I have SO MANY women email me with questions about food. What should they eat? How much they should eat? When they should eat? Is this food OK? Is that food OK?
To get you sorted out, here are Three very important FOOD TIPS to follow:
1. Remember, you need an additional three hundred calories a day when you’re pregnant, BUT this does NOT mean that you get a “free pass” to eat whatever junk food you want. Calories count even when you ARE pregnant! Make healthy food choices a priority.
2. CHOOSE unprocessed, non-hydrogenated fat, whole grain foods with loads of fresh vegetables. Load your plate up with a rainbow of fruit and/or vegetables, whole grains like brown rice and good quality protein like organic chicken.
3. Manage your portions! Learn to RECOGNIZE appropriate portion sizes. What really works for a lot of women is to fill your plate with the recommended amount of food, chew it well and WAIT for fifteen minutes before you go back for more.
What’s an appropriate portion size . . .
- A serving of carbohydrates, such as brown rice, or whole wheat pasta is about the size of a hand ball.
- A serving of meat, poultry, or fish is about the size of a deck of cards.
- A serving of fruit (and starchy vegetables like carrots) is about the size of a fist.
- A serving of non-starchy vegetables like lettuce or cucumber is unlimited (yippee!).