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post #21 of 122
Thanks for the warm welcome, Jelinifer...also really good news regarding tofu.

It's funny...about 3 years ago I'd buy tofu and it would sit in my fridge until it expired. Now, I know the subtle taste and texture differences in all the brands and will eat it plain or any other way I can come up with. My 2.5 yo loves it too.

Care to share your favorite ways to prepare it...fellow tofu junkie?
post #22 of 122
cinnamongrl!!! congratulations!!!

I hope to be crawling out from under the nausea rock any day now.

On the topic of soy protein... I know it is falling out of vogue and I am not well informed on the topic, but personally I would take it with a grain of salt. Though I had supportive alternative caregivers with my 1st pregnancy the whole protein thing was pushed pretty hard. I ate way more processed soy protein than I ever would normally do. I certainly tried to have as varied and balanced a diet as possible but the reality of demands in my life and the push for protein was just too strong. DS was 7lb9oz at birth, today (still vegan) in the 80% for height and 10% for weight... I have a hard time seeing how it was detrimental to either of us. I doubt there is that much negative impact that will come from a short duration increase in soy protein. I am sure many others will disagree with my opinion and be more educated about it.

I will say that I am going to need to do some research and see how much of the basic protein pushing (of any kind) is founded.
post #23 of 122
Hi everyone!!

My little bean is due April 14, 2010. I've been vegan for.. 15 years (had to do math).

I *love* tofu and so does DS!! Our favorite thing is to slice it, marinate it in olive oil and bragg's or tamari, and top it w/ nutritional yeast and bake it at 350 for about a half hour to forty minutes.. yum!!

Is anyone worried about their iron? Or did anyone have problems with their iron? Right now mine is low but still normal. My mw is kind of like "All vegans have problems with iron and if it gets to low you can't have a birth center birth" so I'm a little freaked out.. I drink a decent amount of nettle tea every day which I think is high in iron, and I was taking a supplement too but I'm not so good about remembering that.. I feel like my diet is pretty good in general- lots of beans and green veggies, and I'm going to start kelp soon too, so I hate to spend energy worrying about supplements..
post #24 of 122
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Care to share your favorite ways to prepare it...fellow tofu junkie?
These days I'm loving tofu tacos I buy extra firm tofu and freeze it and thaw it so it gets a "meatier" texture.... and then crumble it after it drains. Depending on how ambitious I am I'll make seasoning mix from scratch (there are tons of easy recipes that Google pulls up) or if I'm having a lazy day I'll just use a seasoning packet from Whole Foods. Add the seasonings once the tofu is a bit browned and cook for another minute or two... Our toppings really vary on what we have in the fridge that needs to get used up but my favorite toppings are a dab of tofutti sour cream, mild salsa, and avocado slices.
post #25 of 122
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My mw is kind of like "All vegans have problems with iron and if it gets to low you can't have a birth center birth" so I'm a little freaked out..
Well that's one that I've never heard before! I take a prenatal with 100% RDA of iron (it's the Country Life brand w/the DHA from veganessentials.com)
and I try to cook on cast iron at any opportunity I get... along with eating greens when I can stomach them and tons of lentils. I haven't gotten my irons levels checked since getting pg (they were fineback in February when I got bloodwork done for it) but o far my nurse midwife hasn't made an issue of it.
post #26 of 122
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I *love* tofu and so does DS!! Our favorite thing is to slice it, marinate it in olive oil and bragg's or tamari, and top it w/ nutritional yeast and bake it at 350 for about a half hour to forty minutes.. yum!!
Went out and stocked up on (more!) nutritional yeast today. That sounds sooo goood! Thanks!

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I doubt there is that much negative impact that will come from a short duration increase in soy protein.
The main reason I've been asking was because I'd heard (on VegFamily I believe) about hypospadias (a congenital defect of the male genitalia in which the opening is not at the tip of the penis) due to excessive intake of soy protein. After doing a little (very little) research, it seems that info came from only one study and disregarded an important factor, namely pesticides. They figured that the women were vegetarians and that was that, not mentioning that almost none ate organic produce!

I'm not really concerned about pushing protein either. That seems to be part of the SAD (Standard American Diet) that has no foundation in true health. Thanks for helping feel better about my choices!

What would we do without the internet?

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These days I'm loving tofu tacos
Also picked up some taco seasoning!

I bet we could put together quite a cookbook...

