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Eating Well When Pregnant

Posted Jan 29 2008 5:22pm 1 Comment

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It is hard to believe that women do have a hard time eating healthy when they are expecting. The sad truth is some women find it very hard. There is a trick though to remember how to eat throughout your pregnancy and it is as easy as ABC.
Assortment is the first key. It’s been said that variety is the spice of life. Keeping your diet filled with assortment of fruits, vegetables and protein will help make sure that you and your baby don’t get too much of one nutrient and not enough of another. Eating a daily variety of healthy foods will give your growing baby and daily assortment of necessary nutrients.

Balance is the next thing to keep in mind. We all know that balance and moderation is the key to any diet. There is no reason to deny yourself a bowl of ice cream but the whole container is over doing it. You want to keep all your meals as balanced as possible and make sure you are getting enough vitamins, whole grains and lean protein. Eating one and not the other is not going to help you or your baby in any way shape or form. Indulging in cravings is fine every now and then as long as you keep it in moderation, if you want a cookie, have one. If potato chips are your craving, have a few. It is when you eat the whole box of cookies and the whole bag of chips in one sitting that you might have a problem.

The third key is color. You want to make your plate look as colorful as possible. Look at fresh fruit and veggies to paint your plate. The more colorful your plate is, the more appeasing it is going to look to your eyes. Have you ever noticed in magazines and cooking shows the dishes always look so tasty? This is because of the variety of color that are used in these dishes. You can get red strawberries and tomatoes to yellow peppers and squash. Pick your favorite colors and create your dishes based on that.
So don’t get too busy with stocking up on new maternity clothes, make sure you take time to eat healthy and well!

- Doris

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With all the cravings and the hunger pangs, it makes sense that women have a hard time eating healthy food while pregnant. For example, while pregnant, I struggle with eating fruits and vegetables. I don't like fruit (very few appeal to me) very much and that's not going to change because I'm pregnant. However, doing my best to nurture my little one is tops on my list and reading up on helpful tips, such as those you've given here, is part of my daily plans.
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