A Day In The Life of Pregnant HEAB

by HEAB on September 16, 2010

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Yesterday, I received an email from a reader with several questions regarding my diet and activity. So, I decided to post another entire day of eats, answering her questions along the way.

As you know, breakfast was 2 pieces of warm cornbread topped with reduced sugar strawberry jam and 2 cooked eggs.

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Lunch was a scramble made with 1 strip of bacon, 2 eggs, cherry tomatoes, 1 ounce goat cheese, fresh basil, wing sauce (Steph, I remembered!), and topped with 1/2 chopped avocado.

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Reader Q: I enjoyed the scrambles you showed yesterday. Do you have suggestions for alternatives to butter?

HEAB A: I am a big fan of butter and ghee, and I do not think either are bad for you. If you’re looking for a vegan option, then I would recommend coconut oil. It works well for high heat cooking, and in my opinion, it’s an excellent source of fat. However, in most of my scrambles, I simply cook my eggs and other veggies in bacon fat. You want to know why scrambled eggs taste so good when ordered from the local diner…try cooking them in bacon fat, and you’ll have your answer. :)

Reader Q: What were the other meals you enjoyed that day?

HEAB A: I usually stick to 3 meals a day and rarely snack. However, my meals are pretty large. For instance, after yesterday’s scramble, I enjoyed 2 small pieces of cornbread, warmed and served with HEABified coconut milk and strawberry jam (Inspired by Sarena – thanks Sarena, it was delicious!).

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Yesterday, I did get hungry in the afternoon and ate 1/2 of a square of unsweetened Baker’s Chocolate and then ended up eating the other half a couple of hours later.

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Dinner was a grilled grass-fed finished burger made with hummus, basil and onions served atop Brussels sprouts, onion, celery, and carrots stir-fried in butter.

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Post dinner, I ate two small plain oven-baked sweet potatoes.

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Reader Q: Do you think you could have eaten like this if you were a runner? How did it differ from your running days? When in your life have you felt the best? Leanest? Toned? Strong?

HEAB A: Back in my running days, I ate more carbs. Lunch probably would have involved tortilla chips and instead of dark chocolate in the afternoon, I would have eaten a bowl of cereal with yogurt or maybe an apple with almond butter. I also ate more sugar, especially when training for longer races…let’s just say there was a lot of ice-cream happening post-dinner. Personally, I feel my best with less sugar and less cardio in my life. Yesterday’s workout was an hour long walk with my dogs. We did our 3-mile hilly walk. I used to run the same route, but walking is a great workout in and of itself. It took me a while to accept that, but for the past 2 years or so, my exercise has consisted of nothing but walking, yoga, and some hiking, and up until I was pregnant, I have never been more toned in my life. Try going to a yoga class and look around at the regular attendees. I guarantee you will find yourself among a room full of beautiful long, lean, and sculpted bodies, and I bet many of them never even set foot in a gym. I actually loss weight when I quit running, and you can read more about here and here.

This is how I eat. I am 34 years old and have tried many different ways of eating. You can read about my diet philosophy here. My body does best on a low sugar, high fat diet. Yes, I ate 4 whole eggs yesterday, a 1/4 pound of beed, goat cheese, bacon, 1/2 avocado, coconut milk, and dark chocolate. I have no idea how many fat grams that adds up to, but I know that fat usually makes up at least 50% of my daily caloric intake. Again, this is what works for me. Also, keep in mind I’m growing another person, and from the research I’ve done, it’s super important to get plenty of fat (saturated included) along with a good dose of protein while pregnant. My iron levels have risen a bit, but are still low according to my latest blood test results. Therefore, I try and get in some red meat at least several times a week. Interesting to note that my iron went up when I stopped taking iron supplements and started eating more beef. Oh, and my blood glucose levels were normal. So, no gestational diabetes – yay!

Any other questions? I’m always just an email away. That being said, please keep in mind that I am not a doctor or licensed nutritionist. I do not write up meal plans. I can simply share with you what I have learned from my own experiences.