Hi! I'm Cristina. I had gestational diabetes while pregnant with my son.
I was overwhelmed from morning (fasting number!) 'til night (bedtime snack!). I'd never heard of GDM before, and honestly, I felt kind of embarrassed by the diagnosis.
I went searching for resources, but found few. There didn't seem to be a clear answer for why some women develop GD, and others don’t. Or why one woman could eat a banana, but I could not.
I also found a dearth of recipes that a) sounded delicious and b) would definitely not spike my blood sugar. So, I started writing my own. I recorded the tricks and tips that helped me along the way, made me feel more in control, and less afraid.
I studied English Literature & Creative Writing at The George Washington University, then attended culinary school at Le Cordon Bleu in Paris, before completing an MFA in Fiction Writing from The New School.
The Roaming Kitchen followed: an (award-winning) food blog where I wrote and tested a new recipe each week. (It’s dormant now, but the archives are full!) My recipes appeared in People Magazine, Cup of Jo, Buzzfeed, InStyle, and Harper’s Bazaar, among other publications. I also wrote thirty-five original recipes for Food52’s book Ice Cream and Friends.
With my cooking background and nutritional knowledge, I assumed adjusting my diet for GD would be really straightforward. Oof, was I wrong.
YOU ARE NOT ALONE!
I created GD Kitchen to be the resource I wish I’d had. I want your experience to be clearer, less stressful, and more delicious than mine was. Pregnancy is hard enough without a restrictive diet and extra fears for your baby.
I understand if you feel discouraged right now; it's not fair that you have to deal with this complication. And I know it can feel all-encompassing. But! The joy that comes after eclipses the GD. And I promise--it does come to and end.
In the meantime: I did the research, and put it all in one place, so that future women–YOU!–would have an easier time than I did. Welcome to GD Kitchen.
MEET THE TEAM:
Rachael Sullivan, DO, FACOOG
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