Fermented Foods: Back in Vogue?

Hi Friends!

Today I have a fun guest post lined up for you guys. My friend and fellow RD Helen from Food & Nonsense is here to talk to you about fermented foods. If you haven’t checked out Helen’s blog…definitely do so. She’s from the UK but is currently living in Bali, Indonesia with her hubby. I’ve actually been to Bali and it is so beautiful! I’m so jealous of her time there. She’s also a wealth of nutrition info and an all-around wonderful lady!

Hopefully you’ll learn something from her today!

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Hey there Lean Green Bean readers!

My name is Helen and I’m a UK Registered Dietitian currently living in Bali. I blog over at Food & Nonsense where I share thoughts on nutrition related topics, my travels and the ongoing mission to keep my life healthy! I’m really excited that Lindsay has invited me here today – thank you so much for having me.

As a dietitian, I love to explore how current science fits with what’s ‘in Vogue’. Today I wanted to talk to you about some, not-so-new kids on the block that are making a comeback – fermented foods, and their probiotic powers.

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Why take probiotics?

I think pretty much everybody has heard people banging on about the fabulous properties of probiotics (ahem). If you haven’t, a probiotic is the name given to anything we consume which contains “good” bacteria, i.e. the ones which are thought to provide us with some sort of health benefit.

There are around 100 TRILLION bacteria living in our bodies (what might they be planning?!).  For the fact lovers out there, thats about ten times the number of our own human cells, or A LOT.  Having a ‘healthy gut’ or one which contains the right balance of ‘good’ bacteria in our bowels is thought to be important for overall health, it’s a mutually beneficial relationship where the bacteria community:

  • provides us with some essential nutrients
  • supports our immune system
  • prevents ‘bad bacteria’ (or ones which may cause us harm) from making us their home

If you’re anything like me, the marketing people can consider you a success, as when you think about probiotics, you automatically think of single serve yoghurt drinks. But there are other, more natural ways to include probiotics in your diet (who knew?!)…

Enter fermented foods.

The process of fermentation (using bacteria or yeast to process the sugars in food to form organic acids, carbon dioxide and/or alcohol) is not a new one. For years, humans have used the power of fermentation to make things like beer, bread, yoghurt and wine (mmmm wine).  As well as these well known foods, people have also been fermenting foods which naturally contain ‘good bacteria’ and these have been making a comeback as ‘natural’ probiotics. Here’s a bit about about the health benefits of 3 of the most popular fermented foods doing the rounds at the moment and tips on how you can include them as part of a healthy balanced diet.

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Kefir

The traditional version of this probiotic drink is made by adding Kefir grains to the milk of cows, goats or sheep.  However, if you’re not keen on milk, it’s possible to make a dairy free version using ‘Water Kefir Grains’.  The grains contain a complementary mix of lactic acid bacteria, yeasts, fats, proteins and sugars known as a SCOBY (symbiotic colony of bacteria and yeasts).  One of the more impressive ‘natural’ probiotics, recent research has suggested Kefir and it’s components may help to support the immune system, improve gut health and aid in blood sugar control and reducing cholesterol.  Interesting!  Preliminary human trials have seen some positive results, but larger, longer trials are needed before we know exactly how (and if) this translates to our health.

Want to try Kefir?

It is possible to buy pre-made kefir, however, it’s super easy (and a bit cheaper) to make your own!  SCOBY starter packs can be found in health food stores or online and it’s worth experimenting with different recipes (like this or this) to find your favourite flavour.

