A couple of weeks ago our insurance provider contacted me regarding a new pregnancy wellness program they're implementing. There is no cost to participate--it's just a resource the company created to encourage better health for pregnant women.
By opting to join, I had to complete a brief survey in which an OB nurse asked me a series of questions about my pregnancy and my overall health. I was cruising through with the "right" answers, until she asked if I eat 5 servings of fruits and veggies a day. Umm, well, not so much. When I confessed that I did not, she said she would send me some information on nutrition during pregnancy! Well, it's been interesting that I've been more motivated in this area since that phone call. I think I just needed a little push in the right direction.
I'm really trying to make better choices! For example, the other night I was craving a bowl of ice cream. Before indulging, I tried to convince myself to choose an apple instead, but that did not sound nearly as appealing. While wrestling with my decision, I then remembered a simple and healthy milk shake recipe from What to Expect that I'd made several times when pregnant with Nathan. So that felt like a good compromise. I've learned about myself that I like to eat healthy meals, but when it comes to snacking, I am way too likely to reach for carbs/unhealthy fats. I'm trying to make strides in getting to the 5/day goal, which is healthy for pregnancy and beyond!
What about you--where would you place yourself on a healthy eating continuum? And if you're currently pregnant, do you find yourself putting more emphasis on nutrition?
If you're interested, here's the recipe for the "double milk shake:"
1 c. milk
1/3 c. non-fat dry milk
1 frozen overripe banana, cut into chunks
1 t. vanilla (I omit this)
chocolate syrup to taste
Puree in blender--makes one tall glass.