Post # 1
I’ve always struggled with my weight and eating habits but from the moment the plus popped up on the pregnancy test, i knew I had to be better for the baby depending on me for nutrients. (albeit not in the first several weeks, I’ve read, but still)
Im making a conscious effort to eat more veggies and fruits, lay off the fast food, and to eat when I’m hungry (not just mindless munching during tv shows or whatever)
Waaaaay easier said than done, especially with the long list of no-nos during pregnancy.
I was wondering if any of you had great go-to lunch ideas, that’s where I’m really struggling because of the no lunchmeat thing.
Post # 3
I drank smoothies a lot when I was pregnant. They are pretty filling and really good for you. I ate a lot of yogurt and mostly munched on fruits. I never was really big on fast food or anything but I certainly didn’t normally eat as healthy as I did when I was pregnant. Normally when you have cravings it is for a food that has a nutrient you are lacking so if it is a bad food maybe try and figure out what in it your body would need and find an alternative. Also for lunch I would make a peanut butter and cream cheese bagel. Good source of protein and keeps you full for a little while.
Post # 4
Eat as much fresh and organic foods you can, avoid processed foods as much as possible. That is the only advice I can give you, it helped me tons when I was pregnant.
As for lunch meal ideas: Why don’t you prepare a few healhy meals, and freeze them in small boxes? That way, when you feel hungry and it’s lunchtime, you have a nice option instead of fast food? Also, having greens at home all the time makes it easier for you choosing the right thing for you. Also, there is no need of adding that much more to your plate because you’re pregnant. My midwife calmed me down and said that the most important thing is to eat when you are hungry, and make those healthy choices. To listen to your body is the most important thing you will do during your pregnancy. Good luck!
Post # 5
I’ve been eating a lot of HUGE salads for lunch. Like spinach, carrots, parmesan cheese, broccoli, red peppers, olives, croutons for some carbs, and garlic vinaigrette or ranch dressing, haha. I’ve been telling myself the ranch is a serving of dairy 0:) But I do feel great when I eat a heaping salad for lunch like 2-3 days a week.
Other days, I’ll bring some combination of a lean pocket, carrots or grape tomatoes, oranges or apples, raisins, crackers/cheese, greek yogurt, almonds, annie’s cheddar bunnies, peanut butter pretzels, instant oatmeal, etc. Kind of a mish mash of snacks rather than a main lunch dish.
Post # 6
I’ve been lucky and craving a lot of fruit, but veggies don’t interest me at all. Cheese is a great way to get lots of protein and your calcium for the day. I also love a bagel with goat cheese and avocados (squeeze some lemon juice and sprinkle a touch of coarse salt, yum!!) for lunch. The lunch meat thing is hard, I know!! Egg salad or the occasional tuna salad? Lunches baffle me too, but I wind up sitting down with a bowl of fruit or last night’s leftovers, or if all else fails, a bowl of high protein cereal!
Post # 7
I was an obsessively healthy eater before I got pregnant and ate only whole, non-processed foods and as much organic as I could source.
The first trimester has really thrown me for a loop though. Almost immediately I started to find my usual big lunch salads to be completely disgusting. I struggled with this for a couple weeks, but finally realized that what works for me now is to make a big pot of soup (full of veggies) at the beginning of the week and have it for lunch, as it somehow seems less offensive to me than salad. Last week I made a chicken corn chowder, and this week I made a Thai red curry with tons of vegetables (zucchini, bell peppers, mushrooms, squash, broccoli etc.) thrown in. It’s easy to reheat and full of lots of nutrition and, most importantly, it doesn’t make me want to throw up!
Post # 8
I do a lot of leftovers for lunch – pastas, turkey burgers, chicken veggie stir frys. I also buy chicken cutlets/tenders and grill them, then freeze so I can make a quick sandwich whenever I want. And I try to have a few of servings of fruit/veggies each day.
Post # 9
I’m trying to eat several small meals/snacks throughout the day, because I can’t seem to eat a lot at a time even when I’m really hungry. Cheese and crackers, yogurt and a banana, hummus and veggies, wheat bagel thin and peanut butter… anything quick that doesn’t require much prep or clean-up.
Post # 10
I had so many grand plans ….. and they all went down the toilet the second things started to go … down the toilet. Ugh.
For the first trimester I say just listen to your body. Try to eat when you are hungry. If everything makes you throw up, try to find some way to get protein in (because that is very difficult when you’re sick). Make sure you’re drinking LOTS of water (seriously, ice cold water helps my morning sickness more than anything). And don’t feel guilty if you need a Pop Tart every once and a while. Oh, and of course remember your pre-natal vitamin!!!!
And when you get to feeling better, THEN work on getting that balanced meal.
Post # 11
@iRun2004: I’m in the same boat! I can hardly eat. My doctor told me that the first trimester is about survival and she doesn’t care if I live on potato chips and lemonade until 13 weeks if that’s all I can get down lol.
@apex: As for lunches, I’ve been trying to eat a lot of salads, too. For some odd reason, salad doesn’t disgust me (probably because it doesn’t smell like cooking food – I’m struggling with smells a LOT). DH and I also try to make a little extra of whatever we make for dinner the night before and we take leftovers a lot, too.