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Almost there… Primal Pregnancy update

My “weekly-ish” love notes haven’t been very weekly lately! But that’s okay… I think I have a valid excuse at 40 weeks pregnant. My official due date was the 1st of August which has come and gone and baby seems to still be very happy inside my (rather large) tummy!

40 weeks pregnant

Throughout my pregnancy I’ve been keeping a diary as well as lots of notes and links to all the different, wonderful and interesting articles and people that I have learnt from along the way, and once baby arrives, my plan is to take it all and put it into some sort of organised chaos for you to download and learn from if interested! I’m not sure how well that plan is going to go once baby is actually here, but the intentions are there.

In the meantime, I wanted to share an article with you that I had published in the latest issue of the LOSE IT! Magazine. I wrote it when I was around 24 weeks pregnant so I have a lot to add to it now!

Click here to download a PDF of the article, and if you’d like to purchase the full mag online, you can do so here.

I’m off to bake some primal banana muffins now and drink my morning Skinny Juice … and wait!

Send your good vibes my way 🙂

 

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How much fruit is too much fruit?

Is fruit really bad for you?

Is fruit really bad for you?

Is fruit really bad for you?

There are a lot of different opinions out there on fruit and how much you should / shouldn’t consume.

I’ve made a little discovery on my own primal eating journey and have experimented with it quite a bit lately and seem to have proved it true (for myself and in my own body at least!)

The quick lowdown is that when you’re eating a mainstream high-carb diet, filled with grains, wheat and sugar, (eg: cereals, breads, pastas, pizzas, sauces, condiments, fizzy drinks, etc) then eating fruit in excess is definitely not going to help you lose weight.

However, when you give up eating sugar, wheat and grains, your metabolism effectively increases (which I believe takes at least 90 days!) and you can then start to include more fruit without any worries. This is of course assuming you aren’t currently diabetic or suffering from any chronic illnesses.

I’ve always craved juicy fruit and that’s one of the reasons why I’ve always struggled with diets that limit fruit intake.

Fruit I eat on an average day…

I eat about 3-4 bananas (which everyone claims are fattening), 2 nectarines, half a sweet melon, bunch of grapes, berries… sometimes even more. And this is excluding my actual meals that I eat.

This is completely the opposite of what a lot of Primal folks recommend, however – I did a good 90 day stretch of being strict and only eating 2-3 fruits a day, and I think that when you have a bit of weight to lose, this is probably the best option to start out with until your bodies metabolism has sped up.

But aren’t fruit sugars bad for you?

I don’t see fruit sugars as ‘bad’. Organically grown in-season fruits are packed with vitamins and minerals that our bodies need. Plus, I’m currently 19 weeks pregnant which means I have monthly check ups, urine tests, blood tests, etc, and all have been 100% so I’m taking that as a good sign.

I’m not saying yes – you should eat as much fruit as you like starting today! What I’m saying is that it’s important to get to know your own body and how it responds to your different eating choices.

In the past, I was always left feeling bloated and crampy after every single meal and I suffered drastically with heartburn. These days, I feel lighter and healthier than ever before and heartburn is a thing of the past (despite being 19 weeks pregnant and having every other blog warning me that heartburn and acid reflux is a normal side effect of pregnancy.)

For me… that’s proof enough that my body responds well to eating a low-carb high-fat AND high-fruit diet – which I understand means that it’s not really that low-carb as fruit contains carbs, but at least I know they’re healthy carbs as that’s what my body is telling me.

If you’re new to the whole primal lifestyle and have just started to exclude sugar, wheat and grains, then I definitely suggest sticking to Mark Sisson’s food pyramid to start with. Give it at least 90 days and then if you’re a fruit addict like I am, you can start to experiment with eating more fruit on the whole.

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Mark Sisson's Primal Food Pyramid

Mark Sisson’s Primal Food Pyramid

 

As always, if you have any questions or comments, feel free to leave them in the comments area below, or send me an email. I’m off to eat a banana 🙂

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