One of the biggest questions I get asked as a Nutrition Coach is, “What do you eat, ” and “What do you take?” It’s probably one of my favorite prenatal topics because I LOVE nutrition! And prior to becoming pregnant I could talk everything about weight-loss, allergy-free diets, vegan/vegetarian, raw, gluten-free, local and organic, sports performance, and on… but I really didn’t know the ins and outs of a prenatal diet.
So here I will share some of the important nuggets that I have picked up as well as a sample of what I eat and the supplements that I take. I would like to disclose that I am not a doctor and you should always discuss your choices with your medical professional. End fine print.
There is an overwhelming amount of information about what you can’t and shouldn’t eat out there with a lot of confusing information about what you should be eating (just like any other diet). I found that focusing on a few key elements was very helpful. So here is what I chose:
- Protein: eggs, lean meats, nuts, dairy, and Herbalife Formula 1 and Beverage Mix
- Iron: Spinach and lean meats, but I eat A LOT of spinach
- Calcium: Yogurt, milks (almond and cow), almonds, fruits and veggies
- Water: Water all Day!!
- Supplements: Guaranteeing I got everything that I needed on the days I just wanted to eat popsicles
More fine print: Am I perfect with what I eat? Of course, not. I have plenty of days where the fiber is giving me a tummy ache and all I want is a grilled cheese… which then backs me up so more fiber. I have also had more than one dessert on more than one occasion. But most days, most of the time, I make the best choices that I can. I ensure this by keeping the bad foods out of the house, keeping the pantry stocked with variety, making all of my meals as simple as possible, and dropping ALL guilt if I am eating a bit atypically.
But for the most part here is what my meals look like:
Breakfast is one of 4 things always:
- Plain oatmeal with 2 Scoops Formula 1 (cookies and cream), blueberries, and a splash of milk
- Super Smoothie with spinach, blueberries, banana, plain greek yogurt, Formula 1, and maybe like Chia seeds, flax or oatmeal… with either water, milk, or juice
- Formula 1 pancakes with banana, egg, and topped with peanut butter
- 2 eggs with spinach and cheese, sprouted toast, and fruit
Lunch tends to follow a similar trend… Again, I keep it simple
- A Shake
- Spinach Salad with fruit and nuts or eggs and veggies
- A sandwich, maybe chicken or tuna salad
Dinner could be anything, really depending on my mood, exhaustion level, and hunger level. Often times I am less hungry in the evening and will have something very simple.
- Cereal… My favorite option… I pick a high fiber, high protein cereal like a Kashi or organic raisin bran
- Lasagna with low carb noodles, cottage cheese, and spinach
- Lean meat, veggie, grain of some sort
- Something less healthy like steak tacos, macaroni and cheese, pizza, or whatever sounds tolerable. (Full disclosure right??)
And snacks could be anything from fruit (slightly addicted this Summer), a protein bar, yogurt parfait, cheese and an apple, nuts and nut butters, a shake, etc.
And finally, here is the list of my supplement regimen. Again, please consult your healthcare pro as well, but this is what works for me. I use all Herbalife products and only Herbalife products. They are a brand that I trust and can rest assured that I am getting what I need with the highest quality ingredients. (There is one exception when I had to use an additional Vitamin D 2,000 mcg dose for about 2 months. Oh and maybe the occasional chamomile tea).
- Multivitamin 4x daily
- Cell Activator 2x daily
- Xtra Cal 3x daily
- Garden 7 3x daily
- Florafiber 3x Daily
- Herbalifeline (Omega 3s) 2x daily
- Cell-u-loss 3x daily for swelling
- Relax Now as needed
- Restore as needed
- Aloe concentrate for Heartburn as needed
- Herbal Tea Concentrate 1x about 5 days a week
Following this nutrition regimen, I have had a completely healthy pregnancy- stable blood sugar, healthy weight gain, normal blood pressure, completely on track with baby’s growth and development, and a very ACTIVE little girl squirming around, but the best part is that my mind is at ease knowing that we are both getting everything we need.
Now, I can’t wait to share my journey post baby! Breast feeding and pregnancy weight loss is my new fascination! Stay tuned!