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  • Oy Vey...Prenatal Lunch

    My husband and I went to our first prenatal class last weekend - lunch was included.
    I laughed when I got up to the buffet table. I mean, really?! I'm growing a human here! Give me some REAL FOOD!

    Wilted veggie tray that I would have found acceptable to feed 6-8 people...there were 30 of us.
    Lasagna. Yay.
    Huge bowl of Apples!!!
    Enough giant bakery-style cookies for each person to have 2 or 3.
    Coke, Diet Coke, Sprite, and chocolate milk.

    After everyone had gone through the line, you better believe I went back up and polished off the lone cherry tomato and celery remnants from the veggie tray...

    When I dug bottled waters out of my purse for us, we got some looks. One girl said, "Oh, did you not see the drinks at the end of the table?"

    I guess there's nothing to be done in these situations, except eat beforehand and bring your own snacks. Some day, at some conference or random class like this, I'm hoping I get pleasantly suprised by the catering...but so far, not so much.
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  • #2
    We get the same thing at work functions that involve lunch or snacks. They usually have something vegan and/or gluten-free, but it's all nasty processed grains and sad veggies.
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    • #3
      Originally posted by JBailey View Post
      We get the same thing at work functions that involve lunch or snacks. They usually have something vegan and/or gluten-free, but it's all nasty processed grains and sad veggies.
      Yes, work stuff is the worst. Pizza and donuts all the way at my office.

      I think that's harder because people that you talk to every day are wondering why you didn't drink the diet coke, or eat the cupcake. It's a lot easier to ignore people when you'll never see them again!
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      • #4
        i've never attended these classes. are they so long and arduous that they require eating afterwards? not trying to be snarky, just curious.
        As I ate the oysters with their strong taste of the sea and their faint metallic taste that the cold white wine washed away, leaving only the sea taste and the succulent texture, and as I drank their cold liquid from each shell and washed it down with the crisp taste of the wine, I lost the empty feeling and began to be happy and to make plans.

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        • #5
          I am lucky enough to share an office with a celiac. So there's always a token amount of gluten free stuff at functions, and I just piggy-back off that.

          Maybe you can share that you are gluten-sensitive with the organiser?
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          • #6
            I would have been a total food snob and picked up the jug of chocolate milk to read the ingredient list. If it was HFCS free, I probably would have had some... and an apple.

            Seriously, they couldn't provide some cheese with those apples and veggies?
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            • #7
              Yeah, it sucks, but until we a) change the way people think about eating, and b) get the government to shift grain subsidies to fresh vegetables, complimentary eats are gonna continue to be cheap, sad, SAD-type foods. It is a bit ironic a birthing class wouldn't stress proper nutrition, even if it weren't primal, though...

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              • #8
                I'm guessing this class doesn't suggest the Brewer's Diet (feel free to look it up if it's news to you - eating primal, it'll make sense and be easy to manage most likely) which is too bad based on the positive impact it has on reducing per-eclampsia.

                But really, soda? Sheesh.

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                • #9
                  They're probably not whiling to invest that much into food. I would bring my own.

                  Originally posted by Dr. Bork Bork View Post
                  I would have been a total food snob and picked up the jug of chocolate milk to read the ingredient list. If it was HFCS free, I probably would have had some... and an apple.

                  Seriously, they couldn't provide some cheese with those apples and veggies?
                  Isn't HFCS just basically sugar?

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by noodletoy View Post
                    i've never attended these classes. are they so long and arduous that they require eating afterwards? not trying to be snarky, just curious.
                    Ha, no problem. It was from 9-5 on a Saturday...so lunch break halfway through.

                    I think the biggest issue was that there was no focus on nutrition in a room full of gestating women. Well, there was an obligatory slide at some point which referred to the food pyramid, but that's it. During this slide our 'teacher' did make sure to recommend a glass of milk and a serving of whole grains with each meal. I realize this is CW and I expected it, but I also would expect some tips on getting more fruit and veg in your diet while growing a person.
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                    • #11
                      About a million years ago when I had my first baby (that baby is 16 now) we went to birthing classes. They were a couple hours, once a week for a month. People volunteered to bring snacks. I was in a class with health concious crunchy granola types. Snack was always some kind of organic health food type snack. Back then I did not really care either way. My ex husband hated it and never ate anything, amusing now that I look back.

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                      • #12
                        I admit- I drank a coke today- I just craved one- first in like a year. It was really good. However, I can't remember a function with food that I have attended in the past say, 10 years, that didn't have bottled water. Nuts that something about HEALTH doesn't offer water. A lot of "normal" CW and SAD people try and avoid soda. I'd think they'd be pushing the 8-10 glasses of water a day along with whole grains....

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                        • #13
                          You'll find that the quality of the class is the same as the food. Those classes are usually just an outline of hospital policies.
                          ~Sandy

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                          • #14
                            It depends on who runs the class. There are classes offered in my town by different organizations. Some are excellent, and some are, as the previous poster indicated, absolute crap. The one I took was actually very good - although it ran one evening a week over two months, and my husband missed the part where they talked about complications in birth and how almost nobody dies in childbirth anymore. That was a bummer because I HAD massive complications and lost a lot of blood and my husband got pretty freaked out. So that part would definitely have been worth it for him, LOL.

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                            • #15
                              Although people drink a lot of fizzy soft drinks in the UK, I can't think of any catered event I've ever been to where water wasn't available.

                              A great many people (me included) take bottled water everywhere they go and no one bats an eyelid and certainly no one would say there are fizzy drinks here to someone taking a bottle of water out of a bag.

                              Pregnant women are advised not to eat soft cheeses during pregnancy to avoid the risk of listeria, even though that's a tiny risk.

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