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Gestational Diabetes Diet Plan

The gestational diabetes diet plan is similar to others in the sense that it works well for people who have the condition. In the previous section, we saw that similar foods are categorized and divided into groups called exchange lists.

This is a meal planning tool designed by the American Diabetes and the American Dietetic Association to help develop not only a gestational diabetes diet plan but also for the other types of the condition as well. This will make it easier to develop a personalized diet plan.

This exchange meal plan to help develop the gestational diabetes diet plan shows the number of servings from each list to eat each day. The beauty of this tool is that the foods in each list can replace each other in the serving sizes shown. This way, a variety of foods is made available and so it's easy to incorporate one's favorite food.

For example, in List 2 for Meat and Meat Substitutes, chicken, turkey, lean cuts of pork and beef, veal and fish can all replace one another when developing the gestational diabetes diet plan. You see, how easy it is to make good food choices while maintaining disease control.

So when you develop the gestational diabetes diet plan, choose foods from the exchange lists that you like. The correct number of servings will not pose a problem because the serving size is listed. This will help balance the correct amounts of the foods you enjoy and the control you're working on.

It is important to measure the foods as sticking to the serving size in developing the gestational diabetes diet plan will help achieve the goal of disease control. There are measuring cups and spoons but make sure the measurement is level and not heaping.


The methods of food preparation are also important. Try baking, broiling, roasting, grilling, stir-frying and steaming for these are low-fat cooking ways that will make your gestational diabetes diet plan healthier for you. Now you can develop your very own personalized meal plan. Here are some samples depending on the number of calories/day you're on:

Meal Plan for 1200 Calories/Day
BreakfastFirst Sample MenuSecond Sample Menu
1 Starch/Bread List 11/2 cup oatmeal1/2 English muffin
1 Fruit List 41 small pear1 apple
1 Milk List 51 glass skim milk8 oz yogurt nonfat, plain
Lunch
1 Starch/Bread List 11/2 plain small bagel1 Pita Pocket
2 Meat List 22 oz low-fat cheese2 oz ground pork
0-1 Vegetable List 31/2 cup carrot sticks1/2 cup cabbage
1 Fruit List 41/2 banana3/4 cup pineapple
1 Fat List 61 tsp margarine1 tbsp nuts
Dinner
2 Starch/Bread List 11 cup spaghetti1 hotdog bun
2 Meats List 22 oz ground beef2 oz hotdog
1 Vegetable List 3Salad green, tomato1/2 cup V8 juice
1 Fruit3/4 cup peach2 Tangerines
Snack in the evening
1 Starch/Bread List 17 Melba toasts1 corn on the cob
1 Milk List 58 oz plain yogurt8 oz 1% milk

There you have 2 sample menus for two days' meals if 1200 calories/day has been recommended for you. For 1500 calories, here's what you need for each of the three meals. I can make them for you but it's better for you to do it so you can include your favorite foods:

Breakfast

  • 2 Starch/Bread List 1
  • 1 Fruit List 4
  • 1 Milk List 5
  • 1 Fat List 6

Lunch

  • 2 Starch/Bread List 1
  • 2 Meat List
  • 0-1 Vegetable List 3
  • 1 Fruit List 4
  • 1 Fat List 6

Dinner

  • 2 Starch/Bread List 1
  • 3 Meat List 2
  • 1 Vegetable List 3
  • 1 Fruit List 4
  • 2 Fat List 6

Snack for the evening

  • 1 Starch/Bread List 1
  • 1 Milk List 5

Here's the list for those on the 1800 calories/day:

Breakfast

  • 2 Starch/Bread List 1
  • 1 Fruit List 4
  • 1 Milk List 5
  • 1 Fat List 6

Lunch

  • 2 Starch/Bread List 1
  • 2 Meat List 2
  • 0-2 Vegetable List 3
  • 1 Fruit List 4
  • 1 Fat List 6

Dinner

  • 3 Starch/Bread List 1
  • 3 Meat List 2
  • 2 Vegetable List 3
  • 1 Fruit List 4
  • 2 Fat List 6

Snack for the evening

  • 1 Starch/Bread List 1
  • Milk List 5
  • 1 Fruit List 4

Here's the list for those on the 2000 calories/day:

Breakfast

  • 2 Starch/Bread List 1
  • 1 Fruit List 4
  • 1 Milk List 5
  • 1 Fat List 6

Lunch

  • 3 Starch/Bread List 1
  • 2 Meat List 2
  • 0-1 Vegetable List 3
  • 1 Fruit List 4
  • 2 Fat List 6
  • 1 Milk List 5

Snack in the afternoon

  • 1 Starch/Bread List 1

Dinner

  • 2 Starch/Bread List 1
  • 4 Meat List 2
  • 2 Vegetable List 3
  • 1 Fruit List 4
  • 2 Fat List 6

Snack for the evening

  • 1 Starch/Bread List 1
  • 1 Milk List 5
  • 1 Fruit List 4

Here's the list for those on the 2500 calories/day:

Breakfast

  • 3 Starch/Bread List 1
  • 1 Fruit List 4
  • 1 Milk List 5
  • 2 Fat List 6

Lunch

  • 4 Starch/Bread List 1
  • 3 Meat List 2
  • 0-1 Vegetable List 3
  • 2 Fruit List 4
  • 2 Fat List 6
  • 1 Milk List 5

Snack in the afternoon

  • 1 Starch/Bread List 1
  • 1 Meat List 2

Dinner

  • 3 Starch/Bread List 1
  • 4 Meat List 2
  • 2 Vegetable List 3
  • 1 Fruit List 4
  • 3 Fat List 6

Snack for the evening

  • 1 Starch/Bread List 1
  • 1 Milk List 5
  • 1 Fruit List 4

There you have all the essentials for developing a gestational diabetes diet plan. All you have to do is print this out and the exchange lists in the previous section and then you can pick and choose the foods you enjoy the most. If you have an experience on this, please share it with the others by filling in the contact form at the bottom of this page to avoid spam.




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