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post #141 of 155
A friend of mine posted a picture of potato salad on FB and baby HAD to have it, so I made it first thing this morning. I don't even really like potato salad, but I sure do right now!

I've realised I have a lot more energy in the mornings so I made dinner this morning too. Bacon, zucchini and tomato pasta sauce and gosh I want to eat it all now.
post #142 of 155

That actually sounds good, and tomato sauce and I haven't gotten along since month 2! 

post #143 of 155
Now I want sushi! It's been forever. I am craving red meat which is very weird for me. My boss told me about this cheeseburger with an egg and bacon and cheese at red robin and we went out to eat (we eat out maybe once a month) there like 2 days later and it was amazing. Scrambled eggs with spinach salsa and cheddar cheese on wheat toast or a green smoothie has been my breakfast routine. Today I was into cottage cheese with fresh pineapple. Yum.
post #144 of 155

We tried out a new restaurant for lunch today, Maple Street Bakery. Their whole menu is pretty much something + an amazing maple glazed biscuit. I got the sausage, egg and cheese biscuit thinking it would be another breakfast sandwich but O...M...G.

 

This was a life-changing breakfast sandwich! The sausage was perfect, not too dry and not too juicy, with just a hint of maple and salty goodness. The fried egg had a light dusting of crunchy sea salt and fresh ground pepper, and the cheese was real vermont cheddar, just piquant enough to bring it all together. I feel like I could eat this for breakfast, lunch and dinner! :yum

post #145 of 155
So, I am craving meat and cheese. Actually, just about any dairy products. Problem is, I'm about 90% plant based... for the first trimester I was letting myself eat whatever I wanted (cream cheese...yum) but I just can't do that anymore. Animal products cause nasty reactions with my digestive system and skin. I've been horribly bloated lately (by 3pm I look about 6 mths preg) and I'm breaking out like mad. I really feel like I need to get back to being 100% plant based.
Any ideas on where these cravings could be coming from?
post #146 of 155
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Originally Posted by ksquared34 View Post

So, I am craving meat and cheese. Actually, just about any dairy products. Problem is, I'm about 90% plant based... for the first trimester I was letting myself eat whatever I wanted (cream cheese...yum) but I just can't do that anymore. Animal products cause nasty reactions with my digestive system and skin. I've been horribly bloated lately (by 3pm I look about 6 mths preg) and I'm breaking out like mad. I really feel like I need to get back to being 100% plant based.
Any ideas on where these cravings could be coming from?

fat.  maybe some protein.  maybe Vit A and D- which are hard to source in veggie foods and even beta carotene can be challenging to convert to Vit A at the levels you need when pregnant (natural vit A is not dangerous and is actually essential to pregnancy while the artificial sort is dangerous in pregnancy).  i went a little mad on the dairy for a couple of weeks and had the same skin/bloating issues (and didn't devolve to my normal ice cream habit!  made this instead- http://www.elanaspantry.com/roasted-banana-coconut-ice-cream/) BUT found i was craving fatty dairy more than anything else.

 

but if you're getting good levels of both fat and protein, i think your cravings w/ subside.  i ended up traveling and doing mostly fruit and veggies w/ some meat once a day and came home craving veggie sushi rolls!!!  shrug.gif  making those today too after 2 nights of big hearty meals.  what are your key proteins?  i also found that i craved ZINC w/ my last pregnancy.  ???  i'm not a supplement fan, but did end up using it b/c i couldn't source enough foods that felt like enough.  of course i suspected a boy after that b/c why else zinc (and last 3 pregnancies were girls) and it was true.  

 

added coconut oil to a lot of foods and that seemed to really stabilize it.  and when i crave protein, i've got my snacks on hand.  almond butter is making it's rounds, and on days when i don't want meat, i just don't eat it and let it roll.  i've been a BIG fan of trying to interpret cravings through pregnancy and then trying to eat the healthiest versions of what is satisfying.  so far, instead of forcing myself to eat a certain diet, this has worked best for me.  and my babies are all big and healthy (some bigger than others :eyesroll) but my biggest baby was only 8lbs 8oz and was fully 42 weeks along and over 22 inches long.....

 

i am grain-free when not pregnant but if i crave grains in pregnancy, they're back on the menu, like in the sushi rolls!!!  i think listening to your body and finding what works is important.  i had a pregnancy where i craved hot-n-sour soup, one where i craved fish (2 fish pregnancies/seafood), one where i ate almost raw vegan but w/ some meat b/c i always seem to crave clean meat and my body does well and maintains muscle mass better w/ some animal products (used maca and loads of superfoods in that pregnancy- she's my biggest one!), and my last pregnancy was a buffalo wing craving frenzy.  so i learned to make wings.  this pregnancy is certainly being marked by veggie sushi rolls!!!!  maybe the seaweed?  salt?  wasabi? avocado?  whatever it is it's working!!!   

post #147 of 155
My priority right now is gluten free. I just hate what gluten does to me so that's the only thing I'm being strict on, that and organic only. Other then that I've been doing a mostly vegetarian diet with lots of kale, broccoli, loads of quinoa, potatoes, beans, goat cheese and eggs. Fruit when I desire it, and green smoothies. I'm still doing fermented cod liver oil because I had a D and A deficiency before pregnancy and see no reason to stop taking it since I feel it's what helped me get and stay pregnant this time.

