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May 15, 2012


Yesterday was the first Monday in about six months that I didn’t have to teach a TurboKick class… or research, write a paper, or study… or go to school… or do anything really. I’m definitely a creature of habit, so it makes me a bit nervous to not have a set schedule now that school, practicum, and work are out… but I’m trying to enjoy it for exactly what it is.  After all, I doubt I’ll have many opportunities to simply enjoy life while being hapai in my lifetime, and I feel incredibly fortunate to be given the opportunity to slow down when I still have about about 7 weeks til the baby comes. 

I’ve decided to keep as steady a schedule as possible for these months off because (1) I don’t want to get overly lazy, (2) I think both me and baby benefit from schedules, and (3) there are still things to get done!  So I’ve still been waking up with Ben, making the bed, preparing his lunch, and planning at least one outing a day so that I don’t turn into a hermit just yet.  Yesterday [Monday] my planned activities were to finally make it to a live prenatal yoga class and then head to the beach for some water jogging and sunshine. 

Even without a 600+ caloric burn from teaching class I did get some exercise in, and my eats reflect that.  Now that I’m in the third trimester, my tastes have changed again – this time more toward sweet than savory – so I’ve been trying not to indulge too much but rather to deal with the sweet tooth in a healthy way. 

Here’s what I ate yesterday [a.k.a. What Haley Ate Monday]:

Lately, I’ve been loving these gluten-free protein pancakes in the morning.  They’re super quick, simple, and nutritious… plus I can eat half and easily pack the rest for a snack, which is what I did yesterday.  I started the day with half a serving of the pancakes smothered in about 1/4c plain greek yogurt and a drizzle of maple syrup. 


After my prenatal yoga class [which turned out to be more of a childbirth lesson than a workout – fine by me!], a classmate offered me an apple banana from her yard, so I gladly devoured it along with the other half of my pancakes and a smother of almond butter on my way to the beach. 


The beach was absolutely gorgeous yesterday and I made sure to drink a ton of water before and after my little workout session in the water to keep me hydrated.  By the time I got home, my stomach was telling me it was lunch time, so I chopped up whatever veggies I had on hand, tossed in a can of garbanzos for protein, and laid it all atop some brown rice.


[x2 Smile]

For my afternoon snack, I had a few blue corn chips with salsa and a strawberry papaya.


And for dinner we heated up some leftover vegan chili my mom made the other night [the most surprising ingredient = beets!] with brown rice. 


My after dinner snack was a dip in the Rawtella jar and a small orange from my Uncle’s tree. Smile


Of course, I also had my prenatal vitamin, chlorella tablets, and fish oils yesterday.  My hemoglobin counts have been slightly lower than what my midwife would like to see for home birth [10.4 rather than 12… not surprising since I’ve been borderline anemic for a few years], so I’ve been supplementing my iron with Floradix and focusing on getting more sustainable, grass-fed red meat back in the mix. 

On the agenda for today: more nesting duties, including getting our car checked out. Smile

Have a gorgeous Tuesday, friends! 

Aloha Pumehana.
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April 3, 2012


Good morning!  I’m glad I’m not the only one excited about April… lots to look forward to! Smile

I’ve been slacking on taking photos lately and realized that I haven’t done a What Haley Ate Monday post in a while.  I’ve always put a big emphasis on nutrition, but now that I’m almost seven months hapai, I’ve been trying to make extra efforts to get the nutrients both baby and I need for our health. 

My body and the baby are working well together in making very clear what we need and what we don’t need.  I’m immediately plagued with the most wicked heartburn after eating any gluten [I’ve always been sensitive to it, but never to this degree].  And after a nutrient-filled meal, a green smoothie, or some coconut water, the baby seems to do flips and get really active.  Our newest discovery is that my body isn’t tolerating even small amounts of processed food very well anymore [think store-bought brown rice chips that are covered in spices…].

As always, I’m trusting my body to tell me just what I need.  As it guides me, my eats continue to change.  Lately I’ve been craving simpler, homemade food, so that’s what I’ve been eating.  I’ve also been drinking a lot more water as I’ve been feeling really hot lately. 

Yesterday was my first day back to teaching kickboxing, so I knew I’d need to eat more calories throughout the day to make up for the deficit I’d create.  I started the day with a corn tortilla and egg scramble [1 whole + 1 egg white, broccoli, carrots, and spinach] topped with nutritional yeast, salsa and avocado, along with a liter of water, my multis + supplements. 


I try to eat breakfast and drink a bunch of water an hour and a half before teaching so that I can digest properly and not have to pee half-way through class [which is getting increasingly more difficult as I progress through the pregnancy].  After years of trial and error, I’ve just found that it’s what works best for me.  I teach my class at 8 am, which means my first meal happens at 6:30. 

My turbo class was amazing and they kicked my butt just as much as they claim I kicked theirs.  55 minutes = 600 calories burned.  I still got it.  Winking smile


I try to get some protein and carbohydrates in as soon as possible after a workout.  Yesterday it took about half an hour to get my protein oatmeal cooked,


[in the mix: 1/4c steel cut oats +2 Tbsp flaxseed w/ blueberries + 1c water + 1 scoop protein powder + 1 Tbsp almond butter]

so while I waited I ate half a papaya [from our tree!]


For a late lunch I had leftovers.  This has been my favorite meal lately [possibly because it tastes mustardy and the baby hearts mustard]: Quinoa mixed with my rendition of the Spunky Coconut’s Lemon + Herb Chicken.


[I follow her recipe but replace the chicken seasoning with salt-free herbs de provence, then add in about 6c of chopped kale and half a head of broccoli during the last 5 minutes of cooking.  So good!]

A few hours later my tummy was telling me it was time to eat again, so I had the other half of my papaya, half an apple, and a handful of walnuts. Plus a couple tablespoons of almond butter straight from the jar [that’s normal, right?]. 


I ate dinner in class around 8pm because I had been busy writing a paper, drinking four liters of water, and grazing all day.  I ate the salad I had packed as I listened to my professor’s lecture… lettuce + spinach, carrots, cucumbers, tomatoes, a hard-boiled egg, hummus, and pepitas, drizzled with balsamic vinegar. 


I’m happy to report that none of my food gave me heartburn yesterday!  Although I hear that as the baby gets bigger and pushes up against my tummy, I’ll experience heartburn regardless of what I eat.  For now I’m grateful that the little one seems to enjoy the same foods I do. Smile 

I’ve got some work to get done, but the ocean has been calling my name all morning [who am I to ignore the call of nature?].  Have a great day!

What has your favorite recipe been lately?  If you’re in a bit of a rut, I encourage you to try the lemon + herb chicken… and then tell me if it’s just my hormones that make it so good.    

Aloha Pumehana.
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