Is anyone else attempting to follow the Brewer's Diet? I am but the thought of eating two eggs a day makes me want to hurl. This morning I had two scrambled eggs with salsa, 12oz of milk and whole wheat toast w/ butter. Any good ideas on how to get your eggs in? Any good recipes?
It is the diet that is recommended in the Bradley classes and what seems to set it apart is the focus on getting 80-100 grams of protein a day. I know there is some disagreement over the diet itself and have been trying to research it. Wondering if anyone has done it with a previous pregnancy and what they thought of it.
I did the Brewer's diet last time (well, I tried... it was challenging). Definitely helps you focus on getting all the protein in. I liked doing the eggs hard boiled. They're good as a snack like that, and portable too. I would boil a dozen or so each week to have them at the ready in the fridge. Also, I'm finding this time that Chobani yogurt has 14g protein and is very tasty. I think the diet helped keep my BP normal, as I had a few high readings mid-pregnancy. I don't think it helped (or hindered) my labor - long, and resulted in c-section.
I think if you are concerned about the eggs, you could substitute in another protein source. Although it may be something else in the eggs besides just the protein that is the reason they're included in the diet.
The website that a PP posted above is a good resource.
Purple, there has been considerable research that shows dietary cholesterol does not effect your serum cholesterol like saturated fats do. So, an egg yolk will not raise your cholesterol like a cheeseburger or other very fatty foods would. Maybe only eat half the yolks? I often leave out a yolk when I'm making scrambelled eggs, or leave out a few yolks when I make egg salad.
I've been checking out the Brewer's diet, and I think the biggest challenge I can see is the sheer volume of food. I've never eaten 2500+ calories a day in my life. And eat in the middle of the night? Are you kidding me? All I want to do is sleep! I've been trying to eat more protein, yesterday I think I got 55g or so, and I felt like I was eating CONSTANTLY. I'm not even nauseaus yet, how in the world do you eat so much food when the last thing you want to do is EAT? Does the diet help ward off nausea?
So the eggs also have vit A I believe? Anyway, I like this site better for the diet, it gives you lots of options for foods and there are vegetarian menus too. I guess i just like the layout better. I don't follow the diet exactly, every day but it does really help me to focus in on protein intake as well as fruits/vegetables. And it is a lot of food. Especially if you don't drink milk, which I don't. As for the eggs, I don't eat eggs every day. But I try to get them in 4-5x a week. Since they are so high protein. I am going to hard boil a bunch this winter too so I can bring them to work. But beans (I love hummus), nuts, cheese, yogurt, whole grains and other meats can fulfill your protein needs, and you can get vit a from other sources. Last time I would do a smoothie with yogurt, fruit, hemp protein powder, a green veg powder and flax oil 4-5x a week too and I think that really helped get my protein intake up even when I could not eat a large amount of food. I do feel like I am eating constantly when pregnant though, lol! I am not sure what to say about how it worked for me... I gained 50 lbs with my son. I had no problems during my pregnancy though. No swelling, no high blood pressure, no gd, great energy. So I guess it worked as far a preventing pre-eclampsia :)
And i wanted to say that I think the most important time to be getting lots of protein and food is the 2nd tri because that is when you really start building your blood volume and the baby is growing super fast. So if you're having trouble, I would slowly work up to eating 2500 calories/80 grams protein so you aren't overwhelmed. And I don't eat in the middle of the night either!! unless I have to ;) Maybe each week try to add in one more serving of protein? If that's your goal. I really don't like to be "religious" about a diet I just look at it when planning meals and when I want a snack I think "what could I eat that's high in protein" or "I really should eat some veggies" so I eat that. I don't do the checklist or anything. I mean I would just obsess so much if I did that and I don't think that's good for you either ;)
can you eat them as pickled eggs and beets? I have been in love with these since childhood, and have rediscovered my love during this pregnancy!
I am going to take a look at this, I gained.... a lot. with DS, and was struggling to lose it when I got PG. This PGcy is sooo different. I have been sick (like really sick with multiple illnesses which is very very unusual for me) and I haven't wanted to eat anything at all. (Which is also very very out of character for me) I just want to have a healthy pregnancy and baby!
when I was following a lower carb diet pre-pregnancy I ate 2 eggs most days with no effects. eggs are often referred to as a 'perfect food' Here's what I got with a quick google search though I bet you could find actual studies and better sources if you were interested:
Interesting, thanks for posting the link. I will have to consider this. The foods make sense, except the 2 eggs a day seems a bit much. I have borderline high cholesterol and wonder if I should be eating 14 yolks a week. I'd love to hear any other pros or cons to this method.
