Monthly Archives: August 2010

Some ideas…

I was looking through the pictures on my camera this morning and realised that there were lots of ideas which I haven’t had a chance to show you yet.

So here is a quick ideas post for you…

Breakfast:

French Toast with berries and yogurt

Made using cinnamon raisin bread, egg, milk and cinnamon. Topped with strawberries, blueberries, greek yogurt and honey.

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Cereal, berries and yogurt

One of my favourite brekkies to take to work. The yogurt is much more filling than milk on the cereal. This is Special K, Greek yogurt and blueberries.

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Cereal, milk and berries

This time I had Shreddies, skimmed milk and strawberries.

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Lunches

Tuna Melt Panini

Season a tin of tuna as liked (I like to mix in some sweet chilli sauce) and add mozzarella cheese for melty cheesy goodness! Toast on a Panini grill.

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Cheesy English Muffins

Lightly toast an English Muffin, then add cheese (and I like Worcestershire sauce). Top with halved cherry tomatoes and grill.

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Salad Bar

I was excited to find that my local supermarket has installed a salad bar. This was a great speedy lunch.

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Served with a fresh buttered slice of bread.

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Dinners

Slow Cooker Casserole

Look at our new toy!!

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I have been wanting one of these for ages and we finally got around to getting one earlier this month. I figure that it will really come into its own when I go on maternity leave in October and after the baby comes I will be able to make some nice warming dinners with little effort in the kitchen.

For my first cooking attempt I made a chicken stew. Chicken, carrots, potato, onion, swede and leeks. Plus a couple of small dumplings – not healthy but they really make this dinner!

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This was a great dinner – really tasty. I can’t wait to experiment more with the slow cooker.

Hope you enjoyed these quick ideas!

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Body Image in Pregnancy

I am really interested in the topic of body image in pregnancy at the moment (for obvious reasons). I have been quite disturbed by some of the things I have read lately on some of the popular pregnancy forums.

My personal thoughts…

In some ways my personal reaction to the changes in my body has taken me by surprise. I have always been negative about what I see in the mirror, and struggled to focus on anything but the negatives I could see. My body image started to change when I found out I was pregnant for the first time last November. It was an amazing time. For the first time I felt truly in tune with my body. I knew I was pregnant really early on – I felt changes in my body in the days following conception, and by the time I took a test 2 weeks later, I knew what the result would be. Unfortunately that first pregnancy ended in miscarriage 7 weeks later. While this was a really traumatic event for us, I was comforted by the fact that the whole thing happened completely naturally, with no medical intervention. Even at the moment I realised I was definitely losing the baby, something inside me said that it was happening for a reason. I was able to trust my body in my darkest hour.

So fast forward to February when I became pregnant for the second time. Again, I felt the changes in my body immediately, although not as strongly as my body hadn’t completely reset from the first time. I tried to relax through the early weeks leading up to my 12 week scan and trust that whatever happened was for the best. The relief we felt when we saw a strong little heartbeat at the 12 week scan was unbelievable.

From this point onwards, the physical changes have stepped up a gear. My belly became rounded and very quickly my usual clothes became too tight. This was a strange feeling. Usually, I would respond to this by trying to hide it while I lost a couple of pounds. This time, I was proud of it. In fact I was willing it to grow! I loved going out to buy maternity clothes for the first time (love those elasticated waistbands!).

Now, at 28 weeks pregnant, I have a beautiful big round belly. And its only going to get bigger! There is lost of advice about how much weight you should gain in pregnancy. And to be honest, I have ignored most of it. The midwife weighed me at 7 weeks, and I was weighed at my first scan at 12 weeks (I had put on 1.5kg) but since then, nothing. Instead, my bump gets measured at each midwife appointment (from 25 weeks onward) and is plotted on a personalised graph. As long as the measurements stay within the upper and lower limits on the graph everyone is happy. I did step on the scales out of interest for this post and have now gained 6.5kg since my 12 week scan. Not bad when you consider what my body is now carrying around!

I know I will gain weight faster and faster over the coming weeks and plan to go with the flow and enjoy it.

If you are reading this and are pregnant or planning to be pregnant my advice is to stay off the scales. Eat a healthy balanced diet (as far as your sickness will allow you to) and keep active. Trust your body through this process – its really quite liberating!

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Indoor BBQ

What’s happened to summer?? It’s the middle of August and the weather here is not summery in the least! The rain hasn’t stopped all day. Oh well, at least it saves watering the garden!

Luckily tonight’s dinner was a great way to cheer us up – an indoor BBQ!!

Under the grill tonight was this delicious lamb and mint burger which I picked up from the farm shop over the weekend. Yummy!

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Served in a bun (white – oops!) with salad, coleslaw and baby jacket spuds. We picked up these cute Rooster potatoes in the supermarket at the weekend and I decided that baking them would work best with tonight’s dinner. What a great idea for a work day dinner! The baked potatoes were perfectly soft with crispy skins after just 50 minutes in the oven at 200. Much quicker than a standard jacket spud.

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Loved the fresh flavours in this and really enjoyed the salad too. Not sure why I have been off salads for a while – maybe a hangover from early pregnancy where my sickness stopped me from enjoying any fruits and salads. But at least I have rediscovered them now. It’s strange how my tastes have changed through pregnancy. From the carb cravings leading up to 12 weeks, to dairy cravings around weeks 12-18, and now back onto real foods (and plenty of them!).

I have read a couple of articles recently about body image and weight gain in pregnancy and have some really strong views on the subject. I’ll save them for another post, but what I will say is that this pregnancy is the first time in my life that I have really trusted my body – and I’m loving it. I am eating more, but my weight gain is well within guidelines, so I am happy to go with it. And that goes for eating what I fancy, as well as when. So some full fat dairy has crept in, carbs are up, and desserts feature more often than they used to. I figure I need the energy and as long as my weight gain is ok, I am happy to roll with it!

Off to my first NCT antenatal class tonight – feeling excited but nervous! Wish me luck!

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