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I’m now 38 weeks pregnant and have taken taking Baby and Me Herb Free and New Chapters. I completely agree about the more you know the more confused you are! For a bit I tried not taking any supplements and tracking my food to see if I was getting in everything and I was except for a one thing and I think I would have needed to eat more potatoes and garbanzo beans, which I did but then I just got sick of trying to manage my diet too much so began to take prenatals to make up for anything I missed.
I eat a pretty “healthy” diet- pastured eggs, grass-fed butter & grass-fed cheese and yogurt, sprouted grains, grass-fed meat, wild salmon, veggies, fruit, sauerkraut, coconut are pretty much eaten daily. But I don’t follow WAPF and so my butter and coconut levels are way lower than they recommend but the way I eat feels good to me and my baby boy is perfectly healthy.
Before I got pregnant I ate a lot to bring back my period and while I don’t think I ate too much vegetable oil I definitely ate sugar, white bread, cookies, etc… got pregnant fast and will be giving birth to a healthy boy in less than 2 weeks! Also, my first trimester I was so nauseous that I just ate crackers, cereal, little bit of cheese and whatever I could stomach.
Another thing, with my first pregnancy I ate a very standard vegetarian diet and I’m sure it included vegetable oil and tons of sugar. I took prenatals and my daughter is more perfect than I could imagine.
Sorry for the long response I just so know how you feel!
Hi there, What are you looking to change health wise? For me I wasn’t getting my period and nothing I did for almost 3 years brought it back. I want to have another baby so to me it was a big reason to give this a shot. I gained about 25 lbs but now I’m pregnant. I was a normal/thin weight to begin with and am now almost 18 weeks pregnant and weight what I did at the end of my last pregnancy. Hard to handle at times but worth it.
The reason why I shared my story is that for me gaining the weight was worth it and I had tried meditation, mindfulness, acupuncture, Chinese medicine, homeopathic medicine, intensive therapy individually and in group, mayan massage, strict paleo/primal, and maybe a few more things. And I did them consistently. For months and months at a time. Have you tried other things to fix your health problems? Stress management can be huge. Even though paleo/primal has a bad name on this website there are good things to be said about it and I think if you take not a too strict approach it can be good- eating fruit, rice, potatoes since you said low carb isn’t good. I agree on the low carb front. Sometimes I wonder if I could have fixed this all just by adding a good amount of carbs in and not going hog wild. Anyway, I think eating consistently and to appetite is really important. Don’t diet since that’s not the answer. I think sometimes people need to eat a lot of food and rest to get their metabolisms back to normal but for some they may just need to make some adjustments (salty, carby, sweet) and eat consistently and not restrict calories.
Congratulations on your surprise baby! How are you feeling now? I too am pregnant (17.5 weeks) and got pregnant before loosing any of the weight I gained getting my metabolism and body healthy. I just got weighed at the doctor and I’m about the weight I was at the end of my last pregnancy. Scary but it’s what I needed to do to get pregnant so oh well! The baby is healthy and that’s all that matters. I too feel fat and want to cry often but I’m not going to restrict my calories or harm my baby in any way. I lost a lot of weight breastfeeding so I know that will happen again. Right now i just manage my stressed out feelings with deep breathing, acupuncture, and tapping (EFT) along with positive affirmations.
When I last skyped with Matt he recommended carbs for pregnancy (and non pregnancy too). I had a few consultations with him prior to getting my period back and getting pregnant and he’s awesome so if you’re concerned I’d definitely make an appointment with him.
As far as eating, I eat to appetite and drink water but not too much. I really didn’t feel well for the first trimester and ate mainly bread, crackers, cheese sometimes and ice cream. Sometimes I’d wake up hungry in the middle of the night and I’d have a snack of crackers and ice cream. I haven’t been as focused on my diet since for me getting pregnant signaled to me that I was healthy. I also don’t take my temperature. This is not what I think you should do, just sharing my own experience as I don’t want to stress out if my temps aren’t perfect- they were consistently good prior to pregnancy and I feel pretty good now. I eat a little differently now in my second trimester and crave red meat, cheese, salads and chocolate. I usually eat around 5-6 small/medium meals a day. This is just what makes me feel best. I eat “healthier” than when I was really focusing on eating a lot but I think it’s more what I’m craving and because I had a long time of eating pizza, ice cream and cookies.
I take supplements-Baby and Me Herb Free and a fish oil supplement.
All the best!
