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Gestational Diabetes Made Easy

You just got diagnosed with gestational diabetes.

You’re still reeling from the news.

When your doctor told you the diagnosis, a million thoughts went through your head.

  • Is my baby going to be ok?
  • Does this mean I’ll have diabetes forever?
  • Do I have to cut out all of my favorite foods?
  • How often do I need to check my blood sugar? What happens if I don’t?
  • Will I need to inject myself with insulin?
  • Can I do anything to avoid insulin or medication? (‘cause if so, I wanna do it)
  • Why me?

You kept it all together while sitting in your doctor’s office, but once you got out the door, tears started streaming down your face.

You’re scared and most of all, you’re worried about your baby.

And, when your doctor listed off the possible complications (hypoglycemia, birth defects, and stillbirth, etc.), your heart skipped a beat.

There’s a lot to think about and it’s no wonder you’re worried.

The only thing scarier than getting diagnosed with gestational diabetes is not knowing what to do about it.

You have come to the right place! I’m here to tell you that you aren’t alone and that this diagnosis doesn’t have to be so scary.

I know because I’ve counseled hundreds of women through their pregnancy who’ve had gestational diabetes.

Being diagnosed with gestational diabetes doesn’t mean you’re predestined for a difficult birth or problems with your baby.

Expecting moms who learn what to eat and keep their blood sugar at normal levels have no higher risk of these complications compared to women without gestational diabetes.

Knowing that is HUGE.

This means it’s within your control to turn this diagnosis into a blessing in disguise.

Having gestational diabetes is an excuse for you to focus on you, because a healthy baby starts with a healthy mom. And, I know you can have a healthy pregnancy even with this diagnosis.

I help women effortlessly manage their blood sugar and grow a healthy baby while eating foods they love.

We’re not talking bran flakes and plain steamed broccoli.

We’re talking real food that actually tastes good, nourishes your baby, stabilizes your blood sugar, and doesn’t make you feel like you’re even on a “diet” (I hate that word as much as you do, by the way).

My approach is simple:

  • learn how food affects your blood sugar (’cause we’re all unique!)
  • focus on delicious foods that stabilize your blood sugar
  • move your body in way that feels good

You don’t have to feel deprived to get your blood sugar down.

Women who work with me learn that:

  • you don’t have to deny yourself food when you’re hungry
  • you should never have to feel like you’re starving just to comply with your diet
  • there are a lot of delicious foods that are actually healthy for baby and won’t raise your blood sugar
  • you don’t have to follow a super strict diet or use measuring cups for everything
  • you don’t even have to count calories

Now, I realize this probably goes against what you’ve been told, and that’s why I feel so passionate about helping you.

Managing gestational diabetes doesn’t have to be miserable.

It starts with having the right information and then putting it into practice and I’ll show you how.

As a Registered Dietitian/Nutritionist and Certified Diabetes Educator who specializes in prenatal nutrition and gestational diabetes, I’ve supported hundreds of women on this roller coaster we call pregnancy, and even if you don’t fully believe you can do this, I know you can.

Let me repeat, I know you can do this.

Interested in my credentials and why I am so passionate about this? Click here.

Let’s make this easy (and tasty)!

  • Imagine having peace of mind about what to eat. You sit down to a meal and pretty much know your blood sugar will be normal afterwards.
  • Imagine knowing that you are doing everything in your power to control your blood sugar, nourish your baby, and protect against complications.
  • Imagine a way of eating that doesn’t require deprivation or counting calories; where listening to your body is encouraged, not ignored.

It’s within your power to have a healthy, happy baby – even with gestational diabetes.

Are we speaking the same language here, or what?

I was so scared when I got diagnosed with gestational diabetes. When my doctor referred me to Lily, I almost didn’t follow through with contacting her (ignorance is bliss right?). But I knew the risks were real if I didn’t. I was afraid she’d be super strict, but I was really surprised by how friendly and unintimidating she is. Lily helped me plan out meals and snacks that kept my blood sugar normal and helped me figure out a safe exercise routine, so thankfully I never needed insulin. My baby was born without any hypoglycemia and at a healthy 7lb 4oz. Following her guidance, I lost all the baby weight within 2 months of delivery and my postpartum diabetes screening came back normal! She also helped me with postpartum nutrition, so I know how to keep from developing diabetes in the future.

– Sophie Almosa, Torrance, CA

 

Cynthia-AslamI just delivered my third child and I so wish I had met Lily when I was pregnant with my first! This was the second time I had gestational diabetes and it was such a disappointment to get the diagnosis again. I thought it was gonna be just as bad as last time and my blood sugar was higher this pregnancy, but with Lily’s help, I was able to tweak my recipes to be healthier and bring my blood sugar down. She knows about Indian cooking, so I didn’t have to explain my usual foods. She already knew. I also had an easier time with weight gain. With my last pregnancy even though I saw a nutritionist the whole time, I gained 55 pounds and had high blood pressure and was on insulin. With this pregnancy, I gained 26 pounds, had normal blood pressure and didn’t need insulin. I didn’t think that was possible and neither did my doc.

