To all my wonderful followers - I know it has been SO long since I have blogged here, but I have quite the good excuse for that. My husband and I are expecting twins in the spring, and as exciting and incredible as this news has been for us, my pregnancy has not been the easiest! Cooking, let alone looking at food was something I could not cope with, hence the lack of Instagram, FaceBook and blog posts! Now that I am feeling much better, I am finally back in my kitchen, cooking as healthy as I can for the four of us!
I’m not sure what has been harder: not being able to share this exciting news with the people we love, or enduring the discomforts of the first trimester of pregnancy. Not all women are that unlucky, some will never know what it feels like to have severe morning sickness, food aversions, and other complications – those in which I will not go into detail! All is well – and that to me, is all that matters. Now that I am safely into my second trimester, I can’t wait to share everything that I’ve wanted to post for the past three months now.
I really want to apologize (seriously) for the lack of posts, but it was completely impossible. I couldn’t look at food, smell food, and the thought of scrolling through my food-laden instagram made we want to run to the bathroom, head first. My morning sickness struck exactly when it was supposed to, that six-week mark on Monday morning. I (nor my husband) had any idea what I was in for. I said good-bye to whatever foods I haven’t eaten in several years, i.e, gluten – because let me tell you, gluten was all I wanted, and all I could stomach, at least for a few minutes. I invested in fresh loaves of bread, one after the next, piece by piece, one even more toasted than the next. On a good day, it was slathered in jam, but let me tell you, how I missed my avocado toasts. I’m pretty sure my husband lost the weight with me, because I did not cook for him for three solid months. On the very few days that I felt better, and by better, I mean I could stomach a few grapes and tangerines, he cooked for the two of us. Hours felt like days, weeks felt like months, and drinking an 8 oz. glass of water felt like a continuous waterfall. Something that I can still laugh at now (kind of) is that three of my favorite foods, that I pretty much used to eat on a daily basis, became three of my worst nightmares! Why mother nature decided that I should cringe at the sight of sweet potatoes, avocados and quinoa, I have no clue, but I seriously hope that changes.
I woke up each morning hoping my first of 10 cups of peppermint, fennel, or ginger tea would make me feel better, but it didn’t. I tried every remedy in the book, and simply realized, there’s nothing I can do about it. I had to be strong and simply deal with this nausea. I’d love to share some advice with whoever is pregnant and reading this post, that the most important thing you can do no matter how awful you feel is drink, drink and drink some more. The two best things you can have (besides a million cups of [only herbal] tea a day) are water with a lot of lemon juice, and bone broth. Have your significant other make you a pot of bone broth fit to feed an army, with tons of ginger and more lemon juice, because that, my friends, is so unbelievably healing, healthy and nutritious for you and your growing baby(ies).
I can’t wait to share all of the advice that I have compiled along the way with you. I will be posting pregnancy friendly recipes, tips, and maybe a couple snaps of my teeny tiny but growing baby bump with all of you! I am going to compile all of this pregnancy advice into a new column as that will be the beginnings of a new chapter of this website that I have been planning forever! Once my babies are born, I will continue growing this blog with healthy recipes for babies and kids, because these days, as we know, children are increasingly becoming more and more unhealthy!
My husband has been so incredibly supportive through out this journey, that I have no words to express how grateful I am to have him by my side every single day!