I am hoping this diet will serve the dual purpose of getting all the nutrients this baby needs and hopefully minimizing my weight gain. Last time around I was always worrying about whether my diet was well rounded enough, and also i'm already a lot heavier than I was before my fist baby so I really am hoping to gain less this time for the sake of my back and knees.
I followed the Brewer's diet with my first and gained 29 pounds. I felt good for most of my pregnancy and never had any of the "cravings" that you hear so much about. I didn't find it too difficult to follow most of the time. I did not count calories, but did calculate protein and tried to get each of the recommended food categories. I'll be following this same diet again with this pregnancy too!
from what I've read about the brewers diet - it's supposed to lead to 35-45 lbs weight gain - which is above the recommended limit.
I gained 70 and 80 lbs with each pregnancy (and had large kids - 8lbs 12oz and 10lbs 12oz)
So I don't know the weight gain Brewers recommends would be enough to make an impact on baby size - or the protein amounts either. From everything I've read protein and healthy fats are really important during pregnancy.
I've been on and off tracking what I'm eating - to make sure I'm getting enough vitamins and not overdoing it (trying to avoid huge weight gains again!) but for the most part I'm just making the best common sense choices that I can. I think full fat is best (all the time, but especially when you are pregnant). I think whole foods are best. I think as long as you eat a healthy, varied diet - and eat until you are just full, you should be fine.
And while bigger babies can lead to c-sections, that's not always the case and I think most times it's out of fear than out of necessity.
So my local moms board is having a discussion about how brewers and other high protein diets lead to bigger babies. Apparently some midwives don't recommend it because too much protein leads to bigger babies which make c-sections more likely. This seems totally opposite to what people have said here about brewers leading to modest pregnancy weight gain. Anyone heard this argument before?
I totally agree with you, garden of simple! I have not heard of brewer's diet causing big babies but then I have not read a huge amount about other people's experiences with it either. I have heard of drinking lots of milk causing big babies - I read that in Aviva Jill Romm's Natural Pregnancy book. I am not sure where her info is from, though, or if it is just personal experience. FWIW, my last baby was 7lb on the nose. Not big at all ;)
I tried to follow the Brewer Diet with my pgs with ds2 and 3. It's hard for me. I just can't seem to eat that much food. I gained a lot more weight with both of those pgs than my first. I gained 30 lbs with my first and about 40 with my later 2. I was much older then, 15+ years, and have a major sweet tooth so I can't say it was the diet.
Now I'm wondering about it because of new info about limiting grains. My dh recently started the paleo diet, which claims that our bodies have not evolved to digest grains so they damage our health and we should not eat them. We should get all of our carbs from whole fruits and vegetables. I don't really follow that diet strictly but I have been cutting out rice, potatoes and bread for the most part. All the conflicting nutritional info really confuses me.
About eating eggs, though, as long as you eat the whole egg and not just the yolk, your cholesterol should not be affected. Egg whites contain lecithin, which helps break down the cholesterol in the yolk so that it does not increase your levels of serum cholesterol.
On the weight gain, I think if you eat a healthy diet without a lot of empty calories, your body will gain what it needs. I wouldn't worry much about the actual numbers. FWIW, the medical establishment doesn't have a good track records of weight gain recommendations. Back when I was pg with ds1 they were recommending not more than 20 lbs of weight gain. That recommendation resulted in too many premature, low-birth weight babies so that they had to change their recommendations. I wouldn't rely on a doctor or many CNMs (who are trained in medicine first) for safe and correct info on health and nutrition.
So my local moms board is having a discussion about how brewers and other high pprotein diets lead to bigger babies. Apparently some midwives don't recommend it because too much protein leads to bigger babies which make c-sections more likely. This seems totally opposite to what people have said here about brewers leading to modest pregnancy weight gain. Anyone heard this argument before?
Interesting, because my babies were both a hair under seven pounds. But I only gained the twenty pounds per baby. I didn't get in all the bread like things of the diet but I did get in the protein each day. I tried to get in a fair amount of fruits and veggies, too. And waking up in the middle of the night to eat? No way!