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Pregnant lady seeks hi-fat, lo-carb mild-flavored drinkable

Answered on September 12, 2014
Created May 20, 2012 at 5:16 PM

6 weeks pregnant w/ meat aversion. Trying to take in fat and keep insulin response low, as hypoglycemia strengthens nausea. I'm at the point where I'd just love to down an easy smoothie/drink w/ lovely macronutrient ratios because trying to chew/swallow food is a bear. My nausea has been mild-moderate but near constant for the past week and gets progressively more awful when I'm hungry. Which makes is hard to force myself to eat.

I'd like to come up with something I can blend up and drink that's perhaps 50 fat/25 protein/25 carb, maybe 60/20/20?

Any other tips for getting in animal fat without having to chew flesh are welcome.

Aside: why do the following things sound palatable? Wendy's chili, pizza, baloney sandwiches on white bread with mayonnaise? This happened the last time I was pregnant - my "health food" diet of quinoa, beans, etc. gave way to fast food in a way I never expected. I'm determined not to go that route this time.

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on September 07, 2013
at 01:28 AM

Why would you deprive your baby of sugar? The more sugar your baby gets the smarter and bigger it will be, this is why diabetic mothers usually have very big babies because they have high blood sugar. You crave all those foods because you have a biological need for carbohydrates, get some fruit and potatoes in yourself for the love of your child. Your body knows what it's doing, there is a reason you have a meat aversion....

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on January 07, 2013
at 06:29 PM

Hey Jessica G, where could I find the jello recipe? I tried googling it to no avail and it sounds delicious.

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on May 23, 2012
at 03:30 PM

You should check out PreMama its a drinkable multi-vitamin that you add to water that helps with nausea.

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on May 22, 2012
at 12:59 AM

It works really well for me. I did have to start small, full scoop at first can be...binding. No fun for anyone. But after getting used to it, that was fine. It's pea and rice protein, I believe. I'd heard the hemp doesn't taste very good, so I haven't even tried it.

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on May 21, 2012
at 07:06 PM

Excellent idea - I made a honey lemon ginger jello for my son last time he was sick. Think I'll give that a go.

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on May 21, 2012
at 07:05 PM

Does PaleoMealDF digest easily? I tried a pea/hemp/chia powder that gave my unpleasant belly gurgles.

8d454fc50d6d58643d6f8b0d1e7ea8ea

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on May 21, 2012
at 07:04 PM

Custard! Brilliant!! I'm totally lusting after white bread, too. It's so odd!!

8d454fc50d6d58643d6f8b0d1e7ea8ea

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on May 21, 2012
at 06:45 PM

Because lots of carbs = reactive hypoglycemia. There's a fertility doc in Florida who advises women to keep it under 50-100g/day, and a side effect of the diet is reduced nausea. I'm craving fast food - non-food - and I'm not going to listen to my body on that one.

8d454fc50d6d58643d6f8b0d1e7ea8ea

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on May 21, 2012
at 12:34 PM

I actually made an acupuncture appt on a whim several months ago while not pregnant - they couldn't get me in til June...which means I'm all set in a couple weeks!

8d454fc50d6d58643d6f8b0d1e7ea8ea

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on May 21, 2012
at 12:32 PM

It's so funny - something about super artificially-flavored, MSG-laden foods strikes me as easy to digest. I've also thought about Chef Boyardee ravioli with fondness (note: I have NO intention of actually eating any of these non-foods).

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on May 21, 2012
at 12:22 PM

At the very least get some quality whole milk free of added vitamins and drink that ad libitum

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on May 21, 2012
at 04:59 AM

Also, rice and potatoes may help with the pizza anda white bread cravings, especially if you add some good fat to them.

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on May 21, 2012
at 04:58 AM

The foods you're craving strike me as being easy to digest, especially compared to quinoa and beans. I recommend making slow-cooked stews and eating foods that are calorically dense and not too fibrous. Since you're having meat aversion but chili and baloney sound good to you, maybe easier to digest meats would be ok for you, like ground beef in a stew.

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on May 21, 2012
at 03:07 AM

For me it was the Taco Bell "ground beef". That was all I wanted to eat during my first trimester, even though I hadn't eaten Taco Bell in years before that.

