MCLV Pregnancy | What I Eat In A Day [2nd Trimester]

Welcome to my 2nd trimester What I Eat in a Day. If you missed it, here’s my 1st Trimester What I Eat in a Day.

I would like to preface this post by saying that I was devastated to learn that “eating for two” is NOT actually a thing and that doctor’s closely monitor your weight when you’re pregnant. I mean, I get it, but it was still disappointing…

Anyway, you’re not here for the chit chat, you’re here for the food! So here’s an example of a good day of eating during my 2nd trimester. Note: Not all days were this healthy. Not all days were this structured. I did the best that I could and I’d say I pretty much nailed the 80/20 approach. 80% healthy, whole food based meals, 20% treats {though I was in quarantine so most of my treats were homemade, for better or worse}.

First Breakfast: This remained an important part of my morning since I woke up STARVING. Since my husband and I were working from home from the second trimester onward, I started the day by splitting a piece of fruit with him. An apple, pear, orange, or banana, usually with nut butter and hemp seeds or a handful of raw nuts.

Second Breakfast: Being home with full access to my kitchen for breakfast was amazing. I loved the freedom to really make what I was craving. Breakfast varied from protein oats or waffles to scrambles or yogurt with granola. The last one was a big favorite during this period and usually entailed:

Lunch: We got into a very civilized habit of eating a huge salad for lunch every day. I would usually add a side of veggies & rice, a veggie burger, soup, or a smoothie when it got warmer. Salad ingredients varied but usually included romaine hearts, spinach, bell peppers, cherry tomatoes, cabbage, carrots, cucumber, and celery with a homemade balsamic vinaigrette.

Afternoon Snack: Crudite and hummus or a handful of Skinny Pop and some raw trail mix. I also started making banana applesauce muffins {banana nut or blueberry usually} and those made a good pre-walk snack during T2.

Dinner: I had a MASSIVE craving for pasta for most of the second trimester and I made it at least one a week. Sometimes twice. Other than worrying about boring my husband with my recipes, I had no problem eating pasta multiple times a week. My favorite gluten-free high protein pasta is Banza. They even have a boxed mac n cheese that’s vegan and gluten free. I usually made a veggie filled sauce {zero guilt!} like this recipe, though I did experiment with a cashew alfredo sauce as well.

Dessert: I’ve always craved salty, savory foods over sweets. Boy did that change in the 2nd trimester! I couldn’t get enough of baked goods. Or gummies. And being home 24/7 meant that I baked A LOT. One week I baked 2 batches of cookies, a pumpkin pie {in April, weird I know}, lemon bars, and a birthday cake for my husband. Needless to say, once dinner was over, there were always numerous sweet treats to choose from. I tried not to worry too much about my sweet intake and didn’t beat myself up for skipping the dried fruit, though I did try to stay away from my husband’s stash of Oreos, Australian licorice, and Sour Patch Kids.

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Fall Fashion | Tunic & Sweater Round-Up

The Bay Area heat wave appears to be over and with the fog rolling back in and the temperatures staying down, it’s easy to start thinking about Fall fashion here on the West Coast.

I tend to have a Fall uniform of sorts – A tunic or sweater paired with slim fitting pants and a pair of boots. Easy peasy. Plus there are endless options for spicing this basic combination up. You can pair your top with jeans or faux leather leggings, go for split side tops or turtlenecks, and choose from booties or over-the-knee boots. Lots of options while staying true to a silhouette that you enjoy!

So, without further ado, here are some great tunic and sweater options to get you in the mood for Fall.

Sweaters:

Tunic Tops:

What’s YOUR Fall style?

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MCLV Pregancy | Pregnancy Morning Routine

I’ve always loved reading morning routine blog posts or watching them on YouTube. It’s fun to see how people approach a new day, see the good habits and positive ways that people like to start their days with.

But I have to confess that I’ve always been secretly resentful that, as an early morning worker bee, I didn’t generally have time for much self care, reflection, or any relaxing habits in the mornings. From the ages of 22 to 37, I’ve gotten up for work before 5am, and headed straight to the office. Sometimes without makeup, let alone after meditating, journaling, and leisurely sipping coffee on my porch while the sun rises.

With California’s 2020 shelter in place order, however, I’ve finally gotten a taste of the work-from-home life. I’m still starting work early, but without a commute to take into account, I’ve definitely had more of a morning routine since quarantine went into effect in March.

And, to top it all off, I started the second trimester of my pregnancy almost as soon as we were sent home from the office, so I was able to kick of T2 with a new sort of morning routine.

{So grateful to have moved out of San Francisco in the past year and to have been able to enjoy SIP with a bit more space and closer to nature!}

5:15am: Make the bed and change into “work clothes” which meant leggings and tunics until it warmed up, and then flowy dresses. I found that it was important to not wear PJs or loungewear for work, because changing after work was a good way to “end” the work day. If that makes sense. 馃檪

Wash face + apply skin care.

5:30am: Turn on computer and start work, sipping on water bottle w/ ginger + mint leaves. I had trouble with water during my morning sickness period, but once T2 started, I had no trouble drinking water on an empty stomach again.

