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Bad blogger! 33 weeks

I apologize for not blogging lately. I have to admit, when I took on this project of blogging about my vegan pregnancy, I thought I’d be really good about it. I even thought I’d blog every week! Well, that’s shot to shit. But really, nothing has changed these past few weeks, except that my digestive system has gone to hell in a handbasket. I blame my overly crowded bowels and stomach, because my eating habits haven’t changed a bit. Heartburn is basically the enemy that won’t quit, and lately I’ve had some stomach pain that feels like I have a fire-breathing dragon inside of me (maybe I do?). Like you needed all that info. Oh, but I think I may have found a solution to my heartburn problem: papaya enzyme. Seems to be working!! It’s a good thing too because I don’t think I could ever eliminate Sri Racha from my diet.

At any rate, I’ve been eating like there’s no tomorrow, despite these issues. I’ve never loved food so much in all my life. The good thing is, I still haven’t blimped out, which makes me feel like I can continue to eat however much my little heart desires. Being vegan is awesome!!! Here are some things I’ve been enjoying:

Vegan pizza from Mellow Mushroom (artichoke hearts and buffalo tofu, topped with Daiya)

Homemade mac and no cheese (recipe soon)

Baklava!

BBQ soy curls, Italian sausage, potato salad, kale and fruit salad, biscuit, and choco chip cookie

Cupcake from The Shoppe

Pigs in a blanket, mini quiches, cream cheese rollups (all vegan, of course)

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July 21, 2011 at 12:18 pm Leave a comment

Almost 29 weeks!

Last Wednesday I went to my 28-week check-up. I can’t believe I’m 7 months along already! At this appointment they did a glucose test to check for gestational diabetes. I had to drink 10 oz. of this orange stuff that tasted just like thawed out Otter Pops. Delicious if you’re 10, not so much if you’re 29, but not as bad as I thought it would be. Then they took some blood. Everything turned out great, no diabetes, no signs of anemia. Just vegan power coursing through my veins! 😛

Anyway, after last month’s 10-pound gain, I was worried I would continue that trend and blow up like a giant vegan cupcake. But funnily enough, I didn’t gain so much as a pound this month. Weird! I think this baby boy is sucking all of my calories up now that he’s packing on the baby fat. Makes me feel better about stuffing my face 24/7 though.

Speaking of, here are a couple more pictures of some of the yummy dishes we’ve been eating. I read that the fetus tastes whatever I eat about 2 hours after I eat it. I love thinking about little man eating what I’m eating. It feels nice knowing I’m nourishing him with delicious nutritious food.

BBQ tofu with a Vegenaise dill sauce concoction

Tofurkey Philly cheese steak with curry potatoes and peas

BTW, these weren’t from recipes, I just whipped them up at random. For the BBQ tofu, I marinated extra firm tofu slices overnight in a sauce made of plank rub spice mix from a local spice shop, olive oil, liquid smoke, apple cider vinegar, paprika, brown sugar, and sri racha hot sauce. Then I simply cooked them up in a pan until they were crispy. The Vegenaise sauce was just Vegenaise with dill, lemon juice, and a teeny bit of apple cider vinegar.

For the cheese steaks, I sauteed green peppers, onions, and a package of Tofurkey Philly Cheese steak style slices (chopped up) with some black pepper. The curry potatoes- sauteed garlic, a jar of diced tomatoes, curry, coriander, cayenne, cumin, cinnamon (my quintessential quintet of Cs or something like that), sea salt, black pepper, potatoes and peas. It was amazing, let me tell you.

June 20, 2011 at 3:39 pm Leave a comment

More things I’ve been eating

I’m terrible at blogging.

26 weeks, eating like a champ, feeling baby boy kick like crazy all day long, and nesting. That’s what’s going on in my life these days. Things have been good.

 

June 5, 2011 at 2:04 pm Leave a comment

Things I’ve been eating

I am such a food whore lately. I spend my days scouring the internet for baby stuff and recipes. That’s seriously all I do with my free time.

I made the most delish potato salad that I found on Peta’s recipe website. This site is a great resource for me when I’m feeling bored with my go-to faves.

Topped with a little paprika, I ate this as a side to my veggie paninis (I think I forgot to mention that sandwiches are my favorite food of all time). I put a little Daiya cheese on a piece of ciabatta, top it with marinated artichoke hearts and roasted red peppers, and throw it on the Foreman until the cheese gets all melty. Then I added some greens- I couldn’t remember which greens I picked at the store…frisee maybe? Anyway, I ate this for like 3 days straight.

Today I made Pad Thai from a recipe in Vegan with a Vengeance:

I’m in the mood for something new…

April 26, 2011 at 6:00 pm Leave a comment

Protein

I get tired of people asking me how I get my protein, because the people that ask me seem to think the only sources of protein available are meat, eggs and cheese. What about beans, nuts, seeds, soy (tofu, etc.), whole grains, quinoa…..? Those are great sources of protein and generally healthier ways to obtain it than through meat. So I brush it off and get on with my life, knowing I’m getting just what I need to be healthy.