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on May 21, 2012
at 02:36 AM

Man, what is in the Taco Bell bean burrito that makes it pregnant lady crack? I remember fantasizing about those.

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on May 20, 2012
at 08:42 PM

I was also going to recommend chai with honey or dates. You could do it hot or iced. If you do dairy, heavy cream works well. I like coconut milk, though.

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on May 20, 2012
at 07:15 PM

I love coconut milk smoothies with banana and berries. I also like to add spinach or beet leaves to get in a serving of greens, even adding a beet can be nice too if you have a good blender. A little vanilla instead of honey is great and if you want added protein I add a scoop of hemp protein power and soaked chia seeds once it is all blended. It makes a nice texture.

8d454fc50d6d58643d6f8b0d1e7ea8ea

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on May 20, 2012
at 06:52 PM

My ND did prescribe salt as my BP is low...but right now everything tastes salty, even if I don't add salt. I'm sure this will right itself over time.

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on May 20, 2012
at 05:48 PM

Also good in these smoothies : roasted hazelnut butter, some cocoa, cinnamon, vanilla... Use your imagination and follow your tastebuds!

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E3d94ade13110237db50b944f89e98bd

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on May 20, 2012
at 05:37 PM

How about a nice chicken soup with soft cooked veggies and coconut milk? If you add the cooked chicken at the end with the coconut milk and shred it fine or mince it even, you may be able to tolerate it. You can even stir in an extra teaspoon of coconut oil when you warm it up.

I would think the full fat Greek yogurt and berries would be good too. Drizzle a little honey if you like. Yummy!

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on May 20, 2012
at 05:31 PM

I second coconut milk smoothies! I like mine with the coconut milk, some plain full fat Greek yogurt, and using frozen unsweetened berries works great to make it cold without adding ice. Not sure on the macronutrient ratio but my daily totals usually fall close to 60/20/20. Try putting it in a free diet tracking app like myfitnesspal and see what you come up with (I like the pie chart on myfitnesspal). I have not tried it yet but avocado is also supposed to be a great smoothie addition and would add a lot of fat and is fairly mild tasting. I know that avocado is used a lot of the Toadally Primal smoothies recipes. I think he also does a lot of more savory smoothies too if you are interested in trying that out.

As far as your cravings, maybe you are craving more fat since you are craving a lot of greasy fast food, so maybe drinking the smoothies containing lots of fat would help with this.

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on May 21, 2012
at 04:44 AM

Try and get some gelatin into your system, either in the smoothies or making your own "jello" with some fruit or fruit juice. It will help compensate for the lack of meat.

8d454fc50d6d58643d6f8b0d1e7ea8ea

(2830)

on May 21, 2012
at 07:06 PM

Excellent idea - I made a honey lemon ginger jello for my son last time he was sick. Think I'll give that a go.

5cc9908801b79ff820bbc1eb7ac01b8f

on January 07, 2013
at 06:29 PM

Hey Jessica G, where could I find the jello recipe? I tried googling it to no avail and it sounds delicious.

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on May 20, 2012
at 10:31 PM

Heavy whipping cream would be a good bet (as well as coconut oil).

IIRC, pregnant women are advised to avoid raw eggs, given the danger of salmonella. But pasture-raised, organic eggs might be a good alternative--unlike industrially-raised poultry, they are far less likely to be contaminated. And eggs are such a nutritional goldmine they'd be ideal in the kinds of smoothies you'd like to make.

As for your hankerings for pizza and Wendy's chili, I get those too (and I'm not pregs)! Maybe it's a desire for fat + salt? I deal with the chili craving by making my own ground-beef chili with no beans and keeping individual portions in the freezer. When the craving hits, I can pull one out and have chili within 10 minutes. With pizza, I'll occasionally hit the by-the-slice pizza joint in my neighborhood, get a couple of slices, and just eat the toppings, tossing away the crust (assuaging old "clean your plate" guilt-baggage by telling myself it's not food). I don't have any issues with dairy, so I'm okay with downing a big glob of cheese once in a while. The wheat in the crust? Not so much.

