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Hi everyone. I'm 9 weeks pg with my 3rd child.<br><br>
I'm normally a salty snacker as opposed to a sweet-tooth. I'll take chips and salsa over chocolate most of the time. I craved sweets with my first 2 pregnancies, which was unusual for me. But *this* time around, it's as if my salty junk food preference has grown totally out of control! We're talking McDonalds and Taco Bell here -- foods I normally find just "O.K." at best, are tasting *sooo* good to me right now. The other day, my craving was so bad, I actually took my 6 y.o. with me to McDonalds and let her get fries so I could justify getting a double cheeseburger for myself. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/greensad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="greensad"> Not only did it taste *divine* (I know, I know -- blech!), but it was all I could do to get out of there without buying *another* one! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/gloomy.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Gloomy">:<br><br>
I normally eat fast food rarely. I know these foods are *so* bad for me and the baby, plus I'm going to gain 100 lbs if I don't get this under control. (Not to mention the $$ it's adding to my food budget.) Anyone know of any natural remedies or homeopathic remedies that might help? I'm not sure will power is going to be enough. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/help.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="help">
 

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Aaaah, I sympathize with you. I just figure if you eat some naughty meals, try to round out the rest of your meal/snacks with some good stuff. Trust me, in the 1st trimester, I was eating too much fast food, too....I'm talking about a fetish for Long John Silvers (which, in case some of you don't know, is merely deep fried sea food stuff). I tried to make sure to eat other good stuff to "make up" for my not-so-good fare. Finally, I got to a point where I ate my Long John Silver's, and thankfully, it finally tasted YUCKY! Hang in there....don't beat yourself too much up!
 

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When I crave salty stuff, which I also prefer over sweets, I drink V8.<br>
If you are craaving burgers, make some at home, on the grill extra cheddar cheese, organic or course <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngtongue.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Stick Out Tongue"> I like my burgers with onion buns.<br>
I can't eat Fast Food, the idea of where the meat comes from and how it is made, is more than enough to make me gag.<br>
I was craving fries and potato wedges for a while, I would smell the mashed potatoes from popeyes and just drool, and you can't just imitate that distinct popeyes taste.<br>
I just do my best to make something close to it at home, when I crave fries I'll make some fries at home, if I crave pizza I make homemade pizza, which taste so much better anyways.<br><br>
I think the best thing to do if you can't say no to the cravings, just make sure its the healthiest version of whatever you want to eat.<br>
Cheddar potato wedges aren't exactly bad for you, but the jack in the box ones aren't healthy. Better to make at home. (that's my recent craving) <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol">
 

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Ugh, I'm the same way. I NEVER eat fast food. And now it's all I want. Actually, it's starting to go away now, thankfully. I'm 12 weeks.
 

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I'm so glad to hear that similar cravings are going away after the first trimester for some of you. I hope that happens for me too!<br><br><div style="margin:20px;margin-top:5px;">
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OMG, I *know*!! That makes it even worse! I feel guilty about my health, the baby's health, *and* the cows! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/bag.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Bag">: Good suggestion to try my own -- I have grass-fed ground beef in the freezer. I did buy some Amy's frozen burritoes in an effort to stay away from Taco Bell. Still super salty and processed, but at least they're organic. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/redface.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Embarrassment">
 

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Another thing to keep in mind while diverting your cravings- is that your body is probably craving those foods because it really does want something- sounds like extra fats and meat in this case. Pick snacks high in good fats and protien- nuts, avacaods, eggs, and make sure you are eating meat to statisfiy yourself.<br><br>
I also craved fats and protien the first trimester- the fat part has subsided some, but I still crave protien, and have had to add having eggs for breakfast to my diet most days so I don't eat bad choices later.
 

