Tuesday, December 31, 2013

GD Diaries Part 10: What to order at restaurants!

This post is part of a series on Gestational Diabetes. The posts were written in August - October, but are just now being published. While I was too upset and conflicted about this situation when I was first dealing with it, I want to share my experiences with other moms that may go through something similar. Check back for another installment every Tuesday! You can catch up here: Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3 | Part 4 | Part 5 | Part 6 | Part 7 | Part 8 | Part 9

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One of the things I've struggled with in my constant worry about GD is maintaining a "normal" life. I suspect that it's harder for me than most, because I've chosen not to tell most of the people in my every day life that I may have it, which creates a lot of excuse making and avoidance. So, that's my problem. But whether or not you're keeping this struggle to yourself, things come up in every day life that make you feel antsy or guilty about people having to make special adjustments for you. I mean, at least I do. When we get invited somewhere for dinner, I don't want to ask them to alter their menu for me, and I don't want it to seem completely obvious that I'm avoiding every carb on the table. So in those cases, I usually end up having too many and I regret it later. I'm not really sure what else to do in those cases other than tell them the truth, but I'm just not ready for that. There have also been a lot of times when we've been in public when I'm due for a snack or meal, or someone has invited us to meet them somewhere to eat, and I have found a small collection of things to order at popular chain restaurants and snack bars that fit the GD diet guidelines. It's really kind of hard to place your order quickly when you're standing in line without nutritional information and staring at pictures of gorgeous food you so wish you could have. So I've started writing down the choices I've made that have later tested with good blood sugar levels (like in the 80's + 90's for me!) to make my life easier. And because I am always Googling around looking for recipes and ideas like this, I thought I'd share them with you!

Keep in mind - these are the things that work for me. Every one is different, and depending on your body or your gestational point in pregnancy (because the farther in pregnancy you are, the less forgiving your pancreas is because of the steady increase of hormones), these might not work as well for you as they do for me. For example - my system can't handle any amount of apples, or more than 35-ish grams of carbs per snack/meal. So use your judgement, and treat each of these ideas as your own experiments. They're all a good place to start, though!

Oh, and a final note? These places are not the picture of health. But when you're living with small children, these are typical places we get invited to or find ourselves relying on in a pinch!

Burger King
For Breakfast: Sausage, Egg + Cheese on an English Mufin + Coffee with Cream only
For Lunch/Dinner: Whopper Jr with cheese, Side Salad (be careful of the carbs in your choice of dressing) + an unsweet tea or water

Tim Horton's
Breakfast: Sausage, Egg + Cheese Wrap OR Sandwich on an English Muffin. Hot or Iced Coffee with cream only + optional flavor shot (these are sugar-free and typically only add 1-2 carbs)
Lunch: Snack Wraps (they have a bunch of options), same drink options as above
Dinner: Almost any of their soups, or a Steak + Cheese Panini on Whole Wheat with the crusts cut off to save carbs + unsweet tea or water
Snack: Technically, an old fashioned doughnut (NOT glazed) is acceptable, but you have to be careful about what you eat it with and when. Use caution, but it's an option.

Panera
Lunch/Dinner: You Pick Two with 1/2 Classic Salad + 1/2 Turkey Artichoke Panini + unsweet tea or water. NO side. They offer you a side with your meal (baguette, apple, or chips), and none of them are compatible with my body and they put me over my carb limit. I usually get the baguette and give it to my kids.

Target
Snack: Cheese Stick, Bottled Water + 1/4 bag of Popcorn
In the cooler where they keep pre-packaged drinks, they have some healthy choices to chose from like yogurt (though be careful of sugar in them), and yes - $.47 cheese sticks! When I'm there wandering around with my little one(s), I don't mind getting them a bag of popcorn + I just kind of nibble from it. You don't want too much, though - it is a grain, technically!

So it's not a very vast or varied list, but these are all acceptable options when you have to make a fast decision! Hope this helps you when you're out and about!

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