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My Paleo Pregnancy Week 10

The clouds have parted, the sun has shone down, and the hallelujah chorus has risen in the background...OK, maybe a little dramatic, but I feel so much better. It's just my 10th week, so I'm not out of the woods yet, BUT the last couple of days I've felt SO. MUCH. BETTER. It's amazing how we can take for granted just feeling well.

As you could probably tell from my lack of posting, weeks 8 and 9 were tough. The 'morning' sickness was so bad that I was pretty much out of commission for two weeks! Everything made me throw up. My husband did all of the cooking, grocery shopping, and dishes the entire time. The man deserves a medal. He even had to stay home a couple of days and homeschool the kids. I'm very thankful that he works for himself and had the option.


My morning sickness arsenal: lemon water, Morning Wellness Tea, Preggie Pops, Tummy Drops, Happy Mama Spray, and peppermint oil.
My eating the past two weeks has been terrible. Meat and eggs have completely grossed me out. I've pretty much gone for anything that sounded good when I was able to eat. (Oh yes, ice cream happened). 

I've switched prenatal vitamins until the morning sickness passes. I'm using this one currently. It's only 1 pill compared to 4 of the whole food vitamin I was taking. It's just easier to make sure I keep it down that way. Rainbow light is offering 30% off their Prenatal One until December 1st! Follow the previous link and use code: Baby30
The main non-paleo food I've included the past few weeks is gluten-free cereal. As everything I used to eat for breakfast was completely grossing me out it was the best choice I could find. Until...



The awesome folks at beefreegf.com sent me samples of their Warrior Cereal. It has been the perfect solution for breakfast. It's not just gluten-free, but grain free and paleo-friendly. Not to mention delicious. I'm so thankful to find a paleo option that I can handle in the mornings!


Original Warrior Cereal and a little almond milk=perfection! Definitely will be stocking up on this stuff.

The last few days I've been back to my normal paleo eats and it feels awesome! I even managed to cook dinner the last two nights. I shall never again take for granted being able to cook meat without puking. ;)

Workouts the past two weeks were non-existent. I just couldn't even hack it. This week however I've done the stationary bike and a prenatal yoga DVD that I'm newly in love with.



Just moving my body again feels amazing. I'm looking forward to some running soon. While I was laying on the couch the last two weeks I watched running documentaries...talk about missing it!

Oh, and speaking of running. I found this:



Isn't that the cutest thing? Someone whisper in Santa's ear...

How are you?? What have I missed while I was out of commision??


Disclaimer: The cereal and yoga DVD mentioned in this post were sent to me for review. As always opinions are 100% honest and my own.

Paleo Holiday Recipe - Primal Pumpkin Pie


You just can't have Thanksgiving without pumpkin pie! You just can't. It's a rule. If you're paleo or even just gluten-free this can pose a real problem though. I started playing around with a paleo pumpkin pie recipe a few years ago. I first made it with a walnut meal crust. It was OK, but then I thought I'd try it with an almond meal crust, and I have to say it's pretty dang good! I make this version every year now.

This recipe is gluten-free, paleo-friendly, and 100% no junk. I've given both primal (using dairy) and paleo options. Personally, I prefer the splurge of dairy. I mean hey, Thanksgiving comes but once a year!




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Paleo Pumpkin Pie

Crust:


2 cups Almond Flour(I've used blanched and unblanched almond meal, both are great for this)
1/4 teaspoon Celtic Sea Salt, Fine Ground
2 1/2 tablespoons grass-fed butter melted (or Coconut Oil if you don't do dairy)



Combine ingredients and press into a pie dish. I find it easiest to just use my fingers and press until I get it to spread evenly. Bake at 350 for 10 minutes.


Filling:


1- 15 oz can Organic Pumpkin(I like Farmer's Market brand)
1 teaspoon Organic Cinnamon, Ground
1/4 teaspoon Organic Cloves, Ground
1/4 teaspoon Organic Ginger Root, Ground
1/4 teaspoon Organic Nutmeg, Ground
2 large eggs
1/2 cup heavy whipping cream (organic, grass-fed is best) or canned Organic Classic Coconut Milkif you don't do dairy.
1/2 cup Organic Vermont Maple Syrup



Beat together all ingredients and pour into your pre-baked crust. Bake at 350 for 45 to 50 minutes.



Top with heavy whipping cream whipped with a little maple syrup for sweetness or coconut whipped cream if you don't do dairy. Yum.



Let me know if you try it!



Paleo Holiday Recipe - Cranberry Sauce With Mandarin Oranges

I had an entire Paleo - Primal friendly Thanksgiving menu planned to share. BUT morning sickness got the best of me and I couldn't get it done in time. I still plan to post all of those recipes the next few weeks though...maybe they can still be useful for a Paleo - Primal Christmas menu?

Today I'd like to share my cranberry sauce recipe. I've never been a huge fan of cranberry sauce, but love this recipe! I hope you will too.


2 - 12 oz Packages Whole Cranberries - washed
1 1/2 Cups Water
3/4 Cup Maple Syrup or Honey (more to taste if necessary)
2 - 15 oz Cans Mandarin Oranges - drained



Add cranberries and water to a large pot. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat to medium and cook for 10 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add maple syrup and mandarin oranges. Stir. Cook for about a minute.


Top with some chopped walnuts or pecans if you prefer a little crunch. 

Enjoy!

My Paleo Pregnancy - Week 7

One word for this week: rough.

It's funny, I've seen paleo do so much for so many that sometimes I tend to look at it as a cure-all. Which it is obviously not. 

I didn't realize it, but I think I'd talked myself into the thought that paleo would make this pregnancy a breeze. Uh, no.

While I am not as sick as I was in previous pregnancies I am still very sick. The morning sickness and fatigue have been pretty bad this week. The 'morning' sickness lasts all day, sometimes with a brief reprieve in the afternoons (right about the time the fatigue really kicks in).

As always, pregnancy serves to remind me that I am in fact not superwoman.

I've had to let some things go. Rearrange some things. Ask for help. It's a very humbling experience for me.

Workouts this week were again sporadic. I managed to do the stationary bike once and take a couple of walks. Really looking forward to this stage passing so that I can feel up to some more regular workouts! Pretty sure my weights miss me.

My cravings this week have been a little surprising to me. I've been cravings things like pizza, ice cream, and french fries! Considering those are all things I haven't had in over a year and a half I am completely stumped. I'm thinking I need to be better about getting calcium in and that could explain the pizza and ice cream cravings, but the french fries? So weird.

OK, enough of the whining...

I've begun looking at the option of a midwife and a home-birth. Being my fourth I'm comfortable with that, hubby however is working on getting comfortable with the idea. ;)

Would you ever consider a home-birth?

#PaleoChat Cancelled for November and December

I've always wondered why they call it 'morning' sickness? I for one am sick pretty much all. day. long. It seems they should pick a more appropriate name, like...pregnancy induced plague? ;)

With the holidays coming up and evenings being worse for my 'morning' sickness I've decided to cancel the November and December #paleochat twitter chats. 

We'll be back for January though! January's #paleochat will be January 2, 2013 at 9 PM Eastern time.

Enjoy the holidays!