Food Diary of a pregnant Vegan

I am blessed and extremely fortunate to have not suffered the usual symptoms of pregnancy like morning sickness or crazy cravings such like black board chalk or cigarette ash! Is that due to my diet or am I just lucky?

What are/were your cravings, if any?

My first knowledge of pregnancy cravings takes me back to secondary school when a boy in my form class told me that his sister-in-law used to crave gherkins with cornflakes; that was crazy enough for me to comprehend, but to crave anything beyond that makes my stomach turn.

During my pregnancy, I have found myself drinking a lot more water and ginger beer to help with digestion.

I would like to propose an experiment which is for you to tell me what your cravings were/are during pregnancy and if your diet consists of you eating meat or not. I promise you this is no means of judging anyone, just to prove whether my theory of adopting a flesh free diet during pregnancy is more beneficial or not. Many people wonder what I eat to stay healthy as a Vegan during pregnancy. Below is the diary of a pregnant Vegan…

Monday

Breakfast: Prepare A Fresh Fruit Smoothie, Bowl Of Porridge (Rolled Oats/ Instant Porridge) with Rice Milk and Chopped Banana, alternatively Raisins.

Mid Morning Snack: 2 Slices Of Wholemeal Toast with either Vegan Spread or Nut Butter

Lunch: Roasted Vegetables With Pasta

Dinner: Combination Of Leafy Green Veg/ Broccoli With Tofu

Tuesday

Breakfast: Prepare A Fresh Fruit Smoothie, Bowl Of Cereal Crunch wMaple Syrup Covered with Soya Yoghurt

Mid-morning Snack: 2 Slices Of Wholemeal Toast With Either Vegan Spread or Nut Butter

Lunch: Sweet Jacket Potato With Hummus And Mashed Avocado

Dinner: Vegetable Stir Fry With Noodles & Tofu

Wednesday

Breakfast: Prepare A Fresh Fruit Smoothie, Bowl Of Porridge (Rolled Oats/ Instant Porridge) with rice milk and chopped banana, alternatively raisins.

Mid-morning Snack: 2 Slices Of Wholemeal Toast With Either Vegan Spread Or Nut Butter

Lunch: Homemade Butternut Squash Soup With Pitta Bread and Hummus

Dinner: Shepherd’s Pie Made with Soya Mince, Side Salad.

Thursday

Breakfast: Prepare A Fresh Fruit Smoothie, Bowl Of Cereal Crunch w/ Maple Syrup Covered With Soya Yogurt

Mid-morning Snack: 2 Slices Of Wholemeal Toast With Either Vegan Spread Or Nut Butter

Lunch: Left-Over Shepherd’s Pie with Avocado Salad

Dinner: Chickpea Curry with Brown Rice and Broccoli

Friday

Breakfast: Prepare Fresh Fruit Smoothie, Toast With Either Vegan Spread Or Nut Butter & Cereal

Mid-morning Snack: Rice Cakes with Hummus

Lunch: Big Salad consisting of Quinoa, Roasted Tomato, Red Onion, Peppers, Butternut Squash, Chickpeas with Avocado on the side.

Dinner: Linda McCartney Pie with Chips and Broccoli

Saturday

Breakfast: Prepare Fresh Fruit Smoothie, Cereal, Portobello Mushroom On Wholemeal Toast

Lunch: Stir-Fry Noodles with Tofu and Vegetables

Dinner: 2 LM Sausages with Sweet Potato Mash and Broccoli

Sunday

Breakfast: Prepare Fresh Fruit Smoothie, Beans On Wholemeal Toast, 2 Hash Brown, Ackee Stewed W/Onions & Spring Onions, Peppers, Sweetcorn And 2 Linda McCartney Sausages.

Lunch/ Dinner: Squash and Vegetables Casserole with Roasted Potato

 

Yours in good health,

Kehinde

5 Responses to “Food Diary of a pregnant Vegan”

  1. Hey babe, throughout my first pregnancy heartburn was rife water and gaviscon got me through for a short period but then had to get something from hospital which puts gaviscon to shame. I think the cause of this was primarily due to my craving of chilli!! Trust me it was ridiculous I ate at least 2scotch bonnets with everything!!!! My poor daughter came out with peeled lips, but that resolved itself after a long 5months. My other craving was squid. Mmm.

    In my second pregnancy I craved chocolate and olives, but not together lol. This time heart burn was minimal but I was severely iron deficient, sorted by tablets but I preferred red meat, mussels and apricots . As for the chocolate It was a weird one as I had to have a dairy milk first then then a mars or twix and then anything else dependant on my mood but it had to be in that order, weird or what. This time my daughter came out 6oz heavier lol.

    So I’m sure as long as you have a varied diet which encompasses all the necessary vitamins etc you will be fine.

    B x

  2. catherine lascelles November 20, 2011 at 10:35 am

    I had appalling morning – well all day sickness – for first three months. It was so bad I couldn’t cook as smell of cooking made it worse. I ate organic weetabix and organic milk mainly then. Next 3/4 months were fantastic. I felt amazing and I craved smoked mackeral, watercress, avocados and beetroot. I ate this nearly ever day. Finally couple of months had terrible heartburn. I don’t think I ate any meat _ save fish – during pregnacy, and any I did was organic. Actually I did have liver a few times.

    Anyway I had Tallulah at 37 weeks 2 days as I was getting too high blood pressure. She weighed 8lbs and is super smart (well I am her mother so I would think so) due I think to all the oily fish I ate. I also gave her the right sort of epa fish oil supplements for a growing brain at age 2 for a year or so.

    I couldn’t breast feed, and she got colic from organic milk formula so she had apptimil.

    Enjoy your pregnacy!

  3. Hey Catherine, Fish oils are great, girls currently on the supplements. They were both born 4 days late, one 7.1 and the other 7.7 x

    • Hello Briget & Catherine,

      Thank you for your comments, they’re are both fantastic and extremely useful shares of information. I know that I myself benefit from reading them!

      Take care,
      Kehinde

  4. Hey Kehinde,
    The first three months I had hellish morning sickness. I couldn’t eat much and was really sensitive to strong smells, perfumes, creams, certain foods, bleach, any cleaning product, which meant my other half had to put on my apron and kitchen gloves and run the ship…. but like clockwork, as I was definitely counting, on the twelfth week and twenty-fourth hour it stopped like magic… and I can confidently say the next six months were near perfect as far as pregnancy goes… When not preggers I have a very sweet tooth and love meat but this craving subsided during my pregnancy and I craved things like avocado, olives, cheese my local pizza hut didn’t need to ask me what toppings I wanted. I also went through a hell of a lot of pepper! When I think about how much pepper sauce, and I’m talking scotch bonnet pepper sauce, I went through I cringe but my daughter can eat quite spicy foods now I don’t know if it is connected to what I consumed during my pregnancy but I like to think so.
    I had a full term pregnancy and a natural labor… but I didn’t breast feed for very long, three months in total, and she had cow and gate formula.
    Good luck with the rest of your pregnancy xxx

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