Bite By Bite

February 21, 2012

…my appetite is slowly coming back.

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Check out all these plants!!

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I worked on things this afternoon, including unpacking my car and catching up on adult stuff like bills. Before the sun set, I went out on a 45 minute workout walk for the day. Lovely!

Back at home, I snacked on a few crackers and had a glass of vino POM for cocktail hour.

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Then we got started on pizza night! I am so happy to be married to a baker : )

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Our pizza was 50% whole grain crust (the best mix!) topped with tomatoes, sautéed mushrooms and jalapeno, and cheeeeeeese. That craving is still there!

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AND we had kale!

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Steamed, drizzled in olive oil and salt and topped with avocado.

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I just listened to a podcast on 5 Must-Have Foods When Pregnant.

Kale, sea salt + avocado were 3 of the 5! [Kale is good for the uterus!]

I had #4 – water – with and after dinner.

#1 was Red Meat, which has been making more appearances that normal here on KERF.

You might think I’ve thrown nutrition completely out the window lately, but I have been giving it a lot of thought behind the scenes. At least on the days when I wasn’t terribly nauseous. More protein, more [local] red meat, calcium….and hopefully now veggies can come back in!

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I’ve felt lost without LOST in my life. Back at it!!!

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1 Stephanie @ Legally Blinde February 21, 2012 at 8:58 pm

I only recently tried kale for the first time (in chip form!) but I think the next way I will prepare it will be steamed – that looks delicious! Sounds like you’re getting tons of good nutrients in there :)

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2 Ashley @ Coffee Cake and Cardio February 21, 2012 at 8:59 pm

Pizza looks amazing Kath!! Lucky girl :)

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3 jenna k February 21, 2012 at 9:01 pm

i’ve never heard about or thought about red meat being more necessary in pregnancy. why’s that?

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4 KathEats February 21, 2012 at 9:15 pm

Heme iron and highly bioavailable protein

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5 KathEats February 21, 2012 at 9:15 pm

(but obviously not a requirement if you’re vegetarian)

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6 Melissa @ HerGreenLife February 22, 2012 at 9:55 am

Red meat (or any other kind of meat) is definitely not a requirement for a healthy pregnancy. If you already eat meat and want to continue during your pregnancy, great, but if you’re veg, or just don’t eat much meat, there’s no need to change that.

I got plenty of protein and iron from my regular veg diet, including plenty of beans, nuts/seeds and their butters, soy milk and tofu, eggs, some dairy, and a wide variety of vegetables and whole grains. I was not anemic, and I gave birth to a 10lb 2 oz boy :-)

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7 Jen February 22, 2012 at 10:41 am

Sounds like a little gestational Diabetes with a 10 lb baby!!

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8 Melissa @ HerGreenLife February 22, 2012 at 10:48 am

Nope, super healthy pregnancy, no gestational diabetes. At one point in my pregnancy, my midwife remarked that my diet was what she would recommend to someone who did have gestational diabetes, so she wouldn’t have been sure what to prescribe for me if I had any problems. Fortunately, we never had to face that issue.

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9 Julie H. of Spinach and Sprinkles February 21, 2012 at 9:03 pm

You are super lucky to be married to a baker- that pizza looks out of this world! :) …Also, glad that you are getting you appetite back!

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10 Sarena (The Non-Dairy Queen) February 21, 2012 at 9:07 pm

Oh that pizza! YUM! Enjoy your night Kath!

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11 lynn @ the actor's diet February 21, 2012 at 9:10 pm

love your pizza nights…and i miss LOST in my life too…

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12 Stephanie @ The Travelling Tastebuds February 21, 2012 at 9:12 pm

LYNN! I so miss reading your blog :( I’ve recently moved to China… and Blogspot & Wordpress are both blocked here. I am not sure if this will work… but can you please personally subscribe me to your lovely blog posts? Hope you are well :)

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13 Jen February 21, 2012 at 10:37 pm

Wow – how come China blocks Wordpress and Blogspot?!

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14 Stephanie @ The Travelling Tastebuds February 22, 2012 at 3:07 am

China blocks a ton of sites… including Facebook & Twitter. Technically… Google is also blocked… but since my proximity to Hong Kong is so close… I have no problem accessing Google HK.

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15 Jen February 22, 2012 at 4:37 am

Why do they block them though? They aren’t illegal here…is there a specific reason? Do bloggers and businesses use different platforms for work and marketing? Very interesting!

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16 Paula February 22, 2012 at 9:55 am

Some people think it’s just to censor what the Chinese people can see or to boost the use of their “local” web sites. I did not realize that China has it’s own version of Facebook, You Tube and others similar sites. I lean towards the censorship idea myself.