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Kimchi & Sauerkraut

These fermented cabbage dishes have an ancient heritage. Korean Kimchi and German Sauerkraut are both based on the same principle of fermentation but are slightly different due to the way they are flavoured and served.  Both involve leaving cabbage mixed with vegetables, spices, salt, sugar, water and brine to ferment in air tight containers over 3-6 days (depending on your taste).  They have been said to support gut function and lower risk factors for heart disease and diabetes such as cholesterol and fasting blood glucose. Preliminary human trials have shown some mixed but interesting results.  A recent study showed a ‘high’ Kimchi diet to be more effective than a ‘low’ Kimchi diet for reducing fasting blood glucose and for improving cholesterol profiles in 100 healthy volunteers.  However, this was a small study, of very short duration and there are still very few human studies out there. Larger, well designed human studies are needed before firm conclusions about the benefits of their use can be made.

Want to try Kimchi or Sauerkraut?

Both can be easily incorporated into your diet by using them as a condiment or adding them to omelettes, soups, stews or rice.  You can usually find pre-made versions in supermarkets or health food stores, or, if you’re feeling adventurous, you could try one of the great recipes available on the internet (like this or this).  Experiment to find the flavours you like. 

Kombucha Fermented Foods: Back in Vogue?

Kombucha

Kombucha or ‘mushroom tea’ is a fermented probiotic drink which is made by fermenting a SCOBY in sweetened tea.  It has a sweet & sour taste and unless it’s made properly, it can smell a little bit like the socks you left at the bottom of your gym bag!  The ‘hippest’ fermented food around, the list of benefits and health claims associated with Kombucha is long.  It includes the usual, improved gut health and immune system support, right through to more ambitious claims about cancer fighting properties and curing arthritis. However, there are no human studies on the health benefits of consuming Kombucha.  That doesn’t mean there aren’t any, but unfortunately, none can be confirmed.

Want to try Kombucha?

Kombucha is now widely available in health food shops and supermarkets.  It is possible to brew your own, but if you choose to do so, it’s wise to seek help and be careful (see below)!

A word of warning….

There is a possibility that Kombucha is not safe to drink for all people. There have been some reported cases of toxicity and metabolic acidosis (where there is too much acid in the body) which can be directly linked to consumption of the tea.  These cases have been linked to ‘home brewed’ Kombucha and have occurred in people with pre-existing health conditions or after excessive consumption of the beverage.  It is therefore advisable that you only drink Kombucha in moderation.  If you have any pre-existing health conditions, it would probably be wise to get your probiotic hit elsewhere.

Bottom Line

Probiotics aren’t a ‘magic bullet’ when it comes to health and we still don’t fully understand how they impact on health and disease.  However, including some probiotic rich fermented foods in your diet has the potential to add a healthy component!*

*Probiotics are generally considered safe for the general population, however people with a suppressed or poor functioning immune system should speak with their doctor or dietitian before including them in their diet.

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Let’s chat:
Are you a fan of fermented foods?

Enjoy!
–Lindsay–

Birthdays and Babies

Hi Friends!

Today is my 29th birthday! If you need me, i’ll be busy pretending that this past weekend’s weather (70 and sunny) was meant for my bday…since Mother Nature has decided it should only be 38 degrees today. WHAT?!

I’ll also be eating my last little birthday ice cream cupcake and treating myself to a nap!

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When I was younger, the only “birthday cake” I ever requested was actually more like an ice cream pie. It was an oreo crust filled with strawberry ice cream and topped with m&ms. I found this pic from one of my earlier bdays to show you one my mom made:

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It’s been forever since I had my favorite cake….so this year I decided to treat myself. I made little individual ice cream cupcakes because they’re easier to deal with…the big pie can be hard to cut and this way they’re already pre-portioned. All you have to do is mix together some crushed oreos and a little melted butter and press into the bottoms of the muffin tins, top with strawberry ice cream and then add a few m&ms and store in the freezer. I think I made 8 of them so I’ve been enjoying them for dessert for the past week and a half! Delish.

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In unrelated news, it’s time to ask for some advice from you guys. Now that you know baby bean is on the way….we need all the help we can get and we’d love your opinions. Here are some questions to get you started:

  • What are the baby must-haves, products, etc? (For baby AND for parents!)
  • What are some things you thought you’d need but ended up not being that important?
  • Have you written a post or read a good article on baby must-haves? Leave me a link!
  • Tips for getting pets ready for babies?
  • Any great websites to score deals on baby stuff?

