I second the cast iron and the floradix. :)
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I am a vegan with one of the best iron scores you can think of. My doctors have even mentioned that my iron scores are better than most of their patients, meat eaters or not. My #1 recommendation is SHELLED HEMP SEED! You can get it from the local health food store or they sell it online. It has a very mild nutty flavor that goes well on just about everything. I usually have a bowl of Nature's Path Hemp Plus oat meal with a large spoonful of shelled hemp seed, a teaspoon ground flax, very large handful of blueberries. I usually go for Manitoba Harvest shelled hemp seed. I also sprinkle it over pasta sauce, beans, soup, salad, smoothies just about everything. Its relatively inexpensive and really concentrated source of IRON and the best source of FOLIC ACD!
Just make sure to store the open bag in the fridge and wait to add until after your food is done cooking to prevent nutrient loss from heat.
Here is a list of vegan sources of iron:
Other high iron foods include sunflower seeds (try sunflower seed butter - i tihnk its available at trader joes and most health food stores), sesame seeds (sprinkle over anything, but shelled hemp is better), spinach, lentils, dark leafy greens such as kale, black and pinto beans, quinoa, nuts and seeds.
I cook a lot from this website : blog.fatfreevegan.com. They have a lot of great recipes using many of these ingredients that are friendly to meat and non-meat eaters because most of them are not TRYING to be like meat, just great whole food vegetable/grain dishes.
A quick cook meal is usually soup for me.
http://blog.fatfreevegan.com/2009/05/ridiculously-easy-lentil-soup.html (added quinoa when 15 minutes from being done to make it more of a stew which you could eat over brown rice. Used california blend of frozen veggies)
http://blog.fatfreevegan.com/2009/05/ridiculously-easy-lentil-soup.html This one is my favorite. I almost always have a few random cans of beans (favorite in this soup are canneli and great northern, but whatever is in the cabinet usually works just fine), a couple bags of frozen veggies (california blend), frozen corn, fire roasted tomatoes (if you can get the kind with the ROASTED GARLIC..... YUM!), and then add 1 cup of quinoa. I also like to add kale when the soup is done cooking. Kale is a quick cook and I usually like to let me soups sit for a while to let the flavors simmer ( I like to cook soups in a enameled cast iron stock pot) so I usually turn off the heat a few minutes before the soup looks completely done, add a few cups of kale (destemmed), stir and let sit for 20-30 minutes before I eat it.
Sorry to ramble. Ive been on best rest for only 2 days now and Im going crazy!
As far as vitamins, they are pricey but I highly recommend these vitamins. New Chapter Perfect Prenatal. They are plant/whole food based with probiotics to improve digestion. I find they do not cause me ANY stomach problems at all (at least for me) and I am very very sensitive to taking vitamins. I always seem to be refluxing other kinds of vitamins or tasting them for hours, but not a problem with these. I take one with every meal along with a digestive enzyme to help digest the most I can out of my food.
I was wondering if you meant straps for a c/s because I couldn't imagine a hospital that still used restraints in a vaginal birth. Thanks for explaining! LOL I was going to suggest running screaming and all that, so again thanks for the clarification! :)
All the hospitals around here require a 20 minute trace when you arrive, but thankfully most of the providers are willing to go to intermittent after that. Even my VBAC providers will do intermittent as long as everything is going smoothly. Though if they have to hook up the IV then you're sort of stuck with contant monitoring. Actually, if anyone is birthing in a "constant monitoring" situation (vbac or not) there are some great resources for staying active/mobile while hooked up. My favorite is Simkin's Labor Progress Handbook since it has really clear pictures for how to do certain things while on a monitor, and even a section on how to stay somewhat active if confined to the bed due to complications (like wonky blood pressure or pre-existing paralysis or a strong epidural). But VBAC websites often have ideas for adapting birth positions to monitors since so many VBAC providers require contant monitoring (data on that is mixed for VBACs... contant monitoring is a pretty good way to identify a UR, but on the other hand it can lead to problems in it's own right and UR is fortunately rare).
I had a really hard time the last few days between the heat and the humidity... today is sunny and breezy with low humidity and I'm feeling fine! The local garden center is having a big "end of season" sale and maybe I'll take the kiddos to smell the flowers and maybe even pick something out for the yard. Anyone else have some fun stuff planned for the day or the weekend? If the storms hold off we might go to the NYS Faerie Festival tomorrow... we tried to go last year but it didn't work out. This year several of our friends (with kids) are going so it might be more doable.
That makes me feel a little better. Yeah, its been nice with lower humidity here too, but I miss the rain watering the garden.
Sick ds is feeling better, so I have more time and energy to be on-line. Yay!!
I have a midwife appt. Wednesday, which is exciting. I really miss my midwife. We are probably going to be moving by November and I'm really hoping we can move back to MI where we own a house in town. I think that might be a good idea if we can swing it to be able to pay off our debt and finish having kids before moving out to the country again AND dh can finish his PhD, which will be awesome. I will at least be able have bunnies and a garden, not sure if the bill went through about having chickens in town. Just contacted the local poultry club and hoping.
I also take the New Chapter prenatals, as well as the WholeMegas. I usually eat a couple papaya enzyme tablets after meals, too.
Thanks so much for the hemp seed recommendation! I'm definitely going to pick some up. My iron isn't terrible, but it could be better. I'm a meat eater, but I'm always interested in non-meat sources. I actually ate a lot of sunflower seeds during the first trimester. It helped with my morning sickness and was my main source of folate, since I couldn't keep anything, much less vitamins, down.