.This little bowl is one of my all time favorites. Its small, but because its so high in fat and has a rich flavor, it satisfies every desire for a healthy breakfast. This recipe is paleo and ketogenic (vegan substitution below). Its full of healthy fats that provide a long, slow energy burn to keep you going throughout the day. If you’re vegan, vegetarian or don’t do pork, the bacon can be substituted with walnuts or pine nuts. Olive oil or avocado oil can be used in place of ghee and I recommend adding salt to the vegan/vegetarian version of the glaze since you won't be getting it from the bacon. This recipe is for a single serving so just multiply it by however many people you're feeding if you want to share!
I am super pro fat and have seen many accurate, non bias research studies on how many people can benefit from a ketogenic diet as well as just consuming high amounts of healthy fats. I personally don’t eat full keto, but I do eat a very high fat diet. I find that my body feels better on less carbs (I almost only consume carbohydrates from fruits and veggies) and a moderate amount of protein. Everyone’s body is different and it takes some experimenting to find the right balance for you. If you’re leery about eating a lot of fat because it’s been traditionally recommended that only 10% of our total calories come from fat, check out this article from the New York Times, it might make you reevaluate your views on dietary recommendations such as My Plate. https://www.nytimes.com/2016/09/13/well/eat/how-the-sugar-industry-shifted-blame-to-fat.html?_r=0
This week has been a whirlwind! My tummy is bigger every day and I got a brief break from the nausea for a few days where it wasn’t so bad but then it came back. I am so mind blown at how much of a little preggy bump I already have! Every time I am in front of a mirror I keep lifting my shirt and checking it out. Everyone says that the second pregnancy, women show earlier but I think I may have thought I was the exception which sounds outrageous now that I speak that out loud.
I barely showed until I was almost in my third trimester with my first pregnancy. I looked slightly bloated and didn’t have quite as flat of a tummy by the end of my first trimester. My slim, hourglass waist just filled out a gradually as I progressed through my second trimester. I finally got a tiny bump out front at 28 weeks and I was so excited to finally look pregnant. I was tired of just feeling like I’d gained a few pounds through my midsection but didn’t actually look pregnant. I was so proud of my cute little bump. I carried him easily in my tall, athletic frame at 5’10”
As I’m writing this post at eight weeks, seven days pregnant and I look the same as I did at almost 20 weeks pregnant with my first. In the photo I am posting from eight weeks on the dot, I look like I did at about 12 weeks last time and it had defiantly grown over the course of seven short days. My mother said I looked like I had a bump when I was home visiting at six weeks but I just rolled my eyes at her. My mother and I have a history of unhealthy body comments back and forward so I just let that one go but maybe I did have a little baby bump.
Part of me is excited to be showing a little already; there's something special about a growing pregnant belly and in these early stages of pregnancy it makes everything feel more real. The other part of me that was looking forward to still being skinny in a bikini or crop top this summer is pretty sad. The other bummer is that of my maternity cloths are for cool, winter weather. I carried my son very low so I had a hard time with pants pretty early on and even regular yoga pants were uncomfortable. I would really rather avoid buying summer maternity cloths, hopefully I can get away with flowy summer dresses.
I decided this week that I'm not looking at the scale this time around. Sorry folks, no weight updates. I gained 30 pounds with my son and I feel like that was exactly the amount I needed to gain for him. However, I mentally don't need to torture myself with numbers especially when I am starting this pregnancy roughly 10 pounds over my pre-pregnancy weight from last time. I never lost everything since I was breastfeeding and needed to keep up my milk supply. I was still breastfeeding at the time of conception with the current pregnancy and stopped a few weeks after I found out. My doctor can tell me that I have either gained too much or little and we can have a conversation if there is an issue. Otherwise I don't want to know that number and I am going to continue to eat healthy and exercise as much as I can.
This amazing salad has been one of my favorites the past few months. I always go through phases where I'll be loving a specific dish and I'll eat it a couple times a week! Even my husband loves this one so you know it's a keeper. I sprout all legumes that I use because it makes them so much easier on the tummy which for a lot of people can be a problem. If I am really craving this salad and haven't started sprouting them, I at least take a few hours to soak them. Soaking isn't as beneficial, but it does help. Every time I make this salad, it comes out a little different, so feel free to tweak it to your liking. Right now since I am pregnant, I'm not eating any soft cheeses, so feta is out for me.
Week seven felt like there weren’t too many drastic changes from week six in terms of how I felt or looked. I feel like the nausea wasn’t as severe this week, but I don’t think it let up at all, I think I just kind of started getting use. I accepted the morning sickness into my daily routine and let go of my attachment to certain foods that are usually a staple in my diet.
The morning sickness, herbal tincture helps a lot. I find myself wandering into the kitchen at 3am every morning to eat two strawberries and have some water. The nausea is always worse with an empty stomach or an over stuffed one. I wake up to go pee and once I’ve stood vertical, something in my body shifts and within a few minutes I’m overcome by nausea even after lying back down. I normally go straight from the bathroom back to bed and as I lie there uncomfortable and sick to my stomach, I end up getting back up and making my way to the kitchen for my tiny midnight snack.
The exhaustion is also kicking me in the bum! I notice it most when I’m driving. My eyes just feel unable to focus on the road and traffic as closely as I would like them to. I don’t feel at risk for falling asleep at the wheel, I just feel less alert than normal which is scary in Boston traffic. I’ve been taking naps whenever my one year old takes his afternoon nap. It’s a tough decision because normally that nap time is a good opportunity for me to do some dishes and pick up the mess he made around the house or even get in a little yoga practice.
I just keep telling myself to embrace the change and go with the flow. Pregnancy makes me feel especially vulnerable for many reasons. I feel extra protective of my body since it is the sacred vessel carrying my unborn child and as I grow larger, I loose physical strength and agility. The biggest thing that wrecks havoc on me mentally is the physical changes. I normally feel so in control of my own body; what it looks like, how strong I am, the things that is does… Pregnancy throws all of that control out the window. Suddenly, every morning I wake up to a new physical change and throughout pregnancy, the body never stops growing and changing shape and I struggle to having no control over much of those changes.
I also just realized that because I've been slacking on getting these weekly updates posted, I posted week seven's pictures last week. I somehow don't have any tummy pictures from week six!!! I think it was because we were in Idaho visiting my family and it just got away from me. The pictures below are correct for week seven.