I’ve been trying really hard to eat more healthy lately. The first 6 months of this pregnancy was fueled by a lot of really bad greasy, salty, cheap fast food. For some reason the only thing that I ever had an appetite for were accompanied by fries and smothered in cheese. And then there were the donuts…
While weight gain is not a huge concern for me while pregnant (after all…that is what you are supposed to do) health, especially of the baby, is a concern, and I decided it was time to start eating healthy near the beginning of my third trimester. Better late than never?
Last summer I gave the old WHOLE 30 plan a try. I actually did it 2 times completely with no cheating. I fell in love with the changes it made in my body and mind. I found I had a surplus of energy, focus, and motivation. My skin cleared and my hair looked shinier and healthier than it had in years. I did not lose tons of pounds. This is not a “crash diet” or “cleanse” that’s going to make you drop a bunch of weight. The WHOLE 30 lifestyle is not about losing weight, but it’s about gaining health. For me, it gave me a sense of control which I don’t always have over my appetite.
So, at the beginning of my third trimester I started cutting out the crap and filling in the goods. Using the “WHOLE 30 PLAN” as a guideline, but not doing it 100% right now. I do take in some grains a few times a week. My meals mainly consist of veggies (mainly greens), proteins, and fruits. Of course I do have an occasional treat/splurge…after-all it is Cadbury Egg season…but my cravings for sweets and carbs have lessened noticeably. I eat plenty of calories and fats, but most of them are coming from clean sources. I don’t even want know how many avocados I consume in a week…
I can’t believe what a difference the last several weeks has made. I feel SO MUCH BETTER than when I was having a daily serving of Taco Bell. My energy is bursting through the roof (which for a naturally lazy person who is 35 weeks pregnant, is amazing!) I sleep better and more solid at night, I hardly ever crave sugar. I find that I crave strawberries, oranges, and bananas above all else. It’s like a switch was flipped in my body and instead of processed sugars, it just wants natural sugars. It really is amazing. I make sure to eat a lot of fruits and vegetables, eggs, avocados, nuts, and almond butter. I eat snacks throughout the day to make sure I’m getting enough food for the baby. I drink tons of water and no soda.
Here is an example of a common lunch I eat. It’s so easy, and full of healthy things. It’s fresh and light, but leaves me feeling full and satisfied.
Start with a pile of fresh spring mix greens on a plate.
Toss some broccoli, onion, asparagus (or carrots, peppers etc…whatever you have on hand will do!) in a pan with some olive oil or coconut oil. Add salt, pepper, and fresh garlic. Stir fry them around to your liking. Then, add a fresh chopped tomato into the hot pain. (this will add a natural sweetness) Just toss all the veggies around for about 40 seconds with the tomatoes, then dump the hot veggies onto the spring mix lettuce on your plate.
While the pan is still hot and lightly coated with the oil, crack an egg in and cook it to over-easy (I prefer over-medium) Then slide the egg off the pan onto the warm veggies.
Drizzle olive oil over the top, add salt & pepper to taste, and garnish with 1/2 an avocado.
The olive oil, hot veggies and egg yolk come together and wilt the greens a little. It Makes a yummy, easy, healthy, and “WHOLE 30 compliant” meal. It’s loaded with good fats and proteins good for baby growing, or just for you!