When I was pregnant with Hailey I was vigilant about making sure I was getting enough. Enough calories, enough protein, enough fat. I was more concerned with nutrients and numbers then and would occasionally track my meals for peace of mind.
Half a whole wheat bagel, chive and onion cream cheese, 1 egg scrambled with onions, red pepper and spinach. Juice Plus gummies on the side.
Now, it’s been so long since I’ve looked at a calorie count or tracked grams of anything that I have no doubt it would drive me insane. I’ve learned to completely rely on intuitive eating and focusing on eating mostly whole foods.
Love Grown cranberry pecan granola, chia seeds and almond milk after my wog (2.2 miles).
I still take prenatal nutrition seriously. I can’t help but think about the food I take in is what is nourishing my growing baby. I still (crazy or not) think that the foods I eat during pregnancy help shape the taste preferences of my child. For that, and other general healthy growth reasons, I do my best to stay mindful of eating plenty of vegetables, protein and healthy fat. (Yes, I totally realize that this baby is bound to be the world’s pickiest eater just so I must publicly eat my words. I’m prepared for that.)
However, I am also more relaxed about food and have had fun with the cravings that popped up over the first trimester. Since I don’t usually have cravings, it’s been fun to enjoy the ‘best thing everrrrrr’ feeling when I take a bite out of what I’ve been longing for, whether it’s a Chick-fil-A chicken biscuit, a salty handful of Kettle-Cooked chips or hot and sour soup.
Hot and sour soup. Don’t be fooled. The container is twice as deep as it is wide. Mmm.
Soon I’ll recap the first trimester and what I devoured and couldn’t touch, but one thing I enjoyed throughout it was salads.
Romaine, red pepper, onion, feta, kalamata olives (SO delicious!) and a deviled egg.
I find it funny because I remember a strong opposition to anything green during the beginning of pregnancy with Hailey. This time, though, as long as it’s cold and crunchy, I’ve loved it!
I’m grateful for that healthy craving and glad it’s still sticking around.
Romaine, avocado, chickpeas, tomato, feta, shrimp, jalapenos and cilantro with buffalo ranch.
At the end of the day, I have no idea how many calories I’ve consumed and it feels good to be ok with that. Since switching my focus to overall health and away from body composition percentages over the past few years, I’ve eaten better than I ever have.
Some days I feel like I’m eating my usual amount and other days I’ve famished and don’t stop eating all day long. I trust my body to steer me in the right direction. And despite battles with nausea, I have yet to have a day that I just don’t want to eat a thing. Typical.
What’s the craziest craving you’ve ever had, pregnant or not?
Right now I’m seriously loving kalamata olives. Chips and onion dip is pretty amazing, too, but I’ve thankfully run out!
Despite all the salt, I still have to stay on top of my water consumption. I’m just not feeling it!
And thanks Jenn for hosting WIAW!