Sarah, when NOT pregnant.
Eat to fuel my body well, maintain a lean-ish composition, but not so strict that I cannot enjoy some alcohol or treat occasionally.
I’d say my nutrition is most similar to the paleo/ancestral protocol. Lots of veggies, eggs, healthy fats, some fruit and enough protein. Not a crazy amount of carbs. A little dairy. Grains like rice and quinoa every once in a while. I avoid empty carbs like bread, cereal, chips.
I eat when hunger ensues naturally. Hunger varies depending on activity level, so I try to follow my body’s signals and eat accordingly. Typically eat breakfast an hour or so after waking up, lunch, and dinner. Perhaps a snack, if necessary.
Eggs and avocado for breakfast, maybe with a small bowl of fruit. Lunch is usually a big salad with protein or leftovers from dinner the night before. Dinner is pretty simple: an animal protein, a giant salad and some veggies.
How much do I usually eat? Enough!
Sarah’s Favorite Foods
Eggs. Brisket. Wine. Instant pot soups and stews. Here’s one to try!
Donuts and sour gummy candies. Sour straw bites are my favorite. It’s a problem! Limit myself to special occasions or weekends. I know they do not align with my goals and I feel better without them.
Sarah’s Hydration and Sleep
Definitely not enough water! I have a really hard time remembering to drink enough. I typically sleep from 10pm-7am. Like a rock.
How Sarah Thinks About Food, Health, and Training
I can quickly see improvements in my body composition and workout performance when I limit sugar, alcohol and garbage snacks. Thus, it reaffirms that nutrition plays a large role in my overall health.
Sarah, when pregnant. (oh PS, she’s pregnant y’all!)
Sarah’s Newer Goals
I’ve in to some cravings, but not all of them 😉 I also know that what I am eating doesn’t have a huge impact on my body composition, I am going to gain weight regardless!
Sarah’s Pregnancy Nutrition
Similarly to when I am not pregnant, I try to eat a lot of veggies (which can be a challenge at times) and enough protein. However, I eat a lot more carbs. So you’ll find cereal, bagels and bread in our kitchen, where typically those things aren’t around. I also want to make sure I include food groups like legumes and dairy, for a variety of nutrients and exposure.
Obviously I’m avoiding alcohol… and not as much caffeine :/
When I am hungry. Which feels often right now…lots of small snacks. Always carrying Larabars or Epic bars with me. When I am hungry at 10pm, I’ll eat some cereal.
Usually eggs and toast/cereal for breakfast. Mid-morning snack on the go. Soup or sandwich for lunch. Afternoon snack is usually an apple. Dinner is a palm size amount of protein, plus a couple bites more. Big salad. Veggies. Snack before bed if I am hungry.
Sarah’s Favorite Pregnancy Foods
Honey Nut Cheerios. Cheese and pickle sandwiches.
Still not enough water. If anyone has any ideas on how I can improve this, please share them with me! Sleep is 10pm-7am, but I wake up to use the bathroom sometime around 2-4am and it can be hard for me to fall back asleep.
Sarah’s Thoughts on Food and Pregnancy and Training
Well, I learned from my first pregnancy that I’m going to accumulate a lot of body fat during this time, which is healthy and normal, so being super strict with my diet isn’t for me. I want to eat a variety of whole foods to support a growing fetus, yet also enjoy a relaxed perspective on nutrition.
I have many years ahead of me to be cognizant of body composition and athletic performance!
CrossFit WOD for Friday 2/7/2020
bench press 5-5-5-5-5, then
21-15-9 reps for time:
dumbbell hang squat clean, 2×50/35/20lbs
Share time to whiteboard! Post-workout should be a chest stretch against a wall for 1:00/side.
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