6 weeks pregnant w/ meat aversion. Trying to take in fat and keep insulin response low, as hypoglycemia strengthens nausea. I'm at the point where I'd just love to down an easy smoothie/drink w/ lovely macronutrient ratios because trying to chew/swallow food is a bear. My nausea has been mild-moderate but near constant for the past week and gets progressively more awful when I'm hungry. Which makes is hard to force myself to eat.
I'd like to come up with something I can blend up and drink that's perhaps 50 fat/25 protein/25 carb, maybe 60/20/20?
Any other tips for getting in animal fat without having to chew flesh are welcome.
Aside: why do the following things sound palatable? Wendy's chili, pizza, baloney sandwiches on white bread with mayonnaise? This happened the last time I was pregnant - my "health food" diet of quinoa, beans, etc. gave way to fast food in a way I never expected. I'm determined not to go that route this time.
How about a nice chicken soup with soft cooked veggies and coconut milk? If you add the cooked chicken at the end with the coconut milk and shred it fine or mince it even, you may be able to tolerate it. You can even stir in an extra teaspoon of coconut oil when you warm it up.
I would think the full fat Greek yogurt and berries would be good too. Drizzle a little honey if you like. Yummy!
I second coconut milk smoothies! I like mine with the coconut milk, some plain full fat Greek yogurt, and using frozen unsweetened berries works great to make it cold without adding ice. Not sure on the macronutrient ratio but my daily totals usually fall close to 60/20/20. Try putting it in a free diet tracking app like myfitnesspal and see what you come up with (I like the pie chart on myfitnesspal). I have not tried it yet but avocado is also supposed to be a great smoothie addition and would add a lot of fat and is fairly mild tasting. I know that avocado is used a lot of the Toadally Primal smoothies recipes. I think he also does a lot of more savory smoothies too if you are interested in trying that out.
As far as your cravings, maybe you are craving more fat since you are craving a lot of greasy fast food, so maybe drinking the smoothies containing lots of fat would help with this.
BPA-free Coconut milk smoothie with almond butter & honey/fruit.
If you can do dairy, then kefir & yoghurt may be helpful.
You may need more salt, magnesium & protein (guessing from your cravings!)
Read my blog post on pregnancy nausea for some tips that may help:
I'm partial to rooibos chai (red tea and herbs/spices, no caffeine) with coconut oil and coconut milk. You could add honey or some dates which have been mashed for carbs, or drink it while eating some fruit and some protein on the side... It's like an exotic Though very mild coconut chai latte.
Heavy whipping cream would be a good bet (as well as coconut oil).
IIRC, pregnant women are advised to avoid raw eggs, given the danger of salmonella. But pasture-raised, organic eggs might be a good alternative--unlike industrially-raised poultry, they are far less likely to be contaminated. And eggs are such a nutritional goldmine they'd be ideal in the kinds of smoothies you'd like to make.
As for your hankerings for pizza and Wendy's chili, I get those too (and I'm not pregs)! Maybe it's a desire for fat + salt? I deal with the chili craving by making my own ground-beef chili with no beans and keeping individual portions in the freezer. When the craving hits, I can pull one out and have chili within 10 minutes. With pizza, I'll occasionally hit the by-the-slice pizza joint in my neighborhood, get a couple of slices, and just eat the toppings, tossing away the crust (assuaging old "clean your plate" guilt-baggage by telling myself it's not food). I don't have any issues with dairy, so I'm okay with downing a big glob of cheese once in a while. The wheat in the crust? Not so much.
I can't help you with the baloney/mayo/white bread cravings, though. My kid sister, the super food snob, craved the same thing when she was pregnant, much to her horror, LOL.
I was strongly meat adverse during my entire pregnancy with twins. It just made me sick to even think about eating meat until I reached about 24 weeks and even then I was only eating small amounts of chicken in savory broths. I found that smoothies were my best friend during pregnancy. I liked them with coconut milk or cream and fruit. I also started adding some cottage cheese or whey powder, since I felt I needed more protein and I just couldn't eat meat (I, too, had severe issues with hypoglycemia and tried to restrict carbs). I also found that even though I couldn't eat meat, I really loved broth and I really loved scrambled eggs during my pregnancy. I ate a lot of eggs!!! Oh, and I admit gave in to the ice cream cravings . . . It kept me away from Taco Bell Bean Burritos, which was my crazy fast food craving. I decided full fat all-natural ice cream was much better for me than fast food and giving in to that kept me happy and away from the real crap.
This may not be exactly what you are looking for, but it was a lifesaver for me during both of my pregnancies (one of which I endured during a very hot summer). It's an herbal tea that you mix yourself, and my midwife makes all her ladies drink it. The nutritional profile is awesome; you could live off of it if there were only some fat in there. Here is the recipe, and if you don't like the green taste, just add a couple of teabags of Red Zinger or mint tea (or whatever strong-flavored tea you like). It also makes really good iced tea.
Carol's Pregnancy Tea:
1 part dried nettle leaf
1 part dried raspberry leaf
1/2 part dried alfalfa
1/2 part oatstraw
put a handful(about 1/2 cup) into a quart sized canning jar and pour boiling water over it. Cover and let steep overnight. Drink the whole jar throughout the day.
I can't take the berries in my smoothies, no idea why. I'm not preggers and they nauseate me. My favorite smoothie is coconut milk, PaleoMealDF, fibre, Coconut butter, 1/2 cucumber, 1/2 sour apple (granny smith), greens (I prefer kale). Avocado is a great thing to toss in a smoothie for fat.
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