If you're new to my blog, it might be helpful to know that I've been eating Paleo since February of this year. It was an accidental change in how I eat -- and I only made the transition after reading various blogs about the Whole30 and Paleo -- and it was the best accident I've ever made. After struggling for three years with my weight after becoming a mom, eating Paleo helped me get back down to a weight that I could be happy with.
Although I've been pregnant for almost twelve weeks now, I was able to keep with the Paleo diet until the eighth week of pregnancy, and that's when the morning sickness really took over my life, including changing what I could eat. I had no concerns about dropping the Paleo diet -- I know that I will eat whatever I need to eat to ensure I have a healthy pregnancy. It's a small sacrifice to make.
Here are some of the biggest changes and cravings I've had to make in the last month:
- Eating bread, crackers, and other simple carbs
- A serious craving for soup: chicken tortilla, minestrone, chili, chicken noodle, pho, ramen...soups of any kind
- Potatoes. Potatoes are starchy and therefore off limits on the paleo diet, but I've been indulging in baked potatoes, french fries, potato salad.
- Sandwiches. Especially anything with roasted chicken or a grilled chicken breast.
- Eating every 2-3 hours. When I was on the Paleo diet, thanks to the protein in my meals, I only ate breakfast, lunch, and dinner, and occasionally, an afternoon snack. As my nausea got worse, I found that I had to eat more often to avoid getting nauseous, including eating in the middle of the night.
Would you give you up a special diet for a period of your life if your health (and/or someone else's health) depended on it?