– Cynthia Aslam, Santa Monica, CA

 

When I got diagnosed with gestational diabetes, I found it challenging to get the right information and support, even from my medical team. The diabetes educator I was sent to seemed more interested in protocol and following the “standard” gestational diabetes diet rather than listening to me. When I was told that I had gestational diabetes but had to eat at 175 grams of carbohydrates a day, I was confused and upset. It just didn’t make sense to me to eat that way.

When I heard about Lily’s work, I full-heartedly agreed with a real food diet and decided I wanted to work one-on-one with her. I was a little hesitant because my insurance didn’t necessarily cover her services, but I decided it wasn’t as important as getting the support I needed and ensuring my baby’s health.



I’m so glad I made that decision. Thanks to a real food diet and exercise, I didn’t gain much weight during my pregnancy and, in fact, managed to gain only 14 pounds (which is healthy for my pre-pregnancy weight). I’m happy to report that at ten weeks postpartum, I am 5 pounds less than my pregnancy weight! I was also really happy to stay off medication and control my blood sugar naturally. And my baby was born at a perfectly healthy weight, too!

I loved working with Lily — it definitely made having gestational diabetes easier (and, as you know, I really needed help with easier!). I have recommended her to any woman I’ve met online and off who has been diagnosed with gestational diabetes.

– Kathleen K., Marketing, Maple Valley, WA

Here’s how it works.

Change doesn’t happen overnight and let’s be honest, pregnancy is a bit of a roller coaster, especially when you have gestational diabetes (if you haven’t already noticed). What works for you at 16 weeks might not work at 28 weeks. Plus there are ever-changing nutritional requirements as your pregnancy progresses.

With that in mind, I require a 2 month commitment for new clients (because it’s not just about knowing what to do, it’s about actually doing it).

90 minute Initial Consultation. Let’s dig into the details! I need to know more about you, not just your medical history and all the numbers, but your favorite foods, biggest health challenges, and fears about this pregnancy. We’ll cover:

  • What foods raise your blood sugar
  • What foods don’t raise your blood sugar
  • Review of your 3 day food record and key changes to make
  • How to plan balanced meals and snacks that you actually want to eat
  • Target pre- and post-meal blood sugar (if your doctor did not already provide this)
  • Prenatal nutrition requirements
  • Pregnancy nutrition myths (there are many)
  • How to manage common complaints (like nausea or constipation)
  • Safest exercise for your stage in pregnancy (it changes month by month)
  • And, set weight gain goals
  • While we cover a lot in this visit, I’ll make sure you walk away with clear action steps to take before your first follow up.

Consult 2 (60 minute follow-up; one week after initial consultation) The first week is a period of transition. You are a question machine (as you should be!), so we’ll get them all answered, review your progress, and keep you moving forward on your healthy pregnancy journey. We’ll come up with new action steps to take before your next follow up appointment.

Consults 3 – 5 (60 minutes; spaced 2 weeks apart) At each visit, we’ll review your food and blood sugar log and assess your progress on the goals we set at previous visits. No two visits are the same and I’m as much a medical voice of reason as I am an emotional support system.

Based on your gestational age (how many weeks along you are) and your blood sugar, I help you adjust your diet to optimize nutrition for your baby. I can also help you understand when certain tests will be run, so you know what to expect at your check-ups.

Beyond that, you set the agenda for our visit. You might want to spend the time planning nourishing meals, discussing modifying recipes to make them healthier, simplifying your grocery shopping, or altering your workout routine to be both safe and supportive to a healthy pregnancy.

E-mail support through weekly review of your food & blood sugar log. I’m not in the business of playing food police, but my years as a prenatal nutritionist have taught me that staying accountable between visits and on track with your goals is key to success. Plus, research tells us that monitoring your blood sugar daily reduces your baby’s risks for complications. If your blood sugar was high after dinner or in the morning, I help you figure out why and how to tweak your meals or exercise to prevent it from happening again.

In addition to the above, you’ll get this bonus:

BONUS: 21-day Gestational Diabetes Meal Plan. This meal plan is unlike any other you’ve seen. It helps you refine your ideal levels of carbohydrates and gives you three versions all in one (very low-carb, low-carb, and moderate-carb), so you know exactly how to adjust your meals to match your blood sugar levels, exercise, and lifestyle. These meals and snacks not only taste good, but keep you satisfied. No more guess work, a simple, easy to follow, guide that you can use to make the right choices everyday of the week.

Your investment: $1895

 

 

Teresa-OEveryday I look at my healthy baby boy, I say a silent thanks to Lily. Lucas was born at normal weight without any of the complications that the doctors had expected and I know a big part of that was working with Lily to figure out how to manage my blood sugar. After the diagnosis, I went from being in shock and helpless to being proactive about my health and nutrition. Even my husband has changed his eating habits significantly, lost over 10# and his cholesterol dropped 30 points. It has been a wake up call for the whole family. Our whole lifestyle has changed for the better and I’m excited to raise my son in a healthy home.