Let’s hear it!

Enjoy!
–Lindsay–

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Hi Friends!

Time for another round of Bean Bytes!

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Monday

Amen!
Stressing Over Stress Makes Stress Stressful via Cotter Crunch
10 Things I’ve Learned From My First “Grown-Up” Job via Freeing Imperfections

What do you practice?
Practicing Graciousness via House of Earnest

For the planners:
Daily Command Center Printables via Back To Her Roots

On the fitness side of things:
How To Speed Up Recovery via Eat Spin Run Repeat
The 3 Cardinal Sins of Fitness via Side of Sneakers
8 Benefits of Yoga Inversions via Love Life Surf
Challenge Yourself At The Gym via Slim Sanity
Cross Training Benefits + Workouts via Nutritious Eats

Good question:
When Does A Weakness Become A Strength via Olive to Run

Good to know:
What To Do When Your Twitter Account Gets Hacked via Hubspot
7 Things To Remove From  Your Resume ASAP via The Daily Muse
The Social Media Frequency Guide via Buffer
How To Optimize Your Emails For Gmail’s New Image Heavy Inbox via Hubspot

Do you agree?
Don’t Compare You…To You via Carla Birnberg

Tuesday

Did Self magazine go too far in firing their editor?
When An Apology Is Not Enough via The Great Fitness Experiment

For the parents:
Our Experience Potty Training A Two Year Old via A Healthy Slice of Life

On willpower:
Little Known Ways To Have Superhuman Willpower via Feminine Muscle

On hashtags:
A Scientific Guide To Hashtags via Buffer

Do it:
Why You Should Eat A Serving of Beans/Chickpeas/Lentils A Day

Wednesday

Interesting:
7 Reasons I’m Closing Comments On My Blog via Katy Widrick

Relax:
Meditation 101 via Wildly Fit
5 Ways To Create Office Zen via Energy We Bring

A good approach:
Why I Cancelled Monday via A Gutsy Girl

Yes yes yes:
Why 1200 Is Oh So Wrong via The Real Life RD

Fun idea!
Summer Book Swap via Girl Gone Veggie

Loved these:
This Model Is A New Body Image Hero via The Sweet Life
To The Momma In The Dressing Room A Few Doors Down via Scissortail Silk
Why I Am A Wedding Photographer via Caroline Winn Photography

Good ideas:
40+ Real Ways To Make Money At Home via Our Freaking Budget
How To Get More Blog Traffic & Keep Readers Engaged via Fannetastic Food

In the news:
Is Organic Better For Your Health?
Carbs, Not Just Fat, May Influence Blood Lipid Levels

Fight stress with fitness & nutrition:
Finding A Stress Busting Combination via Jill Conyers

A must read:
What I Want For Olivia’s Relationship With Food via Making Good Choices

Thursday

Fun DIY Project:
Personalized Mugs via Fitting It All In

Awesome:
Photography Tutorial via Fit Food Finds

Do You Agree?
Are We Making Healthy Too Hard? via Run to the Finish

Get strong!
Get Stronger with the 54321 Method via Nia Shanks

Read and learn:
7 Awkward But Common Grammar Mistakes via Hubspot

THIS:
No, You Can’t Pick My Brain, It Costs Too Much via Forbes

Friday

So helpful:
Progressing Your At-Home Beginner Strength Workout via FitKnitChick
6 Tips For Running When You Travel via Better With Veggies

Interesting:
Being An Elite Athlete Isn’t All Glamour via Jill Conyers & Tina Muir

 

