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Pregnant and Paleo with a Major Egg Problem!

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created July 08, 2013 at 4:08 PM

I'm 7 weeks pregnant and although I've histroically been more of an 80/20 or 90/10 paleo eater (always cheat on the weekends)I've started to slip off the wagon more and more. One food in particular is really bugging me: since about the 6th week I haven't been able to stomach eggs which were my every day breakfast staple. That is, unless those eggs are sandwiched between an English muffin, a bagel, or two pieces of wheat toast and topped with cheese and bacon. This breakfast sandwich craving has continued unabated and eating eggs any other way makes me want to hurl.

So my question is this: knowing how important choline is for pregnant moms, is it better to get the nutrition out of the eggs even if it comes along with the dreaded grains, or is it better to skip it all together and eat fruit or yogurt or nothing for breakfast and keep my diet as grain free as possible? Unless I eat eggs (or liver which unsurprisingly I can't tolerate either) I just don't see how I'm going to get my daiy 500 mg of choline.

Thoughts?

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on July 08, 2013
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Thanks both for the advice. I'd actually made those waffles before and plum forgot about them! I'll give the biscuits a whirl though. I live overseas so it's difficult to get things like almond flour on the fly. I usually have to order from amazon and that can take a couple of weeks. I'm not so concerned with the protein, more so the choline. But I will definitely look into supplementing. I do supplement with a raw prenatal already. I really don't know about magnesium or how to tell if I am deficient or not though!

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on July 08, 2013
at 07:36 PM

I'm curious to know if it's the entire egg that you have an aversion to or maybe just the egg whites? I ask because some folks are unable to tolerate egg whites but are ok with the yolk. Would you be open to trying the yolk cooked in some butter, coconut oil, or ghee in your breakfast sandwich?

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I take Lecithin granules which are a high source of choline. They are derived from soy but my Paleo naturopath says all the soy-ness has been removed from them. Not sure if that's the case but maybe something for you to look into.

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on July 08, 2013
at 04:47 PM

Paul Jaminet said you can supplement choline, one of the important components of egg yolks. He said choline is extremely important during pregnancy, and very safe to supplement. And he advises if you can't stomach the whole egg, try just the yolks. It's easy to hide them in some things, but of course, your body will let you know how you tolerate, say, paleo-compatible ice cream (cream, egg yolks, honey, fruit, etc.)

Perhaps you can write him with your question? I feel like I've seen it on his site somewhere before.

http://perfecthealthdiet.com/recommended-supplements/

User HappyNow (a mom) has said that carby cravings during pregnancy can be quite significant....

I would also consider adding a good prenatal, though, just because eggs also have other important vitamins and minerals like folate and Vitamin A. I know Chris Kresser recommends Pure Encapsulations with Vitamin K and perhaps you could look into supplementing with it (it's kind of expensive, but I would rather pay the farmer (or supplement well) than pay later - hopefully that doesn't sound threatening or like I'm trying to scare you! By all means, please don't stress about what you eat, and if you read the archives here, it seems like a lot of women eat tons of rice and starchy things during pregnancy!)

But perhaps supplementing will help stave off the breakfast sandwich cravings?

Just curious, are you deficient in magnesium or would you have reason to think you are? grains are pretty rich in them, especially if you eat them with cheese (says Weston A Price Foundation)

Might be why your body is craving bread.

Also, you do know that pregnancy protein requirements are actually not that high, and eating carbs is ok, right?

B4adb40d7ab3851e2ff7814af8ba9d85

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on July 08, 2013
at 06:59 PM

Thanks both for the advice. I'd actually made those waffles before and plum forgot about them! I'll give the biscuits a whirl though. I live overseas so it's difficult to get things like almond flour on the fly. I usually have to order from amazon and that can take a couple of weeks. I'm not so concerned with the protein, more so the choline. But I will definitely look into supplementing. I do supplement with a raw prenatal already. I really don't know about magnesium or how to tell if I am deficient or not though!

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