When the world around me first found out I was pregnant, I was bombarded with opinions, excitement, and FOOD! I realized more than ever before how much women use the term, “Eating for Two”, to overindulge in pretty much anything they want. I had many people, especially lady friends, try and push this belief on me and shove brownies, soda, cookies, and various other junk food down my throat.
My feelings about the term, “Eating for Two”, is quite the opposite. Maybe it’s because of my medical education or maybe it’s because of being saturated in the nutrition and natural health world…either way, when I put something in my body while being pregnant, I feel I have a much deeper responsibility. My baby is being built on the building blocks I choose to fuel my body with.
Think of it this way…if you had a choice to have a baby built on sugar, additives, artificial ingredients, processed, and junk food-OR- a baby built on organic whole nutrient dense foods, clean protein, and nutrition packed with vitamins and minerals, what would you choose? Anyone would could see that the second baby would be much healthier and have a much stronger start than the first.
To me, parenthood is both an amazing blessing and huge responsibility that starts before conception. To give our babies the best start at life, we have the opportunity to get our bodies strong and clean first. We have the resources to pack our bodies full of nutrients that create a strong foundation for our little ones. Why not dive into that amazing opportunity head first and give your baby the best chance they have at living a healthy, vibrant life?
Here are some of my favorite pregnancy foods….
- Grass-fed beef
- Organic chicken
- Organic local eggs
- Raw nuts & seeds (almonds, walnuts, chia, flax)
- Lentils & beans
- Organic cheese (in small amounts)
- Raw, organic, local goats milk (I’ll write more about this in the near future)
- Almond/peanut butters
- Nitrate-free jerky
- Grass-fed yogurt
- Brown rice, quinoa, millet
- Organic popcorn
- Sprouted or gluten-free bread
- Quinoa pasta
- Organic red potatoes & sweet potatoes
- Gluten-free chips & crackers
* With fruits & veggies, I try to get as many colors in that I can palate. I’m not going to lie…especially in the beginning, I could not stomach a salad, but loved fruit! I did whatever I could to get my colors in. I’ll go into detail in future articles on my favorite supplements and superfoods during pregnancy and why. 🙂
I hope this was helpful and inspired you to truly eat for two with your body and baby in mind. PLUS! It makes pregnancy itself and recovery, SO much easier!!