Help setting myself a low-medium carb, gluten free, dairy free eating plan for pregnancy weight maintance. Please.

(16 Posts)
Hazchem Sun 06-Apr-14 06:38:32

So in the last 4 weeks I have found out I have an under active thyroid. I'm taking medication for this but understand that having a gluten and dairy diet can be beneficial.
I'm pleased to have a diagnoses because it explains my rapid weight gain and feeling so crappy.
Then a few days ago I found out I was pregnant. Over the moon about it but I am carrying excess weight and would like to almost maintain my current weight, aiming to only gain about 5-8 kilos through the pregnancy.

the problem I have is the most information set up for weight maintenance during pregnancy is based on a heavy grain diet. 6to 8 serves a day and that just doesn't work for me.

So wondering if anyone has a good guideline of daily consumption around a grain free diet. Does that make sense. I know with low carb you are meant to eat what you like as you get full faster but I think the thyroid has thrown out my switch for when I feel full.

Any advice or suggestions would be great.
thanks

giraffeseatpineapples Mon 07-Apr-14 02:05:47

Congratulations grin

You could try posting in the paleo primal thread, I think RawCoconutMacaroon has followed paleo while pregnant (gluten free dairy free woe).

Googling paleo and pregnancy will probably bring up some info

here's a link to an article on Marks daily apple www.marksdailyapple.com/5-primal-superfoods-for-fertility-and-pregnancy/#axzz2y9mAnrPj

I don't have a diagnosed thyroid problem but had decent sized babies so was worried about blood sugar when pg. I found that cutting out obvious sweet or addictive carby food like chocolate, crumpets and cake was enough in my second pregnancy and although I gained 20lbs during pregnancy I actually found I had lost weight compared to pre pregnancy once dd was born. In my first and second pregnancy the carb cravings were too strong though!

Hope you find some helpful info

Hazchem Mon 07-Apr-14 05:58:43

Thanks I'll post in the thread then and thanks for the link.

mathanxiety Mon 07-Apr-14 06:05:39

Don't do anything like you propose during pregnancy without seeing a dietician. Ask your midwife for a referral or pay for one for yourself.

Hazchem Mon 07-Apr-14 08:37:33

I'm seeing GP on Friday but would like to have a bit pf a plan in place to get his agreement. There is quite a bit of evidence to suggest if you are obese that gaining only 5-8 kilos is safe so not worried about that so much.

giraffeseatpineapples Tue 08-Apr-14 12:15:47

I think it is a safe way to eat if you have lots of stachy, veg, rice potatoes etc - I think you should trust your body and eat if you are hungry but maybe monitor your weight and dont give in to the eating for two idea. Personally I wouldnt replace dairy with soya products or nut milks during pregnancy. A little full fat dairy, natural yoghurt with berries, butter on your veg a splash of milk in your decaf tea but skipping lattes, ice cream etc.

Congrats again

giraffeseatpineapples Tue 08-Apr-14 12:17:26

Maybe tell GP you are aiming for 1800 calories a day (like favadi said in the other thread don't bother restricting carbs as this will happen naturally if you wheat, sugar and processed stuff)

giraffeseatpineapples Tue 08-Apr-14 12:20:30

sorry terrible typing, carbs will naturally reduce if you cut down on wheat, sugar and processed food.

mummymia21 Wed 09-Apr-14 11:15:12

I haven't got a thyroid problem but I've been doing low carbs and gluten free for a while now and though it was a tough at first, I am finding I feel much better for it now.

I think lunch is where I struggle most to make it healthy and filling as I have the least time to prepare it and it's usually a cold meal. I've been trying to recreate gourmet salads I eat when I eat out, rather than your average leaves, cucumber + tomato. Chop'd is a good one to look at for a bit of inspiration, I started eating there when I first went low carb etc (they're one of the only places I've found who cater for so many dietary restrictions). If you go on their site they have a big list of salad ingredients almost all of them are suitable (apart from cous cous and pasta). They also have a blog where tell you which ingredients give you protein, good fats etc so I've found it helpful for getting the right balance and making sure I'm getting enough of everything. (its: chopd.co.uk/)

For dinner I have something healthy but hearty like chilli, stew or soup.

You are probably already doing this but I'd say try to avoid the gluten free aisle as most of the replacement products are full of strange ingredients.

mummymia21 Wed 09-Apr-14 11:16:28

I haven't got a thyroid problem but I've been doing low carbs and gluten free for a while now and though it was a tough at first, I am finding I feel much better for it now.

I think lunch is where I struggle most to make it healthy and filling as I have the least time to prepare it and it's usually a cold meal. I've been trying to recreate gourmet salads I eat when I eat out, rather than your average leaves, cucumber + tomato. Chop'd is a good one to look at for a bit of inspiration, I started eating there when I first went low carb etc (they're one of the only places I've found who cater for so many dietary restrictions). If you go on their site they have a big list of salad ingredients almost all of them are suitable (apart from cous cous and pasta). They also have a blog where tell you which ingredients give you protein, good fats etc so I've found it helpful for getting the right balance and making sure I'm getting enough of everything. it's: chopd.co.uk/

For dinner I have something healthy but hearty like chilli, stew or soup.

You are probably already doing this but I'd say try to avoid the gluten free aisle as most of the replacement products are full of strange ingredients.

FourArms Mon 14-Apr-14 09:33:11

Slimming World is recommended for pg women and the red plan is fairly low carb.

Hazchem Mon 14-Apr-14 11:48:58

mummymia21 those links are helpful. Yes leaving the gluten free stuff alone. It's all so sugary!

FourArms Thanks for the suggestion I'm in Oz so no slimming world here. GP has given me a referral to a dietitian am going to give it go without (as have to pay ) for a month. If I;m struggling will pay. at times like this I miss the NHS smile

FourArms Mon 14-Apr-14 13:20:41

You can SW online Hazchem.

I do Harcombe which is pg-friendly too - it's just healthy eating really smile

Good luck!

foolishpeach Tue 22-Apr-14 14:09:28

Just spotted this thread and wondered how you are getting on?

I have hypothyroidism as well as gluten intolerance. I've been ttc for a while now with no luck and so I've been thinking of doing a low-carb, gluten and dairy free diet to try to lose some weight (am overweight) and to regulate my blood sugars. Hopefully it will help me to get pg!

Hazchem Thu 24-Apr-14 09:45:24

Crap to be fair!

Everyday I start with good intentions but then I feel crappy and then eat crap.
I'm going to weigh myself tomorrow morning, as it's been two weeks since I saw the gp and got weighed. If I've gained weight I think I will need start writing down and being mindful of my portion sizes.

That being said if I go a few days without gluten I feel better. So I think that at least is helping. I'm struggling without dairy. Haven't found an Ok substitute for milk, I have however cut back a fair bit.
I struggle mostly with breakfast. My preferred breakfast is scrambled eggs with a little left over veg but I can't face the cooking. If I can cook it, it sits well and I feel ok.
Sorry that isn't very helpful much more a whinge.
I did speak to a friend the otherday and she is gluten free because of her thyriod and find's it help and really notices the difference if she eats it.

foolishpeach Thu 24-Apr-14 15:18:55

Its bloody difficult isn't it! I've been gluten free for a couple of years, and have found that ok, but I think I'm going to really miss the dairy!

I'm just telling myself that I'm going to trial the no dairy thing for a month and then hopefully I'll be able to stick to it for that time. I guess I'll just see how things are after that.

I'm planning to start on Monday - <last weekend of fun emoticon> hmm

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