It’s been a while, I apologize. My goal was to post every week — tips & tricks, recipes, and journal my struggles and triumphs. Well I’ve struggled through the holidays and didn’t have much positive healthy eating to report. Now I’m back on the bandwagon and ready to get this weight off!

This post, that should have come weeks ago was going to be a sample meal plan for someone with gestational diabetes or even regular diabetes. A representation of what I used to eat on a daily basis. So without further ado, here we go:

Sample Meal Plan

Breakfast (first thing upon waking up)

  • 1 can of fruit cocktail (mix) in water
  • 1 cup of cottage cheese
  • 1 handful of nuts (usually walnut)
  • 1 piece of high fiber, low carb bread buttered
  • water

Mid-morning Snack

  • veggies with hummus dip
  • water


  • veggie sandwich made on Cobb’s Bread rolled grain bun with every vegetable in the fridge (red peppers, olives, onions, spinach, alfalpha sprouts, pickles, banana peppers, mushrooms, cucumbers, etc..) cheese and mayo
  • veggies with hummus dip
  • water

Mid-afternoon Snack

  • veggies with yogurt dip
  • water


  • lentil soup
  • 1 piece of high fiber, low carb bread buttered
  • salad (spinach with black beans, shredded cheese, and ranch dressing)
  • water

Bedtime Snack

  • 1 1/2 cups of fresh strawberries sliced
  • plain yogurt
  • homemade granola
  • water


That was a typical day. Plenty of food, lot’s of water, no sugar. What I found the most helpful was to keep the veggies and healthy/high protein dips on hand. If I couldn’t figure out what to eat, I would stand in my kitchen munching on carrots/celery/etc and try and figure out what I could eat. It’s definitely not as simple as grabbing the first thing you can reach and I have found this to be one of biggest weaknesses. I’m starved, don’t know what to eat and don’t have the energy to figure it out. Plan ahead and have those “emergency” foods standing by!

Next week I’ll try and post some recipes or more sample meal ideas! Remember, I’m a vegetarian and this was infinitely harder than what someone who has a larger variety of protein to choose from would experience. Any of those meals above could have been replaced with a meat dish to get your protein/every meal quota in.

If you have any great recipes or meal/snack ideas you wanna share, please do!  Also if you’re following along and feel like sharing your thoughts/questions/highs & lows, please leave a comment! I’d love to hear from you!

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  1. February 6, 2012 at 1:35 am Love

    This is great! I would eat all of that and like the simplicity and organization! I wonder what a nutritionist would think. Shall we find out?

    • February 10, 2012 at 2:29 am Syd

      That would be cool! Do you see one?

  2. February 11, 2012 at 11:59 am Love

    No I don’t but if you are dedicated to this, I can pursue it 🙂

  3. January 15, 2013 at 4:54 pm Jennifer

    I guess I’ve been a “junk food” vegetarian. I decided to go vegetarian about 1 year ago and it’s been a struggle making good food choices on a regular basis. Anyways, I am now 29 weeks pregnant and today was given the “GD Verdict.” This is the first posting I’ve come across where the meal plan sounds like something I could easily make in my busy life style (I also have a 4year old and work 60+ hours per week in a residential treatment facility). So I guess I’m wondering how this turned out for you? Do you have other daily plans for meals that were easy to prepare, GD friendly, and not something that will make me decide to just give up my vegetarian drams altogether???

    • January 17, 2013 at 9:38 am Syd

      Hey Jennifer! I’ve always been a Junk Food Vegetarian. And I’ve been a vegetarian my whole life but my mom had this unnatural fear that I would whither away from the lack of animal protein even though I’ve always been really solid and of average weight as a child (not so average now!). She was also a vegetarian but I think many of the food/health trends in the 80’s didn’t support the way she wanted to raise me. It left her with lots of doubts. So she pushed a lot of carbs and dairy on me. The dairy is sorta okay (unless you read up about what they do to cows and stop and think we are the only species on this planet that drinks another species’ breast milk…eww, right?), but the heavy carb diet could never turn out okay. Now, I don’t have a negative response to veggies, but when I’m hungry, it’s almost like I’m programmed to grab something with a large amount of carbs — bread, pasta, etc…As a child I lived on grilled cheese! But that’s not gonna work here and it didn’t when I was pregnant.

      To answer you first question on how it turned out, one word — FANTASTIC! While I was pregnant the goal was to not lose any weight but not gain either and that was not hard to do. I didn’t exercise a lot other than casual walking and if I did ever find my blood sugar higher than normal (say after eating a banana – realized pretty quick that that fruit will not work!) I would do stairs for about 3 minutes. Brought my sugar down immediately! The most important part was the food and I was very strict with my diet. One week post-partum I was 30 lbs lighter than what I weighed before getting pregnant. However, the most important indicator of how this all turned out was my daughter. She was 1 week late and born at 6 lbs 15 oz. My midwife took one look at her and said, wow, you were really strict on your diet. She could tell from my daughter’s size and stored fat areas that she was perfectly healthy but not a typical gestational diabetes baby.

      I don’t have any other meal plans posted, but if you look through my other gestations diabetes posts, http://www.sydgill.com/tag/gestational-diabetes/, you should find some more resources and the list of rules. The rules are pretty simple and helped me get started. I will definitely work on posting a few more meal ideas, if you’re interested! Just let me know!

      And congrats on the pregnancy!

  4. May 6, 2013 at 7:48 pm Dana

    This meal plan is a great place for me to start. Weirdly enough, I’ve been super thirsty this pregnancy and craving carbs, which I had cut down on prior to becoming pregnant. My doctor was “upset” at my last appointment because I had already put on 30 lbs (27 weeks) and had GD. I kind of wish I had pushed him looking into my weird symptoms. I’m still waiting to get into the high-risk clinic, so am trying to find ways to adjust my diet. One of my challenges is that I have had severe nausea and vomiting and was put on Diclectin 3/day. My little one doesn’t like it when I eat any citrus (including strawberries). I have recently been able to start eating raw veggies again, which will help. This plan gives me some good ideas. What is your feeling on beans as a protein source? They are higher on carbs, but I really like them. I was wondering about a black bean quesadilla or even baked beans.

    • May 7, 2013 at 3:20 pm Syd

      I’m glad you were able to find something useful in my post!

      To answer your question about beans, OH YES, you can definitely eat beans. In fact, you need to eat a cup of lentils/beans a day to maintain healthy blood sugar levels. I found that the days I ate beans I felt much better (blood sugar was much more balanced) than the days I didn’t. And for the rest of the rules I followed, check out this post: http://www.sydgill.com/gestational-diabetes-the-food/!

      Hope that helps and good luck!

      • May 7, 2013 at 6:27 pm Dana

        Thanks for the great links and the info on beans. I love Mexican and Indian food, so beans and lentils are awesome.

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