The other week while enjoying one of my favourite pastimes, browsing in the local second-hand bookstore, I idly picked up a book called Skinny Bitch: Bun in the Oven. I was intrigued by the title (successful marketing tactic indeed!), I thought it look like a no-nonsense guide to healthy eating during pregnancy, and it was only $7. So I bought it. Turns out it’s a hardcore treatise on veganism, with particular emphasis on its benefits in pregnancy – not what I was expecting! The style is very easy to read and very, very in your face. Some of it is not easy to take. Descriptions of slaughterhouse activity made me physically recoil. And even decaff is bad for me and my baby? No meat, eggs, fish, or dairy?? What the hell’s left?! “Fruits, vegetables, legumes, nuts, seeds and wholegrains!!!” is the oft repeated battle cry. I have always believed in the everything in moderation philosophy when it comes to food, with the exception of the usual things to avoid in pregnancy like salami (hot hungarian, oh how I have missed you!) and pate, soft cheese and so on. But this book has me all shook up! Vast amounts of detail referencing countless studies about all the horrible chemicals and hormones that are in almost everything we eat these days unless we’re very, very careful. I’m finding it hard to put it out of my mind.
I’m almost 8 months pregnant and so now is not the time to be making drastic dietary changes. But I have to confess, I am now very vegan-curious. Completely by accident! So, there are going to be a few gradual changes around here:
- No more white pasta or rice (we never eat white bread anyways so that’s a start).
- I meal plan and cook mostly from scratch already but from now on I’ll be introducing, if not vegan initially, then at the very least more vegetarian dinners into our diet. My daughter doesn’t eat meat anyway so it’s more than time I started properly investigating the alternatives.
- More shopping for fruit and veg at the local markets, of which there are many – we are so fortunate. Supermarket chain produce is over-priced anyway (and may I just say, “fresh food people”, my ass). We are on a tight budget but I’m happy to pay a little more for the things that really matter. And tofu is cheaper than meat anyway so we should make some savings there.
My husband is wary, but on board with these initial plans, and shall see how we go. Another rather unexpected turn of events for our little family! I’d be very interested to hear from any real-life vegan or similarly vegan-curious readers.
Blogtoberfest 2012, 13/31
I have a bit of a
sweet tooth sugar addiction (let’s be honest). I haven’t had a drink in almost a decade, I haven’t done any recreational drugs in almost two, and I quit smoking about 7 years ago, so cake is my only remaining vice and I refuse to let it go! You have to have something, right? (Yes I know there’s that other thing but I’m almost 8 months pregnant and sadly for my beloved, I’m not one of those pregnant woman, alas!). I did do a 21 day challenge a couple of months ago and ate no sugary treats whatsoever for the whole 3 weeks. It wasn’t as hard as I thought it would be and I even survived two children’s birthday parties. But it didn’t last long after that. My skin broke out again immediately after eating a pavola on a mums night out in the days following the end of the challenge. A telling sign that sugar is BAD, there is no doubt about it, both inside and out. And it is in everything these days.
In my opinion, however, a life with absolutely no cake in it is no life at all! Moderation is key (well, I try…). Miss M woke up at 4.30am today and although my other half got up with her and I got the lie in after the usual (lovely) 20 minutes or so of special mummy cuddles, I was still up by 6.30am , and dealing with an energetic yet overtired toddler is not fun. Playdate couldn’t make it after all and I didn’t have the energy to run around anywhere, to be honest, yesterday was pretty full on. By 10.30am I started to feel pretty darn grumpy, resentful, all those other negative emotions that do nobody any good whatsoever. And then – light bulb moment! Blueberry muffins!! Homebaked so I know what’s in them, and blueberries are a superfood, so really they are healthy in so many ways 🙂 On with the telly as distraction (today clearly not a day where I have the patience to bake with my little munchkin) and in no time at all I had a large mug of steaming hot English Breakfast tea and a yummy muffin (or 2) to look forward to. Life was looking up! Miss M is now asleep and My Time is now. It’s the little things, right? Nom nom!
Blogtoberfest 2012, 4/31