Alright, now that the cats out of the bag, I want to talk about something that affects a person during pregnancy, and that is CRAVINGS! Now before you think this post is only about pregnant women, you’re wrong. I can totally compare the cravings I had at the beginning of my pregnancy to the cravings I felt when I first began eating clean/healthy. They were exactly the same. I was never much of a chocolate bar/candy eater, but at the beginning of both of these experiences, if someone would have given my 10 Snickers bars I could have eaten them in about 5 minutes flat, done and done!! What I had to get under control immediately was my self-control. This is where it differs a bit in each circumstance. At the beginning of eating clean, I was used to turning to junk when I had cravings, chips, cookies, or some form of dessert, because I didn’t know any different or of other options. What I needed to do very quickly, was to learn how to make a clean treat that didn’t require me adding cups of sugar to the recipe. I learned that if I wanted a treat, I would have to make it in my kitchen, not grab it off a shelf in the grocery store. When pregnancy cravings had hit, trust me if someone brought me a pan of brownies I might have eaten the whole pan, but what I did have in my arsenal was knowledge. I knew how to make healthier treats, instead of grabbing cookies off the shelf (that probably have longer expectancy that me and my unborn ;)). In both cases, the cravings were, to put this lightly, OUTTA CONTROL! It took a lot of will power to stop myself from eating crap and do a little research on what I could substitute for things I was craving.
When you first begin eating clean, you might think “I am never going to be able to do this”, I did. You put yourself in a position of failure before you ever give it a chance. It takes a while to break a habit (I have heard 3 weeks, but not 100% sure), so before you give up, give yourself a chance to succeed! Make a goal for yourself. Give yourself 30 days to make changes. You can do ANYTHING for 30 days. Whether it be an exercise program, cutting certain foods from your diet and/or adding in healthier choices. Grab a calendar and track your success. Cross off every day you complete, and after the month is over you will be so proud of yourself for seeing all of those days crossed off, and a happy healthier you! If you stick to it, you should be feeling better, and that alone should help you continue on your journey of wellness!
Now for the pregnant mama’s. What do you do when you could pound a pint of ice cream like it was your job, eat pickles like they were going out of style or promise yourself you’re only going to eat 1 or two Lindor’s but end up eating the whole bag?? Where do these ideas come from, they come from personal experience! No, I didn’t do any of these things, but I really, really wanted to!! What stopped me? The very idea that I was responsible now for the human life that was inside me, and also my own health. If your self-control seems to disappear at these very moments, remember, that you’re not only caring for yourself, but also a new life. You want to give your baby the very best nutrition, and you should also want the same for yourself. Now, don’t get me wrong, there is the issue of morning sickness or nausea, and that is a whole other beast. I didn’t ever vomit, but I did deal with nausea in the second month of my pregnancy, and it wasn’t fun. I didn’t care if I went a whole day without eating, the thought of food made me want to puke, and I banned my husband from cooking eggs (he was happy it only lasted a few weeks), because if I smelt those suckers, I would start to gag. At this point, I was eating whatever I could keep down and tasted half-decent. What was hard was the fact I didn’t want chicken, asparagus or rice. What! That is what I ate everyday, now what am I going to do!? I had the food blues. All I really wanted was fruit (apples, oranges, kiwis and strawberries), oatmeal, toast and peanut butter (couldn’t stand the thought of almond butter) and the occasional soda cracker. Most days I had to make myself eat protein of some kind (whatever I could stomach the smell of) and raw vegetables (couldn’t stand the thought of cooked ones). I thank God these symptoms only lasted 3-4 weeks, and about a week before my 2nd trimester, I felt like a whole new person. Back to the old Tiff, and that feeling was amazing. I was back to eating all the food I enjoyed, I had my energy back (don’t get me wrong, I still need my afternoon naps) and was feeling great. But what I learned…never judge a pregnant person with morning sickness on what they eat, just be happy they are eating :). Sorry that was so long-winded, but back to the moral of the story, cravings. You can satisfy your cravings in a more healthy way, that won’t harm you or your baby :).
Below I will share with you some healthier ways to satisfy that sweet tooth and stay on track!
Here is a link to a blog that shares some great, no bake recipes sure to satisfy!
And of course I must add a tried and true recipe, that I love.
Now besides the above recipe, I haven’t actually made any of these recipes yet, they are in my favorites ready and waiting to be used! So if you happen to try it before me let me know how it goes! I just thought they looked super yummy and sure to satisfy any sweet tooth!
Happy FRIDAY!! TGIF!