Monday, October 31, 2016

First trimester "cravings.."


"Cravings" in parenthesis because I might just be a crazy person. I mean, only a crazy person would have TEN BOXES OF CEREAL, RIGHT? (Plus one more in the pantry!!!) 

I know I mentioned back in my first pregnancy post that I didn't feel pregnant at all until all of a sudden I couldn't stomach any of the foods I was used to eating. As many of you know, prior to becoming pregnant, I became very (somewhat obsessed with being) healthy. It was hard, but I taught myself to just eat what's good for me and be fine with it. It wasn't always interesting, but I'd usually have some form of eggs each day, lots of salads, raw veggies and fruits, yogurt, hummus, you know - lot's of good stuff. And I was limiting my carbs and fats somewhat. (Besides peanut butter. That never worked for me.) And I learned to be totally fine with eating things that didn't always taste amazing because really, it's not the most important thing. That is...UNLESS YOU'RE PREGNANT, HAHAHAHA. 

One of the first signs I knew I was probably FOR REAL pregnant was when I first started to have a problem with raw vegetables. They had no appeal to me all of a sudden. I kept trying, but I just couldn't do it. One day when I was nannying, I had this little snack baggie of snap peas and hummus. And I wanted to die. It was just the most disgusting thing in the world to me. I don't think I will EVER be able to eat hummus again. At this very moment there are like 20 individual packs of organic hummus that will not ever get eaten, because I am now allergic to hummus or something, haha. But not eating vegetables wasn't really an option because I just know too much now to not eat them, so I worked on trying to trick myself. I'd make a big salad but add bacon and ranch and lots of parmesan cheese, and usually it'd be enough to get me to eat it. Then I had a few weeks were I couldn't stand the thought of eggs so I didn't even try, but luckily, I think both the vegetable (most at least) and the egg aversions have passed. Just yesterday I had poached eggs for breakfast and a greek salad for dinner. So I think I'm cured. Hummus on the other hand though, never again. Never, ever, ever again.


And the weirdest thing. I started to not even get excited about my chocolate Shakeology. I had to start forcing myself to drink it almost, which I can't understand because it literally is like a chocolate milkshake and what pregnant person wouldn't want that?! But it's just like with salads and eggs, loved it one minute and couldn't stomach it the next. BUT this was another thing that I wouldn't let myself just cut out. It's too important and I KNEW my body would suffer if I stopped drinking it. SO: enter the chocolate Shakeology bowl, lol. It's a packet of Shakeology mixed with almond milk until it becomes sort of like a pudding consistency. And then I'd mix in a spoonful of coconut oil, almond butter and top it with unsweetened coconut flakes and sliced strawberries. And it was A-M-A-Z-I-N-G. I was obsessed with this for like two weeks. And then one day I got a craving for cold fruit smoothies and immediately went online and changed my next order to strawberry, and ever since then I've been making fruit smoothies every day. Going like a month strong on that one, haha. OH. And during my initial Shakeology struggle, I even tried adding Butterfinger candies to my shake. I'm really horrified to admit that, but I was desperate. 

But as far as "cravings." Those were another thing I really taught myself were sort of like made up and a "mind over matter" thing, and maybe that's true on a normal basis but again - NOT IF YOU'RE PREGNANT HAHAHAHA. Pregnancy cravings are SO REAL. At any given moment you could ask me what I'm craving and I could literally like go inside of my body and tell you exactly what it wants. It's so weird. I tried really hard to ignore them...and I hate to admit this too, but I think they're sort of fun now. (NOW. Not a few weeks ago when I was crying over the loss of control in my own life, haha.) 

What's weird though, is for or the most part the "cravings" come and go. And once they're gone, they're gone. Like, we went out to a taco place with friends one weekend and I ordered the same thing I had ordered the last time I was there, a chicken taco, but this time I felt SO DISAPPOINTED by it even though the last time I thought was great. And instead of enjoying my own food, I was eyeing the side of refried beans that the person a few seats down from me was having. I was having this inner crisis of, "do I go back up and order a side of beans? Would that be weird? Is everyone already almost done eating? Would that be so weird??" And I didn't, but I thought about it FOR DAYS and then one night when John brought up Taco Bell and I was like, "yes. Beans. Finally!" So I got a nacho with beans. And after that I didn't think about beans anymore. 


And that's pretty much how it goes... 

One night I was watching Teen Mom (I know, lol) and Maci (who was also pregnant) was at a sushi place and she goes, "I'll just have a California roll." And I thought, "oh yes. A California roll." So the next day I went to Kroger and got myself a California roll for lunch, haha. And it was great. Then one night I saw on Snapchat that Jessie James Decker was making spaghetti bolognese and the next night, guess what I made? YES. Spaghetti bolognese. (She put wine in hers though, I did not.) And then someone brought up peanut butter and jelly sandwiches to me and the next night when I couldn't sleep, I got up to make a peanut butter and jelly sandwich. (More on the night snacking later...)

Basically, once I get something in my mind I can't stop thinking about it until I have it. And usually after that it passes. 

UNLESS...


