Strategies to help you stick with your healthy pregnancy diet program and deal with craving for bad foods
It is normal for you to find it hard to deal with craving and stick to your health pregnancy diet plan. However, women during pregnancy find themselves motivated more than ever to stick to a healthy diet to ensure that their baby will get all his/her nutritional needs to grow. So it is not really that hard since you are already motivated and all you need is to maximize the effect of your motivation.
Here are a few easy tips to help you avoid the foods that you should avoid during pregnancy.
Avoid snacks as much as you can
While you may feel hungry between meals sometimes, remember that snacks can easily ruin your healthy pregnancy diet plan. To deal with that you need to make sure that you are getting the appropriate amount of food at each meal. It is possible that you are feeling hungry between meals because you eat too much processed carbohydrates or because you don’t eat enough protein, so you need to consider that also.
When you find yourself feeling hungry between meal it will be easier for you to feel tempted to get something quick and easy to eat. Now, you certainly don’t want that to happen because most fast foods are unhealthy for both you and your baby and also these kind of foods will make you gain unwanted weight quickly.
Fast foods and quick snacks contain all kind of chemicals such as trans-fats, high-fructose corn syrup and artificial sugar which are all linked to newborns abnormalities.
The best way to avoid snacking is by eating small, healthy meals more often. This will help you to balance your metabolism allowing for shorter amount of time in between the meals. So this way your baby will get all the nutrients he/she needs to develop and grow from healthy sources while making sure that you will only gain the right weight amount for your height.
Drink more water
Often, people mistake hunger cues from the body for dehydration. Generally, your daily intake of water is recommended to be at about half your total body weight in ounces of water, that means if you weight 220 lbs then you should drink 110 ounces per day. Therefore you may need to recalculate your daily water intake before you reach for a bad snack to eat.
Even when you feel like you’ve had adequate amount of water it’s never a bad idea to drink a glass of water before you decide to eat. At least this will give you more time to pick something healthy to eat instead of going for a bad unhealthy snack if didn’t already satisfy your feeling of hunger.