing your diet-THE RIGHT WAY- can and should be enjoyable!
I also suggest you work on becoming more actively aware of what you are eating, while you are eating. What do I mean by this? Before you start eating something, ask yourself …
“Is this food going to help give me energy? Is it going to nourish my body so I can be healthy and strong for my baby?”
Asking yourself these questions will give you an opportunity to pause and really take a good look at what you are about to eat. You can then make an active choice to either go ahead and eat the food, or find something else that is healthier.
It is amazing how often we are not really paying attention when we are eating. Many times we are thinking about our day, or we are busy talking to someone or we are watching TV and eating.
My final suggestion is to discover your sense of adventure with food again. The basic principles of healthy eating is “eat fresh vegetables, fruits with low sugar content, whole grains that are gluten
free…and lean meats” …. I realize this can sound very boring and restrictive. I remember when I started changing my diet, I literally steamed vegetables without any spices. Or I just ate veggies raw…. I felt so deprived that I ended up binging on junk foods and sweets even more than before!
I can assure you that if you give yourself a chance to be creative, you can learn to prepare delicious meals with these main foods. The best thing to do is to go online or find some cookbooks and just experiment! Look for recipes that include fresh veggies, whole grains and lean meats.
You may prepare something and it may be a complete disaster, or you may discover a meal you never thought you would enjoy!
The key is to make it fun! Include your spouse, friends or if you have other children already to make it a group event and to make it fun! Discover the joy of eating again!
So having to change the way you eat during your pregnancy does not have to be overwhelming. Hopefully these few tidbits will help you make a smooth transition to healthier eating and having a healthy pregnancy!
Donna Rock is a Health Coach graduate of the Institute for Integrative Nutrition, Donna is also certified by the American Association of Drugless Practitioners. This prestigious certification is for individuals who have been trained by only the most qualified educational programs in the area of Holistic Nutrition and Holistic Health Coaching.