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Sweet & Spicy Mango Shrimp
Greek Spiced Turkey Sliders
Sweet Potato, Kale & Sausage Bake
Spinach Goat Cheese Swirl Rolls
No-Bake Banana Nut Protein Bars
Healthy Crockpot Chicken Tikka Masala
Kicked Up Oven Baked Steak Fries
18 Dairy Free Sources of Calcium
Peanut Butter Raisin Muffins
Roasted Veggie Grilled Cheese
Thai Curry Sweet Potato Noodles
Chipotle Avocado Spread
Homemade Chocolate Peanut Butter Eggs
Lemon Shortbread with Salted Caramel Drizzle
Black Bean Tostata With Creamy Cilantro Sauce
Crispy Herb & Hemp Crusted Tilapia
Cookies & Cream Recovery Smoothie
Sweet Corn & Bacon Ice Cream
Carrot Cake Quinoa
Easy Chicken Meatballs
Artichoke Enchiladas
Nut Butter Breakfast Cookie Dough
Chocolate Peanut Butter Hemp Protein Bars 
Apple Pie Pizza
Avocado Cilantro Lime Sauce

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The many spots Tucky sits throughout the day.
Love this quote.

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Baby bean is already collecting toys thanks to my mom & aunts.
Got my most recent order from Swanson’s Health Products.
Some old favs and some new stuff to try.
My parents & sister got me a Kindle for my birthday.
I love it.
Have already read 2 books since Friday.

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30 Day Spring Cleaning Challenge
Top 10 Tips For New Bloggers
3 Poses For Neck & Shoulder Pain
Raise Your Daughters To Be Leaders
All The Things I Wish I’d Said About Water Safety
5 Tips For Google Adsense Newbies
Why Paying Attention To Your Body Is The Best Diet of All
Banana Hair Conditioner
Does Social Media Help Or Hurt The Fitness Industry?
Just Because It’s Sweet & Sticky Doesn’t Mean It’s Honey
Tips For Finding Time To Workout With Kids
The Hard Stuff Often Matters Most
Body Fat Isn’t Preventing You From Looking Cut
Turn Ice Cream Into Muffins With Just One Ingredient
25 Real Food Easter Basket Ideas
Thoughts On American Blogger
5 Myths of Pregnancy & Strength Training
Stress Related Eating Among Kids- How Parents Can Help
27 Things You Probably Didn’t Know About Unsolved Mysteries

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My friends over at Cook Smarts are having a pretty cool Instagram contest! If you haven’t checked them out yet, be sure to read my review from a couple months ago…and then click here to sign up to give them a try (referral link).

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That’s all for today, friends. Hubby & I worked hard this weekend. Saturday we spent all day cleaning the house and gathering up stuff for our garage sale next weekend. Sunday we gave Abner a buzz cut and then cleaned out the garage! We’re exhausted…just in time for Monday!

Enjoy!
–Lindsay–

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Hi Friends!

Time for more food prep inspiration!

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Here’s what I prepped last weekend! I did half in the morning, took a break and did the other half later on:

Here’s what you guys have been up to:

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Meal prep done! Cucumbers, quinoa breakfast bars, broccoli, brown rice, egg salad, carrots, HB eggs, blueberries, quinoa, and the hubs even helped out by making chicken salad!

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I live with my boyfriend. I am vegetarian. He is not. Hitherto, I have to make double the dishes!
For Him: Cajun Chicken Paninis (lunch), Rosemary Crusted Chicken + Honey Mustard Sauce (dinner), not pictured: healthy banana bread bars (snack) 
For me: Roasted Cauliflower + Sweet Potatoes (to add to my lunch salads), Japanese Tofu Curry (dinner), not pictured: kale for salad, nut butter (for smoothies and snacks), frozen fruit (for smoothies)
To share: Black Bean Quinoa Salad (I add to my salads, he has as a side at dinner) 
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Today I did a small food prep. Made some roasted broccolini, used this recipe to make pumpkin muffins for snacks at work, used this recipe for spaghetti squash casserole (used chicken sausage and added mushrooms and spinach) to bring for lunch for 4 days, and sweet potato fries to supplement dinners!
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From left to right…  green smoothies, split peas, black bean burgers, overnight oats, homemade trail mix, tofu fingers, roasted broccoli, turkey burgers, veggie lasagna and veggie quinoa!
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Roasted multicolor cauliflower (yummm), roasted sweet potato wedges, a riff on @theleangreenbean’s baked oatmeal recipe and her Asian black bean quinoa burgers, my fave and long overdue return to my food prep Sunday menu!
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Are you food prepping this weekend? Send me your pic! I’m running low on submissions again.

