Post # 1
Although I am not pregnant.. I am a VERY picky eater. I love junk! Mexican food, Hamburgers, Wings, French Fries… and the lost goes on. My husband and I are planning to TTC next year (in about 5-6 months). I am beginning a workout plan today because I want to be in my best shape possible and hopefully be able to continue to workout during pregnancy. However, I also want to start pushing myself to start eating things that are beneficial. Please give any tips/dishes/suggestions.
Post # 3
One of the things that hit me the worst was heartburn. To avoid that they say to avoid fatty, greasy, spicy foods. You may want to start having a variety of foods in your diet now (whole grain rice, avocados, almonds, etc) in case you have heart burn or morning sickness.
Do you make sure to eat lots of veggies? One thing I have read is that although you take a prenatal vitamin (mostly for folic acid) some say it is better when absorbed from natural food sources. Foods that are high in folic acid include green vegetables and certain grains.
Post # 4
i am not pregnant, but you pretty much cant go wrong with most whole foods. processed and fast foods are not the best
Post # 5
Just eat healthy, whole foods. Stir fries, casseroles, anything not processed. Stick to produce, veggies, meats, that kind of stuff. If you REALLY need some more help, go see a nutritionist for a better break down. Try the recipes out of magazines like Self, Shape, Women’s Health, Cooking Light, etc–they’re also typically available online.
A lot of the foods you like, you can clean up. Instead of french fries, you can wedge potatoes, toss them in seasonings and olive oil, and bake them for an hour ar 425F. They’ll be crispy but WAY better for you than french fries. Mexican can be cleaned up, too. And for hamburgers, you can use lean sirloin, whole wheat buns, go easy on the cheese, add lettuce/tomato/onion, or even use ground turkey or lamb. If you make these at home instead of eating them out, you’ll save a ton of calories.
Post # 6
I agree with ejs. You can start by cleaning up some of the foods you love now. Try baked sweet potatoe fries instead of french fries, and quality veggie burgers instead of hamburgers. You can still eat mexican food, but try eating fajitas (with lots of peppers, onions, etcc…) instead of tacos and limit your sour cream/cheese/guacamole. Also, I buy a lot of the reduced fat or no fat versions of things my husband loves (mayonnaise, sour cream, milk, Grands cinnamon rolls, etc…). He rarely even notices it’s not the full fat version.
Post # 7
My fave snack right now is soybeans. In Costco’s freezer section, they offer non-gmo (not genetically modified) ones in 1-2 serving sized packs and they are tasty! Boil them for 3 minutes in water or steam them in the microwave. They are an excellent source for Fiber, Iron, Vitamin K and protein. I’m not a vegetable lover, more of a liker but these go down easily.
We still eat mexican at least twice a month. I mash a perfectly ripened avocado and don’t add anything and it still makes a great creamy guac. Slightly high in fat but yum!
Post # 8
My experience has been that I don’t have much choice in what my body will let me eat without wanting to throw up during my first trimester. I know that I should be eating healthy, protein, etc. but the only things I can seem to keep down are soup and carbs.
Post # 9
i’m only about 6 1/2 weeks, but im finding it VERY hard to eat a balanced diet – i always thought i’d be chowing down on fruits, veggies, and whole grains during pregnancy, esp my first trimester, but even the thought of most things makes me nautious 🙁
i think it’s great to start cleaning up your diet now though to get out of the habit of eating lots of fried food and junk. like others said, get more familiar with lean meats, tofu (it really is yummy once you learn some good recipes!), stir fried veggies, fruit, etc. switch to whole grain bread, brown rice, and natural juices instead of soda. in general learning to cook some of those things that may seem like “junk” (like fried potatos) can be a little less unhealthy solely because there are less preservatives, artificial flavors etc.
once you get pregnant, it seems logical to me (so far) to just listen to what your body wants (unless its harmful).