Eating for Two…


…Even though it’s just me. Sad right? No, it’s all good! I’m preparing for that second person.

Last week I had an awesome opportunity thanks to the generosity of Pulling Down the Moon, to chat with one of their nutritionist, Sadie Wells, who specializes in fertility nutrition. It’s really pumped me up, and gotten me all into eating better. … Did you notice anything different? I crossed that off my Baby Bucket List!

I know it’s just been a few weeks, but it’s more effort than I’ve EVER put into this before, and I think it’s a habit I’ll be able to keep.

Nutrition is one thing I wanted to get down before getting pregnant to both help with that effort, as well as to help create good incubating quarters for my future mini me.

I am eating a daily dose of veggies everyday now (I usually steam broccoli, cauliflower, and carrots). As well as fruit (usually apples and bananas) along with rice (I switched to brown) bread (still on white.. So sad I know) and a huge difference.. I’ve been eating breakfast!

As long as I can remember I haven’t been a big breakfast fan. I don’t like scrambled eggs, not a huge pancake fan, HATE grits (I know, and I’m a southern girl, it’s sad) and it’s usually just too early for me to have an appetite.

After talking to Sadie, she really gave me the motivation I needed to get my to TRY to eat something in the morning. I started with an apple, some orange juice and some granola. After my body adjusted to that I’ve been adding more things and now I’m eating a full-fledged (pretty healthy breakfast: I usually eat granola with blueberries, and strawberries; some yogurt, a bagel, orange juice; a Bellybar, and herbal tea.

I also found a way and eggs that I like. I like them hard boiled, and I’ll just eat the whites, but I also like them fried… When you cook it on both sides, and crack the yoke and cook it too. I sometimes will cut the yoke out and just eat the whites. It’s YUMMY!

And speaking of eggs… One thing Sadie and I talked about was organic foods. I posted before about trying to eat more organic and starting small with yogurt and eggs. I’ve upped it a little bit. I’m buying more organic fruit… But pretty much just the kind I eat a lot… Apples, strawberries. Stuff like that. I’m not going crazy but the big thing is I’m trying and I’m learning!

What are your thoughts on organic foods? I’d love your take!

Sadie sent me a great list with a rundown of how much to try to eat in a day ie: 1 apple = 1 serving of fruit and I should try to eat 3 servings a day. That’s been an easy way to break it down versus counting calories or something crazy like that, which would be hard for me to do right now.

One challenge for me is drinking enough water. Eight glasses a day is hard to remember, so I’m going to try to buy one of those half-gallon jug things, fill in the beginning of the day and try to drink it all before the day’s over.

I do get quite a bit of my water from my herbal fertility tea from Pulling Down the Moon and from warm water with lemon. I didn’t know this before reading Fully Fertile, but fertility is a warm process, and digestion should be warm too, so eating, or drinking something warm during meal time helps the whole process.

I know a lot of my lady friends out there right now are trying to have a baby, or maybe getting ready to! So I’ve decided to give a gift to one of you… (Or maybe you could give it to one of your friends!). And let one winner choose two ARTeas of your choice! I’ll have them sent directly to you.

The ARTeas aren’t made to diagnose, treat or prevent diseases, but they are GREAT for calming your mind during each phase of your cycle. There are four different kinds for each phase. As it says on their site:

Nourish ~ This fortifying blend of partridgeberry, raspberry leaves and blueberry helps strengthen and support a womanโ€™s reproductive system and is recommended in preparation prior to beginning a fertility cycle.

Implantation ~ A calming blend of chamomile and other citrus flavors for use during the stressful โ€œtwo week waitโ€ to help relax the mind and body. Safe to drink during pregnancy, too!

Ovulation Support ~ The invigorating flavors of spearmint, lemon and ginger provide gentle support during ovarian stimulation in a medicated cycle. Also appropriate during the follicular phase of natural conception cycles.