That said, yesterday I went for my 20-week appointment and ultrasound (p.s. it’s a boy!) and asked my OB if there is anything I should be doing or supplementing other than my prenatal, B12 and DHA. Guess what she said? “Make sure you’re getting enough protein because you need a lot more when you’re pregnant.” At first I was going to ignore this as another silly protein-obsessed American comment. But when I asked her how much I should be getting daily, she told me 75 grams. Do I get 75 grams per day? I had no idea, but assumed I was somewhere close. I decided to keep track. Guess how much protein I ate today, give or take a few grams?

About 45. That didn’t include the 3 peanut butter cookies I ate, but still, that’s not even close to what doc recommended.

Yikes.

So what did I eat today?

  • frozen flax waffles, Earth Balance, and agave maple syrup
  • 3 peanut butter cookies
  • 2 mini bagels with Earth Balance and peanut butter
  • 1 piece of kugel (made with tofu)
  • 1 bowl of posole (hominy and pinto beans contained protein) and a tortilla
  • bowl of granola with soy milk
  • glass of vegetable juice

This was a bad day for veg intake, but I’ll try not to beat myself up over that too, and vow to do better tomorrow. Anyway, I was basically eating all day, so I couldn’t imagine how I could get 30 more grams of protein in without drinking a supplement.

Starting to worry, I decided to consult one of my favorite vegan lifestyle websites, The Kind Life, and find some info on the protein issue. My worries were put to rest when I read what a couple of experts had to say. As my daily caloric intake increases, the protein issue will take care of itself. Everything we eat contains protein, except fruit. So as long as I’m eating a well-balanced diet with whole grains and all the other stuff I’m already eating- and not a bunch of empty calories (hi, peanut butter cookies)- then I should be just fine.

*Phew* That’s a load off. Now I can go back to obsessing over which kind of cloth diapers to buy.

April 21, 2011 at 10:10 pm Leave a comment

Cookie Monster

Argh, these pregnancy hormones are making my nearly non-existent sweet tooth ache like never before! Every dessert, brownie, cookie and cake is just begging to be put in my mouth. I’ve been trying to keep it at bay, but need to indulge on occasion. I guess I take back what I said about not having cravings. I want sweet!

Baking some peanut butter oatmeal chocolate raspberry cookies.

I dreamt it:

And made it happen:

Oh so delicious…

April 20, 2011 at 11:05 am Leave a comment

Omni cravings

So, a lot of people have been asking me a lot of weird questions.

“What if you poop when you’re giving birth?!”

“You’re so petite, aren’t you afraid you’ll have to have a C-section?”

“Is it vegan to breast feed your baby?”

My answers:

“What if I do?”

“I might be small, but my child-bearing hips were made for this.”

“If you’re going to get technical, then I guess it’s not. But it’s cheap, healthy, and no animals will be harmed during the process (except me when my nipples are chafing), so I’m going to go ahead and breast feed thank you very much.”

One question that I get tired of, but I think is perfectly normal to ask, is, “Do you have any cravings for meat and cheese?”

I thought I’d write about this after reading an article announcing that Natalie Portman recently gave up her vegan lifestyle during pregnancy because her body wanted cheese and sweets. Apparently there is no way for a rich vegan mega-celeb to obtain vegan pastries in LA. Anyway…I thought I’d give it a go and talk about cravings.

My answer to this question isn’t a simple yes or no. Truth be told, I haven’t had any true cravings for any foods. Actually, I never have had a craving in my whole life. I consider a craving to be an urgent need to put said food in my mouth, immediately if not sooner or I will hurt someone. I can’t remember any instances of this urge, even when I had PMS. Maybe that’s because I never let a hankering grow to epic proportions before satisfying it. Is a hankering the same thing as a craving? Whatever, semantics.

All that said, I have to admit, the thought of a Denver omelet sounded pretty damn good yesterday at my mom’s birthday brunch. I can’t really explain if it was that I wanted (or if my body needed) eggs, cheese, and ham, or if it was just the idea of those flavors in my mouth that was appealing. Sometimes I’ll think of something like spaghetti and meatballs and it just sounds delicious. But when it comes down to it, I don’t honestly think I could put a meatball in my mouth. I don’t actually want to eat it, I just want to daydream about it a little. I blame the fact that I used to eat these foods, and so I know they taste good. And since I want to eat pretty much everything in sight, those foods get caught up in the mix. So there’s my complicated answer to a simple question.

Last week at our big vegan community dinner, we served lasagna. I made mine with tofu ricotta, spinach and mushrooms. I took the recipe for the tofu ricotta out of Skinny Bitch in the Kitch, and took the lasagna recipe from Veganomicon. I only got to have a teeny tiny serving of it once we were through our line of 150 attendees. So I’m making it again, for just me, M and baby. Photos to come.

April 11, 2011 at 3:48 pm Leave a comment

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