Ok, there are basically two directions you can take.
You can follow her advice and do the standard "counting carbs" method of controling diabetes. If you do that, then you should pick up a copy of one of the variety of cookbooks aimed at eating a low-carb diet the vegan or vegetarian way. (Here are some cookbooks: Carb Conscious Vegetarian
, Low Carb Vegetarian Diet
,Low GI Vegetarian
, Low Carb Vegetarian
). There are also some blogs that offer some advice and recipes on the topic, for example, Low Carb Vegan
The other option is to follow the advice of other doctors who don't count carbs. A number of doctors who promote plant-based diets have been able to control or reverse diabetes through a plant-based diet without
counting carbs. Generally, they promote a low-fat low-sugar vegan diet that includes lots of whole foods. Essentially, it's simply about acknowledging that simple sugars effect the body differently than complex carbohydrates
. Look into the writings of Dr Barnard, Dr. McDougall, Dr. Esselstyn, Colin Campbell, Dr. Dean Ornish and PCRM. And if you can, find yourself a doctor of dietitian that supports this route.
Also, do you exercise? That can help.
Here are some general resources:
Detailed info and links to articles about veganism during pregnancy: http://www.veganhealth.org/articles/preginfchil
Vegetarian food pyramid for gestational diabetes: http://www.cdph.ca.gov/HealthInfo/he...PyramidVeg.pdf
(to make it vegan, just replace the milk section with calcium-rich vegan foods like kale or fotrified foods).
Articles about vegan health during pregnancy, including gestational diabetes: http://www.todaysdietitian.com/newar...2007pg38.shtmlhttp://www.vegfamily.com/dietician/1004a.htm
Please note: I'm not a dietitian or doctor. I haven't been pregnant. My only credentials are that I'm smart, been vegetarian or vegan nearly 3 decades, have a (hopefully adopted soon) vegan toddler who is healthy, and I am very good at using Google