Foods I’m Craving

In the later part of my pregnancies, food isn’t very appealing. Similar to how I felt in the first trimester, I don’t get particularly excited about having to eat. I don’t know if it’s the hormones or what, the decrease in stomach space, or the fact that I don’t enjoy the “full” feeling (and sometimes acid reflux that follows) because of the smaller stomach, but eating is definitely more of a chore.

There are a few foods that I’ve been really enjoying lately though (that is, I don’t mind eating them):

*Dark chocolate. Mmmm. I’ve found a brand through Sunflower Farmers market that comes in all sorts of varieties (cocoa nib, raspberry, almond, and all vegan). Nutritionally, dark chocolate isn’t too bad either. Some brands have high amounts of iron, and calcium.

*Soy yogurt. Sometimes I just want some. And it tastes good. I like Whole Soy & Co., any flavor and Silk’s key lime pie flavor. A mini-meal of late: a container of soy yogurt, a handful of almonds, a sprinkle of raisins, and a banana, sliced.

*Tofurky. Don’t knock the tofurky. It’s not “faux meat.” It’s made from wheat gluten, (sorry gluten free folks) sometimes garbanzo beans, and spices. I like the fact that it’s sliced very thin. Tofurky rolled up and eaten plain (or with pickles) or in a sandwich. Hits the spot. And there are a lot of flavors to choose from, I like original although today I tried peppered on sourdough, added some romaine lettuce, mustard and saurkraut for a Reuben-style sandwich.

*Nuts. I bought some cinnamon almonds & sweet cashews. Heavenly. Oh, and dark chocolate covered almonds–divine.

*Sparkling flavored water. Sometimes I’ll add some lemon or lime or stevia. And lots of ice.

Another pregnancy note. I went in for an appointment with my midwife today. Blood pressure: excellent. Passed my glucose test with flying colors (although that nasty sugar stuff made me ill for about half a day). Iron levels: excellent. Weight gain: healthy. I’ve been holding steady for awhile, so I think I may end up gaining a total of 30ish pounds when all is said and done. Not bad, considering that it’s been much higher with past pregnancies. My exercise is still daily–with my teaching schedule I do yoga, Pilates, aerobics, step, toning, and kickboxing at least once every week. And most importantly, baby’s heartbeat is strong and steady.

Just 8 more weeks left…(!)


Comments


  1. aevi
    on January 10, 2011 at 9:13 pm said:

    Thanks!

  2. Whole Foods Vegan Momma
    on January 4, 2011 at 3:13 pm said:

    Aevi: I don't know of any good books, although I'm sure there are many including good DVD's. I teach, and so my practice is pretty similar to how it was non-pregnant, although I modify as needed and don't do certain poses anymore (like anything on the belly, or headstands/inversions). I like to focus on hip and chest openers and back stretches, because that's what my body likes right now :).

  3. aevi
    on January 4, 2011 at 5:24 am said:

    I also enjoy yoga, but don't really know how to practice when pregnant. Do you know of any good resources–books, videos, etc.–to educate me on how to maintain a practice through pregnancy?

  4. Anonymous
    on December 17, 2010 at 2:04 pm said:

    Sounds like you're doing great! It is so refreshing to hear your honesty and your commitment to honoring your body by eating the foods that nourish it and leave it feeling comfortable. I am still working hard to allow my body to gain the weight it needs to be fertile, and to allow myself to eat freely from whole vegan foods (including nuts and seeds). It is hard not to get freaked out by the weight gain and the not-exclusively-low-fat food choices. Hearing of your forays into more calorie dense foods (because it's what your body needs) is helpful to me. Thanks for sharing!lfwfv

  5. Atwood-Family of 4
    on December 17, 2010 at 1:32 pm said:

    There is another recipe for a Ruben that is sliced avocado, sauerkraut, mustard and Swiss cheese (i'm not vegan so I get indulge!)all on rye. It is REALLY good! What makes it is the sauerkraut and mustard. I've been craving lots and lots of steaming bowls of soup and stews…It helps that it's been in the 20s for 2 weeks now.