Pre-pregnancy I maintained my weight on 1800 calories a day. This is considerably low for the amount of exercise I was managing to push through week to week (3 miles of running a day, heavy weight training a few times a week, physical labor night shift job). As I work through my pregnancy, I look back and realize I probably could have gotten away with a lot more. However, seeing as that’s the number I set my goal to everyday and got so used to, it’s the one I’ve chosen to base my pregnant nutrition on. This means I’m attempting to hit 2100 whole, healthy calories a day. But it isn’t easy… especially with slow digestion, and I mean SLOW. Sometimes a girl’s gotta add a couple treats in here and there for fillers! Or nutrition shakes. But I’m sort of selective with those.
That being said, I have never found tracking what I eat to be more fun than it has with this baby. I’m normally, well, easily excitable when it comes to meal planning, anyway – once you’ve lost a substantial amount of weight in life, you change your habits permanently. My favorite lifestyle change is meal planning and counting calories, because I need that accountability to keep from gaining again. But man, when it comes to feeding not only your body but somebody else’s, too? FUN!
I love knowing that I’m trying to hit all my food groups and I love feeling their movement with certain ones. This baby is active 24/7, but they really like unprocessed protein and homemade baked goods (but who doesn’t, haha). So far I’ve put on 14 beautiful pounds and I’ve never felt more alive nor more attractive in my life.
So. Want an intimate look at my diet? (Can we not call it that, though? Blech!)
When I went on my weight loss adventure in 2011, I found one of the best ways to track my portions accurately, every-time I wanted to snack – was to eat straight from a measuring cup.
I kid you not!
And let me tell you, it DOES work. You can have peace of mind knowing you’re getting the exact amount the nutrition label lists per serving, and it also trains you to “eyeball” your portions later on. Eyeballing makes dieting and eating healthy feel less like you’re dragging yourself around in chains, because you’re hardly having to think about the size/weight/measurement of your food.
But let’s be honest – holding a measuring cup can look a little awkward, even when we’re chowing down by ourselves. It’s a cooking utensil! That’s why I decided to improve upon this little habit of mine by spicing up the outer appearance of my cups – and adding a mood boosting statement of support on the handle. I can’t wait to hear/see what mood boosting lines you come up with! Be sure to leave a link/picture to your motivational cup in the comments below, because I have a special surprise for those who are willing to showcase their creations on my blog.
TO GET STARTED
What you’ll need:
- Measuring Cups
- Decorative Duct Tape, or in a pinch, pretty band-aids (you’re using them for their grip and color, don’t be grossed out!)
- Paint (optional)
- Fancy paper, gems, beads, ribbon or whatever you’d like to spice it up (optional)
- Black Marker for writing – but I recommend printing out your quote, it makes it look so much nicer. I didn’t do this on this particular one of course, tsk tsk on me!
Hate swallowing pills? Don’t we all!
Thankfully, the “tasty gummy craze” bit onto Prenatals. Not only are they easy to chew and come in tropical flavors, they might just assist you in the first trimester when morning sickness strikes, and the idea of taking medication makes you gag.
Folic acid isn’t the only top priority in your daily vitamin – studies show that especially beginning in your second trimester, the need for extra iron and calcium is incredibly important for optimal baby development and growth. Plus, if you’re facing food aversions, sometimes the only way to ensure you’re getting to that magic milligram number is to take a vitamin.
Swinging back towards the title of this post – what are your options for these must have pills? Does organic really mean anything? How important is a prenatal with DHA, really? And can you purchase the bare minimum generic brand and still hit the healthy baby-growing jackpot?
Can you smell it?
Convenience is a tempting little devil, especially if you’re out running errands and you know by the time you get home you’re not going to feel like cooking. It’s also true if you’re pregnant, and the little
monster precious baby in your womb is screaming, “CAKE! Burgers… no wait, I meant fried chicken! Yeah, fried chicken!”
I don’t condone eating out. Not one bit! I try to “eat clean”, but I love my fast-food joints just as much as the next. And with a little discipline and planning, you can make your stops at them guilt-free.
Moderation by tracking calories, fats, saturated fats, sugars and sodium is the key. If you know what you’re putting in your body at every meal, you should know, for example, how many grams of allotted protein you have left that day that you can use, or fat, or sugar… you get my drift. Would you get more bang for your buck eating unprocessed foods at home? Well, of course!
But sometimes a girl’s gotta have her a decadent quickie at the local burger joint. Plus, it’s cheap. And you’ll soon learn in this blog, that I do love to budget.
Here are a few of my tried and true methods:
Please pardon my fabulous, fabulous pajama pant bottoms and admire the lovely, rich green color of the avocado.
During pregnancy we all know that it’s important to make those extra 200-300 calories count and pack a nutritious, optimum punch.
I’ve put together a list of my personal favorite, top ten pregnancy superfoods that get the job done not only for pleasing baby and helping them grow, but for those taste-buds of yours, too!
Let’s start off with something I think we all are familiar with – the glorious avocado. While commonly used in guacamole, this particular fruit has healthy omega-3’s and keeps a growing appetite in check for quite a long time. Pair it with beans, whole grain rice chips, or use it diced as a topping on some grilled chicken. Continue reading