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    I am having a really hard time finding a balance with eating....so kick me, well don't kick a pregnant woman, you know what I mean.

    Should I be striving for over 100g of carbs or should I still shoot for the 50-100? The morning sickness comes and goes, some days are better than others. I haven't had any cravings etc. and I haven't derailed. I just want some guidelines to adhere too. I don't want to be a house when I deliver and then there are things like needing to eat prunes for constipation etc. and then after I ate them I saw how many carbs were in those suckers. I am gun shy. I would say over the past few days I am getting near the 100 mark if not over it. Some days I don't eat much at all of anything because I don't feel well.

    So what do you guys think? Of course I am not looking to lose but I also don't want to be VLC either. I mean if I do lose a little it is not a huge deal I still have a bit of weight to lose once all is said in done with the baby, but anyway I will stop rambling and patiently await some replies.
    ~*Lori*~
    my Primal journal : http://www.marksdailyapple.com/forum...-momofredheads
    my food blog http://iamhungrywhatsfordinner.blogspot.com/

    SW 231 as of 1/1/2012
    CW 192

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    Details here:
    http://www.marksdailyapple.com/how-t...mal-blueprint/

    Mark says to stay between 100 to 150 carbs.

    Grizz

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    • #3
      Grizz, she's pregnant, she might need more carbs. Not as much as excess protein, however.

      Stick to the diet, ramp up your protein intake.

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      • #4
        to be honest, there is a lot of good information in the Brewer diet (blueribbonbaby.com) that is quite similar to primal. I would, personally, simply follow your hunger and make sure you are getting the diversity that you need.

        when i was pregnant, my primary change was shifting my diet to more protein--having roughly the same amount of calories as before--but adding in a cup of beans (pre-primal) and/or an avocado every day for the folate.

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        • #5
          Originally posted by zoebird View Post
          to be honest, there is a lot of good information in the Brewer diet (blueribbonbaby.com) that is quite similar to primal. I would, personally, simply follow your hunger and make sure you are getting the diversity that you need.

          when i was pregnant, my primary change was shifting my diet to more protein--having roughly the same amount of calories as before--but adding in a cup of beans (pre-primal) and/or an avocado every day for the folate.
          OK I am right now, I remember you saying this a couple of days ago...sheesh how quickly I forget.
          ~*Lori*~
          my Primal journal : http://www.marksdailyapple.com/forum...-momofredheads
          my food blog http://iamhungrywhatsfordinner.blogspot.com/

          SW 231 as of 1/1/2012
          CW 192

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          • #6
            OK I read over it and the only thing I don't want to do about it is the 5 servings of whole grains I guess I will just replace those with more veggies. Can I tell you that is a ton of food on that diet too!! oofah!
            ~*Lori*~
            my Primal journal : http://www.marksdailyapple.com/forum...-momofredheads
            my food blog http://iamhungrywhatsfordinner.blogspot.com/

            SW 231 as of 1/1/2012
            CW 192

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            • #7
              You can easily boost your carb intake by eating sweet potatoes.

              Here is the USDA Carb Listing to give you some more ideas:
              * Carb listing by name
              http://www.nal.usda.gov/fnic/foodcom...t/sr18a205.pdf
              * listing by carb numbers
              http://www.nal.usda.gov/fnic/foodcom...t/sr18w205.pdf

              Grizz

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              • #8
                Originally posted by Grizz View Post
                You can easily boost your carb intake by eating sweet potatoes.
                Dude, she wants to know IF she should up carbs, not HOW.

                momofredheads, I am not a mom myself, but just from reading experiences of women on here, I would let my cravings guide me while staying within the primal guidelines. So if you are finding that you are majorly carb craving while staying under 100g, don't worry about upping it a little bit.

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by lcme View Post
                  Dude, she wants to know IF she should up carbs, not HOW.

                  momofredheads, I am not a mom myself, but just from reading experiences of women on here, I would let my cravings guide me while staying within the primal guidelines. So if you are finding that you are majorly carb craving while staying under 100g, don't worry about upping it a little bit.
                  I am not necessarily craving more carbs, but I feel the need to add more carbs, not sure if it is just CW or not. I am more worried about eating too few, I have been forcing myself to eat more. The funny part is I have no desire to eat protein either, like I could live on green peppers, onions and lettuce...no joke, but I am forcing myself to eat some meat with it.

