“Eating for two” this Easter

Coming out of my first trimester in my second pregnancy now.

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This pregnancy is not like the easy, breezy first pregnancy!! With my boy, all I had to deal with was fatigue in trimester 1 then high blood pressure from 38weeks.
With this pregnancy, I instantly became repulsed by coffee – before the test came back positive. My food cravings and food aversions have been out of control. I am lucky my 14mo self weaned as he has major food sensitivities and so I was almost living off gluten free fish fingers and lollies as a result of food aversions with a limited diet due to breastfeeding. When he weaned, I went a little hard on the dairy which just gave me a sore gut!!

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My fiancΓ© usually gets a pretty good home cooked meal when he gets home from work but not for the past 8-10 weeks, he hasn’t! I couldn’t stand the thought of cooking. Gag, spew. So he would come home to a peice of meat which I’d burnt in the oven and no sides to go with it, he never complained but he did laugh! When he got in the kitchen and cooked, I would run away from the aromas lf lovely foods such as garlic then eat if I could.
Why can’t we just have lollies and fish fingers for dinner??

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I am just past the 12w mark now and thank goodness, I feel myself coming out of that phase. I have put on weight everywhere, which I didn’t in my first pregnancy until the third trimester. I feel puffy, bloated and lethargic. My self esteem is taking a punch, I am a little ashamed!!
This is not how I intended on nourishing my baby growing within me or the example I wanted to set for my oldest child.
I should know better, I do know better… I just didn’t do better.
I feel like something else possessed me (the lolly monster??) for a while but now I’m back. Almost.
Happiness is when your heart, head and spirit are all in alignment. I want to be happy again by making healthy choices for my family. It really makes my soul feel good.
I have been pushing the pram for a few 5km walks with my new found energy and am excited to focus on good food and healthy living, once again.

My healthy living tips are: find motivation daily, keep being inspired, get support and educate yourself.

I have found motivation in an unlikely source – researching longevity. These relaxed, grateful and healthy 110year olds bring back to mind the bigger picture of eating for health and teaching my children to eat for theirs. I want to be a yoga going, juice making great Grandma one day!! (GOALS!) I believe nutrition is the closest thing we have to a fountain of youth.
1. Plant based meals with seeds and meat at dinner.
I am keeping inspired by finding new recipes to cook every week. The world wide web is full of meal inspiration and I have some amazing insta-friends in the instagram community who inspire me every day.

2. Cook 1 new meal a week.
Support is coming from having pregnant buddies whom I can meet up with for yoga and a warm herbal tea. I will also be getting support from my amazing fiancΓ© who will be dancing with me to no music in the kitchen as I cook and taking on tasks I am too tired for such as the dishes when I need him to. Also, my son loves to go for walks in his pram so I am happy to do this with him as often as we can.
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Educate myself is a good one. You can never stop learning!! I am wanging around online to look up the usual “what to eat in trimester 1” and “what to eat in trimester 2” however also to look up the benefits of eating foods in particular, such as “health benefits/nutritional info on… figs” or whatever!! I am also learning about fermented foods at the moment, coconut yogurt is a regular for me and I need to get back into kefir however I am keen to try fermented plums, kimchi cabbage etc.

Always learning, life is amazing.

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