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<p>Hi Everyone!  This thread is for anyone who wants to eat lots of the right foods and not too many of the others.  I really want to keep my weight in check this time.  I gained 32 lbs my first pregnancy, 28 in my second, and 22 in my fourth.  (third was a m/c).  I am at 201 right now.  I certainly don't want to restrict myself but if I can make healthy choices and satisfy my cravings at the same time, great.</p>
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During my second pregnancy, I would drive 40 min to Taco Bell for bean burritoes.  I would get 3 at the drive through and then scrounge around for change in the car and go in for whatever else I could buy.   <span><img alt="sulkoff.gif" src="http://files.mothering.com/images/smilies/sulkoff.gif" style="width:25px;height:29px;"></span></p>
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<p><span>So, welcome everyone!  I think I will start posting what I eat each day so I can be held accountable.  I hope some of the rest of you will too! </span></p>
 

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<p>I'll definitely join in - though right now my daily menus leave a lot to be desired due to constant all day nausea!</p>
 

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<p>What a great idea!  I gained 45 lbs with each of my girls and then 20lbs with each of the boys.  I've managed to lose a bit after each pregnancy, but not enough.  I always gain weight right after having the baby, until I'm up to the same weight I was right before I delivered<span><img alt="banghead.gif" src="http://files.mothering.com/images/smilies/banghead.gif" style="width:25px;height:20px;"></span>.  I'm trying to avoid sugar and anything fried this time, as well as trying to get more veggies in.  Anyone have any good recipe ideas?</p>
 

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<p>This sounds like a great thread!!  I tend to eat a bit of junk during pregnancy and really crave baked goods <img alt="eyesroll.gif" src="http://files.mothering.com/images/smilies/eyesroll.gif">.  With DS I gained 60 pounds and managed to loose all but about 5 pounds of it before I got pregnant with DD (at 12 months pp).  This time I am starting about 10 pounds over where I should be so I would really like to keep things in check so I don't have as much work to do after the baby is born.  Unfortunately, though, I am finding it very hard to eat anything besides carbs - I know protein is supposed to be good for morning sickness, but I just can't seem to get any down.  Just a scrambled egg here and there.</p>
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<p>I have a great recipe for vegan moroccan stew!</p>
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<p>Ingredient list:</p>
<p>2 dried ancho chilies</p>
<p>6-10 cloves of garlic, depending on taste</p>
<p>1 small onion</p>
<p>1 can of stewed tomatoes (or fresh, boiled and skinned with juices)</p>
<p>1 large butternut squash</p>
<p>3 zucchinis (green or yellow, doesn't matter)</p>
<p>1 can of chickpeas</p>
<p>1/4 cup diced dried apricots</p>
<p>a hand full of raisins</p>
<p>1 tsp each of cumin, cinnamon, nutmeg, ground coriander, paprika and salt</p>
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<p>boil ancho chilies in a cup of water for a couple of minutes.  remove the chilies from the liquid (and save it) and let them cool.  peel and finely chop (or use a garlic press) several cloves of garlic.  slit the chilies open and remove the seeds.  blend them with the garlic into a paste.  Chop the butternut squash into 1-2 inch cubes and, together with the tomatoes and their liquid and the chili paste and liquid, the onion and all the spices, boil for about 20 minutes.  After it has softened, add the rest of the ingredients and simmer for another 40-50 minutes, until everything is nice and mushy.  </p>
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<p>I usually serve it with cornbread! Yum!!</p>
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<p>well considering in the past 24 hours i have purchased 1 marion berry pie, 2 pints of gelato, 1 pint of organic cookies and cream icecream and a box of organic ice crea, sandwiches, and just ate two huge pieces of pizza at the beach, i guess i should join this thread.... usually l eat really really healthy, but been feeling mild nausea and there are two things which seem to curb the nausea, eating granny smith apples, and eating ice cream !! </p>
 

