My Pregnancy Diet; 26 weeks pregnant

Wow, another week passes, and another inch on the waist. I’ve certainly got a little bump now – and brought my first pair of maternity jeans and maternity tops. Why I didn’t do that sooner, I will never know. They are soooooo comfy! I brought a lovely collection of bits from Next and couldn’t recommend it enough. I feel like I’m embracing the bump now rather than trying to dress it in baggy clothes!!

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I’m still following the Gluten Free diet and loving the benefits. I feel more energised and less bloated. Two common complaints in pregnancy, so how fab is that!?

Here is what I have been eating over the last few days. BFree foods, you have been a life saver!

Breakfast:
Banana & Peanut Butter Smoothie
1 banana
2 teaspoons of peanut or almond butter
Handful of spinach
Tbsp of flaxseed
300ml of water or almond milk
Snack: Chopped apple with peanut butter
Lunch: Roasted Red Pepper and Hummus Pitta
Snack: Sugar snap peas with GF Hummus
Dinner: Chicken & Broccoli Bake (serves 4)
4 Chicken Breasts
Head of Broccoli
Tin of coconut milk
Chicken stock: ENSURE STOCK IS GF
2 slices of BFree brown loaf (for bread crumbs – blitz in blender)
Chop up chicken fillets and fry in pan with a teaspoon of coconut oil until
white. Add in Broccoli for 3-4 minutes. Add in tin of coconut milk and chicken
stock (use 100 ml to mix stock). Place the mixture in an oven proof dish and
sprinkle breadcrumbs on top. Bake for 40 minutes. Sprinkle with a handful of
mozzarella cheese after 30 minutes for the final 10 minutes of baking.
Breakfast:
½ a soft avocado
2 eggs
Sprinkle of Himalayan sea salt
DIRECTIONS
Pouch 2 eggs. Slice the black pudding into thin pieces and cook on the grill,
mash when cooked. Mash the avocado. Toast the BFree loaf, top with the
mashed black pudding, then the avocado and top the mixture with a soft
poached egg and a sprinkle of salt. Serve with rocket.
Lunch:
Chicken Salad
Snack: 4 squares of dark chocolate
Dinner
BFree Pizza
Tomato puree
Hard Goats cheese
tomato,
roasted red peppers,
prosciutto ham.
Spread 1-2 teaspoons of tomato puree on a BFree wrap and add toppings of
choice. Bake in the oven for 10-15 minutes. Serve with Side Salad.
Snack: Bag of popcorn
Breakfast: (MY FAV!!!!) 
Simple delicious Paleo Pancakes
1 Medium sized Banana
2 Eggs
1 tsp of baking soda (ensure GF)
Mix 2 eggs, baking powder and chop one banana and blitz in food processor
until smooth. Fry on pan like you would any pancakes – keep them small as
they will be easy to flip. These are delicious served on their own or with a
tablespoon of honey or maple syrup / or a dollop of greek yoghurt and some
berries.
Snack: 4 GF oats cakes topped with almond butter
Lunch: Omelette (2 eggs), with 1/2 pepper,mushrooms, onion, garlic + 2
Snack: Handful of trail mix & a piece of fruit
Dinner: Medium Salmon darne cooked in parchment with a squeeze of lemon
juice + medium sweet potato ,chopped into fries and sprinkled with salt,
pepper & olive oil + cup of broccoli
Dessert: Gluten free cookie. Keep your eyes peeled for the recipe for this 🙂 
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My pregnancy journey; 23 weeks pregnant 

So I’m 23 weeks now (I think!), I’m seriously losing track. I’m so busy with Lacie & life, that I’m not sitting there counting the days like I did in the first pregnancy. You definitely have less time to rest, appreciate your growing baby and your body second time round.

So here’s my bump. I’m growing nicely, and feeling good. Still gym’ing most mornings, and running an hour on Saturdays & Sundays. These days I’m setting my Gym Boss for 3ish minutes on, and 45 seconds rest, which means I get regular waking intervals to keep my heart rate down and in check.

I hope to run for at least another month or so – so, if you are pregnant and thinking about running, here are my top tips…

* Only run during pregnancy if your body is used to it. I’ve run for years, run marathons, and am generally conditioned to run. Pregnancy is not the time to start anything new.

* listen to your body! A few times I’ve gone out and felt heavy, lethargic and generally not in the mood to run. Instead of pushing it, I’ve either walked or gone back home, and jumped back into bed to watch Peppa Pig with Lacie. I’m not out to break any records, just stay healthy (and sane) during my pregnancy.