I can't help you with the baloney/mayo/white bread cravings, though. My kid sister, the super food snob, craved the same thing when she was pregnant, much to her horror, LOL.

8d454fc50d6d58643d6f8b0d1e7ea8ea

(2830)

on May 21, 2012
at 12:32 PM

It's so funny - something about super artificially-flavored, MSG-laden foods strikes me as easy to digest. I've also thought about Chef Boyardee ravioli with fondness (note: I have NO intention of actually eating any of these non-foods).

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65bf1ca7071028018c6d8305d0ddcd76

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on May 20, 2012
at 06:14 PM

I'm partial to rooibos chai (red tea and herbs/spices, no caffeine) with coconut oil and coconut milk. You could add honey or some dates which have been mashed for carbs, or drink it while eating some fruit and some protein on the side... It's like an exotic Though very mild coconut chai latte.

E36cb992cf0a5eba8b97a359c15f38b3

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on May 20, 2012
at 08:42 PM

I was also going to recommend chai with honey or dates. You could do it hot or iced. If you do dairy, heavy cream works well. I like coconut milk, though.

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on May 20, 2012
at 05:25 PM

BPA-free Coconut milk smoothie with almond butter & honey/fruit.

If you can do dairy, then kefir & yoghurt may be helpful.

You may need more salt, magnesium & protein (guessing from your cravings!)

Read my blog post on pregnancy nausea for some tips that may help:

http://www.sondrarose.com/preventing-pregnancy-nausea

65bf1ca7071028018c6d8305d0ddcd76

(3049)

on May 20, 2012
at 05:48 PM

Also good in these smoothies : roasted hazelnut butter, some cocoa, cinnamon, vanilla... Use your imagination and follow your tastebuds!

8d454fc50d6d58643d6f8b0d1e7ea8ea

(2830)

on May 20, 2012
at 06:52 PM

My ND did prescribe salt as my BP is low...but right now everything tastes salty, even if I don't add salt. I'm sure this will right itself over time.

Fc64db6a555559762432d503a1dbad19

(1478)

on May 20, 2012
at 07:15 PM

I love coconut milk smoothies with banana and berries. I also like to add spinach or beet leaves to get in a serving of greens, even adding a beet can be nice too if you have a good blender. A little vanilla instead of honey is great and if you want added protein I add a scoop of hemp protein power and soaked chia seeds once it is all blended. It makes a nice texture.

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Eea6a68f5a7190d13c60e1c72417a581

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on May 21, 2012
at 09:09 AM

I lived on smoothies of whole milk yogurt and blueberries my first trimester when I was extremely meat adverse. Scrambles eggs cooked w cream were another staple. Soup with bone broth and whatever veggies are coming into season. In the winter I made a lot of custards w eggs and whole milk/ some cream. You can get away with just using vanilla and a couple table spoons of sugar. If you've been off sugar for a while it will be sweet tasting even w no added sugar. Coat sweet potato wedges in tallow or a butter / oil oil mix and roast. This gets some animal fat/carbs into you. Miso soup is another idea. I really don't know why horrible junk food becomes so appealing during pregnancy. I've seen vegans eat McDonald's filet of fish, and a long term paleoish gluten free person who raises 70% of her own food including meat and milk start eating white bread. So it's pretty normal, and your baby will be fine without meat in the first trimester.

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on May 21, 2012
at 07:04 PM

Custard! Brilliant!! I'm totally lusting after white bread, too. It's so odd!!

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on May 21, 2012
at 04:26 AM

I can't take the berries in my smoothies, no idea why. I'm not preggers and they nauseate me. My favorite smoothie is coconut milk, PaleoMealDF, fibre, Coconut butter, 1/2 cucumber, 1/2 sour apple (granny smith), greens (I prefer kale). Avocado is a great thing to toss in a smoothie for fat.

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on May 21, 2012
at 07:05 PM

Does PaleoMealDF digest easily? I tried a pea/hemp/chia powder that gave my unpleasant belly gurgles.

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on May 22, 2012
at 12:59 AM

It works really well for me. I did have to start small, full scoop at first can be...binding. No fun for anyone. But after getting used to it, that was fine. It's pea and rice protein, I believe. I'd heard the hemp doesn't taste very good, so I haven't even tried it.

