Listen to Your Gut

Well hello! I just looked back at my last post, and it was over 3 and a half weeks ago. Yikes!

I do have a lot to share with you today! First of all, I am 31 weeks pregnant today which is a huge milestone. He is mostly formed. Now, we just need to fatten him up! He is moving around like crazy which has been, by far, my favorite part of being pregnant. I totally freak out when I haven’t felt him for a while. A little food usually gets him going. Tyler and I are getting really excited to meet him and are wondering who he will look like. I have heard that a lot of baby boys look like one of their grandpas…we will see! I have been lucky in that my pregnancy has been pretty easy. I attribute it to keeping up with my usual lifestyle habits including eating healthy, whole, foods, incorporating some sort of movement into my day, and staying hydrated. I drink soooo much water! Hello having to go to the bathroom all the time! I just feel like we both need it. I am hoping these things will make for an easy last two months and smooth delivery. I am crossing my fingers! My shower is actually next weekend which I am really looking forward to!  All of my favorite women in one room (well most of them…I will miss my sisters :)).

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One thing that has been so freeing during this pregnancy is that I have really learned how to listen to my gut. My gut has been telling me that a little whole fat, organic, Greek yogurt is not a bad thing. Before getting pregnant, I basically avoided dairy (with the exception of ice cream) and gluten. Now, I am eating some yogurt and Ezekial bread. I feel good, so I am going with it. I might eliminate them after our little guy gets here, but, for now, they are working for me. They both make me feel satiated which is very important right now. I want to feel nourished and satisfied. Interestingly enough, I just read a blog post today from one of my favorite health and wellness gurus, Kimberly Snyder, on how to be a breast milk queen. She is not an advocate of dairy at all, so now my wheels are turning a little bit because her case is legit. But, I am going to continue to go within and listen to my body’s needs.

Speaking of my body’s needs, I have been experimenting with tempeh stir-frys thanks to some inspiring Instagram posts from Kimberly Snyder. I am not a huge fan of soy especially processed soy, but I do enjoy fermented soy like tempeh.

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Again, my gut is telling me to stay away from soymilk and other soy-based products. They tend to be genetically modified, and I am still unsure as to whether or not it mimics estrogen in our bodies.

Today, I made a really yummy stir-fry with tempeh, coconut oil, and tamari. I added bok choy (loaded with calcium), carrots, mushrooms, zucchini, and red onions. Of course, I had it with half an avocado (probably my favorite food). It was very satisfying! I might make it again tomorrow. I have been eating a lot of eggs for lunch, and I am thinking it is time to bring something else into the rotation that is plant-based but loaded with protein.

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That’s all I have for now! My next project is to find yummy energy ball/bar and veggie burger recipes. I want to make a bunch and freeze them so I have them at the ready when I am breastfeeding. I hear you get pretty hungry! If you have some recipes that you love, please post them below!

Have a great weekend!

 

 

 

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2 thoughts on “Listen to Your Gut

  1. Linda Kapfer

    So true about listening to your gut. A happy gut makes for great energy. Yogurt really relieves discomfort.
    I drank a glass of water between nursing, and fuit juice when I nursed. It kept me energized. Eggs. On my salads. Veggie omelets with non fat cheese. One of my favorite quick meals when home on maternity leave.
    Get a “TV pillow” so you can get comfortable as baby boy starts crowding you more these last months. It helps you breath easier while sleeping because you can sleep sitting up.

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