* Expect to run slower than you’re used too. This can be hard for some, but not me. I’m just so happy to still be running at this point. I didn’t run when I was carrying Lacie and really missed it!

* Plan your route and know there as toilets you can stop at. I always stop for a quick wee around 20 mins into my run. Most of the time I get there and actually think ‘wow, that was a pathetic wee!’ but with extra pressure on your bladder it feels like I really need to go and then that’s all I can think about for the whole run.

* Don’t get distracted. Gone are the days when I can run and admire people’s houses, gardens, front doors and generally anything other than the path in front of me. Your gait and your balance change when you’re pregnant so it’s easy to fall over or lose your balance. I’ve meant my lesson the hard way – watch where you’re going and be mindful of every step.

* Take your phone. When I fell over I was lucky to be pretty close home (although the ten minute walk home with tears streaming down my face felt for ever!). If I’d had my phone, I could of called Mark, who probably would of come and got me, or just generally reassured me that I’m ok and to help me compose myself.

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I think that’s it! Obviously wearing the right trainers (I love Asics) and sports bra (always Cake Maternity) are a must. I always go and get re-measured when I’m pregnant because your chest changes massively when pregnant and you’re advised not to wear under wired bras and anything too restrictive.

My measurements;
Every week since finding out I was expecting I’ve been measuring myself. Here are my measurements to date. It’s a great way of not stressing about the pounds on the scale & keeping check of how your body is changing.

8 Weeks pregnant
Chest: 32.5 inches
Waist (smallest): 28
Belly Button: 29
Hips: 35.5
Legs: 19.5
Arms: 10.5

23 Weeks
Chest: 32.5 inches
Waist (smallest): 29.5 (+1.5 inches)
Belly Button: 31.5 (+2.5 inches)
Hips: 36.5 ((+1 inche)
Legs: 19.5
Arms: 10.5

 

How to Beat The Bloat

I’ve been wheat and dairy-free for a while now. It happened when I went on a boot camp. For a whole week, we didn’t touch the stuff, and then I went home, had it and noticed a difference with my weight, bloating and mood (yes, mood!) straight away.

I now try to avoid it at all costs and it seems, that avoiding it, is actually getting easier. For example, when I go out, I can now ask for say a gluten-free pizza if I fancy it, or stick to a protein and salad/vegetable dish, and when it comes to going to the supermarket there is a whole aisle dedicated to people who don’t want to and can’t eat wheat, dairy, gluten, sugar etc. It definitely feels easier these days.

Here are a few of my fav snacks that help me keep my energy levels up, without bloating me out or giving me crazy sugar highs. I’m a big fan of snacking, so I you will always find some of these snacks in my bag – for me and Lacie to enjoy.

1) Ombar Dairy-free Coco Mylk Buttons
It always makes me smile, when I walk into a room and Mark asks me what I’m eating and I reply chocolate buttons. Who would have thought it!? These buttons, however are made using raw organic cacao and sweetened using organic coconut sugar. They are super rich, and creamy and are great for killing my chocolate cravings without a trans-fat in sight!

2) Nairn’s Gluten Free Biscuit Breaks
Just because they say Gluten-free on the packet, don’t think it’s ok to eat the whole packet of these, it’s not! They are ever so moreish. The best thing is, is that they come in a pouch of four, so just have them to hand, and you hopefully won’t go too crazy! Me and Lacie love the chocolate chip variety of these (I don’t have a sweet tooth – honest!!). They are made with whole grain oats and have 40% less sugar than other sweet biscuits, so if I’ve done a tough workout and need a post-workout snack, then these are usually my go-to snack. I like to give them to Lacie too, when she’s peckish between meals or she’s been running around at soft play or something. You won’t find me giving her any rubbish – no way!

3) Clearspring Toasted Nori Snacks
Sometimes I need salt, most people would turn to crisps, but these toasted nori snacks do it for me. They are made from just four ingredients, nori (which is also known as edible seaweed), unrefinded sea salt, sesame seed oil and rapeseed oil. I like to eat them raw, but you can also sprinkle over your salads, so when your other half is having croutons, then you don’t feel quite so left out! 

Other foods I tend to avoid to avoid the bloat are;
• Sugar of all kinds. Sugar comes under many names, so do your research.
• Yeast and anything containing it: bread, beer, wine, Marmite.
• Malted products, such as those found in breakfast cereals.
• Alcohol
and
• Dried fruit & fruit juices.