Here’s what I need from you:

Email me the following:
1. Your Name
2. Your Blog URL (if you have one)
3. A photo of your food prep
4. A short description of what’s in the photo. Tell me what you prepped and how you’re going to use it during the week!

Every Sunday, I’ll post a roundup of the photos I received that week so that you guys can see what others are preparing and hopefully get some inspiration and ideas! I’ll keep this series going for as long as I receive photos, so send one every week if you want to!

Send to: theleangreenbean <at> gmail <dot> com

Tweet and Instagram your pics as well to inspire others!! Use the hashtag #sundayfoodprep . Remember that in order for a pic to be included in the post, you have to email it to me! If you have more than one pic, please make them into a collage before sending!

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Want more inspiration and tips? Read these:

Top 10 Foods for Sunday Food Prep
How to Prep Food on the Weekend

Weekend Prep for Easy Weekday Meals
How to Eat Healthy in College
How to Eat Healthy During the Week

And check out the Food Prep Tab for links to all the previous Sunday food prep posts!

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Let’s chat: Are you prepping food today? Whatcha makin’?

Enjoy!
–Lindsay–

 

Baby Bean

Hi Friends!

In case you missed the announcement on Thursday, here’s the big news:

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#babybean is coming- October 2014!

Thanks so much for all of your kind words and well wishes. We are overwhelmed by all the love and support and are so excited to welcome a little one in just a few short months!

To get you guys up to speed, here’s what’s been going for the past couple of years. Buckle up…it’s a long story!

The Journey

We decided to start trying to have a baby in November of 2012. I had been on birth control for a long time, and went off it at the end of the summer. I wasn’t sure how long it would take for things to get back to normal, but I had no delay. Everything was regulated during my first month off the pill, complete with the terrible, terrible cramps which were the reason I went on the pill in the first place.

At the end of 2012, I was about 5 months away from finishing my dietetic internship. We figured it would take a couple of months, but knew that if it did happen that first month, I would still be able to finish my internship. When nothing had happened by February, I went to the doctor to get checked out and was diagnosed with hypothyroidism. My TSH levels were super high (6.5 when they’re supposed to be under 3) so I was put on Synthroid. It took several months of playing with the dose to my levels down into the normal range but things were under control by June. My doctor told me this could be playing a role in not getting pregnant so I was hopeful that it would happen now that my levels were under control.

No luck. When things still hadn’t happened by November, I went to see an OB-GYN. After discussing options, he gave me a prescription for 3 months of Clomid. Clomid is often used to help women get their period if they aren’t getting it on their own. He told me that since I was already getting it, it would basically supercharge things. I told the three rounds of Clomid in November, December and January with no luck. I didn’t really have any of the negative side effects that some women get while on it, which I was grateful for.

By this point I was starting to lose hope. If you want to read more about the emotions we were dealing with, check out this post we wrote about our struggles. I went back to my OB in January and he said we could try another 3 months of Clomid or go see a specialist.

We opted  to see a specialist and got an appointment in early February. Hubby also got things checked out on his end and everything was fine. We met with the specialist, developed a plan, I got some blood work done, and we made a list of various things we were going to do after I got my period that month. There were certain tests that we couldn’t do because of where I was at in my cycle but the plan was to check my tubes to make sure they were clear and try another round of Clomid, plus an IUI. Except my period never came that month.

