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The Better Blood Sugar Method

Frequently asked questions

Yes! My coaching program is a hybrid of private coaching, self-paced learning, and community support. Once you sign up, you and I will schedule an onboarding call to go over your specific needs and set a plan of action in place.

From there, you will be able to send me private messages through a chat app. My clients love this feature because you can send any and all questions about anything gestational diabetes and pregnancy-related!

I also review your weekly food and blood sugar log to offer individual recommendations based on your daily eating patterns.

The program also includes 11 self-paced learning modules (plus many other resources) that you can go through on your own time as often as needed with such topics as carb-counting, fasting blood sugar, consistency, artificial sweeteners, and what to expect after the baby!

The community aspect of the program comes with a private Facebook group that is optional (but highly recommended) where I post sample meal plans, recipes, and encouragement throughout the week. If you are looking for personalized help, I will be your dietitian on speed dial!

This varies from person to person. Blood sugars can be elevated for different reasons in different people, so it may be a quick and easy fix that gets blood sugars under goal, or it could take a little longer. I will say that the secret sauce to seeing results with blood sugars is consistency! The more you stick with the nutrition and lifestyle habits I teach, the more likely you are to see results faster.

Again, this will vary from person to person. I can never guarantee that someone won’t need medication to help manage their blood sugars. For some women, simply making a few tweaks is enough to stay diet-controlled and avoid medication. However, for other women medication will still be needed to keep the baby healthy. 

Learning how to balance nutrition and lifestyle habits, whether on medicine or not, will always help manage blood sugars. In my experience, most of the women I work with who do require medication are able to keep their insulin doses steady and lower because their nutrition and lifestyle habits are so well-balanced. 

A common thing I hear is that nutrition guidance is no longer needed once insulin is started. That couldn’t be further from the truth. Once insulin is started, nutrition becomes more important! Most doctors will start you on a very low dose of insulin (to prevent low blood sugars) and then titrate up until the correct dose is found. At that time, nutrition is still important for blood sugar management. Also, it’s important to make sure you’re getting enough carbohydrates in your diet consistently once insulin is started to help prevent any low blood sugars. Timing of insulin is another important piece of the blood sugar puzzle and without proper guidance, you may not see your insulin work as efficiently as it should to bring blood sugars down. 

Yes! I’ve had MANY women join my program before an official gestational diabetes diagnosis (most have gone on to pass their glucose tolerance tests!) because they want to be proactive about balanced nutrition and lifestyle habits. In my opinion, it’s always best to start thinking about keeping blood sugars balanced as early as possible, especially if you’ve had a previous gestational diabetic pregnancy or have any other risk factors for gestational diabetes. Of course, I cannot guarantee that you will be able to prevent a diagnosis but I do believe that getting nutrition and other lifestyle habits balanced as soon as you can, is always the best idea!

Keeping a food log of what and when you eat along with corresponding blood sugars is one of the most helpful ways I can offer you personalized feedback. After signing up for the program I will send you a copy of the food log you will use during the program. There is no need to have data before signing up. 

If you don't wish to fill out a food log (I know that tracking can be a trigger for those who have struggled with disordered eating patterns), you absolutely do not need to do so for me to help you balance blood sugars. I will always strive to meet you where you’re at in your relationship with food.

After signing up for the program we will schedule a private one-on-one onboard call so that I can assess what you’re already doing for blood sugar management. During this call you will also be able to ask questions about blood sugars and gestational diabetes that have not been answered by your healthcare provider yet. From here, we will connect as often as you need on Voxer, a private chat app where you can send text and voice messages. For the majority of my clients, the onboarding call and private chat access, plus weekly food log review is enough to stay well-connected without the need for any additional calls. 

If you do feel like an additional call is needed, you can add on extra calls ala carte style.

First and foremost, if you’ve had a negative experience with a previous dietitian/nutritionist I am sorry. I am passionate about nutrition education and I cringe whenever I hear that someone had a terrible experience with a fellow dietitian so for that I apologize. 

In my opinion “knowledge is power” and I want to arm you with as much knowledge as you need so that you can make the best decisions for your health and the health of your baby. I don’t believe in strict food rules and I have zero interest in being the food police. I will never shame you or make you feel guilty for eating or not eating certain foods. My job is to offer tips and feedback on what you already like to eat so that you can manage blood sugars, enjoy your pregnancy, and deliver a healthy baby!

Yes, I do ALL of the coaching. I will do your onboarding call, review your food logs, and respond to questions via Voxer (private chat app) and the Facebook group.

I totally understand the financial commitment of signing up to work with a dietitian. For that reason, I offer payments with FSA/HSA insurance accounts and have financing options set up through PayPal. If those options don’t work, we can discuss your financial situation privately to come up with a creative solution! I want you to feel comfortable in the investment you’re making for your health and the health of your baby. 

So many women I have worked with tell me that investing in nutrition coaching for gestational diabetes was the best money spent because they now have the knowledge to maintain a healthy diet & lifestyle for the rest of their lives!

At this time, I do not take insurance directly, but I do take HSA/FSA accounts.

You can start ASAP! My program is always open! As soon as you sign up, you will receive a welcome email from me with all the links you need to get started! I schedule all of the onboarding calls based on my availability, and they are first come, first served.

I do! If you are trying to lower your blood sugar before you become pregnant, I think that is SO smart! The best option for you would be The Better Blood Sugar Jump Start course, where I will teach you how to balance and pair your food for optimal blood sugar control pre-pregnancy!

If you are postpartum, I offer The Postpartum Lounge where you will get support from me and learn how to balance blood sugars in this new phase of life to reduce your risk of developing type 2 diabetes. 

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