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My MW looked at my food intake at the last appt. and busted me for too much sugar and not enough veggies. Still not enough water. (But protein is okay. Keep up w/eggs and meats.) Of course I heard, "you aren't eating well enough for this baby" so I am feeling down about it.<br><br>
I guess I knew this but I was sort of compromising with myself that if I ate enough protein, that I could make it taste good, at least.<br><br>
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Cinnamon french toast. I think I'm getting eggs and whole wheat bread. She says, syrup and cinnamon and where's the veggies?<br><br>
Water (3/4) with juice (1/4): I say I'm staying hydrated but water is boring. She says, leave out the juice.<br><br>
Creme sandwich cookies and milk. I think I'm drinking a huge glass of milk, and they cookies are organic. She says, what about water and cheese & cracker sandwiches? And carrot sticks?<br><br>
Pasta with alfredo sauce and a side salad: I think I'm eating protein and dairy. She says skip the pasta and eat a salad with an egg or salmon on top.<br><br>
Dried fruit. I think healthy. She says eat almonds.<br><br>
Protein bar (Luna or Cliff). I think protein. She says too much sugar. Eat cheese or hummus. And throw on spinach.<br><br>
Frozen fruit bar. I think at least I'm not eating ice cream in summertime. She says too much sugar. Drink ice water.<br><br>
I am so bored of trying to eat well. I don't really WANT any vegetables. And I am just too tired to make healthy snacks. Yes, I feel better about myself when I do, and I know this is the time to be eating well, but it is so boring I wanna cry <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/mecry.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="crying"> . Plus, it was a jolt to have her tell me to do better--the last thing you want to hear when pg is that you aren't doing your best.<br><br>
How are you guys keeping up with food? What is easy and good? Even so, I only eat natural or organic. I don't eat junk or fast food. DH is fuming over the grocery bills as it is (plus that I haven't bought the creme cookies or ice cream for him). I haven't baked any cookies or brownies in over two weeks (I love to bake) and I miss them. But I know if they are there, I will eat them.<br><br>
I need help.
 

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Oh, I know about the veggies thing. I'm trying, but I just have an aversion to them right now. Not bad, but enough that I really have to force them down.<br><br>
Pasta is fine (carbs & protein).<br>
Dried fruit is fine (fiber and carbs).<br>
Almonds ARE good!<br>
Juice is OK if it's 100% juice with no added sugar. Better to eat the fruit whole, though, for the fiber and additional water. I'm not a big juice fan myself.<br><br>
Can you just throw in a miscellaneous veggie at every meal? Say a stick of broccoli, or a bowl of peas? I like to eat broccoli with a bit of Miracle Whip on the side for dipping. Makes it go down easier. My personal veggie favorite: pumpkin pudding (pumpkin pie without the crust). It's not a green obviously, but it's so tasty and lowfat and good for you.
 

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Honestly, I am not even stressing over it. I never have through my pregnancies. (or course, I do pay for it when I don't follow the diet I need to for my gallstones, but that is another topic and not really related to what is "needed" for pregnancy)<br><br>
I think she is being a bit harsh on you.<br>
You need the pasta too-your body does need carbs as well as fruits/veggies and proteins.<br><br>
I think concentrate on trying to cut out more of the sugar before you start eliminating anything else.<br><br><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/hug.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="hug">
 

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and FWIW....my first child I ate a ton of junk. Doritos and a candy bar with pop every single day. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"> I ate PB&J every day too.<br><br>
He was fine. baby WILL grow.
 

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<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/hug.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="hug">, mama.<br><br>
I think she is being too hard on you, too. Is there a reason for her being so critical of your food choices? I've never experienced something like that before, so it really strikes me as harsh.<br><br>
I suppose I get 2-3 servings of veggies a day, definitely not enough, but I don't want anymroe and honestly, have never eaten more than that in any of my pregnancies. Aren't our prenatal vitamins supposed to help make up for a bit of what we don't eat? Not saying to rely on vitamins for 100% of our nutrition, but kwim?<br><br>
I was never a huge stickler for making sure I got so much of anything when I was pg with DS or DD, and they were each over 9lbs and healthy! I am more aware now since I'm carrying twins.<br><br>
I find raw veggies with a little dip (hummus, ranch dressing) easiest to get down. I usually have one with lunch, then we have a cooked veggie or two along with dinner.<br><br><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/hug.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="hug">
 

