Sunday, May 1, 2011

35 Weeks and The Food Hall of Fame

35 weeks today! Seriously, are there only about 35 days left?

I couldn't believe it, but I had a really great run this morning. At this point I'm convinced the exact position of the baby determines whether a run is possible, and luckily today it was. 

It seems like the key is to start very slowly and stay that way for about 15 minutes so my stomach doesn't tighten up, and then after that I can hold a good pace just slightly above that for a given amount of time. And even then, some days it's just not happening, so it's always a pleasant surprise when it is.

So, it was wonderful to be outside again this morning even if the weather continues to be the stuff of Endless Winter. I feel like my little running partner and I have had some good times out there! It's pretty cool to think she and I have done about 75 runs together. 

I've been appreciating each run so much because I never know when it'll be my last for a while. Today I went 40 minutes. But I imagine that soon the baby will drop somewhat and I might move to more walking/hiking. 

On a change of subject:
So what does a pregnant person eat? I know I've personally wondered this about other people. For what it's worth, here is what we're enjoying in these last few weeks. The Food Hall of Fame if you will.

1. Mango Madness Trail Mix from Lunds
Dried pineapple, mango, craisins, golden raisins, walnuts, and yogurt-covered raisins. Mostly fruit, just enough nut. Especially fortifying when you're not really feeling hungry, but know you need to eat.

2. Plain Greek Yogurt
I've been very into getting enough calcium lately. A lot of people don't like the slightly sour taste of plain yogurt--with or without a some sugar thrown in like a good little French kid would do--but it's the closest thing I can find in the States to the fromage frais I grew to love for dessert when living with my host family in Dijon. Good for dipping cookies in, too.

3. Oranges and Orange Juice
Maybe it's because most of my pregnancy was in the cold months, but a good winter orange is really hard to beat. And yes, I drink orange juice straight from the my carton. I realize I'll have to train myself to stop before Daughter starts noticing and trying to do the same.

4. French Toast Muffins from Caribou
Have you HAD one of these?? They kind of taste like coffee cake, but way better. Since we have a Caribou in my office building, I've been able to maintain particularly close proximity to them on a regular basis and see no reason to go without when the mood strikes.

5. DQ Butterfinger Blizzards
The urge comes and goes, and while I occasionally consider getting a different flavor, it always ends up being Butterfinger. My absolute favorite is when the ice cream is so cold, you can hold the thing upside down without it dripping. That's when it tastes the best.

6. Breakfast Cereal, preferably oat-ey ones
Every morning, if it's not oatmeal. Also THE snack when nothing else sounds good.

7. Mangoes
Yes, a whole mango. Like coconut water, not the world's cheapest foodstuff--and sadly hit or miss, this being Minnesota--but so good and definitely worth $1.99.

8. Peppermint Patties
My candy of choice.

9. Swiss Miss
I go in and out of hot chocolate phases. I was buying the packets, but it was way too sweet so I started buying the big canister so I could mix it exactly how I wanted it. (The Jumbo Family Size canister.) An excellent after-dinner dessert while watching an umpteenth episode of Lost. And another source of calcium!

10. Red Meat
Hamburgers, steak, anything. Every chance I get I've been trying to consume red meat to avoid anemia, since I'm still working out and have the baby's nutritional demands on top of that. So far in the third trimester I really haven't felt anemic (and I do know what that feels like), so I think I'm getting enough.

Best way to get this red meat? Hand down, Craftsman's beef burger with bacon, cheese, harissa, and homemade ketchup.

11. Orange or red bell peppers
I'm not sure why, but every time I'm feeling off but hungry and then eat one of these (yes, one huge whole raw pepper), I end up feeling GREAT soon after. I guess it has a lot of Vitamin C.

Like I've said before, the baby really seems to want a lot of fruit and healthy stuff, but we're still all about balance and fun treats. Frankly I'm surprised I haven't craved more salt, and my taste for fish is one I'm hoping to reclaim soon.

Nutrition has been a hugely moving target, and it's hard to eat healthy but also in such a way that it's truly balanced and not deficient in anything. To round things out I've been taking a great prenatal vitamin and Omega-3s. Not all prenatal vitamins are created equal, and I highly recommend Rainbow Light--very easy on the stomach, unlike the horse pills from GNC that really did a number on me. The beauty of these is that you can get them at co-ops and Target alike.

That's all for now! Time for a nap.

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