04 Nov What I’m Eating for an Healthy Vegan Pregnancy
I’m 20 weeks pregnant and this pregnancy is officially half way over. My baby boy is busy kicking and moving around as I type this and I’m so happy about having more proof that all is well in his little world. I should preface this post by saying I’m not the skinny pregnant person. I love food and have definitely spent my fair share of time on the couch feeling exhausted for this, my third, pregnancy. Having said that, I’m feeling pretty good other than the normal aches and pains of my body making room for this growing human. His growth and development is all on track.
I know a lot of people worry about being vegan while pregnant, especially newbies and concerned family members. What you have to remember is that there is more protein in veggies per calorie, than in animal products to start with. There is also plenty of calcium and iron in greens and cruciferous vegetables like broccoli, and there are plenty of options for supplementation should you be very worried. My iron levels have always been above whats needed, even during pregnancy, on just a whole foods plant-based diet. I do drink Shakeology, rather than take a vitamin, and get all of the nutrients I need, including B12, from that (which I didn’t have during my last pregnancy).
I also want to tell you I’m not a doctor or a nutritionist. I’ve just done a lot of reading and have been living this lifestyle for a few years now, so I’m happy to pass on what I’m doing to maintain a healthy pregnancy.
As I mentioned before- Shakeology everyday! If you want to learn more about that check out Shakeology.com/jesseyrose.
Fruits- about three a day, including bananas, mangoes, grapefruits, and pineapple.
Veggies- raw green smoothies and large salads, plus steamed, stir fried, or roasted veggies at night, making sure to have some sort of cruciferous veggies every day (broccoli, cauliflower, kale, brussels sprouts).
Starches- potatoes, sweet potatoes, winter squash, beans, and lentils- I eat at least one a day, sometimes two. I probably eat beans or legumes three times a week.
Healthy fats- raw nuts and seeds, nut butters, avocados, coconut oil, olive oil, avocado oil.. I’m not afraid of fats in the least. They are good for your heart, brain, skin, and hair. I may cut back on the amount of fats a little after the pregnancy, but probably not. It all depends on how my body is responding then.
I’m going grain-free, which is completely new to me, and today is day one. I think it’s going to work out. I already feel less sluggish and am excited to see how my energy levels go up. I’m also leading a sugar-free challenge with The Fit Tribe on Facebook right now. If you are interested in joining this free group let me know by commenting below or send an email to JustAskJessey@gmail.com!