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My food preferences also did a 180 starting early on. I found myself eating candy--of all things--I never eat candy! I've always been protective of my blood sugar so this really surprised me. Then I read that in pregancy you maintain higher blood sugar levels than normal becuase that's what's feeding the baby. My normal diet didn't seem to allow for a quick correction of blood sugar and it turned out I needed to eat more often (every two hours) in order to maintain it. I started eating apples and cheese with peanut butter a few times a day and my craving for candy disappeared.<br><br>
Then I got the cravings for Whopper Jrs with cheese and french fries... Oh Boy. Now I feel for ya. I just let myself have at it a few times and that pretty much did it for me. I overate on it twice and ended up with terrible heartburn and that did it.<br><br>
Hope you figure something out!
 

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For me, personally, I know when I crave fast food, it's half the fat/protein/whatever that I'm craving, and half the not having to make anything. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngtongue.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Stick Out Tongue"> So I also try to stock up on foods that are quick and easy, and healthy, even if they don't at all resemble what I'm craving. Apples, yoghurt, good muffins, bananas, those little babybel cheeses, or I'll slice up a bunch of cheese, nice crackers, etc. I'll also make some sandwich fillings to keep in the fridge so I can put some on an English muffin or whatever if I want a snack. Or make up a big pot of nice, meaty chilli and have a container of grated cheese in the fridge, and then I can put it all on bread and put it in the toaster oven, or have it as a dip with tortilla chips (not the best, but better than fast food), or whatever. Cut up veggies & dips, too.
 

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One thing to consider is that your body may be craving things because you need those things (not McD, obviously) - salt and protien would be the things that come to mind from your post. Make sure you are getting enough water because the salt craving can be from dehydration. Also, count your protien intake, aiming for 80 grams and start with a high protien breakfast to help you feel more grounded.<br><br>
Good luck!
 

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I craved Wendy's spicy chicken sandwiches. Those were so good, and so hard to duplicate. Eventually I consoled myself with frozen tyson chicken fingers (the good kind, not the gray kind), and hot wing sauce. I think it was the vinegary hot sauce I really wanted. Then I went through a Whopper Jr craving, and my husband grilled hamburgers over the fireplace to recreate them for me. Then I went through a taco bell grilled stuffed burrito phase, and I did 7 layer bean dip for that. Chipotle was the only fast food place that I cannot recreate my craving elsewhere. I lived off of chipotle in my first trimester, when I could eat. I tried and tried to do it, but never could come up with a satisfactory replacement.
 

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Both my pregnancies were like that towards the middle/end. I found I was craving MINERALS, really. So, I bought boxes of Alacer Emergen-C . They are packets you can put in water adn they fiz up really nice. I would use one throughout the course of a day, a little bit here, a little there.<br><br>
I know they seem to hit the spot, but your body is craving a balance of minerals and salts that aren't tampered with. Sea salt added to food is your best bet.
 

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Don't beat yourself up too much! It will pass. For me, as a PP said, it was the easy calories, salt and protein combined with the convenience - I was exhausted in my first trimester.<br><br>
Remember that you need the calories, salt and protein because you are building up your blood supply! Many women gain up to 10 pounds in a month during the first part of the second trimester because their blood volume DOUBLES during this time. So you are consuming all the building blocks for a good healthy blood supply right now. There is a lot of iron in red meat - hence the cravings. But there is also just as much iron in kidney beans and black beans - a nice homemeade burrito/taco with beans instead of meat would satisfy me a LOT.<br><br>
Finding alternatives will help ease the overwhelming desire a little - I ate plain hamburgers with cheese (and browned onions and mushrooms! Yummm....) many times while my family had whatever else was for dinner. Please remember to salt to taste. Sodium is very important in maintaining blood pressure when your blood volume increases. If you try to go without salt, you will be depriving your body of an important mineral and that will dramatically increase your cravings.<br><br>
The craving for fast food eased off for me at the end of the first trimester, so there is hope!
 

