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Herbivore Nation – Pregnancy March 26, 2008

Alright Fertile Myrtle, now that you’re officially knocked up, there’s one item of business that takes precedence: eating like yours and your baby’s life depend on it!  This does not mean inhaling everything on the food chain.  Simply put, pregnancy is a time when it is vital to maintain a healthy diet for your safety and the safety of your developing fetus.  Although your doctor, family, co-workers, friends, and perfect strangers will all have differing opinions regarding the best approach to maintaining a healthy diet, ultimately you are the “decider”… sorry, just had to put that one in there.  One diet that is naturally high in the vitamins and minerals you and your baby need, is the Vegan Diet. Yes, Vegan. Nope. No meat.  None.  Okay, I know it’s a little unconventional, but trust me, you can get the whole kit-n-kaboodle with a Vegan diet.    I’ve outlined some suggested foods and intake guidelines to help you along.  No matter what stage of pregnancy or type of diet you have (herbivore, omnivore, carnivore), you can benefit from just implementing a few of the choices.  Even if you prefer to throw an animal or two in there, you’ll still come out on top because you’ll be full of the natural, organic, plant-based good stuff.  Alright already, somebody yank me off my soapbox!  Here are the goods…

Breakfast Options

  •  1/2 cup of oatmeal w/ maple syrup/dried fruit or apples and cinnamon
  • Whole grain cereal w/ soy milk
  • Fruit smoothies (limit to twice a week due to high sugar content)
  • Slice of whole wheat toast w/ fruit spread
  • Whole wheat bagel & banana
Lunch Options
  • Veggie sandwich on whole grain bread w/ avocado, lettuce, tomato, & onions
  • Veggie burger on whole wheat w/ mustard & ketchup (throw some veggies on for extra nutrients)
  • Baked potato w/ broccoli & tofu sour cream (non-dairy)
  • Falafel sandwich w/ humus or tahini
  • Split-pea soup
  • Steamed collard greens
Dinner Options
  • Whole wheat pasta w/ marinara sauce
  • Stir-fried tofu w/ mixed veggies & brown rice
  • Spinach lasagna
  • Vegetable stew
  • Sweet potatoes
Snack Options
  • Popcorn w/ nutritional yeast
  • Dried fruits
  • Grapes
  • Nuts
  • Trail Mix
  • Whole grain crackers w/ organic peanut butter
A few things to consider during pregnancy…
Weight Gain – Your physician will certainly be concerned about your weight especially AFTER you tell him/her that you’re maintaining a Vegan/Vegetarian diet.  It is a legitimate concern, the weight you gain during pregnancy impacts your baby’s size & health at birth.  However, with a variety of fruit, vegetables and legumes on your side (or rather, in your tummy), you will gain weight moderately and proportionately. 
Calcium – If you’re not drinking milk, how are you going to get calcium???  As if the only source of calcium is cow’s milk! NAWT!  Superior calcium sources include blackstrap molasses, broccoli, collard greens, almonds, soybeans, calcium-fortified orange juice & soy milk. So there!
Iron – Anemia is prevalent in pregnancies across the U.S., not just vegans’ or vegetarians’.  Although iron supplements are highly suggested, vegan pregos should add iron-rich foods to their diet: whole grains, dried beans, green leafy vegetables and tofu. 
Protein – Oh yeah!  Now this is the Big Kahuna! If you don’t eat meat, how are you going to get protein??? Here’s how: lentils (soup), tofu, soy milk, & bagels.
Folate – Vegan diets tend to be high in folate, but just for added measure: enriched bread, pasta, cold cereal, dried beans, green leafy vegetables, & orange juice.
These are all just suggestions.  During pregnancy, as we all know, especially in the first 3 months, if you can keep it down, eat it!  There’s no set rule (except of course drinking or smoking).  Be creative with your food choices, as much as you can and enjoy every minute of your pregnancy.  With all this in mind, remember that the only start your baby gets is the one you give him! So try to make it a healthy one. 

Stay-At-Home Moms versus Work-From-Office Moms January 15, 2008

Filed under: Family,mothers,Office,Women — crazyhippiemom @ 9:36 pm
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Who would have guessed?  But there’s a little bit of a rivalry going on between moms who stay at home and moms who work outside of the home.  Kind of like in high school with the totally popular cheerleader versus the beautiful bookworm (maybe not so much). But you get my drift.

Apparently, there are some mothers out there who have unwarranted, preconceived notions that it’s a day at the park on the other side of the fence.  I read an article last week, which polled stay-at-home moms and work-from-office moms about their opinions about the respective “other”.

Unequivocally, stay-at-home moms had nothing but dirt to throw at women who have chosen to work outside of the home.  It was nasty.  I read quotes like, “Any woman who would CHOOSE to pawn her child off on someone else just to earn a dollar isn’t even worth that dollar…”  Strong words sister! Then another quote, “Women who work and send their young kids to daycare, don’t work as hard as moms who stay at home…” Those lazy SOB’s!

Now the work-from-office moms weren’t much nicer. “If I were rich, I could sit at home all day with my feet up while my kids play in the backyard, but I’ve got bills to pay.” In case you missed it, she’s saying stay-at-home moms don’t do sh!#.  And yet another well thought out point of view, “I’d like to be able to stay at home with my kids, but I like keeping my brain alert, not mushy and floating in Sesame Street soup.  Besides, I want well-adjusted, socialized kids, and exposing them to other kids (in daycare) does that.” Ouch!  That’s the one-two punch.  First, she insulted the mom, then her kids. Brutal.

No matter where you are on this issue, it seems that people, especially mothers, have strong opinions about this topic.  All I wanna know is, who died and made them the friggin Mom Police?