I am trying to not gain a lot of weight this pregnancy. I am also sick of eating meat. But today I ate a whole (organic) Dark Chocolate Bar. So I definitely need support! I have no control over my appetite seems like.
What are you eating?
I need support too! I was eating so well until around 5 weeks. I've been eating way too much "junk" food for my taste because a) we just moved and b) I'm nauseated and tired all the time.
Right now I'm eating two scrambled free-range eggs with mushrooms each morning (for folate and choline) and I take vitamins C, K2, D and Iodine.
Lunch is usually smoked salmon (for those omega-3s) with fresh cream cheese on (gluten-free) crackers. Along with some pickles or cucumbers/tomatoes.
And I know a lot of people are grossed out by it but I love liver so I aim for one small portion a week (sort of a natural supplement).
My problem is that those foods used to be enough but I'm getting so hungry in-between and reaching for not so healthy snacks. I just bought some organic yoghurt with fruit cups but those are holding the nausea off for like 15 minutes. Hardly enough.
I like the idea of a Dal soup. When I get home I'm making a big pot, maybe also some mango-coconut milk (no sugar) popsicles.
I'm trying not to gain a lot either but I never gain during the first trimester (towards the end I gain a lot. With my first three I gained 56, 45, 45. Hoping to keep this time under 30). I've lost 3 pounds and I'm hoping to lose a few more before I start gaining. I can't eat much at this point. We were at my in-laws for dinner last night and my MIL made manicotti, sausage, meatballs, caprese, and salad. What did I eat? Bread and butter. And I still felt like I was going to puke. I'll be back for healthy eating support in a couple months. Right now I just need to survive. lol.
I definitely could use some support, too. I am already overweight so I would like to not gain too much this pregnancy. I did OK with #1, gained 30 lbs. My doctor didn't seemed concerned, but I felt like I could have gained less since I started out so big already. Fortunately, I started this pregnancy weighing 13 lbs less than when I got started with #1, but I have already gained 3lbs. Between the ravenous hunger, needing to eat to keep the nausea at bay...and my birthday!...well, I have definitely been eating more sweets than would be advised. I have just about every risk factor for gestational diabetes so I really need to get serious about my carb intake.
LilyKay, did you know liver can have dangerous amounts of retinol Vit A? Some folks recommend against eating it during pregnancy:
(I can't find the original link where I read about this, but the above link provides similar info.)
I definitely need some help here. Right now I am at my heaviest (non-third trimester) weight. I weigh only 5lbs less than I did when I gave birth to DD! My first two pregnancies I gained right around 20 lbs and I felt it was a good weight gain, but my last one I just ate and ate and ate (and not healthy food) and gained 40 lbs. Everyone tried to say "Oh, you're all baby" but I could feel the extra weight. The time I'd like to stay in the 15-20 lb range.
Starting 1 April I had decided it was time to get healthy and loose some weight...then I found out I was pregnant 3 weeks later. But I have been having a giant green smoothie every morning; usually spinach or kale, plus some frozen fruit, flax or chia seeds, and some walnuts or cashews blended up with water (if I worked out that morning I'll add some protein powder. If I have it, I'll also add 1/4 of an avocado. Then I try to have some type of salad for lunch with some pumpkin seeds, edamame, a boiled egg or whatever protein rich foods I might have around. I've been snacking on almonds and dates, apples, oranges, I like fruits for sweet snacks. My biggest food problem is my boyfriend, lol! Saturday night I was planning to make some chicken with pasta and veggies then he wanted to order pizza...guess what I ate. The pizza of course! And I work at a restaurant where we have tons of delicious, amazing food (and I get 50% off) but most of it's not so healthy for you. I've been figuring out ways to modify certain things to make them healthier or just not eating there at all.
I need help with healthy dinner ideas. I am horrible at planning dinner so it's usually a last minute, whatever I find in the fridge to throw together meal or we go out.
I don't have any specific questions right now, but if you have any general advice/suggestions I am sucking in any info I can right now.
This is what I used last time to help guide my nutrition and my hopes to prevent GD:
Fortunately, I do pretty good about walking most days of the week. I am really bad about cutting sugar out of my diet...I have a total sweet tooth, although I have founds sweets to make my nausea generally worse.
earthwalker - I actually know that the mainstream recommendation advises against eating liver during pregnancy but I've always been a bit "alternative" when it came to diet . I don't follow any particular method but I pick and choose from different "diets" based on what works for me. A lot of the studies on vitamin A have been done with synthetic vitamin A found in supplements, especially those linked to birth defects. I'm going with the Weston Price foundation on this, particularly because when I eat liver (less that quarter a pound a week to keep the vitamin A levels in check), I feel fantastic afterwards. It's weird, like I got an energy shot. I just make sure to get organic fresh calf liver.
