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Posted by on Sep 10, 2012 in Try Something New | 0 comments

A Day in the Life: Eating for Bradley Method and Gestational Diabetes (Fun!)

Have you ever tried to balance 3 specialized diets at once? It’s so much fun (sarcasm!).

  • First up you have pregnancy (get your veggies and your fruits stay away from too much fish watch out for deli meats no soft cheese cook everything all the way!).
  • Next you have Bradley Method (eat ALL of the protein eat your veggies eat two eggs a day eat three potatoes a week eat dark leafy greens salt to taste and water to thirst).
  • And finally, you have gestational diabetes (watch your carbs watch your sweets watch your fats watch what you eat at your baby showers).

Well, this has been my life since about 28 weeks. Thankfully, most things in these diets don’t compete with each other, and you can still find your way (and something to eat!).

First of all, I want to say that I’m being monitored for GD as a precaution. All of my levels have been great and well below the range. I have a lot of diabetes in my family, and my glucose tolerance test came back high…so we’re not taking any chances. It has been easy to manage and monitor, and I don’t have to go back to the doctor until after the baby is born.

Turkey burgers have been one of my go-to dinners these days. I found a tasty way to prepare and serve them…full of flavor!

Turkey Burgers

A friend warned me that straight-up ground turkey burgers with no binding fall apart when you cook them so I wanted to add a little something extra to mine to avoid this issue and add a little extra flavor.

1 lb. ground turkey (I got Publix brand ground breast meat so it’s very low in fat – some say that’s the culprit for them falling apart)
2 T bread crumbs
1 T burger seasoning
1 T Worchestershire
1 egg
2 cloves garlic, finely chopped

Mix together all ingredients with your hands and portion out patties.* Grill until temperature reads 160-170*.

*I had 1.30 lbs of meat, and I got 4.75 patties out of it (one was a runt).

To serve, I melted provolone cheese on top and spread herbed mayo (Duke’s low fat mayo with chopped, fresh dill and basil) on top. I served with 2 servings of brown rice, broccoli, chopped tomato, and a peach. This was a LOT of food.

Total protein: 31.4
Total carbs: 45
Mommy: full
Baby: happy

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