I've definitely had the dairy craving here too. I've been thinking of eating some quality yogurt.
post #148 of 155
I am pretty certain that I'm low on my protein intake. Our typical week consists of nut butters, homemade bean 'burgers', bean and veg based chili, bean based Spanish dish, smoothie w/ 2 tabs cocoa powder, spinach wraps w/ hummus, nut blends with raisins. When I think about it...its been at least a week since I last rehydrated beans. Which means that I haven't been making dinner much...probably a mix of pregnancy and crappy weather but I've been LAZY lately. We've definitely increased our ordering out (pad Thai' panera salads...and admittedly orange chicken and cheeseburgers). need to get back on track asap. Purge the crap in the house and get my fridge back to normal. If it isn't in the house I can't eat it :-)
My nurse practicioner suggested b12 and vit d supplements at my last appt...picking those up today when I go out for my prenatals. As far as vit a, Ihad been doing great with those foods...until recently. Amazing how you don't see the obvious!
I'd love to try gluten free..just to see how it affects my body. My will power just isn't there yet.
post #149 of 155

yeah, the gluten thing can be challenging.  i've been gluten-free since 2001 and it HURTS SO BAD i can't even think of cheating.  it's like inviting me to set fire to my skin or just have a hangover for a bite of food that doesn't actually taste that good.  i have nightmares where i eat french bread or bagels and wake up in a cold sweat terrified i've actually done it and i'm gonna hurt so badly.  no will power involved, just great fear of agony!!!

 

A and D and K are all linked, so if you're low in D, you don't process A well, and K is part of that equation, and they're all fat soluble vitamins usually found most abundantly in animal products.  B12 and D are great starting points!

 

doing Vit D over here b/c my levels were really low.  i'd been doing fermented cod liver oil, but obviously it wasn't enough.  just ate a dozen little sushi rolls for a late breakfast.  now thinking of roasting some cauliflower and putting buffalo chicken wing spices on them!  i'm SO HUNGRY by mid-day.  but not the rest of the day.  and i force myself to nibble at dinner.

 

my daughter at my 4 bananas this morning before i woke up.  (i didn't cry though i almost did!  i just bought those yesterday for myself!) she's almost 3, and ate 4 bananas, 3 french toast pancakes, and 4 more pancakes w/ cream cheese and some frozen blueberries all before 11am.  punk.  

post #150 of 155
So glad I can finally read this thread! It is so fun and informative! @house of peace I am just so grateful for all of your wisdom on allergies! I personally have been gluten/wheat free and dairy free for almost three years. There's no going back for me either! The only problem with me is my naturally tendency is towards vegan ism, with the occasional fish craving, so it's challenging to make sure I'm getting enough protein and iron. I don't worry too much about other nutrients as I do a ton of fruits, veggies and nuts (some legumes but I can't tolerate tons)--but I could well be missing something. I love how you interpret your cravings. Lately I've been craving apple fritters, which obviously I can't have, which I take to mean I prolly need more carbs, period. I've been doing lots of salads and soups and my tummy is still pretty tender hearted. Also I've been crazy about melons . Been eating at least one a day the past month.
post #151 of 155

I was eating a strict paleo diet before pregnancy but to be honest, I really prefer vegetarianism.  :-/  It sits better with my heart.  I like veganism too and was a hardcore vegan for 4 years but there is no doubt that I need at least some animal products in my diet because I don't convert beta carotene (in plants) to usable vitamin A in my body.  So I've been taking cod liver oil for that and then otherwise staying gluten-free vegetarian because it feels better plus it's way cheaper where I live to be veggie.  However I feel like I am including dairy and eggs a lot more plus making SURE I am taking all my supplements because I do not want to end up in a depleted place nutritionally like I did after 4 years of veganism.  That was really hard.  

 

I WISH WISH WISH I could get raw milk easily where I live!!  Unless you know someone personally with a cow or goat though, it's not doable.  There's not a big raw milk scene here.  I can get some aged raw cheese, but that's it.  

post #152 of 155

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.  :eat

 

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!  shrug.gif  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.  

post #153 of 155
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!!!
post #154 of 155
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Originally Posted by HouseofPeace View Post
 

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.  :eat

 

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!  shrug.gif  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.  

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Originally Posted by ksquared34 View Post

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.  

post #155 of 155

feeding a large family in MA is expensive no matter what!!!  I've been blessed to have made lots of connections over the years and had lots of good relationships.  I worked for a raw milk group from the time my son was a year old til last year and was paid in milk and meat and other traditional foods (lacto-fermented pickles, extra milk, cream, raw cheese, sauerkraut, eggs, etc) for the last 5 years.  somewhere along the way another friend started an internship at the farm where we now live near and he would ask a couple times a year if i was interested in organ meat and bones and fat.  i always was!  then the farm started selling more of those items and it dried up for a while, but i worked for ANOTHER farm doing admin work in exchange for food- milk/meat/bones/veggie CSA, and got it through that route.  they moved to ME and i was running out then got another freezer full of offal treats AND another mom friend just offered me some bones.  

 

during really broke seasons we don't eat much meat at all but instead use farm goods as much as possible, and when we have enough income we stock up on staples.  it's not easy, it's not your weekly supermarket run, but it works for us!

 

so it's a good loop out here!  where in MA were you living?  

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