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    Mama Foxglove's Primal Pregnancy Journal

    I'm about a trimester and a half late starting this, but I'm not going to lie - I was pretty useless during my 1st trimester. I've been Primal for about a year and half, but that first trimester made me hate so many foods I had formerly loved. Bacon, greens, eggs, and steak all turned my stomach, even though I never threw up. Yes, I had some decidedly non-Primal moments during that 1st trimester that definitely exceeded the parameters of our beloved 80%-20% clause.

    My 2nd trimester has been wonderful so far though. I'm just past 20 weeks pregnant now, and I can't get enough bacon, greens, eggs, or steak. My energy levels have been back for a while, so I've worked harder on exercising. I did yoga faithfully throughout the beginning of my pregnancy two or three times per week, but now with my baby bump in the way, and with more energy than before, I'd like to get back into a more Primal workout routine. I'm still going to do yoga, but I've switched now to prenatal yoga once per week.

    Mainly, I'm going to keep this journal so I can document my eating and exercising habits, because I'm really good at telling myself that I don't realllly need to do those squats, or that it won't realllly hurt to have a donut....basically, I BS myself quite often and quite well, and the best tool against that is documentation. And hey, if somebody finds something helpful here, that would be cool, too. I know I've really enjoyed peeking at other Primal pregnancy journals - there's just not tons of information out there regarding Primal pregnancies.

    So, now for an accounting of today's sustenance:

    Breakfast - Ok, full disclosure. Today was a late, rushed morning, so I turned in an 80-20 token for a Chik-fil-A breakfast sandwich with fruit on the side. Then I got to work and found that the boss had brought donuts. I was still hungry, probably because my breakfast was processed crap, so I failed my willpower test against the donuts. See why I need to keep a journal? I've developed some bad habits from my 1st trimester.

    Lunch - Ah, this is better. Leftovers from last night - grassfed burger patty with caramelized onions and bacon, okra and tomatoes, and a few slices of roasted sweet potato.

    Snack - Some grape tomatoes and a couple of small cubes of cheddar cheese.

    Dinner - Tomato basil soup with goat cheese and bacon garnish, served with a salad of mixed greens tossed in a warm bacon dressing.

    Now for the exercise:

    I'm trying to take a walk every evening after dinner. This seems to help my food settle better, and since I live in Houston, it's much more comfortable to walk once the sun is setting. Don't worry - I sit outside everyday around 4:30pm for at least 15 minutes to get some vitamin D!

    Today, in addition to the walk, I'm going to start (carefully, very very carefully) incorporating some strength training. I'll be endeavoring to use the essential movements of PB fitness. Tomorrow, I'll report back on what I was able to safely accomplish.

    I guess that's it for today. I already feel more goal-oriented and inspired.

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    Welcome! Congratulations and best wishes to you and your baby. Out of curiousity, is this your first?
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    Thank you. Yep, this is number one.

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    How exciting! Hubby & I are trying to conceive so I've been lurking in people's primal pregnancy logs/blogs. Cassandra Forsythe did a really interesting series of interviews with women who exercised during their pregnancies.
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    Good luck on the conception part! I liked that part - it was fun. I will have to check out those interviews - I have felt pretty lost most of my pregnancy as far as what's safe and what's not. Since I don't trust CW regarding food, medical advice, or well, pretty much anything, I can't trust what they say about exercising while pregnant either. But at the same time, risks are scary.

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    Ah, it's Friday, and I've got a nice weekend ahead of me. Tonight, my husband and I are having our traditional Friday night date dinner, but after that we're heading to Babies R Us for the first time. Well, ok, I've physically been in the store before, but only to buy shower gifts for girlfriends or relatives. It's funny how pregnancy changes you - I used to abhor going into Babies R Us, but today I'm practically bouncing with excitement just thinking about looking at different cribs, co-sleepers, car seats, and strollers. And the cute little clothes. Sniff sniff.

    Anyhow, on to today's food:
    Breakfast - whole fat yogurt with strawberries and walnuts
    Lunch - I think I'll scavenge at a BBQ place near my office. Brisket, squash, and cucumber salad should be good. Grok in the Sky, please give me strength to say no to fried okra, one of my many weaknesses.
    Snack - I brought some stuff to make an afternoon snack salad today - mixed organic greens, grape tomatoes, cucumber, and cheddar cheese.
    Dinner - Friday night is usually when I turn in an 80-20 token, but I don't think I will tonight. I'm still feeling gross from my doughnut and Chik-fil-A sandwich yesterday. I think tonight I'll order a steak and veggies wherever we go.

