For the past couple of weeks now we’ve been discussing diabetes and highlighting some of the important things to know, and even some crazy misconceptions about the condition. This is a wrap to the series discussing Gestational Diabetes, so if you’ve missed Parts I and II, make sure to check them out to learn all about Pre-diabetes and Type 2 Diabetes!
What is Gestational Diabetes?
Gestational diabetes is a special type of diabetes that only affects women during pregnancy. It affects 3-20% of pregnancies in Canada, and can be quite common depending on other risk factors present. Those in at risk populations include South Asian and African populations, similar to as was mentioned in the first part of the series on Pre-diabetes.
What happens in the body?
During pregnancy the body goes through many changes and this includes some changes to hormone balance. As we recall, insulin is a hormone released by the pancreas that helps with glucose metabolism. When pregnant, the baby develops in the bod...
I don't know about you, but snacks are an important part of my day; even more so after becoming a mother of two! I am pretty particular about my snacks and won't just grab anything. The dietitian in me requires them to be nutritious and wholesome, while the foodie in me whats them to taste amazing!
One of my all-time favourite things to meal prep are energy bites or energy balls. They come together very quickly and usually require a handful of ingredients that most people already have in their kitchens. Another great thing about energy balls are that they are great to give your children as snacks as well. If you want to learn more about why snacks are important for kids check out this post.
These energy balls feature an all-time classic flavour combination- peanut butter and chocolate! One thing I do want to mention is to read the ingredients when purchasing any type of nut butter as they can often be a loaded with sugar (find out more here).