3 Tips from an Ayurvedic Nutritionist on Preventing and Managing Gestational Diabetes Mellitus

TIP : 3 Tips from an Ayurvedic Nutritionist on Preventing and Managing Gestational Diabetes Mellitus

by Nimisha Gandhi, founder of Moon Cycle Nutrition

Pregnancy allows you to witness the incredible journey of new life being formed within you. From the moment of conception to feeling the first gentle flutters of movement, it’s awe-inspiring to think that you are creating and nurturing a tiny human being. However, an unexpected diagnosis of gestational diabetes mellitus (GDM) can bring about feelings of guilt, loss of control and fear. Taking a holistic approach to manage GDM can have a significant impact on how you feel and will give you more control over your pregnancy.

Here are three practical nutrition tips to managing gestational diabetes.

Start the morning strong with a protein and fiber-rich breakfast. Aim to eat at least 20 grams of protein with each meal while reducing overall carbohydrate intake. Examples of quality protein include tofu, lentils, hemp and chia seeds, eggs, cheese, unsweetened yogurt, organic meats and poultry, and wild seafood.

Carbohydrates provide an excellent source of vitamins, minerals, and fiber. Carbs are also important for sustaining energy and they are delicious! Eating veggies and protein before carbohydrates has been shown to reduce glucose spikes. Choose carbs that naturally contain fiber and pair them with healthy fats and protein. Excellent sources of carbs are lentils, beans, sweet potatoes, squashes, nuts and seeds, quinoa and brown rice. Non-starchy vegetables such as cauliflower, leafy greens, zucchini, and bell peppers are also a great source of carbs.

Magnesium is involved in insulin signaling and plays a crucial role in glucose metabolism. Adequate magnesium levels are associated with improved insulin sensitivity, which is beneficial for individuals with diabetes or insulin resistance. Magnesium rich foods include unrefined grains, dark leafy greens, sweet potatoes, fatty fish, avocados, cacao, nuts and seeds, and legumes. Opt for the magnesium bisglycinate form in supplements and read supplement ingredient labels carefully. You can find my list of preferred prenatal supplements here.

Bonus :

Yoga Nidra is a wonderful way to not only deeply relax and restore lost sleep, it has clinically proven benefits of reversing diabetes! Stress has a tremendous impact on your glucose levels and by practicing yoga nidra you can lower your cortisol and stress levels which in turn regulates your insulin. Yoga Nidra is my favorite tool to use for pregnant people and new parents since it can help them feel rejuvenated and refreshed in just a short 30-minute session.

Gestational diabetes mellitus management is not just about controlling blood sugar levels by food; it also involves maintaining a healthy lifestyle and mindset.”

Nimisha is a functional and Ayurvedic nutritionist, yoga nidra teacher, and conscious parenting coach, bringing over 15 years of experience in clinical research and health and wellness. Her expertise includes gut health and the reproductive phases from puberty to menopause with a special focus on prenatal care. Nimisha uses the innate wisdom of changing hormones and the cycles of nature to help her clients flow with their body in her practice, Moon Cycle Nutrition. Her work is an amalgamation of ancient principles with modern science and it is highly individualized to meet the needs of her clients. Nimisha’s Instagram is full of information.

To learn more or to schedule a free 15-minute phone consultation, visit mooncyclenutrition.com.

Jane Austin Yogi IconJane Austin is an internationally recognized Prenatal and Postnatal Yoga Teacher and Teacher trainer empowering women and pregnant people to trust their bodies as they transition into parenthood and beyond.

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