Originally Posted by HouseofPeace
i was strict paleo too before pregnancy and even through first trimester. now definitely flirting more w/ veganism which is unusual for me! i have vegan days, and then roasted lamb days.
eggs and dairy aren't kind to me this pregnancy which is unusual too! i usually get a free pass on dairy during pregnancy, but not this time! so instead of worrying about calcium, i'm just eating loads more green things.
and eggs?!? never had a problem w/ them, but the bloat went way down when i cut out eggs! sugar and eggs (okay, i made a chocolate cake last night, and jelly beans are OFF again as of today) made the bloat return....
since i source my dairy and meat from the same farms (yay for living in a farming valley!) it's really nice for my conscience! I actually have in the last 3 or 4 years been given free bones and organ meats and fat from these farms when they clean out their freezers. I literally am living off what would be thrown away- which makes feeding my family so much more affordable and keeps the whole worry about the animals (these are very free-range gamey beasties who literally live 1/2 mile from my house and during the summer are visited every day by us) and being part of a broken system of toxic waste and cruelty really just not a problem!!!
i need to make some bone stock, but this pregnancy has TURNED my stomach against it..... oh well.
I was wondering how it was possible to feed a large family paleo, haha! There isn't anything like that here...I drove around everywhere looking for the "undesired parts" because I read they are the most nutritious but nobody could help me. It's weird, I wonder if here is a law against selling that stuff or something. Food is SO expensive here...it's insane...when I went back to visit the mainland I couldn't believe how I got a huge box of organic groceries fruits and veggies for $20. In Hawaii, you'd only be able to get about 3 or 4 items for $20, it's that bad. I can get a dozen organic free range eggs for $8!! Cheapest is $6. 2 heads of organic kale also $8!!! At the right farmer's markets things are a bit cheaper, but not by much. Organic bananas are still way cheaper on the mainland, even though they GROW here!! Explain that one to me...and don't even get me started on mangoes. So expensive it feels like a crime...I ate way more mangoes when I lived in massachusetts then here because I just can't justify spending almost $10 on one mango!!!
Grassfed/free-range meat is super expensive, I can't buy it anymore...we did nearly go broke when I was eating paleo here. Now I'm searching for ways to nourish myself in more cost-effective ways.
The cost of things here definitely aggravates my island fever.
So the cheapest way for us to eat is mostly vegan, with some dairy and eggs. So basically vegetarian...it's such a delicate balance because I still don't have a lot of appetite and normal foods don't taste good to me still. I try to balance my pregnancy desires with eating within the confines of our budget. Not easy but I'd rather save some money to leave.
Anyway...my first pregnancy dairy was intolerable to me...this time around I have a real desire for it and it's digesting well! I got some pastured yogurt with probiotics recently that I like.
Originally Posted by ksquared34
Any knowledge on the amount of b12 we need during pregnancy? I've read everything from 2.4mcg (medical institutes) to 1000mcg (Dr. Caldwell esselstyn). Smallest dose I've seen in the big box stores has been 500 mcg. Haven't gone to a vitamin store...been snowy and cold so I'm trying to limit my trips out :-)
Made some delicious bean and veg quesadillas last night topped with a pineapple salsa..so good! Started today with oatmeal topped with blueberries, almonds and a touch of pure maple. Feels good to be getting back on track!!!
I still supp with b12 too...I take 5000mcg of methyl every few days. I had a severe deficiency last year and did b12 injections which boosted my levels significantly and I just want to keep it up now.