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Oh, oh, here's something I just started doing too (cuz greens are hard for me). I found this juice at Trader Joe's that's called "Essential Greens Veggie," and it's just the juice of celery, spinach, parsley, cucumber, kale, wheat grass, sunflower greens, clover sprouts and romaine. It tastes kind of like wheat grass, only it's a whole big bottle, so I found that if you mix it with Odwalla lemonade (half and half), it actually tastes okay.<br><br>
It's a "cheat" way to get greens, and your MW may not like the "juice" part (especially the lemonade), but I know *I* feel better having a serving or two of it every day.
 

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I think she's being too hard on you too! Jeez! I'd want to look at her sack lunch and critique it in return.<br><br>
I'm trying to make sure I get 5 vegetables OR fruits in every day, three dairy, and at least one high quality protein. Other than that, I am not stressing over it. Maybe I should be stressing more, since I've gained 40 pounds...<br><br>
Unless they are worried about your blood sugar or blood pressure or something, her reaction to your eating seems heavy-handed.<br><br>
If you can't make veggies fit into your day, then eat more fruit. Yes, it has more sugar than a veggie. But unless you have GD... I mean, come on! We're supposed to start feeling guilty for eating a banana? Or find a salad dressing that you really like (I LOVE Annie's Goddess Dressing and Woodstock dressing) and a protein that you like (swiss cheese, turkey, whatever) and have a big salad for lunch or dinner a couple times a week. Baby carrots in hummus or baba ganoush are taste. And don't forget that avocado is a veggie!<br><br>
We do a lot of veggie stir fry, veggie fajitas, or veggie kebobs on the grill. All relatively easy to cook and tasty to enjoy.<br><br>
Hope this helps! I really doubt you're doing that poorly -- very few people in America actually suffer from vitamin defiiciencies, as far as I can tell!
 

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Wow!! She is being totally harsh!! You maybe need a little more veggies but can always get that with V-8 (they have an organic version now) As for the cinnamon it helps to regulate your BS (my mom is diabetic and takes a cinnamon supplement) IMO you are doing great!!
 

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I think it's a bit harsh too. I think you're eating better than I am. I've never really been a veggie eater. I try, but I'm not stressing over it. I knew women who ate tons of veggies during their pg and while their babies did weigh a bit more than mine, it wasn't much. Plus, they are bigger overall than me and my mom didn't have big babies, DH and I are not big, so I don't think it was all to do with the fact that they ate lots of veggies and I didn't.<br><br>
I'm sorry you're feeling down. I'm sure your baby is growing just fine in there! It's important for your baby to have a happy mama too (not only for mama to eat veggies).
 

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i think she needs to chill out on you. she could have made suggestions without telling you that you aren't eating well enough for the baby. why does she need to make you feel guilty? i'd be eating a slice of cheesecake at my next appointment just to prove a point (if you put fruit on it it's healthy).
 

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I agree with everyone else. You're doing just fine! I'm honestly not doing any better. But, I'm doing the best I can. Here's a recipe I found that I just love: <a href="http://www.recipezaar.com/103771" target="_blank">http://www.recipezaar.com/103771</a> I'm not a huge fan of veggies, but this was soooo.... good! I was enjoying eating it on everything... baked potatoes, rice, soy noodles, whole wheat noodles, bread (just plain, on top of it, or as a sandwich with cheese). Mmm... Don't alter it too much. I tried adding spinach and it kind of ruined it for me. But the original recipe is awesome! And it's an easy way to get more veggies in. Oh, and DO add the brown sugar, it makes a difference. But DON'T tell your midwife you did so. <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'd ignore her. I've never had a midwife ask what I was eating. I think I'd be offended, actually. I mean we're grown ups, it's one thing to ask if you are eating ok or need suggestions, but she's not your mommy <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"><br><br>
for french toast, something I do with my kids is mix a bit of unsweetened applesauce into the egg stuff. Then they are a bit sweet, and are good without syrup. (works for pancakes too).
 

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Hey, your eating something right?!<br><br>
Too harsh IMO. I went for months barely eating much at all with this pg and DS. He's fine, and this one seems to be doing fine as well.<br><br>
Seriously, its not like your sitting with a gallon of ice cream in front of you! (ok, so I am, but who cares!?)
 

