(Closed) SOS – How to control cravings and not break the bank?

posted 4 years ago in Pregnancy
Post # 2
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: April 2013

frommisstomrs.:  The MS won’t last forever.. so I say while you’re feeling miserable do whatever you need to do, to eat. Eventually it’ll calm down & things will go back to normal and you’ll go back to your normal eating habits – well I’m sure they’ll be a little different. We did a lot of take out too in the beginning since I didn’t feel like cooking & fatty/carby things were all I could stomach. But once I reached 12w I felt better & was back to my regular (healthy) grocery shopping & eating/cooking at home.

Post # 3
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: March 2014

I guess I just didn’t play into the whole “craving” bit too much. Some things sounded amazing for a short period of time like fresh baked chocolate chip cookies but it wasn’t that I had to have it or anything so it was easier for me. Fast food isn’t something we typically eat and I just would ignore it in a way I guess. Remember to eat healthy for baby and allow your self a splurge every once in a while but that being pregnant isn’t a reason to give into every want. That’s how I had to look at it.

During the first tri I did eat a lot more carbs and filling things to withstand the nausea. That helped! Like PP said, it doesn’t last for very long so you will feel back to your old self soon I’m sure and will be able to ignore the rest.

  • This reply was modified 4 years, 4 months ago by  jenm2be.
Post # 4
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: May 2016

I was sure to do the shopping myself and let myself look at all of the options until I found something that looked appitizing to me. I’ve also recreated a lot of meals I would have had to get as take out.

 

Post # 5
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: February 2013

For my cravings, I try to give it a day.  Maybe come up with an alternative, like for example french fry cravings, I keep a bag of frozen fries that I can throw some in the oven, a little better for me than deep fried fast food ones.  But if after a whole day I still can’t get my mind off a specific food, I’ll let myself have it.

With morning sickness though, sometimes its hard to come up with anything that sounds good, in which case its better to eat something, even if its unhealthy, than to go hungry (which will make your nausea worse) or try to force down something else (which will make you misserable and/or might still make the nausea worse).  If you’re worried about cash, maybe try to narrow down the exact thing you’re craving (instead of the whole Arby’s meal, just the sandwich or fries) and just get that item instead of a whole meal.

Post # 6
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

Stock up on snacks.  Gingersnaps are good when you’re pukey.  Even if something looks great in the store and turns your stomach later, it’s cheaper than a trip out.  If you have something there you can snack on, you won’t be constantly hungry and seeing food that you have to have.  

Post # 7
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: December 2013

frommisstomrs.:  The first tri and dealing with MS is a different ball game completely. If you crave it and as long as it is reasonable, I would sacrifice a little extra money to get some nutrition and have something in your stomach. I didn’t/haven’t had many cravings and most can be avoided if I just give it time, but when I was feeling miserable I was more focused on eating something than an extra $10. If it continues, try to find snacks that you can munch on throughout the day to always have something in your belly to avoid sudden cravings and “I must have this!” moments. 

Post # 8
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Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2011 - Boy #1 12/2015, boy #2 02/2018

frommisstomrs.:  For me it wasn’t so much cravings. I just couldn’t eat certain things because my stomach rejected them, so sometimes, I had to get out and eat food that sounded appealing to me. I was and still am into fruits, so some days, I would just have some eggs in the morning, milk, fruits for snacks, a soup for lunch, and cereal for dinner. I found that simple and fresh foods were good for me. The important thing is for you to eat when you get hungry and snack on something if you can. Find things that don’t make you sick and stick to those. I am almost 20 weeks and barely feeling better. The worst part for me came around 10 weeks until about this week. 

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