One of the big stresses in my life right now is food. I think about it constantly as in: “Am I getting enough protein? Did I eat vegetables today? Did I consume the right amount of vitamin D? How many times have I had fish this week? And Where is the milk, I cannot drink enough milk” (I’m currently addicted to milk). So to add to this, I messed up twice this week. First I ate ice-cream. Not even a lot of it. Just like five spoonfuls. It was so good. The bad part? Ice cream gives me a stomach ache. And as punishment, I received a particularly bad one. A couple of days later: I was at the mall and starving. I ate a small serving of New York Fries. For the next twelve hours I felt like I had to vomit. The thing is, I NEVER eat ice-cream or fries. Never -- seriously, even before I was pregnant. I think I succumbed to them because I’m stressed out about being so regimented about not just eating healthy, but eating a highly balanced diet. So I rebelled and then paid the price.
Anyone else feel stressed out about food? Any tips for convincing myself to relax about it all?
GOLD / eggplant / 11517 posts
I'm sorry you are going through this. I'm not struggling with this currently, but I spent a long time in therapy to get over my issues about food. The guilt is all encompassing. I know how that feels. Try and remember that there are babies born all the time to mothers who don't have access to good nutrition and while you may have had ice cream and fries, you probably provide the baby with a ton of other good nutrients most of the time. If you rarely eat junk food, that is probably why you had a bad reaction! But you are doing the best you can.
Nutrition during pregnancy is TOUGH! Managing all of the morning sickness/fatigue/hunger/etc. makes it complicated to eat a perfect diet all the time. Hang in there.
pomelo / 5331 posts
I have been totally obsessed about this. I made a spreadsheet of all the food groups I'm supposed to eat and tick everything off and get really stressed when I don't have enough grains or whatever. But then I tell myself what @highwire said, that I eat really decently most of the time, and I may have had Taco Bell today (no, really, I did... is there calcium in the nacho sauce maybe?), but most of the time I do a really good job of providing a wide range of foods to my baby.
Just wanted you to know you're not alone! I don't have food issues but I have really been stressing about what I'm eating lately -- but stress is really terrible too! So I need to just relax