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<p>this is great!  I really don't want to gain 50 lbs again this time, even though I lost it all plus some afterwards.  I have been doing really well so far ~ lots of veggies and fruits, I am starting on my daily fruit smoothies that I did last time, with flax oil, and I managed to kick the soda and candy habit I had going there for awhile.  But see I started out like this last time too, and the holidays and the cookies and candy and everything just wore me down after awhile (I was due in Feb).  So that's where I need the help!  Just saying no to that candy bar (or bag of candy corn, ahem!) when I go to the grocery store and too many sweets at holiday time.  Now why am I making 3 pies for thankgiving??  :lol</p>
<p>So i may be in and out the first 2 tris but I will probably really need you all in the third!</p>
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<p>Tracy, that stew sounds Yummy!!  I made Vegetable Biryani tonight, it's not really homemade though because I buy the paste/spice packet... but it was soooo good!!   I think the company that makes it is "taste or india" or something like that.</p>
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<p>So I guess I will post my fruit smoothie recipe.  Not too fancy, but anyway. </p>
<p>1 cup or so of berries, put in blender - I like to freeze mine first</p>
<p>add milk to the 1 c or  1 1/2 c mark depending on how thin you like it</p>
<p>add flax oil 1-2 Tbsp</p>
<p>last pregnancy I would add cal-mag and hemp protein powder and a green powder in there too</p>
<p>you could add a little sugar or honey to sweeten but I usually just let the berries do the job.</p>
<p>add a few ice cubes if using fresh berries</p>
<p>blend and pour, enjoy</p>
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<p>bananas are good too and add a really smooth consistency you don't get with just ice and berries.  If you like that sort of thing ;)</p>
<p>It sucks that berries are out of season right now though.  I am not too into blended oranges and apples :lol</p>
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<p>firecat: I buy the bags of frozen berries so that I can make smoothies all year long. I find berries in my area to be expensive pretty much year round, so the frozen tends to be all I buy. Sometimes I add mango and pineapple too :)</p>
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<p>Healthy eating - yep, that's definitely what I need the next 9 months! Peanut butter is my staple food right now. I haven't noticed any cravings or nausea so we'll see how long that lasts. I tend to use my slow cooker a lot when DH and I are both working, so for winter, that means lots of soups, stews, spaghetti and chili. I just need to get better at adding more veggies to them all!</p>
 

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<p>Tracymom, I happen to have ALL those ingredients except the ancho chilis for that yummy-sounding stew.  I think I may make it for dinner tonight!  Thanks for posting it.  I didn't post my meal plan for yesterday like I said I was going to because it was horrendous.  I think the only vegetable I had was ketchup on my fries.  <span><img alt="bag.gif" src="http://files.mothering.com/images/smilies/bag.gif" style="width:18px;height:19px;">  Tonight, though, I promise.  I don't want to even bother posting my meal plan right now for today- because there is a 99% chance I won't stick to it.  *sigh* </span></p>
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<p><span>I love these recipes!  Keep 'em coming!  I have a quart of Silk Vanilla yogurt in the fridge that needs to be used up...</span></p>
 

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<div class="quote-block">Originally Posted by <strong>mamaw/two</strong> <a href="/community/forum/thread/1279592/healthy-eating-support-thread-nov-15-21#post_16048460"><img alt="View Post" class="inlineimg" src="/community/img/forum/go_quote.gif" style="border:0px solid;"></a><br><br><p>What a great idea!  I gained 45 lbs with each of my girls and then 20lbs with each of the boys.  I've managed to lose a bit after each pregnancy, but not enough.  I always gain weight right after having the baby, until I'm up to the same weight I was right before I delivered<span><img alt="banghead.gif" src="http://files.mothering.com/images/smilies/banghead.gif" style="width:25px;height:20px;"></span>.  I'm trying to avoid sugar and anything fried this time, as well as trying to get more veggies in.  Anyone have any good recipe ideas?</p>
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<p>I am also sick and having a hard time getting the protein down but here are some ideas for quick high protien snacks:</p>
<p>Greek yogurt - 10 grams of protien in a 1/2 cup - Excellent with just honey on top or cut up fresh fruit.  You can also make it savory and use it as a dip - mix it with salsa and eat with tortilla chips.</p>
<p>Nuts</p>
<p>cheese</p>
<p>glass of milk</p>
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<p>Anybody else got any high protien go to snacks?</p>
 