Cleanse ~ A purifying blend to support the body’s natural ability to detoxify. Perfect in-between fertility cycles and after a failed cycle. May help relieve symptoms of fatigue and sluggishness that are common after use of fertility medications. Combine with any of Pulling Down the Moon’s professional detoxes. Not appropriate during pregnancy or during medicated cycles.

They hooked me up to try all of them, and it’s hard for me to recommend my favorite. I love drinking each of them with breakfast and to have something nice and warm with any of my meals during the day.

So read the ingredients and think of which two you’ll want if you win!

Here’s the rules:
1. You have to be a follower of my blog to enter (or become a follower!)
2. Visit Pulling Down the Moon’s website and in the comments section, let me know something that interest you, or something you learn.

That’s all! But if you want more ways to enter leave additional comments if you:
-Become a Facebook Fan of Pulling Down the Moon
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-Vote for me on Top Baby Blogs (per day/computer) (just click the link)
-You Tweet/ Facebook about this contest (every day you tweet is an extra entry!) Please say: “I just entered @futuremama’s #giveaway for #fertility tea from Pulling Down the Moon

-Leave a comment on one of my posts for Conceive Magazine
(2 entries)
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(worth 5 entries! So leave 5 comments- EACH email account you vote under is 5 entries ๐Ÿ™‚ )
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Giveaway ends October 9th 11:59pm! Goodluck!

Tomorrow I’m starting a BIG contest for a BIG cause! I hope you’ll stop by to help out, and enter!

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  1. At some point i do so want to be a “breakfast eater”..I am just not hungry in the morning. I do need to try more with organics..i went on an organic spree once at the wholefoods store buy my house, most of what i bought no one liked. probably because it all came from the same brand. I need to research that more and find better brands

  2. I can’t believe you’re still eating white bread?! ๐Ÿ™‚ Wheat taste just the same as white, i Promise!! You really should switch!

    Good job on eating organic and more fruit and veggies! That is awesome!

  3. I hated wheat for the longest time until I found Sara Lee’s whole wheat white soft and smooth! It’s so good and tastes so much better than white bread but it’s made with whole wheat! Give it a try you will like it. As for the contest I’m really excited about this one because I love herbal tea! The fertility oil looks interesting! I would probably like the nourish and ovulation teas if I had to pick 2.

  4. I would eat organic 100% of the time if I could afford it. I DO plan on eating organic at least 75% of the time if and when I do get pregnant. I have a theory on big newborns and overweight kids…some of it has to do with the steroids in meat these days ๐Ÿ™

  5. Organic is just too expensive for us but we go to our local garden market and the fruit and veg are beautiful and haven’t travelled miles to get to us. I try to eat in season too as the F&V is always better when it is in season.

    Now you have made me want a cuppa tea *said in her hybrid Australian/English accent*

  6. *hug*

    I am so super excited and proud of you for getting your nutrition underway for you and the baby. Remember your protein. I read that you need around 75 grams while preggo, and it really helps to keep the swelling down, well, as well as does your water. ๐Ÿ™‚

    Youre doing great! Youre already an awesome momma!!

    *hug* You and hubby are in my prayers!

  7. I learned that there is a center in my area, and that Yoga is not proven to help with conception, but there may be a very strong link between conception and mindfulness.

    Great site! I’m glad that I found it. I’m on the same journey.

  8. Just dropped by and found this info very helpful and informative I found out from the Pulling down the Moon site that “An herb or a formula that helps one woman get pregnant could actually impair another womanโ€™s ability to conceive” Thanks so much for this giveaway ๐Ÿ™‚

  9. I learned that acupuncture can help us wanna-be moms. I should go talk to my acupuncturist about it! I hadn’t even thought of that.

    (I’m a follower, of course ๐Ÿ™‚ )

  10. I voted for you on the Love This Site Awards!

    Can you tell I really want to win! We’ve been trying since November 2008, had one miscarriage in June, and are back to trying again. All of these teas look so helpful… I’d love to try them!

  11. following your blog as klp1965
    kathy pease

    being underweight or overweight can impact your fertility. But did you know that as little as a 10 percent weight gain or loss could improve your chances of conceiving?

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