Vegetable oil is far worse than grain carbohydrate IMO. FAR worse. There is nothing wrong with carbohydrate and it's just as healthy as fats, assuming they are from a GOOD SOURCE.
Since she was raised to associate "carbohydrate" with things like pizza, soda, cookies and crackers, when her body craves carbohydrate, that is what she will mentally associate it with. However, those carb cravings can easily be squashed with healthy starches and fruits. Apples, bananas, strawberries, potatoes, sweet potatoes, cherries, watermelon, mangoes, even white rice - all these things would have crushed the cravings. Take her out for sushi, make garlic mashed potatoes, hell mash sweet potatoes and whip them with cream cheese and real maple syrup and bake at 400 degrees til done for sweet potato pie. All these things would be 1,000,000 times better than wheat noodles fried in rancid vegetable oil.
She wants carbs for a reason - her body needs glucose. She's pregnant. Stop depriving her and give her good sources of it. It's times like this I'd bust out my ice cream maker and make homemade ice cream, or Gluten-Free Brownies | David Lebovitz (sub tapioca or potato starch for cornstarch). Feel free to use appropriate sweetener. Instead of white sugar, raw honey, real maple syrup, coconut sugar and rapadura would be much better alternatives. My personal preference is very good quality stevia cut with organic coconut sugar (some call it palm sugar).
Last edited by ChocoTaco369; 07-08-2012 at 09:34 PM.
Don't put your trust in anyone on this forum, including me. You are the key to your own success.
Ye gods man! She's preggers & the last thing you want to do, for your own safety, is to enrage her! Stock up on Konjac (Shirataki) noodles. They're 0 carb , pure fiber suckers found in the frozen section of Asian grocers. Or order them online once she eats some store-bought quantity & doesn't attack you for slipping fake noodles into her lovingly made home-made chinese food (quickly learn to cook healthy,tasty chinese & do it right or don't do it at all). Those crap oils & commercial meats , seriously, are far worse for her & your unborn babe than wheat noodles from a chinese restaurant. My baby-momma screamed at me for pizza like it was a life or death decision. I say to you....MEATZA or face the wrath of a hormonal woman. Mine was not averse to throwing things! @#$%!!
Home made swede oven chips or turnip chips are great.
Thanks all for the comments, ideas, and the laughs!
So I think the bigger issue is not that she's craving "carbs", but craving "breads". I guess a lot of it is mouth-feel and comfort foods. I'm ok making her a lot of the ideas that were suggested (some I want to try now!). We also have homemade ice cream (made with raw milk), fruits, and I'm all for giving her potatoes, rice, etc but that's not what she'll eat right now . The chinese was an attempt at something better than more pizza while I look for "breadlike" suggestions.
After I got her the chinese, I went to the grocery and picked up udon noodles (I know, there's still gluten in that, but it's a fallback) and some buckwheat/rice vermicelli noodles (gluten free) which I hope she'll be happy with. @Betorq - I'm going to look into the shiritaki noodles as well. I've also learned to make decent chinese which I hope will get us by, although I still rely on store-bought sauces even if I avoid ones with added sugar. One day I'll learn to make those on my own...
@ChocoTaco - I agree, carbs are ok from a good source, and I guess I should have reworded my original question to involve more "breads". I pretty much did that because 1) every now and then won't hurt her and b) given what was in the house at the time, it was either that or she probably wouldn't have eaten. I'm going to make her those brownies this week (she's not really into sweets right now, but at least when she wants it she'll have a good option ready for her on the table).
Any more ideas on bread-style foods I can get her? Why is sourdough ok?
fruit to her heart's content! Ginger should help the nausea
Organic Crystallized Ginger - Crystallized Ginger
cottage cheese helped me too.
gluten free bread like udi's or glutino for the bread problem maybe? Glutino is lower carb (only 10g per slice)
Last edited by Dr. Bork Bork; 07-09-2012 at 07:27 AM.
Let her eat...she is pregnant. My wife is pregnant and there would be hell to pay if I told her what to eat.
I have been primal for a good few years now, but through my first pregnancy and now this one, there have been more slip-ups than I'd have liked, mainly around bread. It was one of the few things that helped quash my nausea. And fries, like McChunky above. Big craving, there.
I think that if it's the only thing she can stomach, a few slices of a good quality bread aren't the end of the world. At this point, it should be about making sure she is ALSO eating tons of other nutrient-dense foods to support the growing fetus. Spinach, kale, liver, bone broth, all those WAPF recommendations for pregnant women.... If it takes a slice of bread to help get them in, so be it. It isn't really the best time to limit strictly (excluding obvious toxins and excessive bad oils and sugar), but do make sure that lots of proper nutrition is there too.
And yeah, facing the wrath of a pregnant woman by telling her she "shouldn't eat that" is probably not worth it!
Congrats and good luck!