Example meal plan

What are the 7-day meal plans like?

So that you can get an idea of what my 7-day meal plans look like. Here is one day’s example meal plan for you to see and try out.

With the 7-day Meal Plans, you get 7 days just like as shown in the example one-day plan below.

There are six 7-day meal plans, a total of 42 days worth of meal plans if you make use of all the plans available. Although some of these may need tweaking to be suitable for your own dietary needs, eg. substituting meat or fish in some meal plans if you are vegetarian, or replacing dairy with dairy-free alternatives if you need to follow a dairy-free diet.

Once following the specific 7-day meal plan that you require for your own dietary needs, you will learn which ingredients work well for you and should be able to tweak other meals as necessary.

With Silver membership, you also have access to ALL recipes on the website!

My 8 golden rules to eating

The best approach to food I have found is to stick to these 8 golden rules:
  1. Eat little & often, ideally 3 meals and 3 snacks a day
  2. ‘Pair’ foods so that they will be tolerated better, “food pairing” is a term that we use in relation to the GD diet
  3. Eat high protein
  4. Eat good, natural fats
  5. Eat low amounts of unrefined complex starchy carbohydrates at every meal
  6. Bulk up meals with lots of vegetables & salad
  7. Drink plenty of water
  8. Go for a stroll  

All the meals and snacks in this plan follow the 8 golden rules; they have been paired and follow the basis of eating little and often, high protein, high natural fats, low complex carbs, bulking up on vegetables and salad.

list of the GD UK 8 Golden Rules for a gestational diabetes diet

In order for this dietary advice to work you also need to follow the guidance around drinking plenty and going for a stroll after your main meal. I advise drinking a glass of water every time you eat and also one between each meal or snack. This is based on drinking around 3 ltrs of water a day which may sound like a lot to some, but a small glass of water with and between each time you eat will really impact your blood sugar levels and will assist with flushing any excess sugar from your system.

Golden rule No7 Drink Plenty & Stay Hydrated

For more information on drinks, please read more here

Example meal plan – Day One

Banana Pancakes
Banana Pancakes
Sweet breakfast pancakes but without using wheat flour. A great sweet pancake recipe to set you up for the day
Check out this recipe
banana pancakes
banana pancakes
Morning Snack
Hummus and vegetable sticks

Full fat hummus, with lots of cucumber, celery and peppers sliced into sticks. NOTE: Carrots are a higher carb vegetable and some do not tolerate them well.

Spanish Frittata with halloumi and salad
Spanish Frittata
A great way to use leftovers. This frittata can be made with all your favourite ingredients and makes for a great lunch, snack or dinner
Check out this recipe
Spanish Frittata

Slice the halloumi into 1cm thick slices and heat in a pan with a drizzle of olive oil. Cook until golden on one side, then flip to cook the other side. Serve a slice of frittata warm with slices of halloumi and a mixed green and avocado salad. Add full-fat mayonnaise if you like it. Leftover frittata can be eaten cold the following day.

spanish tortilla
Afternoon Snack
Peanut butter and Granny smith

Slice a Granny smith apple into pieces and dunk into crunchy peanut butter (look for peanut butter with less than 7g total carbohydrate per 100g)

peanut butter and Granny smith apple snack

Spaghetti bolognese or Mince and Potato Bake
Spaghetti bolognese
This family favourite makes for a great base for many dishes. The vegetables can be changed to suit. Suitable for slow cooking and freezing.
Check out this recipe
gestational diabetes spaghetti bolognese

If you make the bolognese and have some leftover, why not try out my Mince and Potato Bake, here’s the recipe if you’d like to give it a try!

Mince and Potato Bake
This recipe uses leftover mince from my spaghetti bolognese recipe, sliced par-boiled potatoes, topped with creamy cheese sauce
Check out this recipe
mince and potato bake
Optional Dessert ‘snack’ – after testing post meal blood sugar levels. Omit this snack if you are not hungry
Chocolate Mousse
Chocolate mousse
If you need a quick chocolate fix, then this is the dessert or snack for you! It takes just a few minutes to make and only needs 2 ingredients! Rich, chocolatey mousse… yum!
Check out this recipe
Dark Mint Chocolate Mousse
Bedtime Snack
Scottish oatcakes x 3 and cheese

Check out the full recipe index for more recipes & ideas

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