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My cravings are the type where they are satisfied if I give into them, and I move onto something else, so I just gave into them. I figured 1 small serving of KFC popcorn chicken might not be the best thing in the world, but 1 serving was also not going to kill me either. I'd just give in and wait for the next craving to rear it's ugly head.<br><br>
Of course, all the while I was working hard at balancing the bad stuff with lots of good stuff.<br><br>
I tend to be an "anything in moderation" type of person though.<br><br>
(Right now I'm eating Cheddar and Sour Cream Lays Potato chips - super healthy afternoon snack!)
 

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I felt like I ate really terribly my first trimester also. I ate at McDonalds, Taco Bell, you name it. I don't usually eat those foods. I've been getting a lot of other cravings (cheese endchiladas, hot dogs, etc.) and theymostly seem to be high fat / calorie foods but now that I'm 16 weeks the cravings have gone down considerably. It horrifies me a little the things that I ate but I'm sure everything will be fine.
 

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This early in the game...just eat what you can. I couldn't eat much at 9 months...so I ate what I could, regardless of wheather or not it was "healthy". That meant ice cream (most of the time a chocolate ovaltine smoothie satisfied that craving), chips, french fries, quesadillas from Del Taco, Mecixan Pizza from Taco Bell.....it was better than nothing! I have made up for my "short comings" since regaining my appetite.<br><br>
ETA: my food aversions were so bad...cooking an alternative in my house was not an option.....aside from that....craving a Mexcian Pizza from Taco Bell is a very specific craving....and most of the time, I wanted what I craved like...5 minutes ago, not in 30 minutes when it's done cooking.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">One thing to consider is that your body may be craving things because you need those things (not McD, obviously) - salt and protien would be the things that come to mind from your post. Make sure you are getting enough water because the salt craving can be from dehydration. Also, count your protien intake, aiming for 80 grams and start with a high protien breakfast to help you feel more grounded.<br><br>
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<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/yeahthat.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="yeah that">:<br><br>
I crave sweet stuff too. snickers, 3 musketeers <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/jaw2.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="jaw2"><br>
So I go to health food store and pick up chocolate, and try to space out the bar throughout the week.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">One thing to consider is that your body may be craving things because you need those things (not McD, obviously) - salt and protien would be the things that come to mind from your post. Make sure you are getting enough water because the salt craving can be from dehydration. Also, count your protien intake, aiming for 80 grams and start with a high protien breakfast to help you feel more grounded.<br><br>
Good luck!</div>
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<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/nod.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="nod"> I totally agree...<br><br>
I have a funny story from my first trimester- I was staying at a yoga ashram and we were eating mainly simple, raw foods... it started driving me crazy.. like in meditation all I could think of was soul food- rice and gravy and peas and biscuits and everything! I ended up leaving early (kind of on the sly- I was feeling a little embarrassed)... it was like 7am and I went to the first place that had food (mcdonald's) and ate chicken biscuits! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"> Now, this is not like me at all, but I feel that the moral of the story is that the body has a wisdom all it's own, and although I usually boycott micki-d's, I learned that enlightenment can be found as readily at a fast food restaurant as a secluded ashram... OM SHANTI!
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">I have a funny story from my first trimester- I was staying at a yoga ashram and we were eating mainly simple, raw foods... it started driving me crazy.. like in meditation all I could think of was soul food- rice and gravy and peas and biscuits and everything! I ended up leaving early (kind of on the sly- I was feeling a little embarrassed)... it was like 7am and I went to the first place that had food (mcdonald's) and ate chicken biscuits! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"> Now, this is not like me at all, but I feel that the moral of the story is that the body has a wisdom all it's own, and although I usually boycott micki-d's, I learned that enlightenment can be found as readily at a fast food restaurant as a secluded ashram... OM SHANTI!</div>
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I would suggest also looking at your potasuim intake. Organic potatos (skin on), bananas, dried fruit are all good sources. It is a vital mineral too and it is possible that your body is needing that
 

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for the most part, i just give in to the cravings and eat what i want and try to enjoy my pregnancy. i just try to make sure to eat some healthy stuff too. of course you don't want to go too crazy with it, but i wouldn't be too hard on yourself.
 
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