Breakfast before pregnancy was a healthy, light affair for me. I always had a piece of fruit and sometimes there was cereal — or more often than not, I grabbed a Balance Bar on my way out the door to eat at work.
But now that I'm pregnant, the sweet-tasting Balance Bar and cereal don't appeal to me, and I can go either way on fruit depending on the day. So, lately I've been marching myself down to our office cafeteria each morning in search of nausea-stopping food.
For two days in a row, a bagel with cream cheese did the trick, but by the third day, I just couldn't stomach it.
So what's my new breakfast of choice?
Wait for it...
Corned beef hash. The salty mashed up, greasy bits of beef and potatoes just seem to work for me. I have no idea why. Keep in mind that until I got pregnant, I hadn't eaten red meat in years. And the beef eating doesn't end at breakfast. Now, it's inexplicably become part of my regular menu.
The other day, I needed soup, because that's mostly all I can handle for lunch (and often dinner) lately. And the soup that called out to me was a beef and vegetable one. Why, I don't know. But it hit the spot.
Then, another day, I was starving on my way home from work, and I had a couple of errands to run before I got home, so what did I pick up at the drugstore to quench my hunger? Beef Jerky! And it was good!
Then, this past weekend, we went to a barbeque at a friend's place. And when my husband asked me if I wanted one veggie burger or two, I inexplicably told him I needed a real hamburger instead. And it tasted awesome.
The beef thing is weird alright, but even stranger is that all of my tastes seem to have changed. Normally, I love sweets and chocolate. But now, I just can't do it (the only sweet thing that is actually palatable is frozen yogurt). And normally, oatmeal makes me gag, but somehow, it's been kind of soothing the couple of mornings I've tried it. And then, of course, there's my interest in cottage cheese. Never before have I sought it out (and until now, I often thought it looked a little gross), but lately, it's been the perfect topping to whatever little bit of salad (my lunch staple before pregnancy) I can force myself to eat.
The other big change is that I can't eat nearly as much as I used to be able to eat in one sitting. I get full really quickly. Normally, that's fine but I hadn't fully realized this fact when we went out for my birthday dinner in July. I was sure that the organic chicken dish I ordered would be great. But after my soup appetizer, I was full. And by the time my chicken arrived, even the smell of it made me sick. I had to wrap it up untouched (and my sweet husband had to cancel the surprise piece of chocolate cake he'd ordered too).
Oh well, I guess this is all normal. But all I can say is that I'm glad I'm taking my prenatal vitamins, because I'm not so sure I can rely on my eating habits right now to steer me in the healthiest direction.