The Pregnancy

I found out I was pregnant on February 17th. I was supposed to get my period on Valentine’s day weekend and when it didn’t come, I took a test on Monday morning.

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After seeing it was positive, I ran to the store and bought some cute little socks, wrapped them up and let hubby open them when he came home for lunch. I told him it was a Christmas present that was on backorder and shipped late, and then I had intended to give it to him for Valentine’s day but I hid it so well that I forgot about it until that day. He was shocked!

I actually ended up seeing the specialist doctor for most of my first trimester. Even though they didn’t actually do anything to treat me, they wanted to monitor things initially. I went to the doctor on Feb 19th and got an ultrasound just to make sure things were in the right place, ie in the uterus. At this point I was about 4 weeks, 5 days along.

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We made our next appointment for two weeks from then, March 5th,  and everything looked good at that appointment as well. I was measuring 6 weeks, 5 days. We saw the heartbeat and it was 137 BPM by his visual count. The only thing we were concerned about was that my thyroid levels were going up again. This is normal in pregnancy, especially if you’ve been on meds previously and women often have to increase their synthroid dose once they get pregnant so we’ve been monitoring that closely.

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My sister came in town after this appointment so we told her while she was here!

On March 20th we had another appointment. I was measuring 8 weeks 3 days instead of 8 weeks 6 days but they said the measurements are not precise, can vary, etc. The heartbeat was 169 BPM and we got the approval to back to our regular OB.

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I was SUPER nervous about telling anyone for a long time…so we pretty much kept it to ourselves. We each told 1-2 close friends so we’d have someone to talk about it with, but we waited until after this appoint start telling more people. We told our parents first. We went out to dinner with my in-laws and hide the pictures in a book of paint samples while we were showing them the colors we picked to repaint our kitchen.

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My parents were harder since they’re out of town. I wanted to get them on video so I enlisted the help of a family friend that they were staying with while on a trip back to Kansas City (where I grew up). I secretly face-timed with our friend and then she showed the phone to my parents and I was able to take a video of the facetime screen on my phone with my ipad! It didn’t go exactly as planned, but it was still fun to capture on video.

This will be the first grandchild for both sets of parents so they’re very excited. At this point we also told a few more friends…but still not many. My best friend is getting married the week before my due date so we won’t be able to make it to that wedding, which is sad….and I was supposed to speak at the IDEA blogger conference in August and at another conference in September but am no longer going to either.

This Monday, we had our first appt with the OB. Everything looked good, but I was measuring 12 weeks 1 day instead of 11 weeks 3 days, so they changed my due date from Oct 24th to Oct 19th. Hearbeat was 154 BPM.

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I think the 3D ones are a little creepy but you can see the little sprout has their hands bunched up by their face.

So…that’s where we are right now. I’ll be 13 weeks on Sunday.

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Food

As far as how I’ve been feeling? Not great. I started getting nauseous in Week 5 and it’s been pretty much non-stop, all day every day since then. I actually feel best in the morning from about 8-10 AM and then it goes downhill from there…nights are the worst, from about 7pm until I go to bed. There was about a four week period where I didn’t eat a single vegetable. I’ve been living on A LOT of peanut butter and jelly sandwiches, egg sandwiches, oatmeal and saltines….Nothing really sounds good except pizza, Chipotle and quesadillas with lots of cheese.

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Luckily i’ve just been dealing with nausea and not actually vomiting. I’ve lost about 3 pounds but know it will come back…hopefully in the next couple of weeks I’ll hit the turning point and start to feel better. Oddly enough, breakfast was one thing I never had to skip. I’ve continued to eat my bowl of oatmeal every morning….it’s all the meals and snacks after that I have trouble with. I ‘ve been trying to get in at least two good meals a day…sometimes it happens, sometimes it doesn’t.