It's a Jimmy Johns BLT. (With avocado) I am obsessed with this and could have it every single day, but I've actually only let myself twice. I think I just want the whole wheat bread, haha. And since I'm "supposed" to stay away from deli meats, I get the BLT. Although...confession, I did have a ham and cheese sandwich when I was at the airport a while ago, but I was dying and only had like three seconds to find something and felt like I needed protein badly. Oh...and then, John and I went to Pot Belly the other day and I had a sandwich with like three different kinds of meat on it. And I didn't die...so, all's fine. (Plus, I don't really follow all those rules. I eat feta. And honey. Often.)


And this was a BIG one and I'm finally starting to lay off, but I wanted all the "bubbles" for a while there. When I went home to my parents in Michigan, I was like, "Dad. I NEED sparkling water." This all happened after I got a Sprite when we were out once and it was like THE BEST THING IN THE ENTIRE WORLD to me. But because I won't let myself just drink Sprite, I'm trying to make do with healthier alternatives like these Zevia "sodas" which are no calories, no sugar, no nothing really and they're pretty good! They have flavors like cola, cherry cola, root beer and grape soda, but so far my favorite is actually the ginger ale. Not sure if I actually wanted the ginger ale, or I felt like I should be wanting the ginger ale because I'm pregnant, haha. 

But the longest standing craving so far has been...you guessed it. The ten boxes of cereal, haha. This whole thing started out innocently with a semi-normal purchase of three boxes, but soon I was going back to the store each day for more. Not because I was eating it that quickly, I'm not I swear, but this certain brand is sort of pricey and happened to be on sale recently at Kroger for like $1.60 a box. So I started freaking out thinking, "I better stock up before they take them off sale!!" 


Also, that's another pregnancy test because I wasn't lying when I said I was taking them weekly until I could get to the doctor, lol. 

So eventually, I stopped buying cereal because I did the math and I think this will get me through May. (Also, because they all expire around next May/June, haha.) I don't know what it is about cereal right now, but it's just LIFE to me. Maybe because I hadn't really had it in a long time? Or it's a comfort food for me? Like being a kid again. I don't know. But I mostly have it in the middle of the night. As much as I'd like to eat it multiple times a day, I don't (usually) let myself. I just pour myself a little coffee cup full every night when I can't sleep and maybe it's all in my head, but I swear it helps me sleep better. And this brand isn't "healthy," but it's "healthier." The box I've been eating lately is the "sweetened wheatfuls" and the only two ingredients are whole grain wheat and sugar gelatin, so it's not like I'm going all out and having Reeses Puffs or something. (Although, I'd love those.) 

And because this is getting stupid long now, I'll just list a few honorable mentions. For memories sake. 

- Franks hot sauce. 
- Orange juice. 
- Ketchup.
- French fries. (With ketchup.) 
- Crackers and peanut butter sandwiches. 
- Ground turkey. (Lasted about a minute and now I have a bunch in the freezer that I want nothing to do with.) 
- Graham crackers. 

...and that's all I can remember off the top of my head. I think going into the holidays will be somewhat hard. (But fun.) I am DROOLING just thinking of Thanksgiving food and peppermint candies and Christmas cookies. But I also feel like I'm getting more control of this now and getting the hang of it. I definitely want to enjoy this time and will FOR SURE be indulging a bit, but also going to work really hard not to make it a free for all. Try to make smarter choices, you know. No Reeses Puffs, lol. 

xx.

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13 comments:

  1. You're not supposed to have honey when you're pregnant?! I guess that sort of sounds vaguely familiar but at the same time sounds like brand new information. I think lunch will be THE WORST when/if I'm ever pregnant. Because now I eat sandwiches with lunch meat. Obviously I won't be able to do that. I figured I could just meal prep like I've done in the past (but stopped because SO MUCH WORK)...but then what happens if I suddenly become averse to it? Guess I should just keep cereal on hand in case of that... Ha!

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    1. I never realized how much I loved sandwiches until now, lol. It's like once that option was "taken away" it made me mad and it's all I wanted haha. And yeah, I don't know about the honey thing. I honestly haven't even looked into it, I just use it lol. I mean, it's organic. How bad can it bee? (Get it...bee? LOL. I'm so not funny. Sorry.)