I tried following low-carb/Primal for a long time and I never felt great on it (DP did though). Adding potatoes and white rice back to my diet made a huge improvement and it drastically reduced my sweet tooth. I try to do whole traditional food dishes with little wheat and limited legumes (my staple is lentils).
Lidamama - when you said a vegetarian dish to dig into to, the first thing that came to mind is a lentil dish from my home country. It's a rice-lentil-caramalized onion dish that we eat with yoghurt: Here's a relatively authentic recipe: http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/aarti-sequeira/lebanese-lentils-rice-and-caramelized-onions-mujadara-recipe/index.html Make sure to use green or brown lentils (not yellow or red). I also use way more cumin than the recipe calls for. My grandma used to prepare it with butter ghee not olive oil and I still do that. The butter ghee just adds a magnificent flavor! And we serve it with a yoghurt "salad": greek yoghurt + chopped cucumbers + minced garlic + dried mint. Man now I'm getting very hungry !
Yesterday I was so motivated after reading this thread I got home and made a huge batch of "left-overs" risotto. We had some leftover frozen shrimp, salmon, broccoli and I added carrots & mushrooms. Then I made mango-coconut milk popsicles (1 can of coconut milk, 1 can of mango slices, puree and pour into forms). Then my energy ran out and I couldn't make a big pot of Dal soup as I had planned
LilyKay - I had a feeling you already were well-versed on the research! AFM, I have never had liver and don't have many occasions to try it -- and before I thought I would never try it ever, ever, BUT after reading the Weston Price foundation article, I am feeling more open to the possibility, especially if I know the meat comes from a good source.
Yogurt salad sounds so good! Last night, I munched on hummus before bed. Yummy!
Lidamama- I am sorry if you already posted this elsewhere and I missed it, but did your doctors suggest any possible cause for the suspected IUGR? Did you feel that there was issue? I know very little about IUGR, but one of my co-worker's daughters was induced earlier this year for the same reason. And my co-worker said that the OB really put on the scare tactics, and yet, the baby came out at a pretty normal weight.
I love this thread, I love food, I love to talk about food.
I had weight loss surgery a year and a bit ago, and I am a bit of an anomoly in the WLS world because I believe in a full fat diet, no fake sugars and healthy whole foods. I don't do processed food, so it's been hard to talk about food with the dieticians that the doctors want me to see.
Anyhow, for me because I can't eat big quantities, but still have to nourish my body and the baby, I am struggling a little. Before I was pregnant I had it figured out well enough, I was keeping myself nourished and healthy, I was running 1/2 marathons and triathlons, I was good. Now I have to be really aware, it's amusing to me 'cause if I skip a meal, I'm a mess.
So I find that I am eating every couple of hours, I go for protein and veggies. For a while I was all about carbs, but that has stopped, thankfully. Right now I love carrots and apples.
Hmmm peanut butter and apples sounds really good right now!
And brothy soup. I can't get enough brothy soup, like pho or kimchi soup. yumm!
OH and about weight gain. I want to be all loving and say that we shouldn't worry about it, we should just eat healthy and it'll be fine, but I am a little paranoid about it. I did just lose 100lbs. I don't want to mess with that, but on the other hand, I know that I'll gain some. I hope it's not too much. I have a scary number for me, I have to remind myself that it would be unhealthy for me to NOT gain weight, especially since I am at this weight now.
Thanks for sharing, Lidamama. It has to be frustrating now knowing what led to the suspected IUGR. Eating good, nutritious food sounds like a good start! It is great to hear you had a good natural induction, too. Those can be hard to find around these parts - I live in rural Georgia. I have to say the labor starting on its own was pretty cool -- even though I ended up with cesarean birth due to failure to wait. I'll be praying that your new l'il one grows and grows without worry!
Dea - Wow! Losing 100 lbs and running 1/2 marathons/triathlons. That is impressive!
As for the weight gain, it is all about finding that healthy balance based on our current weight. I should gain no more that 25 lbs since I am already overweight. I have a feeling though I will soon be +5lbs, and I still have 4 wks left in the 1st trimester. YIKES!