Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Cravings Thus Far

"Crave for a thing, you will get it. Renounce the craving, the object will follow you by itself." - Swami Sivananda

And when a preggers lady renounces a craving, WATCH THE HECK OUT!

(Great. Now I totally want mint chocolate chip.)

Seriously, I haven't been craving a whole lot. The first trimester, I had a few random ones, but mostly had nausea. No "actual" illness (luckily!), but lots of appetite-killing nausea. The urges are currently a lot milder when I get a craving, though. I think it's due to the fact that I wasn't eating much at all before, so when I finally WANTED something to eat, I'd jump at it immediately.

In all honesty, my cravings have mostly been junk food-related. Oh, the shame! This includes one trip to McDonald's (yes, you read that correctly...I still weep over the treatment of the cow I ate), another trip to Taco Bell, and several other very much non-organic, non-natural choices. *sigh* Can we say Fruit Loops...or Jax with ketchup? (And I historically ate Jax; it's not a weird pregnancy thing.) If you don't know what Jax are...well, you'll need to find out. They're awesome!And, seriously organic Fruit Loops BETTER be in the works...which disappoints me about how processed some of these organic foods are, ick.

Pickles are a norm for me, so I figured I'd lose the taste for them during pregnancy. Nope! Still tasty to me. So, I eat organic versions of those. I snack on baby carrots (generally organic) and hummus, eat apples, nosh on organic low-fat mozzarella sticks, immerse my all-natural salsa with multi-grain tortilla chips, and dip into my Chobani strawberry Greek yogurt (occasionally with a handful of Grape-Nuts or Kashi cereal). I'm drinking close to zero caffeine (caffeine-free green tea, yes) and as much water and milk as I can currently stand. I'm sure the water's still not enough, especially at this lip-chapped time of year, but I'm trying. I'm trying with everything I eat.

My meals are pretty normal, except for the occasional crapfest from a fast food joint (or even a frozen all-natural pizza - just because Paul Newman's name is on it and they do their best to make it with less chemicals, it's still horrible for you). I'd LIKE to eat more chicken and fish, but I'm lucky if I get one serving of each per week, just because I tend not to be hungry enough (and fish tends to make me a tad sick). At least I can stomach a simple salad again, 'cuz for awhile there it was rough for my salad-eatin' hubby.

So, that's a quick update on what I'm eatin'. Exciting stuff, I know. ;-) In the beginning, I was constantly researching what we could eat (my poor mother had cut up an entire pineapple for me only to find out that it was on one of my "you're askin' for complications" I'm dying for it!) But, hey, considering that my grandmother had 5 successful pregnancies while drinking TONS of coffee and smoking LOTS of cigarettes, I guess I can't mess things up too badly, can I? ;-)

Anyone want to share cravings they've had while pregnant - or, for those who've never had a baby, what you're looking forward to totally indulging in? ;-) What? It's fun to dream!


  1. Nicole Griffin PittJanuary 18, 2012 at 7:18 PM

    Pregnancy number one: any sort of popsicle!!! i had several every night.
    Pregnancy number two: Coffee Ice Cream....and Peanut M&M's. YUM!

    and oddly enough-- both times I could not tolerate pork at all..the smell disgusted me :)

    1. Hee hee, my sister ate ice cream every night (good excuse: the calcium). I can't imagine eating cold stuff every night - not with this weather! Mmmm, thanks for sharing! Now I'm hungry. ;-)

      Good thing we don't eat pork much. I can see being disgusted by that. :-)

  2. Meat of any sort turned my stomach. I could not stand the smell of it, especially the smell from cooking it! When I did eat it, thinking maybe I should get some iron or something, I'd eat a bite or two and I'd be done.

    I ate a TON of cereal and yogurt. I've always loved both, but I just couldn't get enough of the stuff. I'd wake up in the middle of the night to make a trip to the bathroom and I'd take a detour to the kitchen to have a bowl. I wasn't picky about the kind either. If it fell into the yogurt or cereal category, I ate it.

    BTW, I found that the Sea Band bracelets that are made for car/ship sickness cured my nausea instantly! I carried those suckers everywhere I went, just in case! They were well worth the price, and I liked that I wasn't adding any more chemicals/medicines to my body to cure the nausea.

    I am so happy for you, Meg!

    1. LOL Thanks for sharing, Terri! I think I'm definitely going to keep up with my yogurt (and eat more cereal when I have the time) - it's a great excuse for some tasty calcium. :-) I'll also remember the bracelet if I have any issues with nausea - and will let my sister know for her (someday) next pregnancy. I appreciate the support, too!! ;-)

  3. My brother's girlfriend recently had a really crazy craving for a sandwich. It consisted of bologna, pickles, mayo, swiss cheese, italian dressing, hot sauce and tomatoes. Yuck.

    1. See, I'm not eating lunch meats (the rare turkey with minimal nitrates), so I forgot to mention above that after I have the baby, I just want a) a bologna sandwich and b) a liverwurst sandwich. Two things I can't have now! (Ugh, I can't do hot sauce at all...or even smell it!) Seriously, a glass of wine and a bologna sandwich IN the hospital room would be incredible! ;-) Hee hee.