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on May 21, 2012
at 03:27 AM

This may not be exactly what you are looking for, but it was a lifesaver for me during both of my pregnancies (one of which I endured during a very hot summer). It's an herbal tea that you mix yourself, and my midwife makes all her ladies drink it. The nutritional profile is awesome; you could live off of it if there were only some fat in there. Here is the recipe, and if you don't like the green taste, just add a couple of teabags of Red Zinger or mint tea (or whatever strong-flavored tea you like). It also makes really good iced tea.

Carol's Pregnancy Tea:

1 part dried nettle leaf

1 part dried raspberry leaf

1/2 part dried alfalfa

1/2 part oatstraw

put a handful(about 1/2 cup) into a quart sized canning jar and pour boiling water over it. Cover and let steep overnight. Drink the whole jar throughout the day.

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on May 21, 2012
at 12:02 AM

I was strongly meat adverse during my entire pregnancy with twins. It just made me sick to even think about eating meat until I reached about 24 weeks and even then I was only eating small amounts of chicken in savory broths. I found that smoothies were my best friend during pregnancy. I liked them with coconut milk or cream and fruit. I also started adding some cottage cheese or whey powder, since I felt I needed more protein and I just couldn't eat meat (I, too, had severe issues with hypoglycemia and tried to restrict carbs). I also found that even though I couldn't eat meat, I really loved broth and I really loved scrambled eggs during my pregnancy. I ate a lot of eggs!!! Oh, and I admit gave in to the ice cream cravings . . . It kept me away from Taco Bell Bean Burritos, which was my crazy fast food craving. I decided full fat all-natural ice cream was much better for me than fast food and giving in to that kept me happy and away from the real crap.

Good Luck!

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on May 21, 2012
at 02:36 AM

Man, what is in the Taco Bell bean burrito that makes it pregnant lady crack? I remember fantasizing about those.

306aa57660d911781231f8090c2a5619

(3808)

on May 21, 2012
at 03:07 AM

For me it was the Taco Bell "ground beef". That was all I wanted to eat during my first trimester, even though I hadn't eaten Taco Bell in years before that.

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on May 20, 2012
at 06:44 PM

In addition you could try acupuncture to help with the cravings, a lot of pregnant ladies fine they can tolerate healthier foods if they address the symptoms.

8d454fc50d6d58643d6f8b0d1e7ea8ea

(2830)

on May 21, 2012
at 12:34 PM

I actually made an acupuncture appt on a whim several months ago while not pregnant - they couldn't get me in til June...which means I'm all set in a couple weeks!

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on May 23, 2012
at 03:49 PM

Would a bulletproof tea work? I've switched out one of the coffee's for tea and make it this way. I steep it for about 20 minutes, pour into a blender with ghee, and some coconut oil. Tastes pretty good, and you can add some turmeric too.

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on May 23, 2012
at 02:22 PM

When I'm pregnant I suddenly no longer want meat and veggies either. Anything that requires work to digest just turns me off. An easy breakfast/snack is nut butter on pork rinds. Also I do smoothies with frozen fruit, coconut milk, and sometimes throw in some whey protein powder. Refrigerated coconut milk whisked with some natural cocoa powder is good, and if you need fiber you can throw in some ground chia. It's powdery so it thickens it without the texture you get from ground flax. I ate a lot of almond flour pancakes and such too, I just didn't use any kind of honey or syrup, just pureed fruit and maybe some Greek yogurt. I have gestational diabetes when I'm pregnant so even rice and potatoes are out for me.

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on May 23, 2012
at 06:23 AM

I had problems with carbs leading to increased nausea and pretty severe protein aversion. Eggs, meat, no thanks. For about a month I lived on smoothies. Mostly coconut milk or greek yogurt with 1/2 to a whole avocado and either a banana or a handful of berries to help it go down. The fat seemed to help smooth out the impact of the fruit, and I tolerated them well. Luckily those problems passed around 20 weeks and I could actually eat real food again. Sausage, not so much even now at 34 weeks.

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