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<p>I am soooo in with you ladies! I lost 50 lbs before conceiving DS, then gained 90 during the pregnancy :O I haven't lost everything I should, so I am starting heaver than I should. I have been doing *alright* eating. Not great, but better than last time around. I did have Kraft Dinner last night, it was about the only think I wanted. I had a fever, and wasn't feeling great.</p>
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<p>I've been a fan of protein shakes! I like mixing chocolate weigh powder with cappichino soy milk and using it as an after workout recovery snack :) I have a hard time getting enough protein in because I don't drink milk, but this does the trick!</p>
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<p>Also, I have been putting tofu in a lot. Baked tofu is a favorite right now!</p>
 

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<div class="quote-block">Originally Posted by <strong>firecat</strong> <a href="/community/forum/thread/1279592/healthy-eating-support-thread-nov-15-21#post_16048805"><img alt="View Post" class="inlineimg" src="/community/img/forum/go_quote.gif" style="border-bottom:0px solid;border-left:0px solid;border-top:0px solid;border-right:0px solid;"></a><br><br><p>this is great!  I really don't want to gain 50 lbs again this time, even though I lost it all plus some afterwards.  I have been doing really well so far ~ lots of veggies and fruits, I am starting on my daily fruit smoothies that I did last time, with flax oil, and I managed to kick the soda and candy habit I had going there for awhile.  But see I started out like this last time too, and the holidays and the cookies and candy and everything just wore me down after awhile (I was due in Feb).  So that's where I need the help!  Just saying no to that candy bar (or bag of candy corn, ahem!) when I go to the grocery store and too many sweets at holiday time.  Now why am I making 3 pies for thankgiving??  :lol</p>
<p>So i may be in and out the first 2 tris but I will probably really need you all in the third!</p>
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<p>Tracy, that stew sounds Yummy!!  I made Vegetable Biryani tonight, it's not really homemade though because I buy the paste/spice packet... but it was soooo good!!   I think the company that makes it is "taste or india" or something like that.</p>
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<p>So I guess I will post my fruit smoothie recipe.  Not too fancy, but anyway. </p>
<p>1 cup or so of berries, put in blender - I like to freeze mine first</p>
<p>add milk to the 1 c or  1 1/2 c mark depending on how thin you like it</p>
<p>add flax oil 1-2 Tbsp</p>
<p>last pregnancy I would add cal-mag and hemp protein powder and a green powder in there too</p>
<p>you could add a little sugar or honey to sweeten but I usually just let the berries do the job.</p>
<p>add a few ice cubes if using fresh berries</p>
<p>blend and pour, enjoy</p>
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<p>bananas are good too and add a really smooth consistency you don't get with just ice and berries.  If you like that sort of thing ;)</p>
<p>It sucks that berries are out of season right now though.  I am not too into blended oranges and apples :lol</p>
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Yum, I love fruit smoothies too!  I've been making mine with frozen berries, spinach (you can't even taste it), and a bit of almond milk.  What a great idea to add the cal/mag, I'm going to try that today:)  I've been eating lots of oatmeal breakfasts or eggs once in a while.  One thing I can't seem to get enough off is toast (I love New England brown bread, yum!) with peanut butter, raisins, and sliced bananas made into a sandwich.  It's making me hungry just thinking about it.  Another lunch thing has been potates and veggies cooked in olive oil and splashed with soy sauce.  Dinner has been stuff like shepard's pie, I've got a great recipe for that if anyone wants it.  Casseroles work so well with having lots of mouths to feed, and the leftovers make the next days lunch so easy.  We've been eating alot of chicken (I raised 50 of them myself this last spring and did it organically, they have been so good) and for some reason carrots have tasted so, so good.  What's everyone else eating? <br>
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<p>I need to get back in to my daily fruit smoothie. I ran out of bananas and haven't gotten any the past few days. At my local Target, in the frozen foods section, they have a big bag of frozen berries, blackberries, blueberries and raspberries. No sugar added, just frozen berries. So in my smoothies I always put:</p>
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<p>1 banana</p>
<p>about a cup of frozen berries</p>
<p>about half a cup of full fat plain yogurt</p>
<p>2 tbsp flax seed oil</p>
<p>cup of water</p>
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<p>Occasionally I will add half of an avocado. I think it's important to get plenty of good fats. The baby needs it and it helps keep me full longer. I also give these smoothies to my kids but I usually split them up so they only get about half each. </p>
 

