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This is something I struggle with. My friends and family (especially at work) think I eat an incredibly healthy diet. However, the more time I spend on MDC the more I feel my diet is only baby steps away from conventional.<br><br>
I know there are so many different ideas of the "optimal" diet, and you have to do what's right for you. So what is your idea of a healthy pregnancy diet? Vegetarian/vegan? TF/WAPF? Paleo/Primal? Other?
 

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I normally eat a very healthy, nearly all whole foods diet. Honestly though, right now I'm eating whatever I can stomach. My regular diet is completely unappealing. I'm focusing most on proteins because they seem to help the nausea the most.
 

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I eat a strict vegetarian diet. I generally try to eat a lot of raw foods, but I'm not doing as well with that as I normally do. The other night I requested focaccia and tomato/basil salad for dinner (thank you DH!), but had to eat the focaccia first to calm my nausea before I could handle the salad.<br><br>
I'm hoping that once our CSA produce starts rolling in, the blasted nausea will be past and I'll be able to enjoy all that delicious, fresh veg!
 

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I think I eat pretty healthy diet, my daughter I am nursing has food allergies, so no processed food, all whole food, mostly organic when I can. We eat meat, but because she can't have soy or nuts and most beans so our protein options are limited. I can't really choose to be too picky with her either because she has SPD, so certain foods have to be a certain way or else she won't eat - like for weeks - loses weight.<br><br>
Right now, though, I am eating what I can stomach which seems to be mostly carbs. I can't eat meat and veggies, the thought at this point disgusts me. I can eat apples and oranges and that it about it for fruit. I have eaten oatmeal, spaghetti and pretzels and that is about it.
 

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Generally, a healthy diet for pregnancy is the same as a healthy diet for any time, except maybe protein is more important during pregnancy.
 

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I'm pretty strict about buying organics, watching where my meat/seafood comes from, not eating too much or too little of any one thing, but I go with the trusty ol' "everything in moderation" standby.<br><br>
If I feel like pizza, I eat pizza (I live in Brooklyn, so I'd be a fool not to). Ditto french fries. I LOVE to bake. Lemon bars, oatmeal raisin cookies - mmm! I'm a firm believer that any occasion can be made better by cake. I'm planning on baking my own wedding cake in August, but that's mainly because I can't stand the idea of paying the equivalent of a mortgage payment on an icky, fondant-covered, taste bud killer.<br><br>
Once DF and I move (next month! yay!) and are finally living in the same space all the time I'm hoping to be able to cook more than I do now. Mornings are usually always an everything bagel with cream cheese and sliced tomato and lunch is generally takeout with either DF or my coworkers.<br><br>
I do keep a list of my favorite, quick meals on the side of the fridge. It helps me keep versatile things in stock in my pantry and fridge so that when one of us is dying of hunger the options are laid out in front of me - bam! Done.<br><br>
Here's some of the things on my list (I have many, many more favorites - these are just some of the quicker ones):<br><ul><li>spinach and feta omelette</li>
<li>arnold bennett</li>
<li>crab stuffed avocado with marie rose sauce</li>
<li>bratwursts and apple compote</li>
<li>sauteed broccoli rabe on toast</li>
<li>chana masala</li>
<li>lemon and parmesan chickpea salad</li>
<li>watermelon, tomato, green onion, cucumber, and feta salad</li>
<li>cobb salad</li>
<li>grilled cheese sandwiches and (frozen) tomato soup</li>
<li>sesame noodles</li>
<li>salad lyonnaise</li>
<li>stir fried green beans</li>
<li>gazpacho</li>
<li>swiss fondue with crusty bread, apple, and sausage</li>
<li>pancetta and cantaloupe</li>
<li>curried chicken over rice</li>
<li>steamed mussels and baked french fries</li>
<li>pesto</li>
<li>gratin (you can literally throw anything you want into one of these)</li>
<li>scrambled eggs with chorizo</li>
<li>roasted shrimp and broccoli</li>
<li>(frozen) butter squash soup</li>
<li>grated carrot salad</li>
<li>savory bread pudding</li>
<li>shakshuka</li>
<li>cacio e pepe</li>
<li>spinach and chickpeas (so much better than it sounds)</li>
<li>strawberry, bleu cheese, and baby green salad</li>
<li>(frozen, pre-made) lasagna</li>
<li>tomato sauce with onion and butter</li>
<li>turkey roll-ups (spinach, grated carrot, cream cheese)</li>
<li>BLT's with avocado</li>
<li>frittata (another thing you can throw most anything into)</li>
<li>soft boiled eggs and asparagus</li>
<li>quesadillas</li>
<li>chicken salad</li>
<li>saltimbocca</li>
<li>teriyaki salmon</li>
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What can I say? I like to cook. I'm <i>so</i> looking forward to having a basement with an extra-large freezer so that I can cook and freeze meals. It's just one of my many, many nerdy qualities. Thank goodness I like being mega-dork. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"> There will be SO MUCH frozen pie dough. And individually frozen cookies so I can bake only three or four at a time. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/yummy.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="yummy"><br><br>
Okay. Now I need a donut.
 

