I am excited to have another guest blogger today. Her name is Sara Zanotto. She's one of our fabulous Eat-Clean Diet Success Stories & she's also a regular on our great little community, The Kitchen Table. She is a new mommy and wants to share with you how she managed her pre- & post-natal care by maintaining a clean & healthy lifestyle.
|Here's Sara Z & her cutey, Bella!|
I have maintained an Eat-Clean lifestyle for long enough now that it’s just natural, so when I found out that I was pregnant, it was a no-brainer for me--I was going to Eat Clean for my baby too. However, I have to be honest...the terrible morning (who am I kidding? It was all day!) sickness made it very difficult. I was ashamed that my body was craving carbohydrates, and not the good kind. I wanted comfort foods, especially bagels for some reason, and couldn’t even look at a fruit or vegetable. Not to mention, I was so tired it was so hard to get any exercise besides just walking. I was not a happy camper, but I knew that I needed to listen to my body. Through the 16 or so weeks of sickness I tried to make the cleanest choices possible while still comforting myself (with Ezekiel bagels) to help ease the nausea.
Once the sickness was a distant memory, I was right back to what I am familiar with--Eating Clean. It felt great to know that not only was I taking care of myself, but I was providing my baby girl with the best nutrition possible. I enjoyed reading about her stages of development and discovering what foods were best. For example, brain development is in full force during the third trimester, so I made sure to have foods that were high in Omega 3s.
|Here's Sara's clean & healthy progression through pregnancy. |
Look at that almost non-existent post-baby bump!
It has been an easy transition since Bella’s birth (January 16, 2012). I am breast feeding, so she is still eating what I’m eating. It sucks that I need to be careful not to eat too many “gassy” foods, like one of my favourites--broccoli, but it’s so worth it! I’d do anything for that little girl!
It’s the best feeling in the world to know that for the rest of my life I will be a mother to my beautiful daughter and I will continue to Eat Clean, exercise and stay committed to the health of my family!