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17 Stephanie @ The Travelling Tastebuds February 21, 2012 at 9:41 pm

Thank you for the e-mail… but I can’t confirm the follow because the site uses a wordpress domain :(

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18 Stephanie @ The Travelling Tastebuds February 21, 2012 at 9:10 pm

GAWD that pizza looks GOOD! My homemade pizzas never turn out well. So I took a little hiatus from reading my favorite blogs… but when I returned… I find that you are expecting! Congrats on the little bun in the oven :)

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19 Erika - The Teenage Taste February 21, 2012 at 9:11 pm

Wowza, that pizza looks amazing! Homemade pizza is the bomb!

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20 Averie @ Love Veggies and Yoga February 21, 2012 at 9:12 pm

Glad you’re enjoying the food and your appetite is good. I love pizza with tomatoes..and avocados with anything are great.

Have a great nite, Kath :)

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21 Erin February 21, 2012 at 9:13 pm

I used to crave Hardee’s thickburgers. Talk about an unhealthy craving. Thank goodness, it only happened a couple of times. : )

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22 Lauren @ What Lauren Likes February 21, 2012 at 9:15 pm

I need to try the kale and avacodo mix! Looks great :)

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23 Kerry @ Totes My Oats February 21, 2012 at 9:22 pm

You are lucky you are married to a baker! That pizza looks great. Kale and avocado mmmmmmm!

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24 Kaila @healthyhelperblog! February 21, 2012 at 9:25 pm

Homemade pizza>takeout ANY DAY!

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25 Katie @ Peace Love & Oats February 21, 2012 at 9:38 pm

That pizza looks delicious! Clearly I need to marry a baker too! Well, a gluten free one! Haha

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26 Susan Eaton February 21, 2012 at 9:39 pm

congratulations. I try to read about once a week and then saw this post! I know you and your family will eat healthy and your baby will eat the best too!

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27 Laura Jane @ Recovering Chocoholic February 21, 2012 at 9:41 pm

Looks delicious! Glad to see that you’re back to your veggie eating ways!

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28 BroccoliHut February 21, 2012 at 9:52 pm

Yum, yum! I’ve been into kale with tahini lately, but I might have to try your steamed method + avocado.

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29 Brittnie (A Joy Renewed) February 21, 2012 at 9:53 pm

Good to know that red meat is #1 on the list. I am still craving it more often than not :).

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30 Catalina @ Cake with Love February 21, 2012 at 9:59 pm

your homemade pizza looks amazing all the time, maybe you should open a pizzeria close to the bakery? or just add it to the menu? it really looks amazing, you are one luck girl!

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31 Hannah February 21, 2012 at 10:10 pm

Me too. I get grossed out when I pull up to the pump and look at the pump. I know you can see microbes, but I know they’re there! So I gob on the anti-bac hand gel as soon as I pop back into my car! I have heard of people using the little bag the daily newspaper comes in to cover their hand, but I always forget to place it in my car…

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32 Grace @ Healthy Dreaming February 21, 2012 at 10:14 pm

I had a whole wheat pizza and sauteed spinach for dinner tonight. Great minds think alike!

Dinner looks yummy!

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33 Jolene (www.everydayfoodie.ca) February 21, 2012 at 10:18 pm

The pizza looks great – especially the mushrooms!

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34 Angel7 February 21, 2012 at 10:22 pm

Kale and avocadoes are a great combination, and especially good for pregnant women.

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35 Jenny@vegetarianhatesvegetables February 21, 2012 at 10:23 pm

I ate avocados constantly throughout my pregnancy and now my kids love them, too.

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36 Jen February 21, 2012 at 10:31 pm

Kath, I don’t think your throwing nutrition out the window at all! You are extremely conscientious and more aware than you think. You’re doing a great job! And don’t worry about eating out with your family or enjoying sweets – it’s normal! As long as you are meeting your nutritional requirement and not skipping, then enjoy this time of your life :)

(P.S I think I need to start searching for a hubby that’s a pizza baker and give up on a doctor. I’d rather have pizza and bread!) :)

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37 J3nn (Jenn's Menu and Lifestyle Blog) February 21, 2012 at 10:36 pm

That pizza looks yummmy. I like the avocado on your greens. Always a good choice for creamy and nourishing!

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38 Catherine@happinessafterheartache February 21, 2012 at 10:52 pm

My hubby makes homemade pizza sometimes too. Not nearly often enough. Your pics are making me drool!!! He would never use mushrooms though – doesn’t like them – doesn’t know what he’s missing!

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39 Liz @ Tip Top Shape February 21, 2012 at 11:02 pm

That pizza looks delicious!! Love homemade pizza!

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40 Deirdre @ Oh Well Whatever February 21, 2012 at 11:05 pm

That dinner looks amazing. I heard to stay away from raw kale (ie: in a smoothie) any thoughts on the matter?

