The biggest craving I had was for cheese my entire pregnancy. It is the one thing I've missed since changing my diet a couple of years ago. For a few months all I wanted was a big plate of nachos smothered in cheese. I never gave in, despite everyone's best efforts to make me cave. Other than that, the only real cravings I had was for rootbeer floats and salt & vinegar chips at the end of my pregnancy. I didn't see the point in tormenting myself completely so I did eat 'junk' foods sometimes. I figured as long as I ate a well balanced, healthy diet it wouldn't be horrible to give in sometimes and have some chips or a rootbeer float or some cake.
I ate what I craved. I ate so many green apples and vegan cookies it was insane. I am a firm believer that you crave what you put into your body on a regular.I don't eat meat or dairy and have not for years so my body doesn't crave it. Many people did ask me if I craved steak during pregnancy. I thought that was so weird. Why would I? Someone actually said " Don't babies need meat?" My response was "Is there meat in our breasts?'
Thankfully, I didn’t have many naughty cravings during my pregnancy. I attribute that to my healthy vegan diet. My strongest "naughty" craving was for sea salt and vinegar potato chips. Being a health-foodie, I chose a natural brand and allowed myself to have a reasonable amount of them without stress.
As a natural-health consumer and a professional vegan chef, I also contemplated the wisdom my body was conveying with the craving. Realizing that my desire was mostly about desiring a sour taste, I ate more salads with tart vinaigrettes as well as other sour treats like fresh, homemade lemonade sweetened with stevia. Nausea was my only fear about pregnancy and I later recalled that sour tastes help to abate nausea. With that and homeopathy, I was grateful that my entire pregnancy was marked by only two or three days of mild nausea. My sour craving was definitely telling me something and I’m glad I listened and probed deeper. Our bodies are so wise!
I loved coconut milk/water and dark baking chocolate. I had to take it easy on the sugar so I used stevia quite a bit! These ingredients make for a great smoothie popsicle base and you can add bananas or berries and (even eat it at night!) Instead of potato chips I also had baked pumpkin seeds with olive oil, salt and pepper, hot pepper is good too!
Because I've been veg*n for so long, my cravings so far (I'm at almost 6 months now) have all been vegan friendly. Unfortunately, they haven't all been healthy and I have been indulging in many of them.
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