Pregnancy Diet

Pregnancy diet

As I have mentioned in this post, I was on a strict diet (calorie counting and no alcohol or carbs) nearly right up until I got pregnant. Therefore, I knew that if I started eating everything in sight I would gain a significant amount of weight during my pregnancy.

During the first 2 months I was so ill with all day sickness that all I could really stomach was some plain rice and apple juice, gross, I know, but the thought of other food turned me off. Once I started feeling better, about mid 2nd month, I started really tracking everything I was eating to make sure I was getting enough calories and adequate amounts of nutrients. I did intense tracking for about a month and figured I had gotten the hang of it so I eased off.

Overall, my doctor is always impressed with how healthy mine and the babies stats are and I truly believe it is due to my eating habits. I am not a saint, I have eaten at McDonalds when I was craving french fries, I even had a piece of cake for breakfast one day after my birthday, but in general, I am very aware of what I am putting in my body. I do eat more chocolate now than I ever have, I used to hate chocolate (but, studies have shown that babies born to mothers who ate chocolate every day were happier in general, I also believe the mother and father were both happier during the pregnancy ha) and I think that during these 9-10 months we are growing a baby and giving up so many delicious cheeses, fish, caffeine, etc. we are allowed to indulge from time to time.

So here are my tips to maintaining a healthy diet during pregnancy (without depriving yourself of the good things once in a while).

First, I don’t eat anything which is prohibited. Even if it is a grey area where some think it’s okay and some don’t, I am the type of person who would live in constant guilt if something were to happen, therefore, I steer clear of these items completely. This includes; lunch meats, moldy cheese, caffeine (yes, I do not consume and teas or coffees with caffeine in them, and yes I am aware that chocolate contains some caffeine), alcohol (duh), sprouts, cilantro, parsley, raw fish, etc. With me not eating red meat and having a nut allergy, this can sometimes cause problems when eating out, so we generally eat in. I cannot tell you how many times I have ordered a salad only for it to come with sprouts or bacon in it. Its easiest to stay at home.

As I don’t eat a wide range of meat proteins, it is really important for me to get protein through beans, chicken, some types of fish (although I have been really turned off of fish since getting pregnant), and dairy products. Generally I have plain Greek Yogurt for breakfast with some fruit. Greek yogurt is amazing, especially if breastfeeding, it is packed with all the healthy fats and it a great source of protein. I also make sure I have a good size portion of chicken each day (whether for lunch or dinner) to make sure I have gotten enough protein. If my lunch has chicken/beans in it, then I make sure my dinner has cheese in it to top off any insufficiency I may have in protein for that day. Some of my favorite chicken recipes are here and here.

Of course, I add in whole grain items like a hand full of pasta, a slice of bread, or Special K for breakfast to ensure I am getting enough calories and always have a meal packed with vegetables, such as this one, for lunch and another with veggies to ensure that I am getting 5-8 servings of vegetables a day. Aside from that, there is olive and coconut oil we use to cook our meals, which provides any fats I missed throughout the day.

As for snacks, sometimes I will have vegetable sticks (carrots, cucumber), or some cheese with crackers. I really love having fruit in the fridge, it makes it easy to grab something fast when a big wave of hunger comes. I usually have nectarines, pears, bananas and oranges.

At the end of the day, I usually indulge in some dark chocolate (if I can find some without traces of nuts) or a treat I have made, such as this or this. This way I don’t feel deprived of anything, I get my sweet fix and our sweet babe gets enough vitamins and protein throughout the day.

On a side note, Special K has been a life safer. I know it doesn’t taste the best, but I have had so many friends complain of constipation throughout their pregnancies. I have to say there were 2 days where I wasn’t feeling too hot, started eating a handful of Special K each morning with my Greek yogurt and have been regular ever since. If you are having any issues, I swear by Special K, just the regular bland kind. It will be your lifesaver -I promise!

Pearly Whites

Pearly whites

I am a HUGE teeth person! I cannot stand crooked, yellow or stained teeth (am I alone on this one?) I care a lot about my teeth, color and hygiene, and of course, before our wedding, I was on the hunt to get my pearly whites as white as can be. So, some methods I tried:

Lemon juice and baking soda: my dentist told me to stop immediately because it can ruin the enamel on my teeth, I also noticed some sensitivity to cold or hot objects so I stopped doing it before I ever saw results. I tried it for about a week.

Whitening strips/gel: I may have THE MOST sensitive teeth in the world, but I could not stand using whitestrips or whitening gel. The strips made my teeth (and my husband’s) so sensitive that even breathing hurt! The gel tasted gross and I found it really awkward trying not to get my teeth wet for 30 minutes each night, where is your saliva supposed to go?! Plus talk about chemical overload?! Needless to say, this method was not my favorite.

Lastly, I saw a post on Pinterest (of course) about coal used to whiten teeth. I thought why not give it a try, especially since I am all for organic/natural ways about beauty.

Here’s what the dentist says: Activated coal is used in medicine to absorb toxins such as alcohol, and other unwanted things in your body (used in the past to absorb alcohol when people got alcohol poisoning) so it has the same effect on your teeth. After time, it absorbs tannins which are pigments found in coffee and red wine (the culprit for making your teeth that awful color to begin with) making your teeth whiter. It is completely safe to consume (however, may cause a back up if you take too much and don’t drink enough water) and isn’t loaded with chemicals. -Seems safe to me!

So, here’s what I did: crushed up one or two tablets of activated coal (you can get it from the pharmacy or any store that sells over the counter medication) and put it in a small glass. Every time I brushed my teeth (morning and night) I brushed them as usual, then after sprinkled some of the crushed up coal on my toothbrush and brushed again as normal for about 3 minutes.

Of course, your mouth instantly turns black and it looks quite funny, but once you have rinsed a few times (after brushing) you will notice your teeth appear whiter.

After doing it twice a day for about 2 weeks, I went down to only doing it once a day (in the morning) and my teeth are super white! Not like glowing in the dark white (reminds me of that episode of Friends with Ross’ teeth) but have noticeably gotten much whiter and have maintained their whiteness even if I missed a day or two.

What I love most about this is that I can still do it while pregnant and know that it causes no harm to my baby (unlike gels and strips).

Again, please consult your dentist to know what is best for you. This is just works for me!

What do you do to keep your teeth white?

Thanks for reading!! xo