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I try to eat the same as I do not pregnant but with extra emphasis on protein. Unfortunately, with my last 2 pregnancies I have developed a pretty strong aversion to most cooked veggies (and some raw veggies). <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/eyesroll.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="roll">
 

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Ditto this. As long as I'm taking in lots of healthy food regularly, staying active, and my blood work looks good (normal sugar levels, cholesterol, etc.) I don't stress over a burger or sweets here and there.<br><br>
I do indulge more during pregnancy and give into cravings. However, DD was born a healthy 7lb 14oz, and I lost all of the weight I'd gained by 5 months postpartum, so for me it wasn't a problem at all.
 

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I think that eating a good variety of foods is optimal. I also believe in listening to your body and evaluating your cravings to figure out what your body NEEDS. (Why are you craving ice cream? Do you need sugar? Milk? Fats? That kind of thing...)
 

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I agree with several PPs. Same general I would eat not pregnant. I don't purposely up my protein intake, because I know I get plenty on a daily basis. If I need it, I crave it. Everything in moderation for me. I'm planting a garden this year, plus I have a small farmer's roadside market a mile away to supplement. At the store, I try to stick to whole foods. Fruits, veggies, protein, milk, bread, eggs. When we do processed, it's just pasta (whole wheat) or if we get something like crackers, no HFCS, or hydrogenated oils. I'm not fanatical about it, we get treats. Not eaten on a daily basis, but also not "forbidden fruit". No soda. We just try to be healthy, cook from scratch, and stay simple. We get meat from the meat market across the road, all local farms, grass fed.
 

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We follow a WAPF diet for the most part. We don't do fermented veggies though. I just can't stand them.
 

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We do a CSA, organic, meat comes from a farmer we know, etc. Same as not pg. But, I'm a born and bread Texan so I don't shy away from chicken fried steak, fried chicken, fried taters...everything tastes better fried and accompanied by gravy. Now, is that healthy? Not by some standards. However, I justify it by insuring that all items are organic and i use decent qualit oils. I always include a vegetable side as well.<br>
We don't get fancy these days. A taco with high quality fixins is a dang healthy meal.<br>
I live on lunch meat sandwiches and I go totally wrong with a pile of Lays tater chips and a can of Coke during rest time.<br>
It's a standard diet but I feel it's still a far cry from the average American fare.
 

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When I was pg with ds I drove myself completely nuts by only eating the "perfect" foods. I was way into TF and Nourishing Traditions, and anyone who's familiar with Sally Fallon knows how insanely strict she is when it comes to defining "healthy" food <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/eyesroll.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="roll"> DS ended up with over 2 dozen food sensitivities anyway, so I'm wondering how much good all that strictness did either of us. Even though I somewhat jumped off the TF bandwagon, I (and my family) still only eat organic foods, very little of it processed. There are so many groups claiming to have the perfect diet. I Just try to stick to whole, nutrient-dense foods that make me feel good. However, that's much more easily said than done when you're in the middle of terrible food aversions and ms. Blech.
 

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i think in general, a whole foods diet with organics when possible is best. i read the Eat Clean Diet and thought it was pretty good.
 