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41 KathEats February 22, 2012 at 4:39 pm

That was probably a suggestion for smoothies containing calcium, which kale might reduce the absorption of slightly. I can’t think of any other reason not to enjoy raw kale..?

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42 Susan H. @ The Food Allergy Chronicles February 21, 2012 at 11:15 pm

Homemade pizzas are the best! More control over the amount of cheeeeese! Our pizza night is Friday…as we missed last Friday’s due to going to Ottawa for the weekend Your pizza is a tease as I am in withdrawl!

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43 Khushboo February 21, 2012 at 11:50 pm

I don’t want to be picky but I might have to add baker to the list of things I look for in a guy ;)!

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44 RunEatRepeat February 22, 2012 at 12:47 am

Your glove tip just rocked my world! I hate getting gas.

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45 Robyn @ Blueberries and Oats February 22, 2012 at 1:20 am

Doh >.< I need to find myself a baker! That pizza looks delicious!

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46 Kiran @ KiranTarun.com February 22, 2012 at 1:22 am

Avocado’s makes the best salad toppers!!! Good night, Kath :)

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47 Em (Wine and Butter) February 22, 2012 at 3:28 am

Comprably (to most of the world) your meals have still looked healthy. In fact you inspired me to get back into oatmeal this morning … but obv it had been too long. I poured half a cup, thought it looked really small, so made a full cup PLUS raisins and oats.

Woah.

I can barely move and am just sitting here pouring over blogs tryyying to make it to work!

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48 Zoe @ loseweightandgainhealth February 22, 2012 at 3:53 am

You are lucky to be married to a baker and especially lucky to be married to one who also bakes when he gets home – what a fab hubby he is. The pizza looked great and so did the kale. I will try that tonight, steamed, drizzled with oil and sea salt and then some avocado. Yum. But skip the pizza as I am dieting :-(

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49 Joss February 22, 2012 at 7:05 am

I don’t think you have thrown nutrition out the window – you are pregnant, and you need to eat what you want to eat – what makes you feel good and comfortable :) When you are ready for all the veggies – I’m sure you won’t hesitate to fill the void!

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50 Becs in Britain February 22, 2012 at 8:04 am

That’s funny – I didn’t think you’d thrown nutrition out the window at all since becoming pregnant! I’ve really appreciated reading your thoughts on what you think you should/shouldn’t be eating and why. Plus it’s really interesting to hear about how the bump has affected your taste buds! Who’d ever think you of all people would go off veggies?! I’m hoping to have a baby some time in the future, and I’m a real nutrition junkie, so all of your musings are very welcome! Thank you for sharing :) x

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51 Fran@ Broken Cookies Don't Count February 22, 2012 at 8:10 am

The pizza looks delicious and so does the kale!

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52 Hope @ With A Side Of Hope February 22, 2012 at 8:13 am

That pizza looks absolutely delicious! I love mushrooms on pizza. The combination of mushrooms and cheese is really good. :) I love that you topped the kale with avocado! Sounds delish.

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53 Johanna February 22, 2012 at 8:41 am

I am 21 weeks pregnant, and I couldn’t handle veggies during the first trimester either. My doctor told me that it’s fairly common, but I did feel pretty guilty at the end of the night, looking back on what I ate that day and barely having any vegetable servings. Glad to see you’re starting to feel better – 2nd tri is SO much easier! Energy comes back, appetite goes back to normal, you start feeling like a human again!

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54 dana February 22, 2012 at 11:59 am

Thanks for the intro to Pregtastic! I had fun listening to a few of their podcasts today. Interesting stuff on nutrition and exercise.

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55 Ellen February 22, 2012 at 1:33 pm

You are SO lucky to be married to a baker! Have you ever bought pizza dough before? I was thinking about trying Trader Joe’s, but wasn’t sure if it would be good…

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56 KathEats February 22, 2012 at 4:40 pm

I have bought the TJ’s and it’s good!

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57 Katie @ Talk Less, Say More February 22, 2012 at 11:09 pm

It’s good to hear (and see) more veggies coming back into your life. I feel like it just wouldn’t be KERF without ‘em. ;)

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58 ~Christy February 23, 2012 at 11:43 am

The pizza looks fantastic — is the crust one of the doughs you make at the bakery or do you have a special one you mix at home? Glad to see you’re honoring your body and it’s new creative project, eating what feels right. :)

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59 KathEats February 23, 2012 at 1:38 pm

It’s based on matt’s whole wheat pizza dough in my Recipage – but it’s 50% whole wheat (we’ve found this is a great balance)

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60 JenATX February 23, 2012 at 10:55 pm

I haven’t gotten the impression that you’ve thrown nutrition out the window. I’m not pregnant and I have different dietary needs, but I still think it is interesting seeing your thought process behind your foods. It really has helped me remember, “ok, its lunch & didn’t have any vegs w/ bfast. do I have a vegetable? a protein? a healthy fat?”

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