Sunday, April 10, 2016

Eats Lately: Pregnancy

Now that I'm 16 weeks into this pregnancy, I feel like I can finally eat and cook again.  The first semester, though, was anything but easy.  I could barely go into the kitchen, and anything green turned my stomach.  It was horrible.  There was a week in the beginning where all I wanted to eat were potatoes.  I knew it would get better, but it was pretty rough.

In the middle of hating all my favorite foods, I started doing more research on pregnancy nutrition.  I talked to my doctor about a vegan diet while pregnant, and he was supportive but recognized that I would understand more about that than he did.  As the weeks went on, and I could keep food down, I started tracking my food intake to check for calcium, iron, and protein.  That's when I started to get a bit nervous.  Obviously, there are ways to get enough things you need on a vegan diet to support a pregnancy.  There are a lot of great resources out there that I looked into.  A lot of those plans, though, are fairly high in calories in order to get enough.  I am starting this pregnancy at a point in my weight where I need to be cognizant of gaining too much.  I really struggled with this in the beginning, including having lots of guilt and body hating that I hadn't felt in years, but I'll save that for another post.

So, I started to think that incorporating dairy and eggs back into my diet was the way I wanted to go.  Then I fretted about it.  Veganism had been my identity for 8 years, and I wasn't even sure I could do it, but I really felt like I needed to.  After having our miscarriage, I think I've been so terrified to do something wrong that could influence the health of our baby.  I know that ultimately babies are born healthy into much worse circumstances than I could create, but it's still a fear.  Anyway, all that is to say that for now, for the pregnancy, I am not eating a strictly vegan diet.

I feel like 80% of my diet is still the way it was, with just a few added things.  I won't be switching off Earth Balance or nut milks, because I don't really feel like the alternatives offer me anything better.  I mainly started by adding Greek yogurt to my smoothies, since they're full of protein, and I've already talked about not wanting to use protein powder.  Eventually, I picked up some eggs at the farmer's market and Josh made me my first egg in almost a decade.

I'm still using plant based meat, because I still don't want to eat meat.  I think a vegetarian pregnancy will be fine for me, and I haven't had the urge to go farther.  Plus, I still thing vegan and vegetarian diets are better for animals and the planet.  Josh made me this breakfast sandwich for dinner awhile back.  It was super weird to eat eggs, and I'm still not super into it, but it's something I do occasionally.

Early in the pregnancy, I got super sick off Mexican food, so I didn't eat it for a long time.  The only exception were these tasty vegan tacos from Tacos 4 Life.  I got a tasty tofu one, which I loved, and another one with mushrooms that I had a hard time with, because I have had a distaste for mushrooms for months now.  I think I'm finally getting over it, though.

We went to visit my parents recently, and my mom made me this protein POWERHOUSE.  Mama V made black bean burgers, tofu, chickpeas and brussels sprouts, and grilled potatoes.  Hello, heaven.

There were several weeks in the beginning where all I wanted was avocado toast, and that has not stopped.  It's really the best, right?

A few weeks ago, I got a huge craving for banh mi's, so we had these tofu ones with a zucchini salad.  I am having trouble with spicy food, because it just tastes more intense, so this dinner was a bit hot.  It was my fault for putting all the jalapenos in it.

You might see a running theme here.  I'm inhaling all the tofu and toast I can find,  This has been a pretty common meal.  So good.

I have some recipe posts coming, and more musings on pregnancy.  It's my hope that this post doesn't discourage anything about veganism.  It's an incredibly compassionate and delicious way of life.  This is just my situation for now, and I hope you will continue to read.


  1. Its ironic,Mexican food was about all I COULD eat while pregnant! I also had to eat eggs and dairy while pregnant - because I was so nauseous and they were one of the few foods that agreed with my stomach.

    Also, I highly recommend reserving a copy of the most recent "Baby Bargains" book for help with your registry - it has reviews of products & brands!

