I have struggled a lot with eating during this pregnancy in part because I’m growing a tiny human, but also due to the effects of the medication that I am on for bipolar I disorder. These medications cause me to feel hungry, or empty rather, and I turn to food to fill the hole. My doctor warned me that I have already gained the maximum amount of weight for the pregnancy (20 kg; 102 kg total weight) and that I need to watch what I put in my mouth. Easier said than done when the cravings are all consuming!
I am trying really hard to cut down on the amount of sugar I been having such as dropping my daily can of Coke Zero or Pepsi Max and replacing it with a bottle of soda water. I only flavour the soda water at night with dinner using a diet lemon lime and bitters cordial mix. I am struggling with giving up chocolate, so we have delved into The Health Mummy’s recipe archives and found 2 things to try this week: sweet and salted dark chocolate popcorn, and sticky date super bites. To be honestly honest I have still had some extra chocolate on top of these nuggets of sweetness and this has not made me feel any better about gaining weight. But I have substituted my afternoon sweet snack with a bowl of steamy hot pumpkin soup which is more filling that a snack bar.
Breakfast: mango and banana smoothie, coffee, toast
Morning tea: porridge, apple, cup of tea (chocolate)
Lunch: leftovers, grapes, muesli bar, dark chocolate popcorn
Afternoon snack: pumpkin soup, super bites, carrot, celery (chocolate)
Pre-dinner snack: dark chocolate popcorn
Dinner: pasta, rice, vegetables, meat
Dessert: yoghurt (chocolate)
I find that I snack most out of boredom. If I have nothing engaging my brain then I turn to food to fill that gap. I also find I snack more in between activities, such as coming to and leaving work, or in between returning home and waiting for/cooking dinner. This is where hobbies, like blogging, come into play in keeping me distracted enough so that I don’t wander back to food. I find that I am watching the time more, see it slipping away from me and yet drawing closer to a time for food. It is almost as if my whole life is now dominated by food since being told that I need to cut down on the intake. I am looking forward to some different recipes next week from The Healthy Mummy but I find that I am just so cravey! I am proud that I have cut out the soft drinks and ice-blocks, and hope that this will put me in some way ahead for my gestational diabetes test this Friday despite gaining another 1.5kg this week (103.5kg total weight).