Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Eating Healthy While Pregnant

Healthy?! If by healthy you mean a healthy serving of french fries :)
Well let's just talk about the diet I tried to stick to, because we all know sometimes cheating is necessary and did I mention that I was big, hungry pregnant during the holidays?! Note to self: Get  pregnant in the summer next go 'round, when people snack on watermelon not snowman sugar cookies and peppermint bark.

My pregnancy diet/ healthy eating plan
This method won't work for everyone, but for me it really does: when I am honestly hungry, I eat something. AND 9 times out of 10 I try to make sure it's a fruit, vegetable or protein. I try not to eat fruit past lunch time, unless I workout in the afternoon. It's sort of my way to ensure that all the fast burning carbs I eat (sugars) will be used up before I go to bed.

Here are some really basic healthy eating tips (pregnant or not):
  • When you’re hungry drink a glass of water first. Seriously! Even if you still plan to eat something as soon as you’re done with the water, that’s fine. Just drink a full glass before hand. 
  • Drink a full glass of water before you do anything else in the morning!  
  • Always go to the fridge first! When you’re hungry, don’t dart for the pantry.   Go straight to the fridge and find something to eat there.  
  • Try to fit in eating potassium rich foods (spinach, kale, bananas, oranges, etc)   once a day. This will help you avoid cramping after workouts.   
  • If you need a treat, choose a healthier option like Frozen Yogurt and buy it at   a restaurant. Do not bring a carton home EVER! Small semi-sweet dark chocolate is ok too, but allow yourself one or two squares a night.  
  • Weight-training is SO important! Extra muscle burns more energy at rest than fat.  Extra muscle will also burn more fat in active phase, so having more muscle will definitely help burn more energy and fat! 
  • Don’t eat carbs by themselves! Always try to pair carbs with a protein or a vegetable. For example, if you’re in a hurry and have to eat a bowl of whole grain cereal for breakfast, pair it with a bit of cottage cheese on the side or egg whites. This will help to ensure those carbs digest more slowly which will cause less insulin to be released and therefore have less of an impact on your ability to burn fat. 
  • Never, ever, ever eat carbs right before bed.  
  • Skip the oil! Cook with low-sodium vegetable stock as much as possible! 
  • Try not to eat  FRUIT past lunch! The only exception is pre-workout.

My last few weeks growing my sweet babe.

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