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<p>ooh yeah, avocado.  A yummy good fat.  I love it just sliced with some chips, sweet potato chips are awesome .  Or on a sandwich, or guacamole with veggies for dipping.</p>
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<p>Frozen berries are a good idea.  I bet I can find some organic ones too.  Oh and yes mango and pineapple are absolutely fabulous!  And I have heard of adding some spinach or kale in the smoothie too, but never tried it. I think it's time to test that option out.  I would much rather try to get my nutrients from natural sources instead of a powder.     </p>
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<p>I don't really drink milk by itself either.  Only in things like yogurt, cheese, smoothies, on cereal, in oatmeal, etc.</p>
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<p>High protein snacks... lets see.  I like yogurt with a little fruit (apples and pears are good here I think) or some granola.  Cheese.  A piece of chicken if I have leftovers.  Summer sausage, although that's not the heathiest option :lol.  A hard boiled egg, or any kind of egg if I have time.   Nuts ~ I really love pecans and almonds.  Oooh how about hummus?  And according to the brewer diet page 4 oz of peas or 7 oz of veggies like mushrooms, spinach or other greens, cauliflower, asparagus have 1 oz of protein.  And I guess there is cottage cheese if you want another milk option.</p>
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<p>I love making homemade hummus:</p>
<p>1 can of garbanzo beans, drained and rinsed         </p>
<p>some lemon juice</p>
<p>a pressed garlic clove (saute first if you like)</p>
<p>spoonful of tahini</p>
<p>olive oil</p>
<p>salt</p>
<p>I mash them all together with a potato masher, taste and add more of whatever it needs.  You could blend it up if you like a smoother consistency but I like it kinda chunky.  I use it for a veggie dip instead of with chips.</p>
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<p>And I would love your recipe  for shepherd's pie, mamaw/2!</p>
 

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<div class="quote-block">Originally Posted by <strong>ladytigerfairy</strong> <a href="/community/forum/thread/1279592/healthy-eating-support-thread-nov-15-21#post_16048538"><img alt="View Post" class="inlineimg" src="/community/img/forum/go_quote.gif" style="border:0px solid;"></a><br><br><p>well considering in the past 24 hours i have purchased 1 marion berry pie, 2 pints of gelato, 1 pint of organic cookies and cream icecream and a box of organic ice crea, sandwiches, and just ate two huge pieces of pizza at the beach, i guess i should join this thread.... usually l eat really really healthy, but been feeling mild nausea and there are two things which seem to curb the nausea, eating granny smith apples, and eating ice cream !! </p>
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<br><br><p>hahaha - you sound like me! I normally eat fairly well - a lot of whole foods, very little processed foods. But now because of the nausea I'm eating mostly white bread, granola bars, pizza (at least it's homemade?) and ice cream. It really leaves a LOT to be desired. Especially since the first week I knew I was pregnant I snacked on brussels sprouts all day everyday. I have some in my fridge and the thought of them now turns my stomach! I really don't want to gain 80 lbs again, but I'm having a really hard time stomaching healthy foods and I'm too darn tired to get any activity in. Luckily I've only gained about a pound so far - but I know I can't continue this way for long!</p>
 