I have to also mention, that i went to an amazing restaurant in Brighton yesterday called Food For Friends. It’s a vegetarian restaurant, but they also have gluten-free, vegan and dairy-free options throughout the menu. We shared some tahini dips with gluten-free bread to start, and I had a haloumi, avocado and mango salad as my main. The food was super fresh and rich, that I didn’t need a pudding, despite the fact that was gluten-free Molten Chocolate Pudding on offer. I’m starting to regret that now! Brighton is a long was to go back to, just for a pudding!

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How to stay clean and lean on holiday – or whilst moving house in my case

Last weekend, we moved house. My perfect little bubble is now a building site, and I am living with the in-laws for five weeks.

From this.....

From this…..

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To this!!!

This is fine. But I don’t have a gym. That’s like me not having oxygen – and I won’t lie, it’s totally taken me out of my comfort zone! So this is what I have been doing to keep myself on track. You can apply this to when/if you go on holidays or if like me you are moving house and your routine is all over the shop. There truly is no reason why you can’t get your workout in or eat healthy, EVEN if you are away from home. This is what I’ve been doing….

* Find a local gym
I found a local sports center – it’s an school in the day and gym at night. Yes, we did a class in a school hall, but never the less, it was an INSANITY class and actually pretty tough. It will keep me busy on Monday nights for the next few weeks, so that’s one workout taken care off. The gym there is awful, so for now I will stick to the class.

* Follow a workout DVD 
Push the sofa over, pop in the DVD and VUALA!! My current favourite is the Jillian Michaels 30-day Shred. Tough but quick!

* Try an online workout…
like BarreCore. I love their barre classes but it’s impossible to get to a class in London and schedule it around Lacie too, so I love their virtual classes, which allow you to experience the barre burn in the comfort of your own home! I also love the Dan Roberts Methodology X plan, a 21-day plan, a fun and friendly holistic workout, which has been designed to help you look and feel supermodel fit. It starts pretty easy, but Boy, get to day 14 and you’ll notice the change in pace!

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* Have a resistance band or kettlebell to hand.
All you need is a bit of space and you can do a full body workout outdoors or in your living room. My personal trainer, Gideon Remfry from KX Gym has given me a challenge of doing 5 minutes of kettlebell swings, followed by 5 minutes of Clean and Jerk, followed by 5 minutes of kettlebell snatches. My body was screaming for Merci afterwards – and it took literally 30 minutes with a warm up and cool down.

* Body weight!!!
NEVER underestimate the power of your body!! Think pushups, squats, lunges, dips, the list goes on and on. Try 30 seconds of squats, 30 seconds of burpees, 30 seconds rest. Repeat this cycle for 10 minutes. Ouch!

* Know your surroundings
find a path and go for a run – or in my case, take Lacie for a run. I pop her in her Out ‘n’ About Nipper Sport V4 and off we go. I found a nice big hill, which I walk up for my warm up and then have been doing a few laps of the local park.

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* Stick to Protein
If time is tight and I don’t have time to have breakfast or in my case, don’t have a kitchen then I will grab a Protein shake or Protein Bar. My fav this month has to be Maxitone Sculptress Bars. They come in a caramel crunch flavour and contain 16 grams of protein in each bar, which not only supports my muscles after a morning workout but also keeps me feeling fuel to at least midday! My rule of thumb is to have protein with every meal. Think boiled eggs, a handful of almonds, some chicken pieces, A protein shake, some coconut yogurt (CO YO) or slices of goats cheese.

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If there are days when you can’t workout – don’t worry, I’ve had a few! Try to keep your diet in check and eat little and often. You should also try and move as much as possible (walk to the shops, rather then drive, or chase your little one around the park). Locate your nearest supermarket too and stock up on water, fruits, veg, nuts, hummus etc, so there are always healthy options to hand.

Despite being worried about coming out of my comfort zone, It really is possible to make healthy choices, smart choices and get your exercise when you aren’t in your usual environment or their isn’t a gym around. Just do a little homework and be prepared, it will only lead to a better and healthier you. Good luck!

How to work out with your baby

I’ve heard it so many times, “I can’t work out,” “There’s no time with a baby,” “I don’t want to leave them in the creche at the gym.” But believe me you really don’t need a gym and you don’t need to miss out on quality time with your bubba either. I USED to go the the gym 6 days a week, more if I could. Now I’m lucky if I manage once a week in the evening whilst Lacie sleeps. I just don’t have the energy once i’ve put her down at 7:30pm. There’s bottles to be washed, dinner to be eaten and a bath every now and then is nice too!

