Thursday, April 2, 2009

Bag it up!

When I was pregnant with my first child, Butterfly, I was completely clueless on what I was supposed to eat. I even wrote down this question to ask my doctor (a question I never asked for fear of sounding stupid), "What am I supposed to eat when I'm pregnant?"

Fifty pounds later I gave birth to her and I realized, "Eating for two shouldn't have been taken literally!" I would eat in the middle of the night when I'd get up to pee, I lazed around the house doing nothing, ate whatever I wanted- I just felt pregnant and entitled to do as I pleased. And my body is still suffering for it. I did lose a lot of weight after giving birth to her but my habits stuck so the weight climbed back up and stayed.

So I realized I was falling into this pattern again by making unhealthy choices. Yesterday I mentioned all the fruits and vegetables I had bought. Well I decided this morning that I wanted to make all of this lovely food readily available, otherwise it would rot and not get eaten in our house. So I broke out the cutting board, the knives, and some storage containers. I absolutely LOVE cleaning and cutting fruits/veggies. It was part of my job when I worked in a nursing home and later at a coffeehouse.
Here is the result:

Pictured: bananas, cherry tomatoes, tomato, strawberries, avocado, cucumbers, celery, cauliflower, two types of apples, bag of oranges (in the way back), cantaloupe, green grapes, Romaine lettuce, carrots.

The best part of spending the morning washing and cutting the food? My kids wanted to TRY each and every single thing I was working with. As you can see, they loved the grapes! Butterfly even liked the cauliflower.

Part of this experience was learning how long each food lasted and how to store them. I used a wonderful cookbook that had details on how to pick your fruit/vegetable and how to store it and for how long! Some need to be wrapped tightly, some have to stay out of the fridge, some in plastic. You can see (by enlarging the picture) which foods were in which containers.

For lunch everyone got to pick from this smorgasborg. My own plate was full of cauliflower, cherry tomatoes, celery, carrots, Romaine lettuce and cucumbers. I felt so energized after my lunch! And I cannot wait to dive in again tomorrow, or even as a snack in a few moments.

Later today I had to use my avocado so I made some guacamole. I make mine very simple: just lemon juice and minced garlic mixed into the mashed avocado. I use about a 1-2 teaspoons of lemon juice and maybe 1-2 teaspoons of garlic. Mix and taste. Add more lemon or garlic per your taste. Some people add salt and pepper but I don't put salt in my foods so I left it out of mine.

I think I'm having some full blown sciatic pain. I just want to start off saying my first pregnancy was a breeze. I wasn't begging to go into labor at the end; I felt just fine until the real contractions hit. But I had sciatic pain the entire pregnancy with Bumble Bee and was miserable in that aspect. I was ready for her to come!

One thing I've learned as a mother is that we don't give up! When we're sick or in pain we keep being a mom. I got so much done today, which makes me proud, despite the fact I couldn't get comfortable.

I am regularly not a light sleeper. But I have been sleeping so lightly recently that I feel like I never fall asleep. For one, I can't get comfortable. And two, I don't get up in the middle of the night to pee (I drink water up until my head hits the pillow, too). So I'm thinking that my full bladder in that early morning hour is what keeps me sleeping lightly.

But I feel like things are going great. I am not complaining so sorry if it does come off that way; I just want to be true to my symptoms and experience and sometimes the symptoms with pregnancy aren't all sunshine and rainbows. I don't feel grouchy or short-tempered. Though I do have to admit that I'm ready for some helping hands around here (*ahem*Daniel*ahem*) because my back probably can't handle the vacuuming or bending to put clothes in the dryer.

How are y'all feeling?!


Jess said...

Your food looks wonderful. I visited trader joes today and bought so much fruits and veggies. What cook book did you use, I have no clue how to store veggies and fruits?

Susan Sene said...

I actually started feeling worse this past week than I have the entire time...kinda took my by surprised cause I thought this is about when I should start feeling a lot better. But it might last a little longer into the second trimester and that's ok. Good for you for choosing healthy food! I should do that more often. :)

The Mommy said...

I like washing and cuttingfruits and veggies makes me feel domestic!
I felt VERY good when I was pregnant with Muff and like you said, wasn't begging to have her out in the nd. With this one, I've had SO many aches and pains. We're still not sure if we'll try for #3, but Big Daddy says he doesn't think HE can go through another pregnancy.

Photogrl said...

The fruits and veggies look delish!

Thank you for all of your kind comments and support over the past few weeks on my blog. It has meant a lot to me.

Anne Elizabeth said...

I think I'll let you come an organize my fridge. The veggies all look great. I hate cutting them up and putting them into separate containers ect. but it really does help to do that.

Jennifer said...

Yum! Want to come over and cut some veggies at my house? I always buy them with the best intentions, but forget they're in the crisper. :) Maybe I should start cutting them up when I buy them (and maybe destroy that silly drawer so I stop using it - it probably needs to be sanitized anyway, with all the stuff that's rotted in there!!)

Rhonda Rae said...

thanks 4 comin to my blog srry ive taken so long to get around to comin by yours. Yea my sis is a lil mean. Ive decided to put some space between us till she gets her act together

LaLaLisa said...

Wow that looks a lot like my kitchen counter lately. The hubby and I are eating mostly RAW. I'm feeling so much better. I'm not pregnant, but I want to get healthy. There's nothing better you could feed your little one than fresh fruits and veggies and raw seeds and nuts and whole grains!! Keep up the good work. You're sure to have a sweet baby!!

Tasha Via said...

Your counter looks awesome with all those fruits and veggies! So proud of you. That is my problem. I'll go get the food and then be so tired from the whole grocery store experience I want a break and never get around to preparing it and putting it away the right way. I'm VERY impressed=)

Monkey's Momma said...

Those Green Bags really work to keep fruits and veggies fresh longer.