4.26.2016

Gestational Diabetes: Sample Meal Plan

Living with gestational diabetes isn't fun, but I have found ways to make it more manageable. In the past, if I didn't have a plan in place I ended up making poor food choices. Poor choices lead to not feeling good. Yuck.

Gestational Diabetes Meal Plan


Every person that has gestational diabetes is supposed to meet with a dietitian to talk about how much protein, fats, and carbohydrates they should eat at each meal. My dietitian was useless, but hopefully that isn't the case for everybody.

Every person is going to be a bit different depending on their metabolism and activity level.  Even day to day, the amount of carbohydrates I can eat and keep my blood sugar under control can vary. If I am sick or feeling particularly lazy, I have to reduce the carbs that I eat.

In addition to watching my blood sugar, I try to avoid artificial sweeteners and caffeine as much as possible. These are suggestions from my doctor, what your doctor says may be different.

When planing what I am going to eat for the week, I use a really handy meal planning notepad that I got from World Market.


Breakfast Options:


Two Eggs, Bacon, and Toast.

Cottage Cheese with Mandarin Oranges.

Sausage, Egg, and Cheese Breakfast Sandwich.

Half of a Costco Muffin.

Avocado Toast.


Lunch Options:


Salad Topped With Chicken and Parmesan Cheese

Turkey Sandwich With Cheese, Tomato, and Pickle.

Costco Chicken Salad, Triscuit Thins, and Grape Tomatoes

Pan Cooked Vegetables and Chicken

Tuna Salad Sandwich


Dinner Options:


Baked Chicken With Roasted Potatoes and Asparagus

Chicken In Mustard Sauce Served With Brussels Sprouts

Steak Served With Broccolini and Mushrooms

Salmon Topped With An Orange-Jicama Salad

Taco Salad


Snack Options:


String Cheese and Beef Jerky

Fresh Mozzarella Balls and Grape Tomatoes

Baby Carrots and Hummus


Beverage Options:


Water

Perrier Lime Sparkling Mineral Water 

La Croix Sparkling Water

Unsweetened Iced Green Tea

Caffeine Free Diet Coke 

Decaf Coffee


I try and find a new recipe to incorporate into my routine every week. I have a few places that I go to when trying to find new recipes to try. My favorite place to look for new recipes is Pinterest. I already have hundreds of recipes to try. I do have to say that not all Pinterest recipes are created equal. I have found that I tend to find recipes from the same users.  I cook a lot so I am pretty good at adapting recipes and making them more diabetic friendly. My favorites are Pinch of Yum, Half Baked Harvest, Iowa Girl Eats, and A Spicy Perspective

4.22.2016

Stay On Task With These Top Organizing Tips

I am the kind of person that would lose their head if it wasn't attached. That being said, being organized is hard for me. Because I value my time and my sanity, I work extra hard to try and stay organized throughout the week.

Here are my secret tips for staying organized during the week.



1. Make a weekly chore schedule


Growing up my mother had Saturday morning scheduled as cleaning day. All of us were given chores that we had to get finished before we were allowed to do anything else that day.  Honestly it felt like by the time chores were completed there wasn't any Saturday left.

When I worked, having a weekend cleaning day seemed like the only option. Now I have realized that is is much easier to do a little bit of cleaning everyday then to have one giant no fun cleaning day every weekend.

I went through and made a list of every chore that needs to be done. Then I assigned certain tasks or groups of tasks to a day of the week. For example on Mondays I do a cleaning of the kitchen and Tuesdays I clean the bathrooms. And so on. I do each task on the same day of the week, every week.

By breaking the chores down, I am not overwhelmed by the work. I also know what I need to do everyday. I don't even have to look at my notepad to know that Fridays are for errands and grocery shopping. I've done it enough times that I just know I need to to do it.

After writing down my standard weekly schedule, I add in special chores to the schedule as needed.

I use a small little notepad that I found in the Target One Spot.



2. Plan out dinner for the week


I already talked about how I feel about meal planning in my post about cutting your grocery budget.  going to eat and when. I keep the list on the refrigerator so I cannot miss it. Before making an actual list and keeping it on the refrigerator, I would often forget to thaw the meat out and then I'd be in a panic trying to figure out what to do about dinner.

While I am not particularly crazy about the color, I love the functionality of this meal planning notepad. I was more than willing to pay full price for this what to eat notepad, but you don't have to because it is currently on sale! Get the Friends and Family Discount by signing up for an Explorer account and using code: FFWorld.



3. Keep a family calendar


Between my husbands work engagements and a ton of doctor appointment between us all, it is very important to keep a family calendar.

We currently use the iCloud calendar to keep our appointments straight.

My husband and I can see all of our appointments.  This helps me to know if I should expect my husband for dinner or if he has a work dinner.  He can also see if I have a doctors appointment or if our son does.  If he thinks I need help, he can schedule time off or work a half day to help me with appointments.

4. An additional notepad on the refrigerator


I make sure I have an extra notepad around for just in case. I use it to write down notes for a phone call if needed. But most often I use it to write down things we need from the store.

I also use a notepad that I found in the Target One Spot.


I plan on refilling my stock at Target One Spot if they continue to have cute stationary available. I do have my eye on some pretty picks, just in case Target quits stocking cute notepads.

4.16.2016

Best Places To Buy Clothes For Your Little One

I used to really love shopping for myself. Now that I have a child, I love shopping for him.  I try my best to keep him looking super cute, without breaking the bank. I am willing to pay a bit more fore better quality items that will last longer, but my kid also isn't wearing designer threads. When I decide where to shop, I pick places that have good sales, good quality, and a large selection.


best places to buy childrens clothes

4.13.2016

Spring Clothes Under $100 To Buy Now

Right now it is still a bit cool in the Portland area.  As usual it is a bit windy and rainy. It is hard to think of it already being Spring. Right now there are some really great sales and great Spring fashion finds that you have to by now, while they are still available.

4.10.2016

Best Books For Toddlers

My child is very active. Actually, I think that might be an understatement. Getting him to sit down or be still is a challenge.  However, I really want him to have an appreciation for books and reading. Everyday we carve out a few minutes to read.

best toddler books


Before Baby 1 was born, I already had a pretty big library of children's books waiting for him. However, some book were not as great as I hoped. Some were too short, had weak stories, or were way too long.  At 16 months, these are the books that he enjoys the most.

4.06.2016

Look Five Years Younger With These Products

When I was younger, I always wanted to look older. I had such a baby face. Now that I am over 30, I am so glad to look younger than my actual age. Most people are genuinely shocked when I tell them my age. I can attribute a lot of my youthfulness to genetics. My fathers side of the family has always looked particularly youthful. While genetics help, they  are not the only thing that keeps my skin looking so young. To keep my skin looking 27 instead of 30+, I use a variety of products and avoid lifestyle choices that age me.



3.31.2016

How To Prepare For Out Of Town Guests


For the next few weeks, I will be busy preparing for a number of guests that will be visiting from out of town. I have a couple of weeks before the first group of guests arrive, but I have to get started preparing now. Being 6 months pregnant and taking care of a toddler takes up most of my time and energy. 

Whenever I have guests, I always try to think ahead. I also think about my experiences as an out of town guest. I know the every guest is different so I come up with a general idea of what a guest would like and then I think specifically about that person that is staying.