Depending on who you ask, I entered my 2nd trimester either yesterday or today.
I’ve been feeling… pretty yuck for over a month now and I was really looking forward to the magical 2nd trimester. Partially because I’ve been having a hard time keeping up with work, housework, and my toddler, but mostly because I’ve had some major inner turmoil regarding my diet.
I’m a healthy eater. I firmly believe in cooking things from scratch using whole, plant-based ingredients. It makes me feel better, helps my family prevent disease and it’s enjoyable. Or rather, it WAS enjoyable until several staples in our home started inducing the gag reflex (red bell peppers, hummus, spinach, to name a few).
I’ve had a really tough time with unhealthy cravings (maybe this nausea would go away if I’d eat some ice cream?) and with the smells coming out of our kitchen, even when Scott steps up to do the cooking.
Yesterday was no different. I had zero appetite, and had to go grocery shopping, toddler-in-tow and try not to think about food as I shopped. The following items actually sounded good to me: Breyer’s cookies n’ cream ice cream, Oriental flavored Top Ramen, Costco Pizza, Taco sauce (bought this!), and swiss cheese. I was really bummed about it because I had high hopes that entering the 2nd trimester would put my body back to normal. I consoled myself with eating lots of whole wheat sourdough toast (bless you Trader Joe’s) and homemade peanut butter. Not exactly a nutrient-dense meal, but a far cry from digging into a whole cheese pizza.
Today? Awwww I love today. Our traditional whole wheat sourdough waffles weren’t a great litmus test for breakfast because they usually go down ok… but when lunch came I knew I had found relief.
I had the following sandwich: Whole grain bread, slathered with hummus and piled high with fresh spinach, sprouts, avocado, and green bell pepper (Red and I haven’t made our peace yet).
And then? I had another one. After all, I’m eating for two. 😉
Dinner tonight was cooked by Scott and was butternut squash, wild rice, and leeks and it was yummy. I didn’t have to psych myself up to join my family at the dinner table, I didn’t have to retreat to a different floor of my house while dinner was cooking… I just pulled up a bowl and enjoyed myself.
It’s good to be back.