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I seem to still be eating more junk and carbs than I want to be. And things do taste different these days.<br><br>
Do you force yourself to eat so many fruits or veggies? This much protein?<br>
This much water?<br><br>
Do you try to start the day out with a majorly healthy breakfast?<br><br>
I guess I'm just looking for any tips to get my diet back on the good track.
 

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I have mostly good days, but some that are certainly not that great!! I do find that if I start out the day with a really good breakfast, that it sets the tone for the rest of the day. Same goes with drinking water. If I get on it right away, I have a much better time staying properly hydrated. ANother trick I like, when I can I will eat some veggies for breakfast. like an omlette with chard and broccoli. Then I know at the end of the day I will not have to shovel unwanted amonts of green things into my mouth!!<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"> And I am someone who non-pregnant eats mostly veggies, and love a large percentage of my diet to be raw. Not preggo!!! I want chicken pot pie(organic, home-made of course!!) and eggs and yogurt,etc. I guess that is just what my bod needs.<br>
Every day is a new day and a chance to eat a little better than the day before. Or slack a little if the day before was stellar!<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngtongue.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Stick Out Tongue">
 

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My MW had me do a food diary for an entire week and that really forced me to take a look at what I was eating. When I try to get enough water (64oz), it fills me up too much and I'm not hungry enough to eat the right amount of food. I'm low on protein, even though I thought I wasn't. I'm just not getting enough calories (especially protein) in general. I think it's partly because I've already gained 17 lbs (I'm 20 weeks) and am not too happy about that. But, I'm also honestly not very hungry and to get enough, I'd really have to push it.<br><br>
Anyone considered protein supplements? Like protein shakes or something? Any other good ways of getting high amounts of protein without high quantity?
 

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I *try* to keep my diet balanced, but honestly, money's tight and fresh produce is expensive, so I'm probably not getting enough greens. I do however make sure that I always start the day with:<br>
- 1 glass of calcium rich OJ + vits<br>
- 1 glass of milk<br>
- 1 fruit<br><br>
I too tend to be protein deficient so everytime I have a bigger meal, I make sure there are at least 8-10 grams of protein in it, whether it be eggs, chicken, pork, or even yogurt and tofu.<br><br>
With regards to consuming too many carbs or junk, why don't you compromise with yourself and agree that everytime you want something carby/junky, you have to have a fruit/veggie, or some nuts/cheese to add some substance to your diet?<br><br>
That's how i've gotten into the habit of eating fruits/veggies, because i'm a real CARB ADDICT! I also make sure, as much as possible, that there's snack size healthy stuff always around: clementines, apples, bananas, carrots, cucumber, snow peas, lunch size portions of canned fruits, baggies of trail mix.
 

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Well I can tell you right now my diet is carb heavy with not enough veggies. I have been craving pasta. I definately do not eat balanced throughout the day, but usually manage a healthy dinner.
 

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I'm off to buy a protein supplement today. I started this thread in the I'm Pregnant forum and got a lot of good suggestions.<br><br><a href="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/showthread.php?t=826214" target="_blank">http://www.mothering.com/discussions...d.php?t=826214</a><br><br>
Mostly I crave fruit and peanut butter, so I'm going to try to blend those with a protein powder. I have an aversion to meat and eggs right now.
 

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Ugh! I eat terribly when I'm pregnant.<br>
I eat great when I"m not.<br>
Everything tastes different right now.<br>
All I want is a coke and something dough-y.<br>
I hardly ever eat junk too, so it's weird for me.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">I'm off to buy a protein supplement today. I started this thread in the I'm Pregnant forum and got a lot of good suggestions.<br><br><a href="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/showthread.php?t=826214" target="_blank">http://www.mothering.com/discussions...d.php?t=826214</a><br><br>
Mostly I crave fruit and peanut butter, so I'm going to try to blend those with a protein powder. I have an aversion to meat and eggs right now.</div>
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I'm contemplating getting some Boost shakes, or something. I just read Dr Luke's book, and I'm WAY behind on my protein intake.<br>
Things I try to eat ....<br>
canned chicken .. for chicken salads<br>
tuna<br>
yogurt<br>
drinking lots of milk<br>
lots of days, we have eggs for breakfast<br>
CHEESE<br><br>
Nuts/seeds are a good protein source ...I've been munching pecans, and sunflower seeds<br><br>
Just had a huge green salad, which was delish .... apparantly, I just need to add mandarin oranges to make it taste better to me!
 

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I do well when I start off with a protein smoothie (25 g protein!) I guess I am officially a pescatarian (no meat, just fish) so I tend to be protein challenged if anything. I have been eating lots of fruits & veg, berries, boiled eggs & cashews for snacks in between meals. Then a couple cups of tea a day adds to the water intake...that has been the biggest challenge I think. I would also like to eat more whole grains, but when we're out and about it's hard to do.<br><br>
I was much better about staying away from the sweets with #1...I think that will be my biggest downfall...
 

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Protein is really hard for me right now too. I'm allerdic to eggs, so that's out. I'm also having an aversion to meat. I like cheese, but I'm lactose intolerant......<br><br>
Maybe I should go for the protein shakes!<br><br>
I do eat beans and I like tofu! But it's a little harder to plan a meal with those.
 

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I haven't had much of an appetite, but I'm listening to my body and am trying to relax and trust this phase I'm at. I currently live on protein shakes w/ milk and bananas (I love these smoothies! especially first meal, you can add so much and have an incredibly balanced meal), shots of green superfood, and salads. I eat out often and order salads w/ grilled chicken every time.<br><br>
I hate eggs. And I know better. Actually, I really hate cooking for just myself, lol. For some reason I just keep putting off what I *should* be doing more of. I take my vitamins now, though!
 