David, I agree that this approach isn’t for everyone and I also don’t think Caz was being insincere. I was just offering my view. I have no idea what works for certain peoples ailments and I know for me that in the big scheme of things I feel great eating on the more healthy side and exercising.
Amy, my metabolism was damaged from years of undereating. I was bulimic a long time ago and recovered, was very healthy, had a baby, lost a ton of weight nursing and then fell back into orthorexia after finding crossfit and paleo. I think eating low carb was really bad for me. I’m not exactly sure what it was but I know that eating and especially eating carbs is good for me.
Caz, I have to disagree that eating for heat is the easy way out and makes you fat and lazy. I know everyone is different and I’m happy you’ve found what works for you but I wanted to say my experience since it was very scary for me to change my eating and exercise habits and I don’t want others to feel like eating for heat is destined to make you fat and lazy.
Prior to eating for heat/eating following the youreatopia guidelines, I tried everything to restore my health. I ate very healthy and exercised. I meditated and went to therapy. Nothing worked for me except a lot more and resting. It was so scary and was definitely not the easy way out. It was horrible and hard to gain weight and I wasn’t under weight to begin with. I was just a normal/thin weight. I cried all the time and my husband was a huge support.
A few months after eating that way I naturally started eating more fruits, veggies, salads and getting my carbs from sweet potatoes, potatoes and traditionally prepared grains and beans. I also began to exercise more. I had lots of energy and my body felt great eating that way and that was what I craved. I did eat dessert sometimes and didn’t really think too much about it. My stress around food was very minimal. I stopped taking my temperature and just knew that my metabolism was in a good place. My body was in perfect health and perfect balance and while I wasn’t thin I wasn’t overweight either. I know that my body will find it’s healthy place again.
My goal for this was to regain my period and get pregnant and i know that eating this way and resting allowed me to do that. Today I’m almost 2 months pregnant and my pregnancy is perfect according to the doctor. My tastes have changed again and you couldn’t pay me to eat a sweet potato. It was a little stressful for me to think of eating mostly grains because I still have so much old paleo/weston a price info in my head but honestly meat and anything sprouted or soaked makes me want to throw up. I’m in a very happy place with my body and food and have no doubt that after I give birth that my body will go back to a healthy/thin place. That’s what happened to me the first time I gave birth and I have no doubt that it will happen again since my metabolism is in a good place and I am nourishing my body and mind.
I know this is totally of topic of cheese slave’s weight loss but I just wanted to offer a different perspective. To me being this doesn’t have to be hard and I know for me that I’m able to achieve my ideal body when I’m working less and just living life and trusting that my body automatically processes the food I eat to maintain my perfect weight. The less I think about eating healthy and exercising and just focus on things I enjoy (food and movement) the better of I am.
I love gelatin and make smoothies with it. You can add milk or juice and some fruit and then the gelatin and a sweetener if you like (or any other smoothie concoction you like) I use Great Lakes Gelatin, Collagen Hydrolysate and it dissolves in cold water/liquid and it’s amazing! I’ve also added gelatin to coconut flour pancakes and butternut squash flat bread. Delicious! I got those recipes from Lauren at http://empoweredsustenance.com/
Hi Amy, I’m taking belly bar chewable prenatal vitamins. They had a good review compared to other chewables and they have iron, which some other gummy prenatals don’t. Prior to this I was taking Alive! Women’s gummy vitamins and they are delicious and are a good multi.
Hi Karen, congrats on taking the big leap! I’m sorry that you feel hopeless and I know how you feel. After dieting, paleo, and low carb I didnt get my period for 3 years and tried everything to bring it back but the only thing that did was eating more and taking a break from exercise. I had already cut back on crossfit and only went 2xs per week but I stopped everything and within 3 weeks I had my period back. Now I’ve had it 3 times (all normal cycle lengths too) and my temps are almost always above 98.6. I’ve recently begun exercising again (after resting for about 3 months) and I’m feeling much better overall. Our bodies are very resilient when we give them the rest and food they need. I wish you the best of luck!!
I’m doing T-Tapp, which in an exercise that was created for people with chronic fatigue and diabetes but can be done by anyone. It’s great for your thyroid as well and a lot of women going through menopause use it.
I started with the 15 minute workout but now moved on the the next video thats 55 minutes. It’s not cardio and doesn’t involve weights, it’s more like Pilates. I have to take it easy on exercise since I’m prone to loosing my period and can get obsessive about running or cardio.
