Ok, so it’s not just for you, but my thought is that sometimes it is really important to organize your space to get your head around the fact that you have gestational diabetes and need to follow a meal plan, take meds, record your information and in general have a life. This week, I worked with a professional organizer to straighten up my office – it was getting way out of hand. It’s still partially out of hand, but I am working on it slowly and I can find lots of stuff now. Like bills *sigh*…
Organizing Your Day
When you think about it, you have to get your day together to make sense of what you are going to do. Part of being pregnant is taking care of yourself and your baby. One way you can do that is to plan your day. Here are some ideas on how to do that:
1. Get up a few minutes earlier and meditate. I have been listening to a hypnosis / mediation tape in the morning for 30 minutes and it’s making a difference for me. Whatever topic, you can probably find some nice calm music to relax and listen to, and meditate on having a good day. Repetition of positive thoughts that are statements of what you WANT to happen help the most. For example – saying to yourself “I am having a great pregnancy and a healthy baby” may seem silly, but your mind just naturally starts to believe it. And what your mind believes really is what happens. You might find an app that has a hypnosis program that would be helpful. Hypnosis does not make you do silly things, especially the type you would listen to in bed, it just relaxes you and gives your mind a few suggestions on how to think through stuff. It will help you focus.
2. Before you leave the office or go to bed, make a list of what you need to do the next day. It’s amazing how much you forget overnight. You can make this list for what you want to do first, second, and third. Then don’t open your email, just start on your list for 30-60 minutes and you will get a lot accomplished. Then open your email and see what fires need to be put out. Or if you are a stay at home mom, do the same but don’t get sidetracked. Take the time to get those few things done and you will feel so much better for getting it over with.
3. Plan when you are going to eat. Yes, it’s that important. I used to get nauseated (not morning sickness) when I didn’t eat every 2-3 hours. Know your body and plan ahead. Don’t shortchange yourself by skipping meals or not sticking to a time. When you let it go, you get hungry and make poor choices, right? Who doesn’t? So, plan your day so you are finished with something and give yourself your lunch hour to eat and take a break. You deserve it. You may need to take a short nap or put your feet up at that time as well.
Organizing Your Meals
Organizing your day may seem like a lot, but you also need to organize your meals. You have a meal pattern and a certain number of carbohydrates, proteins, and fats to eat to get a balanced blood sugar level. Plan to eat less carbohydrate in the morning so that you can have a lower blood sugar throughout the day. You need to follow a meal pattern and it will advise you to eat a certain number of grams of carbohydrate for the day. Carbohydrates are what make your blood sugar rise for the most part. They are not bad nor good, just effective at raising your blood sugar. If you are low, carbs are great – if you are running high, they are not your friend.
But you should plan your meals around getting some protein, some fat and some carbohydrate. Drink plenty of water. Plan for at least 4 “meals or snacks” a day. You will get hungry. You aren’t necessarily feeding 2, but you do need some extra calories. Use a planner like the one I created on Amazon – Gestational Diabetes Journal – that helps you plan your day and document your meals and how you feel. Keeping track can work wonders for your detective efforts when your blood sugars seem high and you are not sure why.
Another thought – consider using a bento box style lunch container that allows you to compartmentalize your meals and eat parts of your meal all day. I use these boxes – Bentology – and I love them. You can put your items into different containers, put all the containers in the tub, and then when you are ready to eat, take one out or several out and mix and eat. Yum without having to mix it up ahead of time and make soggy messes.
Organizing Your Kitchen
Just as organizing your day and your meals is important, keeping your kitchen in order is tantamount to success with gestational diabetes.
In the evening before you go to bed, lay out your lunch box and your meal plan so you don’t have to think in the morning about what is going to go with you. You are in a hurry in the morning and probably having one more decision to make would be a lot to ask. So, before you go to bed, make sure you have everything. If you like crockpot meals, you can fill up the crockpot the night before, put it in the refrigerator, and take it out in the AM. Put it in the heater and turn it on – presto! When this thought occurred to me that I could put it in the refrigerator, I was like – OK! More crockpot meals for the family. I love to make soups and other meals in there.
Keep your fruit and veggies out where you can see them. It’s easy to grab them if you have them out on the counter, but you might not remember to eat them if you have them hidden away. Make sure you eat your fruit with a little protein to make the fullness last longer. A bit of peanut butter or cream cheese will help make it better.
Last tip for the kitchen – try to do some freezer meals that you make on one day and cook for the rest of the week. I love doing this, especially when I know we have a big week coming up and its going to be tough to stick to a schedule. You might love these right after you get home from the hospital, so make a few ahead and save them for a rainy (or tiring) day. Keep ziplocs on hand and you can do this on grocery store day. I highly recommend making a meal plan, then a grocery list, then going to the grocery store. Or ordering on line if you live in an area where that is available.
I know your diet will change and you will feel more hungry at sometimes than others, but know that you can manage your gestational diabetes.
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