I’ve been wanting to tell all my readers a little known fact about me: I’m Pregnant!
*This photo is not of me!
Since nutrition plays such a large role in pregnancy, I’m going to use Fridays as my day to inform you of what’s going on in my life and give some advice on nutrition during pregnancy.
I’m currently 22 weeks along, or about 5 months. I have a little baby girl growing inside of me and so far everything has been going incredibly smoothly. I have gained the appropriate amount of weight, did not experience any morning sickness, had very slight nausea my first trimester but nothing horrible, and overall am feeling great! Everyone asks me if I’ve had crazy cravings – and the answer is NO! I haven’t had one single craving, yes sometimes I want something sweet but that’s no different than before I was pregnant. I am definitely hungrier, but I’m fueling myself with more snacks and slightly larger meals when needed. I’m exercising consistently, doing some sort of cardio (jogging, walking, elliptical, swimming) for about 30 minutes 4-5 days/week plus weight training 2-3 days/week. I’m conscious to make sure my heart rate doesn’t go too high and I’m not doing any exercises lying on my back (which is contraindicated after your 1st trimester).
When it comes to nutrition during pregnancy there are certain foods that are no-nos. Today I’m going to tell you about Deli Meats. Deli meats are not allowed during pregnancy since they are often carriers of listeria (a type of bacteria) which can be very harmful for pregnant women. As a result, many pregnant women think – what can I eat for lunch? For me it wasn’t a huge deal since I never ate much deli meat, but this can be a huge deal for those that do! It’s important to make sure you are including some sort of protein with every meal – for me I tend to eat vegetarian during lunch since it’s easiest. I also save my fish meals for dinner. Some great sources of vegetarian protein are: eggs, greek yogurt, cottage cheese, beans, and tofu. So I’ll tell you what my go to lunches have been.
Here are the ones that I make myself:
- Peanut Butter and Banana on whole wheat bread; cottage cheese; carrot sticks
- Egg salad sandwich (homemade with 1 whole egg plus 2 whites and low fat mayo) on whole wheat bread plus veggies and a piece of fruit
- Bean soup (veggie chili, lentil soup, black bean, etc), piece of low fat cheese, whole wheat crackers and fruit
- Veggie Sandwich (whole wheat bread, hummus, avocado, veggies) plus a greek yogurt with fruit
- Small vegetable salad plus a greek yogurt with cereal & fruit
If I’m out for lunch, I usually choose:
- Grilled chicken sandwich with avocado and vegetables.
- Salad topped with grilled chicken, chickpeas, an assortment of vegetables, and low fat dressing plus a whole wheat roll.
As you can see it’s easy to find a variety of lunches that don’t contain deli meat and are still simple to make.
Do I have any pregnant readers or those who may want to become pregnant in the future?