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<p>a smoothie is a great idea, that would certainly be better than the toast I've been turning to every morning. I'm stomaching yogurt ok too. I have a great local organic source for yogurt and I have a freezer FULL of berries from the summer. Of course my food processor broke a couple weeks ago - just snapped right apart as it was running, and I don't own a blender . . . yet another reason to replace my processor! :)</p>
 

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<p>lets see if I can remember yesterday (I'm supposed to be tracking through babyfit, but I've gotten lazy!)</p>
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<p>wholegrain white toast with butter</p>
<p>cheese stick</p>
<p>granola bar</p>
<p>lemon pepper shrimp</p>
<p>clam chowder with crackers</p>
<p>romaine and baby lettuce with shredded cheese, black olives, ranch and leftover cut up hamburger</p>
<p>only water to drink</p>
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<p>That actually doesn't look <em>too</em> terrible. It's been much worse lately :D</p>
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<p>Today, so far:</p>
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<p>wholegrain white toast 4 freaking slices, peanut butter</p>
<p>gingerale</p>
<p>cheese stick</p>
<p>granola bar</p>
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<p>planning for the rest of the day:</p>
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<p>leftover homemade pizza with ranch</p>
<p>greens with leftover hamburger again, and more ranch (it's good! and homemade so real milk and mayo that counts, right?!)</p>
<p>yogurt with blueberries.</p>
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<p>What I'm worried about is me hosting Thanksgiving. Not only am I exhausted all the time, but the smell of half the stuff I had planned to cook is going to knock me over with nausea. We're planning on telling everyone at dinner, so I guess it'll be ok if it's not the fanciest meal ever ;)</p>
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<p>ok - for breakfast, organic plain whole milk yogurt, with organix flax plus red berry crunch mixed in, along with organic dried cranberries..        though the pie is tempting me still sitting on the counter..... didnt eat ice cream at all last night!</p>
 

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<p>I am on babyfit too and it makes me laugh... in the "overweight mamas" thread (I think it was) I commented on how my meal plan included a mini snickers and a hostess cupcake. </p>
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<p>Here is my day so far:</p>
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<p>1 c. coffee with soy milk and turbinado sugar</p>
<p>banana</p>
<p>english muffin with vegan margarine</p>
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<p>1 1/2 c. couscous cooked in veg stock</p>
<p>3 baby carrots</p>
<p>2 homemade (at least) vegan oatmeal raisin cookies</p>
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<p>Thats it.   The mere thought of food is suddenly making me so nauseous.  If this keeps up, DH is in for a rude awakening when we are getting take out for dinner every night because I can't stand to even think about whats for dinner! </p>
 

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<p>Well, for quick protein snacks, anything with peanut butter is great. I keep the Fibre1 Oats & Peanut Butter granola bars handy all the time, even before I knew I was pregnant. I crash very quickly if my blood sugar gets too low, so those bars give me a quick sugar boost along with long term energy.</p>
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<p>Funny, the avocado suggestion sounds super yummy to me right now. I'm pretty sure I've never liekd avocado before in my life! LOL</p>
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<p>firecat: Your humus recipe sounds positvely DIVINE. I always buy my humus but now I have no excuse! I'm going to make yours this weekend. I could practically live off of humus and the Black Pepper & Olive Oil Triscuits. Now I want to go buy some on my afternoon break!</p>
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<p>mamaw/2, please post your shepperd's pie recipe! I love shepperds pie. I'm planning to try a recipe from one of my cook books that uses ricatta cheese for the topping on a shepperd's pie instead of potato. I'm making it tonight - I'll let you all know how it goes :)</p>
 
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