I am loosely following the Brewer's diet for health and well-being, not because I have any risks. But, my critical self keeps butting in and being paranoid that I am eating too much and will gain way too much weight.
Back story is that I gained 50 lbs on not-so-great food with DS1 (I was 19 and didn't think about nutrition) and 70 lbs on a vegan diet with DS2 (10 years later). I now eat meat and goat dairy and sprouted grains, so a more balanced diet. My goal is to eat as healthfully as possible for the baby without a 70 lb gain if I can swing it.
I breastfeed my 18mo, I walk 30-60 min/day and have been searching for a good amount of calories to take in.
I calculated that if I need around 1750 to sustain my weight, an extra 200 or so for breastfeeding, and an extra 350 for the babe at 14.5 weeks pregnant, then I should be taking in 2300 calories. I also should be eating my exercise calories right? So that would generally come to like 2400 calories a day. I have been eating around 2000 on average, but that just doesn't seem like enough calories even though I don't feel hungry enough to keep eating. So far, I've gained at least 7 lbs. I'll find out for sure when I'm weighed at my next appt.
I am looking for experiences with this diet and/or how you have decided how many calories to eat daily and how that is going for you. How's your weight gain? I am looking forward to reading your comments and thoughts.