My day on a plate – wk 39

The final countdown is on – my due date isn’t far away at all now. This week I’m literally just allowing myself to have whatever I feel like having; I honestly can’t wait to get back to eating a bit more ‘normal’ once baby is here but now is not the time to restrict myself 🙅

I’m also feeling much better than last week which is strange in a way given I’m getting bigger and bigger, so I’m actually happy spending some time in the kitchen cooking stuff.

Here’s what a typical day of food looked like this week:

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Being vegetarian during pregnancy

My diet has always been a topic of conversation ever since I went vegetarian and especially when I decided to go vegan just before I became pregnant. Most people just find it interesting, others are intrigued about what I might actually eat in a day and some have literally no idea how one could possibly survive without any animal products. When you’re then adding pregnancy to the equation, people are generally worried that the baby won’t get everything she needs in order to be as healthy as she could possibly be.

But eating healthily comes in so many different shapes and forms. Even before I was pregnant I was always very conscious about the nutritional challenges of a vegan/vegetarian diet and that, unless done right, it could do a lot more harm than good. It’s for good reasons that some people who decide to go vegan without thinking too much of it, revert to eating as before just a few weeks later because they’re feeling horrible and deprived. Changing your diet quite drastically requires discipline and you have to learn how to make it work for you first. I have always been exercising quite a lot, had stressful jobs, have generally been very active and knew that I needed a diet that could accommodate for all that – and I will tell you how.  Continue reading “Being vegetarian during pregnancy”

My day on a plate – wk 38

Now that I’ve nearly reached the end of my pregnancy, I can honestly say that I feel like I’m about to kill myself with however little it is I’m actually doing. If you need to sit down and rest after you chopped a few pieces of mango for your smoothie, then you know things are getting serious. And even though I would usually happily spend hours on end in the kitchen, I’m now trying to minimise the time needed on meal prepping, because

1. always exhausted and

2. always hungry.

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My fashion-picks for new mums

I don’t know about you, but when I started looking for some maternity clothes when I was about 5 months pregnant, I knew pretty quickly that this was not what I wanted to spend my money on. Most of the options I found were ridiculously overpriced, and I felt like they just all looked the same for some reason. I hardly found anything that I thought I would wear if I wasn’t carrying that big belly in front of me, and knowing I would only wear it for a couple of months just made it feel like a bit of a waste of money.

I ended up buying myself 3 maternity dresses and 2 pairs of leggings throughout my entire pregnancy, but everything else I have been wearing were things I already had in my wardrobe (my love for anything oversized definitely came in handy here). So for the period after the baby’s born my idea is pretty much the same and I don’t want to buy too many ‘nursing specific’ clothes. I did buy a few basic nursing tops just because I guess you need them and they’ll be great for layering, but other than that I want to make sure to only buy clothes I will wear for longer.

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Almond-oat-coconut-muffins with cranberries (gf/vegan)

I literally just had 10 spare minutes and went through the cupboards thinking ‘What can I bake with what I’ve got?’. Baking like that – to me – is the best. Over time you learn what you can throw together and what doesn’t work as well, and so you basically always have what you need on hand to make at least SOMETHING (I told you about how I cook and bake before and how my kitchen will just always remain a freestyle zone).

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My day on a plate – wk 37

I’ve been feeling pretty low on energy this week. Trying to get through everyday chores like putting up a wash or emptying the dishwasher feels like a workout these days. So I’m trying to fuel my body with lots of healthy carbs for energy, vegetarian and vegan protein and foods rich in iron, because I need to stock up on those levels anyway and I can tell that I feel a lot better since I’m paying more attention to it (and I’ve tripled my intake of iron supplements too).

So this is what a typical day of food has looked like for me this week:

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Exercising during pregnancy

I’m sure you’ve heard it all before: Exercising during pregnancy is good for you and your baby. It can help keep your weight gain in check, prepare you for labour, help you to ‘bounce back’ quicker once you’ve had the baby, reduce the risk of gestational diabetes – the list goes on. Before I continue, please note that I’m not a healthcare professional and you should always consult your doctor and get the green light before doing any kind of exercise whilst you’re pregnant. Everybody’s different and you surely don’t want to put yourself or your baby at risk. This post is just about my own personal journey, and this might look very different for everyone else.

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Pear – goat cheese – walnut – avocado salad with croutons

Before I start, can I just say: I HATE boring salad. When I see people pretending to thoroughly enjoy their bowl of iceberg lettuce with tomatoes and no dressing, then it honestly makes me cringe. I think it’s stuff like that that’s making many people assume that a vegetarian diet has to be boring and sad. And yet I do believe that some of the most delicious and satisfying meals I’ve ever cooked were actually, well, salads.

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The coolest brands for the little ones

Do you guys remember the video of that 8-year old girl having a rant about gender-stereotypes when it comes to girls and boys clothing and how it absolutely makes no sense at all? You should watch it if you haven’t yet, she has just totally hit the nail on the head. Why do clothes have to look a certain way just based on whether it’s a girl or boy wearing them?

If I think back to when I was little, I was a real tomboy. People always thought I was a boy because I played football, had short hair and wore my brother’s old clothes (because I loved them, not because I had to). My worst nightmare was putting on a pair of tights when I had to every so often; there was nothing on earth I found more uncomfortable and I thought it just looked so ‘girly’. I hated it.

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Sweet potato-carrot-ginger-coconut soup (gf/vegan)

Ok, let’s make the world’s easiest and most delicious soup of all times, shall we? I promise you can’t screw this one up; I would even put this past my dad, and he’s the type of person who wouldn’t know how to make scrambled eggs.

I would say this soup is also great for people who don’t actually like soup at all. I always considered soup to be more of a ‘savory drink’ than anything else just because it would never make me feel full – let’s be honest, who has ever found themselves in a food coma after a soup feast (if such thing exists)? Exactly.

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How I cook – and why I cook that way

I’m a messy chef. My kitchen looks like a bombsite pretty much every time I cook or bake and I have learned a while ago to wear clothes that I’m not too bothered about. But to me, that’s exactly what it’s all about. I love experimenting and being creative and I’m not fussy about following recipes too strictly; I find it far too tedious to be honest. Don’t get me wrong – if I was paid a dollar every time I scrolled through one of my favorite recipe blogs then I wouldn’t have to worry so much about whether I can afford the $2,000 Thermomix or not. The reason I still read recipes is because it inspires me, and it gives me new ideas to try something different next time, however I don’t follow them meticulously because I’m a firm believer that you yourself are your own best chef.

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