How to stay Paleo-ish when you're pregnant
I'm the girl who makes most of her meals from scratch, simmers bones for 48 hours in her tiny kitchen, and uses coconut oil in and on more things than she'd like to admit. Yep. You guessed it. I am Paleo. And pretty passionate about it. I even have a Paleo food blog and spend part of my week cooking paleo-ish meals for my clients, as a personal chef. Up until a few weeks ago, I was pretty darn good at sticking to my guns.
But then, I found out the news that changed everything: I'm pregnant (insert jumping up and down here)! Excited as I was, I quickly realized that my new body was not quite as eager about the mounds of vegetables and liver meatballs that I had happily eaten before. And suddenly, my cravings for crackers, cookies, and all things carbs shot through the roof.
There are a lot of benefits that can come from eating Paleo while pregnant. It's a diet full of protein, vitamin A, beta carotene, healthy fats, vitamin D, folate, and iron. All nutrients that are vital to a healthy pregnancy. I knew that sticking to this whole food, unprocessed diet was the best thing for my pregnancy. All I had to do was make a few adjustments.
To save you a little time and heartache (— and heartburn), I've put together my tips for staying Paleo-ish during pregnancy. Fear not. There will be no finger wagging, pregnant-shaming, or it's-not-organic! accusations here. You've got enough on your plate as it is. Consider this your realistic guide to a healthy, delicious, and totally doable diet during this nine-month roller coaster.