Originally written: November 2, 2010 – What we eat.
I think I’m about 5 weeks now. I called to schedule an appointment, but the clinic I would like to try is closed on Fridays. So that didn’t work out. Since we won’t be living in Knoxville much longer (only a few months) I would like to try the women-centered clinic (I don’t know if that is the right term for this building. lol.) since it isn’t a long time commitment. That way I know if it is the kind of thing I would like to continue using when I move up north. Reading all of That Wife’s blog posts about birth and how she did things really made me think about the options that are available. But at the same time – I’m not sure if a home birth is really for me. It does sound idyllic, and like something I would do – but at the same time, I am the most overweight I have ever been in my entire life – and I wonder if that puts me at high risk.
Since finding out I was pregnant, I have been a lot more diligent about what I’m eating – and I’m doing really good. I don’t want to say “having a baby inside of me is motivating” but I can’t really find the words. It’s kind of selfish of me, to be honest – because what makes me want to eat better is that I don’t want to gain too much weight while I’m pregnant. For people who weigh as much as I do the recommended weight gain is only 15 pounds, but I know the only way that is going to happen is if I am super diligent about what food I put into my body. I know I can’t cut calories any more, but I can make sure that every calorie I eat is the best one I can get.
This is a medically approved diet, since I haven’t been to the Dr. yet – so things may change, but right now…
– tons and tons of water. This means I am constantly making bathroom trips as well, but I want to stay hydrated!
– Pretzels. I always carry a baggy of pretzels around with me. They are very filling, low in calories and they don’t get crushed in my bag. If I find myself with the munchies I just grab a few, and then spend the next 20 minutes picking the pretzels out of my teeth. Pretty. I know.
– 1/2 cup oatmeal with raisins (or chopped peaches and sometimes a teaspoon of brown sugar).
– Piece of fruit.
– Small glass of orange juice.
Mid Morning Snack:
– 1/2 cup cheerios (in a baggy!).
This has been the hardest meal to adjust to. I’m still trying to figure things out. Typically I would eat a sandwich or tuna fish with crackers, but since lunch meat and tuna are both out – I am struggling to find things satisfying enough, and that are portable and don’t require cooking. Any suggestions are welcome!
– Chicken salad in a tortilla, or on whole wheat bread.
If I’m at home:
– A few crackers
– Small salad
I can’t write down a specific menu for dinner, because it varies by the night. Three to four nights a week we have some kind of home made soup. I have made this soup, by Draya over at Say Anything. It was delicious! So here are the varying menus:
-Whole wheat toast.
– Chicken or Pork.
Maybe I’m going to be a little bit more diligent about keeping up with my food blog now…
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