Thanks for the inspiration!
post #27 of 122
I just got my BFP. I am due July 10th. I am not worried about this diet at all.
post #28 of 122
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I just got my BFP. I am due July 10th. I am not worried about this diet at all.
Congrats and welcome!!!
post #29 of 122
I plan on taking 3 flax oil caps a day and adding a scoop of hemp protein powder to any smoothies I make. I am taking a rainbow light prenatal and extra vitamin D because I live in Canada. This sounds ok, right. Any other tips for things I should add.
post #30 of 122
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I just got my BFP. I am due July 10th. I am not worried about this diet at all.
Congratulations, Lydiah!!!
post #31 of 122
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I plan on taking 3 flax oil caps a day and adding a scoop of hemp protein powder to any smoothies I make. I am taking a rainbow light prenatal and extra vitamin D because I live in Canada. This sounds ok, right. Any other tips for things I should add.
i just want to say that i'm jealous that you live in canada.. it seems like any hemp products are just so expensive to get down here in the us!!
post #32 of 122
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i just want to say that i'm jealous that you live in canada.. it seems like any hemp products are just so expensive to get down here in the us!!
I ordered my hemp protien powder on iherb.com for cheap and its an American company. You should check out the prices there. Its my new addiction. lol. I ordered a pound for 10 dollars and they had 3 pound bags for really cheap as well. I saw the same size, same brand at the healthfood store in town for more than double the price and thats with what I paid for shipping.

I am so excited to grow my baby with the goodness of the earth.
post #33 of 122
Hi guys May I jump in? I am due(ish) July 5th. We've been vegan for.. oh, around 6 years or so, I'm not entirely sure.

I wanted to add to the protein front here, I don't know how justified the protein push really is, but I reeallyyy crave high protein items when I'm pregnant. I don't normally eat all that much processed soy stuff, or want to, but when I'm [regant I really want the Bocca burgers, Chick'n patties, Gimme Lean "soysage" tofurkey, all that crazy stuff. I still try not to eat too much if it, but one thing I like to use to balance that meatesk soy protein desire is seitan. Boiled or baked, I make huge batches of this stuff and devour it. I have to admit, when I have it made, sometimes I have a hard time wanting to grab anything else in the fridge

My favorite easier tofu is probably sliced, glazed, baked and on a sandwich But my favorite favorite is probably in spanikopita mmmmmm
post #34 of 122
Hehe, when I started that post I was still reeling from the morning sickness and puking all morning, now I am soooo hungry!
post #35 of 122
I think I am done. I just started bleeding today.
post #36 of 122
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Originally Posted by sprouthead View Post
Is anyone worried about their iron? Or did anyone have problems with their iron? Right now mine is low but still normal. My mw is kind of like "All vegans have problems with iron and if it gets to low you can't have a birth center birth" so I'm a little freaked out.. I drink a decent amount of nettle tea every day which I think is high in iron, and I was taking a supplement too but I'm not so good about remembering that.. I feel like my diet is pretty good in general- lots of beans and green veggies, and I'm going to start kelp soon too, so I hate to spend energy worrying about supplements..
I have been a bit absent lately, but congrats on all the new veg babies!!!

And I just wanted to quickly reply to the iron thing. I have been vegan for over 4 years, and I had my iron, B12, and stored iron all tested in Sept. My iron was "better than an athletic non-pregnant woman" (I like to brag about that ), and my B12 and stored iron are both great. Why don't you get your iron tested and then go from there? Lots of omnis have low iron too! If you have low iron levels, perhaps you could start taking Floradix, and get them re-tested in a couple months?
post #37 of 122
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I think I am done. I just started bleeding today.


I've been there, and it's a tough place to be. Here's hoping everything turns out alright. Whatever happens, be gentle with yourself, and take time to heal.
post #38 of 122
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I think I am done. I just started bleeding today.
Lydiah. I had a super early m/c right before conceiving this little one, and I was devastated. Be gentle with yourself.
post #39 of 122
Hi! I'm due May 31 with my second (vegan!) baby. Can I join y'all?

We've only interviewed one midwife so far, but she was vegan! How great is that? During my first pregnancy, the hospital midwives administered every test under the sun b/c they were so sure I was malnourished somehow. I was healthy and fine, of course, but it will be nice to have the support this time instead of suspicion.
post #40 of 122
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Hi! I'm due May 31 with my second (vegan!) baby. Can I join y'all?

We've only interviewed one midwife so far, but she was vegan! How great is that? During my first pregnancy, the hospital midwives administered every test under the sun b/c they were so sure I was malnourished somehow. I was healthy and fine, of course, but it will be nice to have the support this time instead of suspicion.
Another May DDC vegan!!! Welcome!
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