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#1 Old 11-22-2008, 11:43 AM
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Last time i was pregnant i developed gestational diabetes, so this time around i went to the dietician early to set up an eating plan to help avoid and/or control if it should happen to return during this pregnancy...the chances are good that it will return.

Because I'm trying to control my carbs and spread them out during the day, I was told to increase my protein intake and try to have some protein with every meal. When I told her I'm a veg*n, of course she gave me the usual "only animal products give you proper iron intake, blah blah". I'm at a loss of what to eat that is a good source of protein, but lower in carbohydrates. Last time I was pregnant I was omni, so I had no problems, but now that I'm vegan I'm at a loss.

Any suggestions?
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#2 Old 11-22-2008, 05:41 PM
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Good protein foods include:

Goji berries, Spirulina, Hemp Seeds, Quinoa, Buckwheat, Soybeans (whole soy no processed junk)...these are all complete protein sources

Other good sources that aren't complete proteins include:

Wheat, nuts, seeds, many grains, beans...etc

Ooops...I didn't put which were low in carbs I forgot!

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#3 Old 11-23-2008, 08:42 PM
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I have type 1 diab myself, and while there are foods that will work for some pple, for others, it may cause a drastic change in their BS. I would suggest watching your food intake and checking your BS daily w/ an at home monitor, if you dont already.

For me, quinoa and oats are great. Oat bread and WHOLE GRAINS are the best.

Combine your carbs w/ high protein and fat, as both will help slow the BS effect... for example, adding PB to an apple, as a snack is better than just a plain apple.

Tofu, Seitan are super high in protein.

Popcorn, nuts, edamame are great snacks.

i have to say though, that for me, portion control has been the most important part of a meal. Try to train your body to eat often and smaller portions.
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#4 Old 12-15-2008, 06:00 PM
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Why not try a protein supplement? I know pregnant women do it all the time. I drink a vegetarian protein shake called Nutribody -- it's made of brown rice and pea protein, no sugar, no additives, etc. Definitely do your research and find out which of the ones out there may work for you!
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#5 Old 02-12-2009, 01:23 AM
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One of the problems that many people have with low carb dieting is the elimination of bread and pasta. Many of the foods that are quickest to prepare are based around carbohydrates - burgers in their buns, fries, sandwiches, pasta and sauce. It is true that alcohol is generally restricted on any diet, because it is high in calories and very low in nutritional value, but low carb diets put particular emphasis on this.

Here is a link that might be useful: Low Carb Foods
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