– Teresa O., San Francisco, CA

I started working with Lily when I was 28 weeks pregnant, already on insulin. My blood sugar was unpredictable. I was a mess. When Lily took a look at my diet, she knew exactly what was leading to my crazy blood sugar. With a few changes, my blood sugar was normal and I didn’t had to increase my dose of insulin. I wanted to work with a nutritionist that understood insulin and pregnancy and after contacting 3 other nutritionists who couldn’t help me, I found Lily. I felt so much safer knowing I had her support and guidance. Thankfully, my baby was born healthy and I don’t need to take insulin anymore. My blood sugar is normal and I’m going to do everything Lily taught me to keep it that way. Having her support for 3 months was priceless. It was totally opposite to my medical appointments where I just felt like a number. Lily listens and she cares.

– Noreen Slater, Palos Verdes, CA

Jessica-MooreWhen I got pregnant with my second daughter, I knew I’d have to deal with gestational diabetes again. In my first pregnancy, I saw a nutritionist and was handed a one page meal plan, so I pretty much ate the same 5 meals over and over again. It was horrible. I never knew why my blood sugar would come out high, so I just stuck with the meal plan. I was rushed in my appointment and felt like a failure from day 1. I dreaded following that monotonous diet again, but when I found Lily I saw there was another way. Lily helped me understand how food changes my blood sugar and how I could eat all sorts of tasty meals (that I thought were off-limits) without spiking my blood sugar. Of course, I couldn’t eat a bunch of sugar, but I was allowed to eat all sorts of other foods. My doctor was shocked when he saw my numbers and at my last ultrasound he said my baby is perfectly healthy! I wish I knew it was this easy last time around.

– Jessica Moore, Tacoma, WA

Are you ready to invest in YOU and your baby?

After years of counseling pregnant women, I know the key to a healthy pregnancy is having a reliable support system in place to help you consistently make the right choices. I’m not just a nutritionist, but a shoulder to cry on and a friend to laugh with. I’m your confidante. I help you choose sustainable goals and I help you figure out a way to stick with them.

You can buy 5 more baby books that contradict each other (and that honestly, you don’t have the time to read). Or you can have an expert at your side to sort it out quickly and tell you what works and what doesn’t.

You can spend your days anxiously wondering if you’re doing the right thing, worrying if everything is ok. Or you can choose to go through your pregnancy with the peace of mind that you’re doing everything right.

You can eat the same things over and over again from that miserable pre-printed meal plan (and still not understand why you have high blood sugar), or you can learn how to effortlessly manage your blood sugar while eating delicious food.

You can choose to spend half a grand on a fancy baby stroller that you don’t need. Or you can choose to invest that money in your baby’s development.

The choice is yours.

I’d love to work with you if:

  • Your baby’s health is your #1 priority. You know there are risks involved with having gestational diabetes and you want to know what to do to minimize them
  • You are willing to pay attention to what you eat, how your body feels, and track your blood sugar
  • You’re ready and willing to make better food choices, you just need to know what to do
  • You’re tired of feeling anxious about what to eat. You want to feel confident in meeting 100% of your baby’s nutrient needs
  • You want support making changes and sticking to them, someone to check in with and ensure you’re on track
  • You want a nutritionist who cares about you

We’re not the right fit if:

  • You’re not willing to check your blood sugar regularly
  • You aren’t willing to cook (or at least learn to cook) any of your own meals
  • You don’t see the value in seeking expert advice. You trust blogs more than medical professionals
  • You are strictly vegan and unwilling to add in any animal foods, not even eggs (for liability reasons and based on current scientific evidence, I cannot ethically endorse a 100% vegan diet for expecting moms)

You’re here because you’re motivated to eat right while pregnant and to nourish your child.

Deep down, you know that gestational diabetes is something you can handle with the right information and support.

So Let’s Work Together!

Before we begin, I want to make sure that we are the right fit and that we both share the same passion to you having the healthiest pregnancy and baby possible! After all, it’s YOU who will be leading the way on this journey and YOU who will be putting in the hard work.

That’s why I want to talk to you before you hit the payment button. I need to make sure you’re just as committed as I am.

So before you sign up for anything, we need to talk!

***I currently having a waiting list for new clients.***

If you’d like to chat with me directly about the program and explore if it’s right for you (complimentary, no strings attached), get on the waiting list via the link below. You’ll be contacted once my schedule opens up and I’m accepting new clients.

 

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* I accept a limited number of clients per month so I can give you the full attention you deserve. When my schedule is full, join my waiting list and you will be contacted once a slot opens up.

After two months with Lily, my skin has miraculously cleared and my complexion is amazing. I feel like a completely new person with total control of my life and well-being. I honestly, seriously, NEVER thought it could be possible.
Hope LaVelle, Los Angeles, CA