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Her tone sounds a little harsh, but if you're still looking for tips, I think there's room for compromise here. Switch up some of your more processed snacks (cookies, protein bar, etc.) for fruit. You still get that sugar fix, but with some vitamins and fiber added in.<br><br>
Keep the dried fruit, but mix in a handful of almonds with it -this combo gets me through the day at work like nothing else.<br><br>
I find the easiest way to get veggies in my diet is to hide them. Throw some broccoli or spinach in with your pasta. Frozen broccoli is easy and I don't mind its slightly mushy texture if it's mixed in with something. Baby spinach cooks down to next to nothing, so it doesn't feel like you're eating a ton of veggies.<br><br>
It's almost fall - maybe start making some soups? You can really load them up with veggies and beans, and most freeze really well so you can make a big batch and have it on hand, even in snack-sized portions.<br><br>
I find if we cook veggies for dinner, I'm more likely to use them the next day for breakfast/lunch, so once you can get started, maybe it will go easier. Everything leftover eventually ends up in a frittatta or on a pizza in my house.<br><br>
Good luck!
 

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not in your DDC but I struggled with this too, just wanted to offer some snack suggestions.<br><br>
Baby Carrot sticks dipped in red pepper hummus (or whatever flavor you like, I don't normally like carrots but I find that the spicy hummus disguises the flavor)<br><br>
Nuts (just keep a bag of nuts with you, add some organic chocolate baking chips if they just don't sound good)<br><br>
cherries, pineapple, apples, mmmmm...I love fruit so sometimes if I skimp on veggies I make up for it with snacking on fruit.<br><br>
You said you only eat organic and healthy- there is a philosophy behind that. You value what you put into your body. At each meal and when choosing your snacks ask yourself "Is this a processed food? what vitamins and minerals am I getting from this? What fruit or veggie could I replace these empty carbs with" Start thinking of processed foods like cookies and icecream the same way you think about non-organic food. It's better to go to Wendy's and get a caesar salad with grilled chicken and only use a little bit of the dressing or get a low calorie dressing than to eat organic cookies- when I'm too tired to cook, I just go to the restaurant down the street and order some black bean soup. Find some easy nutritious things and keep them in mind when you're hungry and too tired. Those are my tips anyway. Hope they help!
 

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If you like alfredo, you can add veggies in there and it's good!<br>
Use a whole-wheat fettucini if it makes you feel better, add the alfredo sauce (organic or make your own) and then toss in some grilled or pan-fried boneless skinless chicken pieces (you could do steak too) and steamed broccoli and carrots. Top it with more cheese for extra calcium <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/winky.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Wink"><br><br>
It sounds like you aren't doing too bad, actually. I would not worry unless you have some underlying health issue that you don't mention here. Take a pre-natal supplement if you're worried, or make some simple yogurt and frozen fruit smoothies to work in some extra fruits.<br><br>
Don't stress too much about it... the truth is, the baby is going to TAKE what it needs from you and you obviously aren't malnourished. It will be fine.<br><br>
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wow - she's like a veggie nazi or something!<br><br>
It's kinda funny b/c at my 30 wk appt this past Wed, my mw told me I need to gain more weight. She said 'Eat what you like, and lots of it. You know - candy bars aren't <i>that</i> bad' <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"><br><br>
I am having issues eating enough and I have no desire to make anything, so I either don't eat or I only eat when I am out and can get prepared foods. Its awful.
 

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My mw never discussed any of my food choices with me. She figures I have common sense. WTH? I lived on Boston Creme Donuts with my first and the second got nothing but icecream, lol.<br>
Sure, you'll feel better when you're eating right but it really bugs me when they try to put you on this guilt trip like: "You want to eat healthy for your baby, right?" Baby will grow just fine...Sheesh...
 

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Okay, guess I am the only one seeing too much sugar in the diet then <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/duck.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Duck">: which could cause yeast problems among other things.<br><br>
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I would definitely take some of her suggestions, but also do what makes you happy. Add some veggies into everything, but keep some of the yummies. If you aren't worried about weight gain, GD or yeast, then do what makes you and the babe happy while also plumping out the menu with lots of green, yellow and orange!
 
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