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  2. YES! This was SO ME! Also, deli meats. I read about listeria and honestly could NOT eat soft cheese or deli meat the entire time. It is super serious if your baby happens to get it, and you may not even know you were exposed and it could still harm the baby. So, I was way too paranoid to eat deli meat. I had a serious craving for tuna melts. Like, no shit, I could have had tuna, mayo, and melted cheese EVERY SINGLE DAY of my pregnancy if it wasn't for mercury. So I had one can a week and cherished every bite of it. I had serious cravings early on and it was almost always sandwiches and they were very specific. And that would be literally the only thing I could stomach. Like, do not give me a Quizno's sub if I can only eat an ABC sandwich! I also had serious aversions to pretty much everything. And coffee wasn't good my entire pregnancy and I LOVE coffee. The thought of it made me want to throw up. Also, at the end, I loved chalky stuff. My protein powder is super chalky and it was all I wanted. And I wanted to eat a whole bottle of Pepcid because it's chalky. It was so weird. I still haven't gotten back to eating how I did before I was pregnant. I never ate bread before having a baby, and now I just want ALL THE BREAD! I could live off of sandwiches (although now I eat them with deli meat, haha). And I would totally buy a ton of shit at the store because in my head, I could eat it and not get nauseated, and then I would bring all that food home and not even want to look at it because it made me feel sick. It was such a pain in the ass. I wasted so much food. My friend is 7 weeks pregnant and was like, "I don't even feel pregnant! I'm so glad I didn't get morning sickness or food aversions!" and I was like, "Just wait..." I was totally fine until 9 weeks and then it hit me like a freight train. It was god awful for 5 weeks and then one weekend I was like, "Woah, I ate like a normal person and wasn't sick for the WHOLE WEEKEND!" You're making me want to go back and read my blog about my own pregnancy, haha.

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  3. (Also, I only ate one can of tuna a day after standing in the aisle at Costco for a good 30 minutes googling "tuna in pregnancy" before deciding if I should buy it. And then I didn't eat it until I had a long conversation with Jon about if it's actually safe to eat tuna while pregnant. The amount of googling "Is _____ safe to eat during pregnancy?" I did was ridiculous.)

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    1. Well NOW you have me all worried lol. I honestly didn't even look into it all that much, I try NOT to google everything because then I'm paranoid about literally everything, and I just have this attitude of, "it's fine. Live your life. Be normal" lol. But that sounds scarier than I thought. Even if I don't get sick, she could???? For real!!!? You convinced me, bye sandwiches lol. Surprisingly I haven't craved any tuna though because I used to eat it at least twice a week. I am having a hard time getting in a lot of protein taking out things like that and lunch meat, and eggs for a while there. Maybe that's what all the carbs are making up for? I'm nervous I won't be able to quit the carb binge afterwards, but I guess it will just take me not buying any haha. That works...sometimes, lol.

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  4. I didn't even know you couldn't have honey while pregnant, lol! The only thing that I really stayed away from was the deli meat because listeria to the baby scared the crap out of me. But the cereal, yessss! I was the same exact way. I'm actually still obsessed with it. And then once I got huge and it was hot out, I could not get enough of ice chips. Couldn't do garlic while pregnant like at all, and sadly still can't - but it has only been 4 months. Hoping your hummus aversion goes away!!

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    1. Okay, now everyone is really scaring me about the deli meat haha. I've been trying not to become that crazy pregnant person is all. I sort of find it annoying how people act like they're so special when their pregnant. (Even though I probably do this on an even bigger scale with all my documenting and talk lol.) Like. It's not a disease, lol. But it IS a very big deal. And I should stop trying to be a rebel and do the right things, haha. And I am SO GLAD I won't be pregnant in the summer to be honest. I am all about this winter life. Although, it will get hot here in probably March, so I'll have two months of 80's to deal with. But..beats June/July/August here lol.

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  5. Yes to ALL of the cereal. At least you buy healthy-ish cereal? I would buy the big packs from Costco that had 3 different kinds of shitty sugary cereal in it and go to town. I eat cereal every single day. During the first trimester I ate it for dinner several times too. I don't think that is going away for me lol. I can't think of anything that I 'crave.' If something sounds good, I'll eat it, and then not want it ever again. It is really strange. It was really hard for me to drink water during the first trimester too, glad that has passed. I finally feel normal again! Other than not ever wanting Taco Bell. I used to LOVE Taco Bell haha so I hope it doesn't last forever (probably not a bad thing if it does ha).

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    1. Hahaha seriously, what is it about the cereal??? I need to look this up because there has to be some reason. I thought it was just me, but everyones like "MEE TOOO!!!" And I go down the cereal aisle at Costco every time...just to look, and it's so hard for me not to buy those. Like fruit loops, OH MY GOD, give me the fruit loops!

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  6. Oh this brings back memories of the early craving days!! The very first thing I craved was ranch dressing before I even found out I was pregnant. One day it was really bad and I went out to the store and bought a big carton of mushrooms to smother in ranch and ate them all and then proceeded to dip chicken in the remaining ranch hahah

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    1. MMM yes ranch happened to me too and I haven't had ranch in probably...six months prior but I had to have it one day. And then when I went home to visit my family, we got pizza and I dipped it in ranch and it was like HEAVEN ON EARTH. Just talking about it now, I need pizza and ranch. Soon, lol.

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  7. I craved cereal too and mostly just all the carbs. We didn't eat much meat before but when I was pregnant I would crave protein. I wasn't very strict either mostly because my dr told me they had never even had a case of listeria at our hospital. I had the strongest aversion to coffee for the first half and then I would drink it but it couldn't be black and to this day I have to put milk in my coffee.

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    1. Yeah..I mean I'm not going to go out and eat somewhere like Chipotle because they've had numerous outbreaks, but I just have to live my fricking life lol!!! It's fine. And I really want a hot dog from Costco soon...I've been weighing that option lol. Will probably go for it soon.

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