The past couple of weeks I’ve been better about just forcing food down. It typically doesn’t make me feel any worse than I already do…but it just depends on the day. Aside from constant nausea, I’ve had sore boobs, lower back pain, light cramps, some heartburn and lots of naps.

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Exercise

As far as exercise…gone are the days where I can workout 3-4 days in a row, take a day off and then do another 3-4 days straight. I’ve pretty much cut back to crossfitting 3 days a week (usually M/W/F) and taking weekends off. I also walk the dogs a couple of miles every day. So, yes, I was pregnant while doing the Crossfit Open….so if you saw my scores/times and they weren’t quite what you were expecting them to be…that’s why. I was taking it easy. I still did all the workouts…just not as hard or fast as I would have done them a few months ago. Luckily the weights were fairly light this year for me, with the exception of the deadlift workout so I just took it easy and didn’t push myself. I’m planning to continue crossfit (with lighter weights) for as long as it’s comfortable. (*Side note- I know people have varying opinions about this so please be respectful of the decisions I’m making. Each pregnancy is different and I’m doing what I think is best to have a healthy pregnancy & healthy baby!).  I’ve actually found that if I can get myself to workout it usually helps me feel better temporarily and I’m able to shovel some food in afterwards as well, which is good.

Other

  • I’m not doing a lot of pregnancy reading yet because I’m nervous enough as it is. I’m just trying to take things one day at a time.
  • It doesn’t always feel real, but I’m sure it will more and more as the months go on.
  • We’re excited to find out the gender of the baby in June. We’re both planners so we don’t want to be surprised at birth. Hubby is convinced it’s a boy…but we’ll see!
  • I’m nervous about all our animals with the little one but hoping everything will work out just fine.

Blogging

Blogging has been hard…but I did a couple of things that helped me out a lot. Right when I found out I was pregnant, I went on a recipe-making binge and made about 7 new recipes. Since I haven’t really been cooking lately (I made that roasted asparagus this week and it almost made me throw up…), it was helpful to have those to spread out over the past few weeks. I also immediately enlisted the help of some blogger friends to write guest posts for me. I didn’t tell them why but it was helpful to have those to share with you guys as well (so THANK YOU to all my guest-posters…I have a few more coming up as well that i’m excited to share with you guys!).

I’m probably not going to be sharing weekly pregnancy updates on the blog. I don’t have anything against them…I’m just not sure I will do them. We’ll see. Right now I’m thinking monthly updates with some shorter blurbs sprinkled in week to week.

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That’s all I can think of for now! I’m so glad we were finally able to share the news. Keeping secrets is hard work! I’ve been jotting down questions to ask all of YOU and will do a post next week asking for your advice on some baby things!

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And finally, here’s a little video of some of the reactions to our big news. A little explanation of how each reveal went down:

  • Hubby- I  put a pair of baby socks in a box with a note that said “Baby Bean Coming October 2014″ and told him it was a late Christmas present I forgot to give him.
  • Sister Bean- She came to visit around week 7 so we let her open the same box hubby did, again saying it was a late Christmas present.
  • The in-laws- We went out to dinner and brought our paint sample booklet to show them the color we were going to paint the kitchen. We hid pictures of baby bean in with the samples.
  • Mama Bean- She was visiting a family friend. I face-timed with the friend and she showed the phone to my mom so she could see me sitting there holding the picture. She didn’t realize we were facetiming at first. She thought it was just a picture of me on the friend’s phone.
  • Papa Bean- We had plans to make a separate call later and do the facetiming trick again with my dad when he finished his meetings for the day…but he ended up getting done early and walking in right when I was facetiming with my mom….that’s why I say “don’t tell dad” at the end of my mom’s video…I wanted to get him in a separate video…which I did after a stressful minute!
  • Great Grandpa – We told many of hubby’s relatives at his grandpa’s 94th bday party by writing it in his bday card.

 

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Let’s chat:
What questions do you have for me?! Or for Mr. Bean?

Enjoy!
–Lindsay–

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