Posts tagged ‘nutrition’

March 6, 2012


Pregnancy in itself has got me eating a lot, but on the days when I teach my kickboxing classes I feel like I’m constantly putting food in my mouth to ensure the both the baby and I are getting all the nutrition needed to grow strong and healthy. 

Yesterday’s eats [Or What Haley Ate Monday]:

Breakfast pre-workout was two mini frittatas topped with salsa + nutritional yeast [I made these with whatever veggies we had on hand and without the goat cheese]. 


[note the lack of daylight when I eat breakfast… I teach class at 8am, so I eat by 6.30]

Post-workout meal was a blueberry coconut buckwheat bake [recipe coming soon!] topped with homemade almond butter.  It rocked my world.  I may have double – or triple – dipped into the almond butter jar, too. Winking smile


The buckwheat bake held me over for quite a while, so by the time I was hungry for lunch it was almost 3:30pm.  I had some spaghetti squash tossed with veggies, pasta sauce and tofu, and topped with goat cheese. 


I had to eat dinner before my 7pm class so I chowed down on a massaged kale salad I put together the night before [kale, tomatoes + a homemade miso dressing] before running out the door. 


[I finally figured out that I need my massaged kale salads to sit in the fridge overnight in order to enjoy the consistency… If I just massage it with my hands for a few minutes, I feel like it’s still too dense.]

I also snacked on quite a few homemade crackers and carrots with hummus [I made a simple hummus the other night but you could also try green garlic hummus!] right before leaving the house. 


And by the time 10 pm rolled around and I was finally back at home, I was hungry again.  So I had a cup of brown rice cereal with some almond milk while catching up with Ben. 


[Oregon Love!]

Plus about 4 liters of water [it’s amazing how much water I need to feel hydrated lately] and some peppermint tea throughout the day. Smile

As usual, yesterday’s eats were all over the place. My body’s switched back from liking larger meals to doing better with smaller, more frequent meals throughout the day [which I’ve been used to for years]. I don’t even question things at this point anymore… I just trust that my body and the baby will let me know what I need, when I need it.

On the agenda for today: Practicum meeting, shopping/errands, school work, our weekly chiropractic date [Ben + I always go together], and then class. 

I’ll be back later with a recipe! 

How’s your nutrition been lately?  Does your body like small meals or large ones? 

Aloha Pumehana.
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February 6, 2012

Eating for Two

In last week’s healthy + hapai update I mentioned how out of control both my appetite and cravings have been lately.  [That was my nutritional issue two weeks ago, and I’ve since been working through a new one… but we’ll get to that.] 

I’ve always had a hearty appetite [and have struggled with binge eating], and I always expected that pregnancy would bring about a whole new experience with food, so the topic isn’t the biggest of surprises.  What is surprising to me is that sometimes I simply crave food so much – and everything sounds so good – that I just can’t stop eating.  It’s like self control has gone out the window completely.   

I want to make sure that I’m honoring my and baby’s needs, giving myself enough calories to make up for teaching Turbo, and giving the baby everything necessary [I believe that cravings are often there because I’m deficient in those nutrients].  But I also want to make sure that I’m taking care of my body in the healthiest manner possible, too. 

There are so many unknowns.  I’ve never been pregnant before, and I don’t know how much of what I’m experiencing is ‘normal’, so everything here is trial-and-error…

What I do know is that a healthy, balanced diet is vital for my and baby’s health, and that I do my best to get all the nutrients necessary for a healthy pregnancy.  I also know that I have been on a five-or-six-smaller-meals-a-day schedule for years as part of my weight-loss regimen.  It worked well for me to have about 300 calories at a time, especially once I started teaching kickboxing classes multiple times a week, because it kept my metabolism burning throughout the day, I always felt satisfied and I never got overly stuffed from meals.  On days when I burned more, I ate more, and vice versa.  My meals stayed pretty much the same throughout my first trimester, with an added snack in there sometimes when I felt the need for it. 


[examples of smaller meals: a few Tbsps hummus + baby carrots or 1/2 serving of oatmeal + protein powder, peanut butter, chia seeds, chopped nuts and coconut flakes – I would split one serving into two meals]

Once the ravenous feeling took over a few weeks ago, my five-or-six small meals somehow turned into an all-day graze-fest. And before I knew it, I was eating foods that had adverse effects on my body just because they looked so good [think dairy yogurt, wheat, chocolate-covered anything, and french fries (??!)].  For me, once I start eating junk I crave it more than ever, so I knew I had to change something up to kick the cravings and get back on track. 

Starting last week, I began experimenting with eating three calorically-dense meals with one or two small snacks throughout the day.  The goal here was to keep my overall calorie intake the same, but become fuller for longer so that I wasn’t constantly grazing.  I figured I’d test out this plan for a week or two and see how or if my cravings were affected. 


[examples of larger meals: a two-egg omelet filled with veggies + goat cheese with a papaya or quinoa, stir fried veggies + baked salmon]

After years of eating small meals, I was initially really worried about this change in eating habits, but I’m glad to say that last week went very well!  I felt satisfied throughout the day, didn’t have any junk cravings, and didn’t go completely overboard with the calories.  When I couldn’t eat the entire meal, I didn’t force it: I just put the leftovers away and allowed myself to eat them later if I got hungry again. 

But just as I was getting used to the bigger meals, my body has decided to mix it up again!  Starting this past weekend, I’ve started getting full quickly – I’m guessing that as the baby grows, there’s less space for my stomach – which doesn’t work well for the large meals. 

And there you have it: the sentence that negates this entire post. Winking smile

I’m realizing that this whole pregnancy thing is going to entail lots of flexibility and trial and error on my part, in many areas.  I am glad that my little meal plan experiment went so well, though [who knows – my stomach might just expand again tomorrow?], and I’m hoping that last week’s clean eats will continue to keep the cravings at bay as I continue to shift with my body’s needs. 

With that, I’m off to find something for lunch! 


Got any pregnancy nutrition tips for a sister? 

Aloha Pumehana.
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