After I finish my water bottle and take my probiotic and psyllium husk, I would have a glass of warm lemon ginger tonic.

Next up – COFFEE. Yes, the dedicated tea drinker was suddenly craving coffee. And after no caffeine during the first trimester, I was happy to add a Nespresso pod into my morning routine plus oat, cashew, or hazelnut milk. Delish!

8am: Breakfast! I LOVED having access to my kitchen all day and took full advantage, making whatever I was craving. Oatmeal, protein waffles, scrambles, yogurt with granola – All favorites during my pregnancy.

Up next – Supplements. I started the pregnancy very preoccupied with nutrients and supplements, only to have my doctor talk me back off the ledge. She said that my prenatal was great and that took care of most of it, so everything else was overkill. Here’s what I ended up with for the majority of my pregnancy:

11am: Workout time! I’ll be sharing a full post on my 2nd Trimester workout routine, but I was thrilled to be feeling great and able to continue my workouts the whole time. During my first trimester I talked about how fatigued I was and how important it was to listen to my body. During the second trimester I had more energy and motivation, and was able to manage a midday sweat session {in the office/nursery turned home gym} and a walk after work most days. I also LOVED doing dance cardio – Such a mood boost.

12pm: Lunchtime and reading the news.

What’s YOUR morning routine like during the year of Corona?

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MCLV Pregnancy | My Morning Sickness Tricks & Tips

Let me go ahead and preface this with – There is no cure for morning sickness. It’s just one of those things that you just have to muddle through. That being said, I found a few ways to minimize my morning sickness, that proved helpful.

My morning sickness kicked in around week five and a half, and initially I was kind of glad. I wasn’t feeling particularly pregnant, so it was the first real sign to me that there was actually something going on. The novelty and elation faded rather quickly though. It’s just a miserable period that you have to get through. You basically feel hungover for a few weeks to months.

Note: There are some people who have HORRIBLE morning sickness. Living on the bathroom floor, needing to be hospitalized for fluids, takes over their lives level of morning sickness. If you feel like what you’re experiencing isn’t normal or manageable, please reach out to your doctor!

Here are a few tips & tricks that helped me survive this lovely period of pregnancy:

Small Meals:

As soon as I started to feel super hungry, the nausea kicked in. And once it kicked in, it was nearly impossible to get rid of. So I spent weeks 5.5 through 11 or 12 trying to eat lots of small meals throughout the day to avoid getting hangry, which seemed to snowball directly into morning sickness.

Hydration:

I needed to be very careful about how I hydrated during this period. I’ve been in the habit for years of drinking a full water bottle each morning when I wake up, and that became a hard no. I had to slowly sip water during this period, or risk the nausea coming on strong. I also ate lots of juicy fruits and water-packed veggies like cucumber and celery to help with the hydration since I was drinking less water throughout the day.

Sleep:

This may have been unique to me, but I found that I had worse morning sickness on days after a poor night of sleep. So I worked on my nighttime routine and really focused on getting the necessary rest to give me a fighting chance the following day. Luckily I was so exhausted that it wasn’t too challenging for me.

All the Ginger:

Ginger candy. Ginger chews. Ginger tea. I kept them in my purse, the car, my desk, and on my bedside table. All total lifesavers.

Peppermint:

I’ve always loved peppermint and in my first trimester it saved me yet again. I used peppermint essential oil in my diffuser. I kept a little roller of peppermint oil in my purse to sniff like smelling salts when I was in the car. And I carried peppermint lip balm, mints & gum in my purse for a minty boost when I was out and about and starting to feel unwell.

What about you – If you’ve gone through this, what’s your favorite morning sickness hack?

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MCLV Mange | Chocolate Covered Peanut Butter Dates

I love an easy dessert. Combine simple ingredients with a seriously delicious end result, and I’m a happy, happy girl.

These date-based dessert bites are a winner. Sweet date-y goodness mixed with rich chocolate and salty nut butter. What could possibly be better?

{Chocolate Covered Peanut Butter Dates – Vegan, Paleo & Gluten-Free}

Chocolate Covered Peanut Butter Dates – Ingredients:

  • 12 whole dates
  • 1/4 cup of nut butter
  • Bag of chocolate chips or chocolate bar
  • Sea salt for finishing
  • Optional: Coconut oil

Directions:

  • If you’re using dates with the pits, remove the pits – Using a small knife cut a slit across the top of each date. Place the dates on a parchment paper or tin foil lined baking sheet, or in a large freezer safe dish with a lid.
  • Fill each date with your nut butter of choice and place them in the freezer for 15 minutes.
  • While they’re cooling down, it’s time to melt your chocolate. You can microwave it, but I personally think it turns out better if you pop them on the stove top in a small pan with a teaspoon of coconut oil. Stir until smooth and even.
  • Once the 15 minutes is up, take your dates out of the freezer and dip them one at a time into the melted chocolate. Coat each date completely before returning to the baking sheet/container.
  • After they’ve sat for a minute or so, sprinkle with a pinch of sea salt.
  • Let them set for 10-15 minutes in the fridge before eating.
  • Store in an airtight container in the fridge. If you don’t like to eat them cold, you can let them “thaw” for 5-10 minutes before enjoying.

Enjoy!

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