    Good luck!

    1. Oops - I mean reserving at the library :-)

    2. That's funny! It's so weird what we can and cannot eat. It did seem like dairy helped curb the nausea, which was weird. I think maybe the foods that were higher in protein were making me less sick, but who knows.

      I will definitely check out that book!

  2. I've been craving a tofu banh mi for quite awhile, and this post just made it so much stronger!
    The meal your mom made you looks amazing too!!

    1. I feel like I'm always craving tofu banh mi! Now I want to make it again!

  3. Avo toast with tofu sounds like the BEST THING EVER! Definitely gonna try that soon!

    Also, I've heard a number of not-being-able-to-eat horror stories from my preggo (and formerly preggo) friends, and that actually scares me off the idea of having a kid more than the thought of birthing a human from a tiny hole (which also sounds horrifying). More power to ya, girl! I know it's something you actually want, so you're probably way better at handling that! Good luck. Glad you're back on food again!

    1. I am just glad I'm not one of the people who is sick the whole pregnancy, because the first trimester was seriously awful.

      Thankfully (or not, I'm not sure), I had a medical issue a few years ago that will prohibit me from pushing said human out of tiny hole, so it's C-section for me. Somehow, this makes me feel better, haha.

      Avo with tofu = awesome. Wonder if I should eat that tonight.

    2. Hahaha, I think I'd feel better about a c-section too. I'm sure it hurts either way, but seems like they'd make sure you're good and pain-free for that procedure! :-)

      You should probs eat that tonight! And every day!!!!

    3. Oh yeah. Power to the women that want to do that naturally, but I say give me all the drugs.

  4. Congrats on your pregnancy! I think you've got to do what you feel is best for you and your baby at this time. With my first pregnancy I wen back to eating meat and dairy as I was super paranoid and had food aversions. With my second pregnancy I felt much happier and confident in having a vegan pregnancy so I stayed vegan for that one (went back to being vegan after my first was born). All the best X

    1. Thanks so much for your comment. I feel like it's the right move for me now :)

  5. I'm a vegetarian who goes on and off eggs and cheese. I ate both when I was pregnant with both of my kids, and I felt it made it a lot easier to make sure I was getting enough protein, calcium, and choline.

    So do what's best for you and your baby! Don't feel guilty one bit. You can go back to being vegan when your sweet baby is born. Then you'll just eat whatever you can find, anyway. ha.

    Also I had 2 c-sections for different reasons. It isn't fun, but you gotta get the baby out safe.

    Best of luck to you!

    1. Haha, I definitely know that cooking will be a luxury come September. We're planning on doing a bunch of batch cooking in the next couple months.

      I'm sure the C-section won't be a walk in the park. I just want a healthy baby, no matter the birth. :)

  6. Congratulations on your pregnancy! I'm vegan and have a 5.5 month baby girl. I also struggled to get protein in while pregnant (and now while nursing), and for me a great option was using the manitoba harvest hemp with fiber in baked things (pancakes mostly) I just subbed half the flour with it, and ate with fruit and coconut oil instead of margerine and syrup - Other than that, I switched from Almond milk to Soy, and ate a ton of tempeh, legumes and beans with lots of veggies, and had soy milk/frozen banana/cocoa/peanut butter shakes with Vega or hemp protein. No judgement at all, you have to do whatever works for you, but just some additional suggestions.

    I was aiming for a natural pregnancy, but had to be induced and a few hours in went for the epidural. Soooo worth it, I couldn't feel anything and it was so easy. I was pushing and joking around with my husband and the nurses, and then all of a sudden they handed me the baby. Nursing though, was shockingly painful/difficult/horrible in the beginning.

    I don't know what your procedure was, but in the interest of full disclosure if it is at all helpful, I had a colposcopy and LEEP 10 years ago and was told pregnancy and a vaginal birth might be difficult - it all ended up being fine.

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