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How Eats Have Changed

Eats are always changing and evolving based on discovering new ingredients, changes in activity levels, and learning more about your body and nutrition over time. My eats have changed quite a lot since I started the blog over 3 years ago, but they’ve changed even more in the past 27 weeks. A wonky appetite was one of the first pregnancy symptoms I experienced (along with hips that were KILLING me)- I knew something was off when I didn’t want almond butter anymore. By second trimester, my normal eats sounded appealing again and getting into the third, my belly is growing but my stomach is shrinking.

Here’s how my eats have changed from the first to beginning of the third trimesters.

Weeks 4-13:

week2 [4 weeks]

While I only got sick a handful of times, I was nauseas pretty much all the time. This is when I started counting calories on a regular basis again- something I hadn’t done in forever, but I needed to make sure I was getting enough fuel with teaching fitness and a weird appetite. Smoothies were an easy way for me to fill in gaps when I needed more fuel that day, but the only foods that *really* sounded good were salt and vinegar chips and pizza.

My midwives were happy with the amount of weight I gained during the first trimester [which was the high end of the healthy range], especially since I felt so ill most of the time. By the end of the first trimester, I started to feel more like myself.

Staples:

Gluten-free bagels with egg and goat cream cheese

bagel

Fruit and smoothies

Glutino pretzels

Ginger Ale

And of course, the chips and pizza

Weeks 13-26:

17 weeks [17 weeks]

During the second trimester, I didn’t need to count calories daily anymore [except for on the days I teach, which I always do- Zumba burns a crazy amount and I’m sure to make up for it fuel-wise]. I felt great and now that my appetite was back, I could focus more on the quality of the food I was eating, since veggies didn’t sound too fab during the first trimester and finally sounded fantastic again. My focus began to shift more towards getting lots of protein, calcium, Vitamin C, A, whole grains, fresh produce, and the nutrients the baby and I need.

MY OTHER RECIPES


By this point, I started munching a snack almost every hour or so to keep my blood sugar stabilized. If I get the slightest bit hungry, baby starts to kick and ask where the heck the food is 🙂 Thank goodness I’ve never been the “blog-everything-I-eat” type, or I’d be going crazy right now with the picture snapping. Every hour, you can find me eating something: a handful veggies or tortilla chips, a dip into the almond butter jar, trail mix or a Larabar, fruit, hardboiled egg, small smoothie- anything that’s easy and quick.

Staples:

Fruit

-Smoothies

-Eggs

-Cheesy toast

-Salad beasts

-Anything with spice, mustard or marinara sauce

Weeks 26 + [I’m 27 right now]

26weeks [26 weeks]

I’m finding now that as my belly is growing, my stomach is shrinking. My eyes are definitely bigger than my stomach because I’ll sit down for a large meal, have half of it and be stuffed, which is weird for me.. many times in my non-pregnant state, I could eat more than Tom.

The good thing is that since I like snacking and lots of small meals, it’s worked out pretty well to stick with this strategy for now. So far, I’ve gained 19 lbs, which the midwives say is right on track for how far along I am.

My eating style before the bun in the oven:

Breakfast, Snack, Lunch, Snack, Dinner, maybe snack

Now:

Snack, Breakfast, Snack, Snack, Lunch, Snack, Dinner, Snack

I’m even thinking of breaking my “no food upstairs” rule and keeping a snack on my nightstand to have in case I wake up hungry… I woke up feeling snacky the other night and was too tired to walk downstairs.

What was your biggest craving during pregnancy? For me, pizza has been #1. I could eat it every day.

Friends sans kids: what’s been your biggest change in eating style? I think my most significant changes were cutting out Splenda –I used to sprinkle it on everything back in the day- and stopping counting calories. It’s a great strategy for many people to maintain or get to a healthy weight, but it wasn’t something I wanted to do long term.

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69 Comments

  1. April on October 5, 2011 at 10:57 am

    Hey pretty ‘pregnant’ lady:) You look beautiful by the way. I just wanted to add that i am with ya on the pizza craving. In fact, hubby and I just said we need to lay off it because we have had it 4 out of the last 5 nights, now that is REDIC!
    The only good thing is i have room for ONE piece only (currently at 35 weeks)…so just wait, the ‘fullness’ gets worse as the baby grows – i know you know that ha ha. I actually kind of like it, cuz ‘grazing’ is my style of eating:)
    One annoying thing is that people who don’t realize there isn’t a lot of room for food pester me that i am nt eating enough and i want to say LEAVE ME ALONE, hee hee.
    BTW, cannot believe you are already 26 weeks, time flys!!!!!!

  2. kim on October 5, 2011 at 11:10 am

    I had to have my husband run downstairs in the middle of the night and make me an almond butter and jelly sandwich on numerous occasions throughout the end of pregnancy. He also brought me bananas now and again. Given the fact that I was nauseous throughout the entire pregnancy, anytime hunger struck, we were sure to reward it! Enjoy! Kim (new mom of a 10 week old boy, Kai).

  3. Mimi on October 5, 2011 at 12:17 pm

    I used to eat sugar-free everything, but my stomach hurt me all the time. I’ve since cut out Splenda and feel so much better. Natural is the way to go!

    I also think that making the transition from processed to whole grains is one of the best things I’ve done for my body. I have so much more energy!

  4. Jess on October 5, 2011 at 2:15 pm

    My cravings were all over the place. The first real craving I had was Flaming Hot Cheetos with Swedish Fish…gross. After the middle of the second trimester I was all about berries and beans oh and cheese.mmmm.

  5. Michelle on October 5, 2011 at 2:40 pm

    Gotta love extra snacks!! 🙂

  6. Tiffany on October 6, 2011 at 12:50 am

    Early on, I had serious cravings for VERY spicy things, but I was loving Snyder’s buffalo wing pretzels, which now give me heartburn :(. My cravings now include Mexican food( thank goodness I’m in San Antonio) and anything sweet. I have never had such a major sweet tooth in my life.

  7. mary on October 6, 2011 at 12:45 pm

    You’re carrying so HIGH! I did, too. I hope you don’t get my heartburn. I also had bad trapped gas pains up high in my abdomen, but at the time I didn’t know what it was since it just felt like pain. I thought it was baby feet pressing into my diaphragm in the afternoons or something. Just a heads up, since some Pepcid AC probably would’ve relieved me of a lot of discomfort back then.

    Also, Traditional Medicinals has a heartburn relief tea that is pretty good, especially with a peppermint tea bag added in.

    • Fitnessista on October 6, 2011 at 12:54 pm

      good to know! i’ve been putting red chili flakes and salsa on everything and no heartburn yet.. so fingers crossed it doesn’t happen! i’ll definitely use your tips if it does 🙂

  8. ROMINA on October 31, 2011 at 2:49 pm

    Please include me in your mailing. so glad to follow your pregnancy. congrats!

  9. ROMINA on October 31, 2011 at 2:49 pm

    please subscribe me to your mailing

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