                  Today all I ate was a handful of raw cashews a cup of coffee with cream and then lunch I had some romaine lettuce a piece of fish and 1/2 a green pepper. I am planning on making chili for dinner but so don't feel like eating it. All food has become unappealing. I wish I had this problem without being preggo LOL, joking of course. I think there has been only one day in the past week where I actually ate 3 meals.
                  ~*Lori*~
                  my Primal journal : http://www.marksdailyapple.com/forum...-momofredheads
                  my food blog http://iamhungrywhatsfordinner.blogspot.com/

                  SW 231 as of 1/1/2012
                  CW 192

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by momofredheads View Post
                    I am not necessarily craving more carbs, but I feel the need to add more carbs, not sure if it is just CW or not. I am more worried about eating too few, I have been forcing myself to eat more. The funny part is I have no desire to eat protein either, like I could live on green peppers, onions and lettuce...no joke, but I am forcing myself to eat some meat with it.

                    Today all I ate was a handful of raw cashews a cup of coffee with cream and then lunch I had some romaine lettuce a piece of fish and 1/2 a green pepper. I am planning on making chili for dinner but so don't feel like eating it. All food has become unappealing. I wish I had this problem without being preggo LOL, joking of course. I think there has been only one day in the past week where I actually ate 3 meals.
                    It's so tempting to say your body knows what it wants. Hopefully an experienced mom will jump in here with specific micronutrients to watch out for, but I don't think that your body would let you severely undereat in terms of macros (fat, carbs, protein and total cals).

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                    • #11
                      when i looked at brewer, it was mostly about how much protein you get. i looked at it in terms of loose percentages, not amounts in grams and what not.

                      so, if you have an X calorie diet right now (or rather, not pregnant), and the percentages are A% protein, B% fat, and C% carbohydrate, and you compare that to brewer (as an example), and you go "ah, i see, i should have A + Q% protein, B + R% fat, and i can keep carb the same, and get the calories i need.

                      I ate 1 and 1/10 of my calories pregnant. So, if i ate an average of 2000 cals per day before, then it would be 2200 pregnant. every calorie counted (nutrition speaking), and so i would make sure that i had enough protein and fat first, carbs second for diversity. being vegetarian at the time, increasing myself up to one additional cup of beans and/or an avocado each day did the trick. So, my diet did not adjust much (i did eat meat about 5-10 times during pregnancy based on cravings). most of my protein/fat came from: eggs, grass fed dairy, beans and nuts/seeds. i also ate a LOT of green veggies of all kinds.

                      when i read the WAPF's info for pregnant women, it was like 3000 calories per day in fat and protein, before you even started with veg. no way i was eating 3000 cals in fat/protein per day and NOT eating veggies. LOL so, i looked at the percentages, and just went from there.

                      end of the day, you have to do what feels right. I think it wouldn't be a problem to up your carb intake if you wanted to do that, if it promotes diversity in your diet, and makes you feel good. a sweet potato could probably do it. but, you could also just do an avocado and make sure you're getting some organ meats. and you'll meet your needs.

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                      • #12
                        if you are eating high quality and diverse foods, you'll meet all of your macros and micros no problem. i just followed my body/intuition and some education/knowledge, and didn't even take a prenatal vitamin (i don't really believe in vitamins unless there is a deficiency. i prefer using foods like FermentedCod Liver Oil--a traditional food of my heritage!).

                        but again, you have to follow your own doings. you know yourself best, so you know your needs best.

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                        • #13
                          OK so you totally made sense to me now!! I was looking at his list of stuff, 5 wheat, 4 protein, 2 leafy greens etc and was like WHAT? I even printed the checklist and was staring at it for a while. So basically what I am doing is adding about 300 calories add'l and in the forms of fat/protein mainly and a bit more carbs if I am feeling up for it. That is doable.

                          I am not looking for some magic bullet but I also don't want to be averaging 200g carbs or something like that either to make up the difference in the calories. So basically I am going to eat the way I have been eating, well when I am not feeling like I am going to vomit, and then just up it by a small snack of sorts, maybe some greek yogurt and berries or something that would up all 3 categories and fall around the calorie range. I haven't been prescribed and prenatals yet, he said he will do that in 2 weeks at my next visit. I didn't tell the dr. what diet I had been doing prior to the pregnancy, but I know he would be totally pro PB since he put me on something very similar to it about 7 years ago when I was pre diabetic.

                          I have to say the amount of CW crap that comes at you while your pregnant is way more than when you are not. Everyone seems to want to have a say in what you put in your mouth and what you are not, it drives me crazy, family mainly. But if I were sitting on the couch with a 1/2 gallon of Turkey Hill ice cream they would all be cheering me on and saying, Oh look at the preggo and her cravings for calcium *rolls eyes*
                          ~*Lori*~
                          my Primal journal : http://www.marksdailyapple.com/forum...-momofredheads
                          my food blog http://iamhungrywhatsfordinner.blogspot.com/

                          SW 231 as of 1/1/2012
                          CW 192

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                          • #14
                            Yes. Eat all kinds of primal calories, including carbs.

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                            • #15
                              i know that to be true! it's pretty nuts how that goes!

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