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What to Eat During Pregnancy

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What to Eat During Pregnancy

You are probably hoping that this post will contain detailed, step-by-step approaches for how to make your food look during pregnancy…if that’s the case, let me apologize right now! 

Photo taken by  @urbanephoto

Photo taken by @urbanephoto

I’m not here to tell you exactly what to eat. But when it comes to how to approach your relationship with food, let me offer a little bit of insight, based on my own personal experience! Follow these steps to experience more food freedom during pregnancy.

1. Stop Counting

Put the FitBit away. Put the scale in the garage. Stop worrying about what size clothes you’re wearing, or how many additional calories you’re consuming, and what that might mean about you. Your job right now? To sustain a growing, human life. That is enough. You don’t also have to do it perfectly, or do it while maintaining macros, or eating exactly the number of additional calories prescribed for each trimester of pregnancy.

This is a great time in your life to begin tapping into the inherent wisdom that is hard-wired into your body. Your body is sending you strong messages about what it wants. Why not listen, and leave the counting by the wayside?

2. Chill on the Food Restrictions

There is a widely circulated list of foods that are “forbidden” to eat during pregnancy. Whether or not you choose to abide by that list is honestly a personal choice.

I know women, even women who had major health complications during their pregnancies, who ate sushi, and deli meat, and unpasteurized cheeses. Both they and their babies came out just fine. Again, defer to the advice of your doctor in all cases. But, as long as you’re tapping into the wisdom of your own body and your care team, plus your common sense, you don’t need to stress too much about restricting your food.

3. Relax About Your Weight Gain

Okay, again, listen to your doctor…if they’re concerned about your weight gain, maybe you should be too (I say “maybe” because I think some doctors come on a little too strong about weight during pregnancy…find a provider you like and trust). But gaining weight is the normal, expected, and healthy thing for you to be doing right now.

Whatever happens after the baby comes, in terms of how quickly you lose the weight and how much you lose, is something for you to tackle then. Don’t put any additional stress on your body and mind, both of which are already working really hard during pregnancy, by worrying about weight gain. Just let your body do what it’s designed to do.

Basically, just relax.

I’m definitely not advocating that you become a human garbage dumpster during pregnancy. Although I have had some days where I felt that way during my own pregnancy, TBH! But you shouldn’t be allowing your diet brain to muck up your experience, and your choices, during this time in your life!

Should you try to consciously choose foods that are going to be of maximum value to you and your baby? Of course. Should you listen to your doctor’s recommendations? Of course. Should you have a nervous breakdown when you reach for the nachos, or the ice cream, or the fried pickles based on cravings? Nope.

Your body is hard-wired with a great amount of intelligence, and now is a time in your life to surrender to that! Your body knows what to do, and so do you. Get out there and enjoy the next nine months of food freedom!

If you’re interested in learning more about how to approach food intuitively, check out this guide to Intuitive Eating.

 

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My Healthy Makeover on this Mouth-watering Fried Chicken Recipe!

It's not a secret that I love food!

For those of you that follow me on Instagram, you know that I'm a closet foodie! I've blogged a ton about my relationship with food, and the fact that I love to feed myself things that nourish me, inside and out. I love to feel energized, and delighted by my food.

I also really enjoy the process of cooking, because as someone in recovery from an eating disorder, it's an important part of how I affirm a healthy relationship with food today.

So many of you reached out asking for this recipe! And generally, I hear a lot about food from everyone. Which I get, because food is on my mind a lot, too! So I've decided to bring more of my food lovin' into my blogging! Starting with this recipe.

I came across this fried chicken recipe online, and decided to give it a healthy makeover!

Recipe  here

Recipe here

"Take what works for you and leave the rest," is becoming a motto of mine. And it applies to cooking, too!

I love the saltiness, the crunchiness, and the exquisite savoriness of fried chicken. But usually, I don't really enjoy how I feel after eating it. Deep fried chicken, and most deep fried foods in general, sit heavy in my stomach. And since I've been pregnant (almost 6 months along now!) I've also been having acid reflux, so I literally can't stomach deep fried food right now.

When I stumbled on this recipe, I thought, "How could I tweak this to make it food I really enjoy, that also makes me feel amazing?"

So I merged the idea of pickle-brining chicken before frying it with a more healthy approach to fried chicken, using breast meat instead of legs or quarters. The healthy approach to frying that I used is pretty similar to this one from HealthySeasonalRecipes.com.

The results were pretty delicious. My husband loved it, too. We've been feasting on the leftovers for lunch all week!

What foods are turning you on right now? Are you doing any tweaking of your own to get what you need (and love!) from your food? Leave a comment below to let me know.

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