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anyone else on it? My doula suggested it but honestly, I've never eaten healthy in my life, and I am The Junk Food Queen. I want to eat healthy, for the baby's sake, but it's just so hard for me!<br><br>
Anyone have any suggestions?<br><br>
or anyone in the same boat?
 

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I followed it with my last two pregnancies - the only change my MW made was less dairy - she is not a fan of dairy and I know it's not great for me. The most important part is low/no sugar. I can honestly tell you that I followed a high protein, high veggies no sugar diet in my 3rd pregnancy and it was by far my healthiest - I was in the best shape, I felt great up until the end, I only gained 20 pounds with an 8/8 baby and my body bounced back really fast.<br>
I wans't as good with #4 - snuck some sugar in here and there and didn't exercise as much - I gained 28 with a 9/8 baby and just didn't feel as good but I also had a little toddler to chase <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"><br><br>
Next time I plan to follow the high protein, veggies and NO sugar diet to the T as I am a bit older (37 soon) and I really want to feel good during pregnancy and after the delivery.<br><br>
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Pregnancy is SUCH a vital time to eat healthy. Your own body is not only depending on you to eat well, your BABY is now totally relying on what you eat in order to grow and be healthy.<br><br>
Poor nutrition wil contribute not only to health problems for YOU as your pregnancy puts greater and greater strain on all your body's systems, but it can cause trouble for the baby as well.<br><br>
There's nothing wrong with having a "treat" of less-than-healthy stuff sometimes, but your overall diet NEEDS to be high in nutrition. The Brewer diet is a good starting place to help you get an idea of what to aim for.<br><br>
Beginning healthy eating habits NOW will also help you learn how to set a better example for your kids. I'm sure you don't want your kids to grow up thinking a twinkie and a glass of kool-aid (to use an EXTREME example) are a "balanced breakfast" or McDonalds fries are a vegetable, etc.<br><br>
What better time to start than now? Sure, it's not easy to change, old habits die hard, but believe me eating more whole foods really makes a difference in how you feel, and your overall health! My DH used to be Mr. Junk Food, but he eats what i fix, and i try to fix healthy foods, balanced meals, and now he notices a difference in how he feels when he eats fast food all day one day, or drinks nothing but cokes all day like he used to. He's actually become more likely to buy a water out of a vending machine than he used to... though he still does drink cokes sometimes, it's not a 6 pack a day like he USED to. I didn't "try to change him" but over time, he's learned and grown as a person and now makes healthier choices than he used to.<br><br>
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I agree with Kathryn, the Brewer diet is kind of a bare minimum of eating healthy. You should try to do AT LEAST what Dr. Brewer recommends. I personally think nutrition is the number one factor in maternal and baby health. I have had problems because I have had no appetite with this pregnancy, so I've been forcing my self to eat, and concentrating on the protein.<br>
It is hard to ween yourself off junk, but I'd try to right away. After you don't have it for a while, it becomes really gross. I can't eat fast food, candy, or drink pop (soda). It makes me sick after not eating it for so long. I don't even really eat "meals", except dinner that I make to share with hubby. The rest of the day I eat something about once an hour. Examples: cereal and milk, scrambled eggs and a whole wheat bagel, cottage cheese and peaches, tofu/yogurt/fruit smoothie and a handful of sunflower seeds, cheese and crackers, a green salad with beans, etc. And a 16oz glass of water every hour or two. If you feel like you need junk food because of the convenience, go ahead and buy a container of precut fruit and a protein drink. Just change the focus of your choices. It is really, really important to eat right.
 

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I have the same MW as Keri. and I have to say, as much as I griped at times, I am SO THANKFUL for her rules.<br><br>
I have gained 29 lbs. so far, but I feel pretty OK about it. Could have been a little better, but overall I've drastically reduced sugar intake. If you quit anything for 3 days, it becomes easy.<br><br>
The first thing we did at our house is ditch all sodas. We drink only water (and my DH drinks beer!). I carry 2 liters of water with me all the time and drink it like crazy. It will become a habit, and you'll realize you're less hungry. No sodas is a good habit to get into before the baby comes anyhow (as another poster already said).<br><br>
My MW's stats bear out the fact that a healthy diet really does provide better outcomes. You should go for it!!<br><br>
XOXO<br>
Beth
 
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