Hi everyone! It’s Christina from Proper Hunt and I want to talk about eating healthy during your pregnancy. I was one of the unlucky ones to have experienced all of the first trimester symptoms. And when I say all, I mean ALL symptoms. From morning sickness (in my case all-day sickness) and fatigue, to heartburn and major food aversions. In other words, I was a complete zombie during the first 4 months of pregnancy. All I could stand to eat were Saltine crackers, eggs (occasionally), apples, and bananas. It was a pretty pathetic diet. Also, I couldn’t stand the smell of meat cooking, let alone eat it, so my poor husband had to use the outdoor grill to cook himself meat, which prevented the house from smelling of it.
Thankfully, those awful days are over and I can proudly say that I can eat any and all foods that are considered safe for pregnant women. But, the problem now is that I can’t seem to stop eating! I was really good during my 2nd trimester and beginning of my 3rd trimester as to what I snacked on (fruits & veggies). But now that I’m in the home stretch and feel like I can eat a lot more since the baby has dropped, I’m dealing with my constant cravings.
At the end of my 2nd trimester, I started a weekly craving-quenching strategy that’s been a total lifesaver: preparing a giant fruit salad at the start of every week. With this approach, fruit was already cut up and ready to eat whenever I would get hungry in between meals. I’ve stuck with this regimen throughout my 3rd trimester and I can honestly say that it really helps me curb my chocolate/pastry/cookie cravings. Whenever I think I need something to satisfy my sweet tooth, I just head straight to my giant bowl of fruit salad and it soothes the inner carboriffic beast in me.
I try to switch up the fruits I eat depending on what looks good at the store, but my usual suspects are cantaloupe, apples, and strawberries. And the trick to picking a good cantaloupe is make sure to pick the heaviest one – that means it’s juicy.