Monday, January 23, 2012

Let's Talk

Let's talk cravings. I heard women say at the beginning of this experience that they had weird cravings and gave in to these desires. I was determined not to over-gain, so I was so worried about what cravings I might meet. I have craved NOTHING weird in the past 30 weeks. Well, nothing weird for me. I have thought, "hmmmm that sounds good" a lot. I have also heard "WOW that tastes really good right now" come out of my mouth. I've heard women say that what you crave is a sign of what your body is deficient in and needing. I don't know if this is true, but I find it interesting.

What has tasted good consistently?
1. Potatoes. Yes, white potatoes. I know there are health food community leaders who would yell at me for eating potatoes, as many believe them to be bad for you. I know they have starch. I know they aren't a vegetable. But I also know that the Lord made them, they are cheap in the grocery store, they contain potassium, (bananas haven't always tasted good to me) and they are fantastic when served with ground beef and vegetables. I'm going to continue to eat them......

If my body is talking, I'm potassium deficient.

2. Oranges. I'm going nuts over oranges! I have been eating usually one a day. They haven't given me heartburn like they did prior to pregnancy (odd) and I have enjoyed eating the juicy fruit and spitting the seeds in a nearby trashcan.  I try to hide the orange smell from kids wondering why their teacher is happily eating in the back of the classroom, but I'm sure they can smell it.

If my body is talking, I'm vitamin C deficient....and all the oranges might be what helps me stay well right now.

3. PB&J. I went through a stage where this was all I could keep down in the mornings. I guess it was so hearty and "rib sticking" that I was able to sneak it in. It hasn't tasted so good to me recently, but for several weeks two pieces of Ezekiel bread with PB and naturally sweetened jelly kept me alive. (ok that's a slight exaggeration).....

If my body was talking, I guess I was craving natural fats and carbohydrates.

4. Cereal. During the first months of pregnancy, I couldn't drink milk. Any lactose made me SICK. Now, however, I crave milk. I have cereal in the mornings and usually a glass of milk at some point during the rest of the day. I still have to drink it in small sips, but I think if you took my milk away I would again miss it.

If my body is talking, I must be needing vitamin D.

5. Sleep....not a food craving, but a "mama's got to have it" necessity.

6. Cleaning my face and brushing my teeth. It's true.....I'm now in love with the way brushing my teeth and scrubbing my face feels. I don't know why, but I could scrub myself all day and be happy.

7. Running and working out. I am not running right now, mainly because right now running isn't exactly comfortable or something I like doing in public. Not just because of baby bump, but mainly because there are other bumps.....ok fine I'll just be blunt--my chest is a major thing to haul around and I don't have the perfect support to keep myself from being embarrassed or in pain during a public run. There. That's out there. I can't wait to be back on a major workout routine! Little Gracin and I have some awesome morning walks and gym visits ahead of us. :)

Things that baby does NOT like:

1. Sugar. A little goes a long way with mama right now........and I like that I haven't been able to handle much sugar. I'm hoping I'm off of sugar enough now I won't be going back to it too much after Baby arrives.

2. Pizza. It's no surprise this is a no-no for me. I'm unable to eat spicy foods without dealing with so much pain and indigestion. I still have pizza on occassion, when we are with friends or it is our Friday school lunch, but I don't eat it often if I can help it. I think I need to try making it myself and see if that helps me out.

3. Salt. I can't do super salty foods right now. The more bland the better.

4. Water. I know this sounds horrible, and NO I haven't stopped drinking water. I just can't drink it too fast or it will cause me to be dizzy and my stomach to hurt. Who knew?? So I just drink a lot of water in small amounts.


In less boring news, MY SO LONG INSECURITY BOOK CAME IN TODAY! Look for a chapter review and discussion later this week. :)

And for now, that's all I have to share!

1 comment:

Talkin' Texan said...

I can still feel the burn from pizza and orange juice. It'll be over before you know it.