The Truth About Your Diet During Pregnancy

One of the assumptions I made about pregnancy prior to becoming pregnant is I’d have a diet-related Get out of Jail Free card.  I knew that there are certain foods it’s best to avoid, but I thought at least I’d have a free pass to eat, well, not quite as much as I wanted, but to feel a bit more guilt-free about evening ice cream binges. That turned out not to be the case at all.  First off, the whole “eating for two” thing isn’t true.  At most, you should eat for one and a quarter.  In addition to that, … Continue reading

How Bad Are Your Cravings?

How strong are your pregnancy cravings? Take this short quiz and find out where you end up on the scale. You see a commercial for doughnuts and you…. 1) Think to yourself, “wow, those look yummy,” consider sending your hubby out to get one, and then flip the channel instead. 2) Plan to pick some up the next morning. 3) Demand that your hubby drive to the grocery store and pick some up pronto. If you picked number 1, you are probably not pregnant. (I’m just kidding!) If you picked number 2, you have a healthy control over your cravings. … Continue reading

Tips for Curbing Your Sweet Tooth

You may crave sweets during pregnancy, but eating too much sugar will increase your chances of having a big baby and subsequent complications during labor. Everything you eat, your baby eats, too, so eating a balanced and healthy diet is important. That being said, no one expects you to cut out sweets altogether. Here are some tips for curbing that sweet tooth. 1. Go for a quick walk. Taking a fifteen minute walk has been proven to reduce cravings, according to a study published in the journal Appetite. So if you’ve already met your dessert quota for a day, hit … Continue reading

Twenty One Weeks

It was at this point in my first pregnancy that the weeks started to fly by. With my first pregnancy I was so excited and anxious to birth my son that I did not take the time to savor the beauty and wonder of my pregnancy. I am determined not to let this pregnancy slip by without contemplation or appreciation; I am really trying to enjoy every moment of this pregnancy. At twenty one weeks I am really trying to limit my sweets. Sweets have always been my weakness. It is usually easier for me to just avoid desserts altogether … Continue reading

Pregnancy and Baking

Baking is something I have not done in a long time. I absolutely love to bake and have been baking pretty regularly since I was eight years old. The only time I have not felt inclined to bake has been during my first trimesters. Of course there have been times when I really want to bake and choose not to given the amount of “empty calories” I tend to eat when I bake; and it is really hard to lose the baby weight with a dozen freshly baked chocolate chip cookies tempting me to indulge. Most recently, I gave up … Continue reading

Increased Appetite During Pregnancy

One of the most cliche symptoms of pregnancy is an increased appetite. If a movie or a sitcom features a pregnant woman, there is at least one scene where she is seen stuffing her face. The image of the hungry pregnant woman is not just in the media, it’s clearly rooted in our culture. I used to get comments if I didn’t put enough food on my plate at buffets or family functions. It was not unusual to hear someone say, “you’re not eating enough.” Everyone assumes pregnant women are supposed to be stuffing themselves all day. The upside to … Continue reading

My Doughnut Cravings Were Nothing To Joke About

You always hear about pregnant women sending their husbands out for Sonic or Taco Bell in the middle of the night. I never thought I would be one of those women. More importantly, I never thought my husband would be one of those men who would oblige to that kind of request. There was one time during my pregnancy, however, when I decided to throw those preconceived notions out the window. It was late at night and my husband was at a friend’s house. I was watching Food Network and there was a special about the top ten doughnut shops … Continue reading

A High Fat Diet May Increase Breast Cancer Risk for Two Generations

Researchers are constantly studying pregnancy and how different lifestyles and choices impact the health of the mother and the child. A major focus is often on the food that a pregnant woman eats, whether it’s the quantity or the quality. I’m sure you’ve heard the phrase,“You are what you eat,” and it’s never been more true. Recent research has led experts to believe that what you eat during your pregnancy, specifically junk food and how much of it you consume, can effect not only your daughter’s chances of getting breast cancer in the future, but her daughter’s chances as well. … Continue reading

Confessions of a Late Night Muncher

When do you cave into your food cravings? Do you race for snacks when you walk in the door, when you are bored or stressed? I am a late-night muncher. I remember in college, after a night out, I would always stop for pizza or grab a bag of chips at the store on the way home. Unfortunately, years later, little has changed, except now I have a few kids and fewer cocktails. I could easily consume two thirds of my calories after everyone else is in bed. I wish there was a late night munchers anonymous. We could talk … Continue reading

The Great Fructose Debate

I love sugar. In fact, I think I could live on sugar alone. I am particularly fond of artificial sugar found in sweet treats, such as Twizzlers, Jelly Bellys, Sour Patch Kids and Hot Tamales. I am a considerably healthy individual and I know that sugar is not good for me, but I just can’t help myself. I try to rationalize it in my mind. I don’t smoke, or drink or have any other particularly destructive habits, so is sugar really that bad for me? My love of artificial sugar began as a little girl. One of my favorite traditions … Continue reading