I too wake up all night long and often get to sleep easily again but sometimes not so much (I’m also struggling with the weight gain as well). I’ve heard putting sugar under your tongue or a piece of dried mango and I tried that last night and I went to sleep pretty easily again. I might try the salt and sugar combo and see how that works. I’ve also heard that having a bed time snack can help and sometimes I’ve done that. Interesting to think of the starchy grainy food having an impact. The ED side of me likes to think of removing grains but I know that when I tend to restrict things that it isn’t good for me and I know that there was many, many years that I slept like a log and ate grains all the time. I can remember falling asleep and waking up in the same position. Oh to go back to that place…
I’ll keep you posted if I find something that works for me and please do the same if anyone on here that’s mentioned this problem finds something that works. Some things I do that might help but obviously haven’t fixed my sleep issues completely are: avoiding electronics an hour before bed, black out curtains, no lights in the room, no cell phone in the room, and wifi turned off when my husband comes to bed.
Thanks, might m! I’m happy to report that I woke up this morning and ate oatmeal with whole milk, banana, honey and walnuts. No slow carb. Last night I cried and cried because I knew I couldn’t diet. While I have the willpower I know that it’s not the best thing for me. That was heartbreaking for some reason but I know that deep down I don’t want to go back to restricting and eating only certain foods.
I know there’s nothing to be desperate about but I just feel fed up and wish that I was loosing weight. You’re right though that I should just nurture myself and not go back to the dark side. I know my body just needs time and love. What I also realize is that I’ve skimped on my mindfulness and therapy since going back to work. Im going to go back to my practice.
Hi Monkeysmommy, I know how you feel about the weight gain. I was bulimic too and recovered 12 years ago. Then I fell back into restrictive eating and am recovered again now. This time I gained 25 lbs and I too fell very uncomfortable. I started eating more in May.
I am no expert so I’m not sure if my advice is correct and if you do have a treatment team than I’d consult them to make sure that it’s safe for you to exercise or check with your doctor. That said I think you could begin gentle exercise if you are feeling good and you’ve had 3 periods in a row (if you had lost your cycles previously). For me, running is not the best and I think running (especially long distances) isn’t the best thing for some women. Some things you could do include walking, hiking, yoga, pilates, and any fun sport that you like. I’d take it easy and make sure you’re able to breathe through your nose when exercising. I’ve been doing t-tapp, which is an exercise video. It seems a bit cheesy but is really simple and the workout is just 15 minutes. You can google it and try it before you buy it (there’s links to youtube videos). There are longer workouts too if you’d like that. It’s a very gentle but effective form of exercise. It’s great for your hormones too.
As far as being comfortable in your body, some things that I do are to remind myself that I am much more than my physical body. Our bodies are just a shell and what matters is what’s inside:) I do tapping (emotional freedom technique) and practice mindfulness daily. I know that I’m not going to change my body by thinking bad thoughts about it. I try to remind myself of how my body has healed and that I need to nourish it with good food. If you do exercise, make sure you eat enough to support it and make sure you let your body rest and recover. For me exercise can be addictive and can make me want to eat healthy so I just need to be aware of that and I’m not doing cardio right now which I love but which is addictive. I love that running high and just want to run and run.
Anyway, sorry for that long ramble!
Northerlights, you’re not out of line. Thanks for your suggestion. I have been on youreatopia and will check out uzilu:)
Jdubs, thanks for reminding me that I shouldn’t focus on weight loss while I’m trying to get pregnant. I needed that reminder and feel good about not thinking about weight loss at the moment. It’s tempting for me not to think about how to tinker my diet to result in some weight loss since it’s what I’ve always thought about for so long but I’m actually feeling pretty good right now just being in this place and nourishing my body with yummy food. This forum is awesome. Thanks for the support.
The target weight x 23 is interesting and something I never heard. Very interesting though. Where is that in Diet Recovery 2?
Thanks! I have looked at some ray peat things but everything is a bit confusing to me. I wish there was a straightforward book I could read. In a search I came across Danny Roddy’s ebook. I just don’t want to get into some other way of eating that will be restrictive or complicated. From what I saw its not but again I just wish there was a concise book that I could read to get a better understanding. I will check out the site though and do a search for fetility. What I do know is eating everything has really helped my fertility and I bet I could get pregnant this way (as I did 7 years ago but that was when I was 24 and 30 lbs thinner before my restricting relapse, lowest weight ever and now re-feeding weight gain) but I want to loose weight while waiting to be pregnant.