Thanksgiving ‘break’ was really wonderful. We squeezed in seeing so much family and really enjoyed being with everyone.
Hailey had a ball with all her cousins, both younger and older, and it has me so excited to raise sisters (thank you for all the congrats)!
The family was the highlight of the holiday…
…but then there was the food.
The delicious, indulgent food that lasted for four days straight. Dips, burgers, pie, chilis…
Oh hey there green veggies. Nice of you to photo bomb my Fritos Scoops. I didn’t stuff myself, but the constant intake of heavy food was more than I’m used to and, despite it’s deliciousness, by Sunday I felt sluggish, heavy and just plain ugh.
Needless to say I was psyched to get back on track this week.
Being pregnant on top of my usual beliefs of healthy eating means I’m definitely not for restriction, but I am for cleaning things up quickly. To me this means…
– Focusing on whole foods. Vegetables, whole grains, proteins, lentils and fruits get the spotlight and processed foods like breads, pastas, baked goods, crackers, etc get set aside.
– Increasing fluid intake. I pull out my oversized water jug and focus on getting a few jugs full down in the day. I also have been sipping apple cider vinegar with water and honey to aid in digestion, to help control my blood sugar levels and for it’s immune boosting properties. In the evenings, I’ve been sipping on a decaf ginger tea that isn’t only delicious, but helps settle any remaining pregnancy nausea.
– Get moving. Oh, the gym felt great yesterday! I did Jess’ second trimester circuit, plus 20 minutes on the elliptical. Other exercise planned for week includes wogging, prenatal yoga and more weights. Sore shoulders has never felt so satisfying!
17 weeks and feeling good.
After the gym, I planned out some clean eating meals for the week, then loaded up on the good stuff.
So what does clean look like to me?
Onion, spinach, tomato and goat cheese omelet, topped with avocado and oranges on the side.
Baby kale salad with dried cranberries, pistachios, goat cheese and homemade apple cider vinaigrette.
Vegetable lentil soup with parmesan cheese and hot sauce.
And Hailey’s version. I shared yesterday on instagram that I’ve been in a habit of making soups, then mixing them with either brown rice, quinoa or millet to create a warm meal for Hailey without the mess of combing a toddler and liquid soup!
(Reminder- Munchkin Meals Link up in Thursday!)
I can’t tell you how much better I feel already. Being pregnant during the holiday season and getting to wear glorious, stretchy maternity pants may seem like a wonderful thing, but it’s tricky. There is only so long I can fool myself into thinking that all my indulgences are going to my belly only. Plus, I want this baby girl to thrive on quality, nutrient-rich foods, not fried potatoes. By keeping my meals clean most of the time, I can indulge in the occasional holiday treat without it making me feel rundown and sluggish. Win/win!
What do you do when you feel the need to get back on track?