    So, last night, I took my usual walk with my babydaddyhusbandman. It's been especially fun lately, because with the cooler weather, our indoor/outdoor cats actually MOVE AROUND outside instead of just laying on the porch like they're going to die. We have two cats, and they are our furry babies. Yeah, we're cat people. But anyhow, we live in a townhouse, and there's a big beautiful courtyard in the front of our house. I usually just walk the big square over and over in the evening. Well, the last few nights, the cats have been following us, so we've got a little parade going on. It's pretty cute. I imagine they're a little confused as to WHY we walk in a big square over and over, but I like to think that THEY think we're walking the parameter, like to establish our territory. It's always good fun to try to think like a cat. Anyhow, I'm way off-topic now.

    I know I said I'd report back about how the strength training went, but it just didn't happen last night. I actually have more free time at work, so this afternoon I'll be grokkin' it in my office. I'll try to write about it before I go home today.

    Now back to my menu planning for the weekend.

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    Our little boy is kicking up a storm in my belly. Bryan got to feel him for the first time last night. That was pretty amazing. I can see my hand jump up and down a bit if I lay it on my belly and watch closely.

    I'm swamped at work today, so I'll jump right in with yesterday's food & exercise:

    Breakfast: 1 organic apple with some all-natural hazelnut butter
    Lunch: Jambalaya (alllllmost done with that stuff) and broccoli
    Snack: 1 beef spring roll and several squares of dark chocolate
    Dinner: Burrito bowl (no tortilla) with ground meat, veggies, guacamole, cheese, salsa, pico de gallo

    I walked for about 35 minutes or so after work yesterday, with the kitties parading behind me as usual. The weather is getting nicer and nicer. Only a few weeks ago I was having to wait until dark to walk, because it was so hot. Now I can go as soon as I get home and get even more sunshine.

    Today I'll do strength training and either report it this afternoon or tomorrow morning along with today's food.

    Well, back to work for this grokgirl.
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    You know, I've been far from perfect since I tightened up my "diet"...but with my tightened-up adherence, I feel so much better. For a few weeks there, everything was making me cry or get pissy. I know I'm pregnant, and that can happen, but it's a little odd that it only happened when I was eating too much gluten. I wonder if anybody else has experienced that. I know that my normal, non-pregnant self tends to get into arguments with the husband when I eat sugar or wheat, so why not when I'm pregnant? Anyway, here is yesterday's food and exercise log:

    Breakfast: Whole fat Greek yogurt with walnuts
    Lunch: Still workin' on that jambalaya. I'm glad rice doesn't mess with me. It's nice to have on occasion.
    Afternoon snack: 4 squares of dark chocolate with sea salt, 1/2 serving of sweet potato & beet chips
    Dinner: Roasted pastured chicken (leg, part of a breast, and 2 wings - it was a small bird), broccoli sauteed with garlic (plus melted butter).
    Dessert: Whole milk with some homemade dark chocolate syrup

    Exercise: While my chicken roasted, me and the kitties took a 35 minute walk. What a difference from the last few weeks! I was experiencing a lot of hip and back pain after even 10 or 15 minutes of walking before, and now I'm doing great. I bet the sugar and gluten was making me ache more than I needed to.
    Mama Foxglove's Primal Pregnancy Journal

    "Leave your drugs in the chemist's pot, if you can heal your patient with food." - Hippocrates

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    we're heading to Babies R Us for the first time
    This is always exciting! Especially with baby clothes sales. It's also good to hear that my wife isn't the only one who got literally sick with bacon. Maybe this was natures way of making us fast. Who knows.

    I have felt pretty lost most of my pregnancy as far as what's safe and what's not. Since I don't trust CW regarding food, medical advice, or well, pretty much anything, I can't trust what they say about exercising while pregnant either. But at the same time, risks are scary.
    Oh god yes. My wife and I are huge lactivists, though I haven't converted her primal yet. I'm not sure she will, either. I just make it a point to pull the cheerios away from my daughter whenever I see her reaching for them.

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    I was wondering the same thing while I had my bacon/steak/egg aversion - maybe it was just something I didn't need too much of then. Maybe in some way fasting sometimes served me better then than really nutrient-dense food. After all, you don't really NEED extra calories in the beginning. Now, at 20 weeks, I'm hungrier and can eat more and I love my protein again. Pregnancy is a weird, weird monster.

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