As you might guess from the title of this post, we are in the midst of a few changes around here. The biggest is that Camilla has finally dropped that wonderful, wonderful second nap. Sigh. Not only does this force me to admit that I have a toddler and not a baby, but it cuts my cleaning/cooking/reading/resting/blogging time in half (at least) and has left me scrambling to adjust. Ye olde pregnant body is not particularly happy about this, but I’m trying to teach it not to complain.
I didn’t manage to take any pretty pictures this week or do a lot of knitting, but everyone has been well-fed and pretty happy so I’m considering it a success. Food has been occupying a lot of my thoughts and energy lately. My stomach just hasn’t been very happy so I’ve had to make some adjustments to the way I eat. After a nasty bout of food poisoning two weeks back followed by a lot of indigestion, I’ve started a little experiment where I:
— eat greens with every meal, including breakfast (green smoothies!)
— avoid most processed foods
— eat mostly whole grains
— don’t drink any soda or decaf coffee
— avoid dairy
— continue chugging water (about a gallon a day)
I also plan to add a probiotic and I’ve been experimenting with cold herbal teas, which are a lot more appealing than I thought they would be. I can’t say that my energy levels have exactly shot up (I think poor sleep is to blame for that) but my tummy is much happier and I think the rest of my body is too. Yes, I probably should have done this earlier. I find pregnancy to be an unfortunately easy excuse to eat whatever I feel like, instead of telling my body that it will have to like what I’m giving it. I really want to get back into shape faster after this baby than I did after Camilla, and I realized that 9 months of eating carelessly was probably not going to be followed by a quick change to a healthy diet. In addition, I had gotten into the habit of baking a lot and there’s nothing like a plateful of homemade cookies to encourage overeating. I think that I (and maybe some other people) find it easy to think that just because you make it at home, it’s good for you. Um, cookies are still cookies. I also don’t want Camilla to grow up thinking that she needs sweets after every meal, and this is the perfect time to make the switch from coffee cake and ice cream to apples and bananas. You know, before she’s old enough to complain a whole lot.
There’s a theological component to my eating change as well: God makes our bodies, and God makes food. Our bodies are designed to digest the food that He makes: fruits, vegetables, grains, proteins, etc. But, people have begun to mess around a lot with the basic ingredients. And when the food label starts to look like a science project, I am pretty sure that what you’re eating is far removed from what God originally made and your body just doesn’t handle it as well. (At least, mine doesn’t.) I’ll be the first to admit that eating whole foods is a) more expensive and b) more time-consuming than eating packaged and prepared foods. It takes way more time to make a salad than to slap together a sandwich, and lately I’ve been feeling the pinch. I’m not perfectly consistent, either: I go ahead and feed Camilla her iron-fortified breakfast cereal most mornings since she’s fussing and I’m tired and she’s still so picky that I don’t know how to get her to eat iron any other way. But I’m hoping that as I adjust to all of our transitions and start to plan ahead better, I can move away from most of the packaged foods that remain in our lives. Any tips to that end are much appreciated. :)
Have a good weekend, all, and best of luck with your own transitions.