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Dealing with Gestational Diabetes

I recently had the pleasure of sitting down for an interview with Marc Sklar, an acupuncturist and fertility expert, to discuss gestational diabetes.

In addition to helping couples struggling to conceive, Marc has worked with women at risk for – and who are diagnosed with – gestational diabetes and agrees that a lower-carb, real food approach works best to manage their blood sugar levels. He reached out to me after hearing about my book and has since been recommending it to his patients as a guide for optimizing preconception and prenatal nutrition.

During our interview, we chat about the pitfalls of the conventional gestational diabetes diet (you’ll recall that it fails 40% of the time) and the best tips for both preventing and managing gestational diabetes. Dealing with gestational diabetes can be a challenge, but when you have the right information, it’s much easier to handle.

In this video interview, we specifically discuss:

  • Why managing blood sugar levels matters (and possible consequences of uncontrolled sugar during pregnancy)
  • How gestational diabetes can affect a baby’s lifetime health risks (and how to minimize those risks)
  • Preconception tips for mom and dad to optimize fertility and prenatal health
  • How vitamin D levels, exercise, first trimester protein consumption, and more affect gestational diabetes risk (Fast forward to 21:55 – 26:25 to catch the part about vitamin D. And for more on the topic, read this.)
  • Simple, real food strategies to help balance blood sugar levels

Watch the gestational diabetes interview here.


If you’re dealing with gestational diabetes, you’ll walk away from this interview with a clear understanding of what’s going on in your body and how to manage your blood sugar, naturally.

Of course, this interview is just the tip of the iceberg.

If you want to learn more, check out the Real Food for Gestational Diabetes Course, a fully online program that walks you through everything you need to know about managing GD with real food and lifestyle changes. It’s a step-by-step blueprint that picks up where my book left off, so you can customize the perfect nutrition and exercise plan and get your GD under control (and get support from other moms with GD). 🙂

Until next week,


PS – If you’re struggling to conceive – whether it’s related to PCOS, multiple miscarriages, or something else entirely – I highly recommend reaching out to Marc to set up a complimentary Fertility Consult. Details are found on this page.

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Lily Nichols is a Registered Dietitian/Nutritionist, Certified Diabetes Educator, researcher, and author with a passion for evidence-based prenatal nutrition and exercise. Her work is known for being research-focused, thorough, and unapologetically critical of outdated dietary guidelines. She is the author of two bestselling books, Real Food for Pregnancy and Real Food for Gestational Diabetes.

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