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I'm sure that I'm not eating a balanced diet but I try to make sure I get some of everything everyday. It's hard though because I don't want protein or veggies as much. I do well with dairy and carbs though! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol">
 

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I can't get away with eatting anything unless I share with my toddler so I have overall been eatting good. I have been doing really good with taking my crappy vitamins, too which is always my biggest problem. I hate prenatals.
 

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I need to be drinking more water. I know it. I hate bringing a glass with me to bed because it gets knocked over and I always forget my Kleen Kanteen. I need to drink more during the day too. I did great with DS and water, I don't know why this is different.<br><br>
I eat really well though. We're really passionate about food and food politics. You can probably guess from my signature that we eat organic food. Most of which we raised or grew ourselves, or a neighbour raised themselves. (Our beef is grass fed, comes from two farms down, our bread is made by another neighbour from their spelt flour that they grind the day before making it, all organic, all awesome). I can still smell dinner tonight - one of our own chickens, lovely amish paste tomatoes that I canned with basil, carrots, potatoes, onions and garlic from our cold storage room. Feels and tastes so great to eat one's bounty mid winter.<br><br>
I had crazy food aversion to almost everything at the beginning of my pregnancy, and once I felt better I got sick and have been sick for 6 weeks. For most of that I was so sick I didn't feel like eating. Now that I can look at food without wanting to vomit things are back on track.
 

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I definitely eat well as of late. I'm very aware of my protein intake b/c once I got my protein up to what it was supposed to be I instantly gained 3 pounds in one week. That was sort of a wake up call that I was not eating enough up to them. Same with the calorie thing, when I started eating enough I gained 2 pounds in a week. So I'm aware of what I eat b/c of those two obvious lessons. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/winky.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Wink"><br><br>
I have to make most of my food from scratch so there's not much in them but what I put in it. I eat dairy (organic dairy and Tilamook cheese) and meat to get my protein and most of my starch is rice or pasta. I eat eggs in pancakes and sometimes on their own but they still *kind of* make me gag.<br><br>
My suggestion for knowing where you need to improve is knowing what you're typically eating. Keeping track of that for 48 hours is a really good example of what you typically eat. Then knowing what requirements your particular pg requires of your food is the next step.<br><br>
For me, I'm nursing and pg so that means I need 3800 calories and 80 grams of protein a day. That's a LOT of serious food. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"> I was eating about 1/2 of that before I wrote it down.<br><br>
Let us know how your adjustment goes!
 

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I've had monstorous cravings lately for cookies and donuts....*blushes*<br><br>
But I eat healthy meals....?!
 

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No I have not been eating healthy. I haven't been eating too much junk, but my veggie and fruit intake sucks, and my water intake is laughable. I am trying to drink hot tea (herbal) to make up for it...I just can't drink tons of water in the winter because it makes me so cold! Isn't that stupid? So the hot drinks are sorta doing the trick, but I just sip them all day, and I really need to "chug!" The only time I get more than enough are the days I go for a long walk, and sadly I don't do that often enough either.<br><br>
BUT, today I'm starting to keep a journal....nothing too anal, I'm just going to make sure I get fruits and veggies every day, and get at least a few days of exercise per week.<br><br>
The first half of this pregnancy flew by and I think having morning sickness for the first time EVER really threw my body for a loop, so I need to get back into the swing of being healthy again.
 

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Thanks for sharing ladies!<br><br>
I went out and got some protein powder yesterday. (great thread you started Klink2) Really gotta read those packages--some have the same amount of sugar as protein per serving!!<br><br>
I wish someone would drop off a party platter of veggies at my door every day though! Still need to work on that. I find that the veggies don't look so lovely at the grocery store in winter.<br><br>
I was trying to follow the GI Diet before I got pregnant and none of that food (high fibre/high protein) is appealing to me these days.<br><br>
I did a journal for a couple weeks early on, but it got tedious and I just can't get back into it.<br><br>
Ya, pasta (ramen noodles) and sweets have been calling me too...and I'm never too full for them! LOL<br><br>
Thanks again for your tips, and for commiserating with me!<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngbiggrin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="orange big grin">
 

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One thing I started doing when I was doing a lower-carb diet was to buy all my veggies (yes, they're better in the summer), bring them home and immediately wash and cut them all up. I'd separate them into 3-4 bowls, put a napkin on top to soak up any moisture that may accumulate, cover and stick them in the freezer. Best eaten within a couple of days. Most often, I'd saute them in my cast-iron pot with a little bit of olive oil. Perfect lunch, especially if you add some pork or chicken to it!
 

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I'm eating a lot more chick-fil-a then i should be..<br>
I have not been keeping a food journal even though i think about it everyday<br>
I've been horrible with breakfast the past few days and don't usually eat until 12-1 when i'm absolutely starving<br>
I'm horrible with water and I'm ok with veggies and fruit.. i should try a lot harder.. my protein is probably alright.. but not what it should be.. and i can't stand taking my vitamins!!<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/redface.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Embarrassment"> i have calcium chews that i'm okay with.. seeing as they taste like candy.. but even the flintstones taste awful to me.. i feel like i can taste the iron and it makes me gag.. although on the bright side i'm pretty good with eating every two hours after i first eat.. eh.. after writing this out i'm a little scared to talk to my midwife tomorrow..eek
 
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