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I followed this one but wasn't strict. I felt so great! <a href="http://www.blueribbonbaby.org/ifyouarepregnant/what-is-a-good-nutritious-balanced-diet/" target="_blank">http://www.blueribbonbaby.org/ifyoua...balanced-diet/</a>
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">I followed this one but wasn't strict. I felt so great! <a href="http://www.blueribbonbaby.org/ifyouarepregnant/what-is-a-good-nutritious-balanced-diet/" target="_blank">http://www.blueribbonbaby.org/ifyoua...balanced-diet/</a></div>
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I like that! I've just started "Real Food for Mother and Baby" by Nina Planck, it arrived in the mail last night. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/joy.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="joy">
 

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<ul><li>spinach and feta omelette</li>
<li>arnold bennett</li>
<li>crab stuffed avocado with marie rose sauce</li>
<li>bratwursts and apple compote</li>
<li>sauteed broccoli rabe on toast</li>
<li>chana masala</li>
<li>lemon and parmesan chickpea salad</li>
<li>watermelon, tomato, green onion, cucumber, and feta salad</li>
<li>cobb salad</li>
<li>grilled cheese sandwiches and (frozen) tomato soup</li>
<li>sesame noodles</li>
<li>salad lyonnaise</li>
<li>stir fried green beans</li>
<li>gazpacho</li>
<li>swiss fondue with crusty bread, apple, and sausage</li>
<li>pancetta and cantaloupe</li>
<li>curried chicken over rice</li>
<li>steamed mussels and baked french fries</li>
<li>pesto</li>
<li>gratin (you can literally throw anything you want into one of these)</li>
<li>scrambled eggs with chorizo</li>
<li>roasted shrimp and broccoli</li>
<li>(frozen) butter squash soup</li>
<li>grated carrot salad</li>
<li>savory bread pudding</li>
<li>shakshuka</li>
<li>cacio e pepe</li>
<li>spinach and chickpeas (so much better than it sounds)</li>
<li>strawberry, bleu cheese, and baby green salad</li>
<li>(frozen, pre-made) lasagna</li>
<li>tomato sauce with onion and butter</li>
<li>turkey roll-ups (spinach, grated carrot, cream cheese)</li>
<li>BLT's with avocado</li>
<li>frittata (another thing you can throw most anything into)</li>
<li>soft boiled eggs and asparagus</li>
<li>quesadillas</li>
<li>chicken salad</li>
<li>saltimbocca</li>
<li>teriyaki salmon</li>
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Leigh, next time we come to NYC to visit family, I'm coming to your house for dinner ;-)<br><br>
I did a lot of experimenting this year with different diets to see how I felt. Vegan for 6 months to keep my endometriosis at bay when my pp cycle returned.<br><br>
Then our house got H1N1 and I was so stressed and insane taking care of everyone that I had no time to make the kind of food I needed to eat to stay healthy and ended up eating dairy (always my weakness,) ended up with pneumonia for 3 weeks which was really bad. Thought I was going to end up in the hospital and was nursing through it all. In the middle of all that I went back to eating meat.<br><br>
Once I got healthy again I did Dr. Hyman's cleanse for three weeks. After that I tried to keep dairy and wheat out of my diet and that's probably the best I felt out of all the diet varieties. But of course I didn't stick with it.<br><br>
We eat only organic, except when we eat out, but we're still cautious about choosing restaurants. We try to only go to the ones that are using local meat or we eat vegetarian out. We're really fortunate to have excellent local farms to get our meat from so we hit the farmers market every Saturday and usually get a chicken and a roast or something along with eggs and make that last the week plus we eat at least a couple of veggie dinners a week. We also have a plot in our community garden and when we can't grow it ourselves we get it from the farmers market. Other than that we try to avoid the junk, so hard to do this time of my pregnancy. I wish I didn't have such a sweet tooth. I'm hoping to go back to cutting out the cheese and the wheat once I feel a little better. I've had a dairy allergy since I was a kid so it's really not a good idea for me to have it but it just taste so good!!!
 

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Feel free! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"><br><br>
I'm incapable of cooking for just myself or me and DF. He's always telling me that I'm his Jewish grandmother because I make enough food to feed everyone in the building. My friends are always coming over because they know there's going to be food here.<br><br>
I'll come home from work and there will be a random group of my friends ambling about, eating my leftovers. It's like college all over again.
 
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