But what about working out involving your little one in the day? There’s no harm in them seeing you working out. It can only create healthier habits for them in the future. When Lacie was first born, I would always pop her in her swinging chair, whIlst I did a quick 25 minute HIIT workout, or pop her on her play mat (when she was happy to sit still :)) and chat with her in between sets so she didn’t feel left out. I often chat with her whilst I’m doing my workout, telling her what exercises I’m doing and then counting my reps out loud. I will sing to her too and encourage her to bop about. So much fun.

Now Lacie is a little explorer, I tend to pop her either in her high chair and let her munch on her breakfast as she watches me jump around (she finds it super funny), pop her in her Fisher Price Sit-me-up Floor Seat during Milkshake on Channel 5, which she LOVES, pop her in the garden with a ball and her toys whilst I work out on the grass, or ideally I try and do it in the morning before she wakes. This requires me to get up at 7am – which to be honest isn’t the end of the world. I’ve also filled her travel cot up with ball pond balls in the past and let her play in there for half hour. She loves it (you can see it in the background of this pic!)

Someone kept me company in the gym today!

Watching Milkshake whilst Mummy Squats

By showing Lacie how to be active in any way I can, I’m hoping that she will develop a habit of being active from an early age, plus if I include her in a work out, we get to spend time together and learning things like how to count and how to jump. She already knows what to do with a dumbbell and likes to try and do press ups on my Reebok Step. I hope that it will also teach her that workouts don’t have to be a mysterious thing that no one should see you do. (Let’s be honest: we’ve all felt embarrassed about going to the gym and working out in front of people!)

Here’s a quick workout that you can do with your little one by your side. You don’t need any fancy equipment that can hurt them – or you don’t need loads of space either. If you don’t want to do it with your baby awake, then pop them in the pram come nap time, walk round the block to get yourself warmed up and then do it in a local park or in your living room whilst they sleep. You won’t of missed any quality time with them and it will inspire you to get it done super quick whilst they sleep.

Now I’m a mummy is definitely quality over quantity!

Here goes…..

* 30 seconds jog on spot – 10 high knees, 10 low knees. Keep repeating this sequence until your time is up.
* 30 seconds of press Ups
* 30 secs jog on the spot – 10 high knees, 10 low knees. Keep repeating this sequence until your time is up.
* 30 seconds plank
* 30 seconds jog on the spot -10 high knees, 10 low knees. Keep repeating this sequence until your time is up
* 30seconds of squat jumps
* 30 seconds Jog on the spot – 10 high knees, 10 low knees. Keep repeating this sequence until your time is up
* 30 seconds of burpees
* 30 seconds Jog on the spot – 10 high knees, 10 low knees. Keep repeating this sequence until your time is up
* 30 seconds of triceps dips

Repeat three times through – once if you are short on time. Something is always better than nothing!

A quick walk around the block come nap time always does the trick. Now where's the nearest park?

A quick walk around the block come nap time always does the trick. Now where’s the nearest park?

* Always warm up before you do this workout and check with your doctor before embarking on any fitness challenge.

How my diet has changed since being a mum 

Since being a mum, life feels like it’s going 1000 miles an hour. When Lacie was first born, my diet was so important. My milk needed to be as high quality as possible, so I was very strict about eating plenty of good protein, good fats and vegetables. Don’t get me wrong, I’m still strict about eating these good foods but my Sunday night food prep sessions are all about making Lacie the best food possible for the week ahead. Think sweet potato muffins, chicken and avocado wraps, banana, avocado, spinach and chia seed porridge and quinoa concoctions. It’s all about getting the right nutrients into Lacie so she’s happy, healthy and benefiting from stable blood sugar levels. 

Sweet potato, strawberries and spinach with coconut. Sounds yuk - but boy, she likes it!

Sweet potato, strawberries and spinach with coconut. Sounds yuk – but boy, she likes it!

So how about me? I’m all for convenience. Protein bars or shakes tend to be my staple breakfast right now (which still ends up being 10:30ish no matter how organised I am!!) pre-cooked and marinated chicken with ready prepared salad bowls for lunch and some CO YO and Paleo Granola or chopped fruit for my afternoon pick me up. I always cook a dinner though, which I eat with Lacie. That tends to be some sort of protein dish with vegetables and salad. Last night for example was salmon with pesto and roasted vegetables. She’ll sit in the kitchen with me whilst I prepare it and we chat and sing. It’s one of my favourite times of day! It doesn’t take long to prepare but I let her try things like pepper sticks and cucumber slices as I chop. 

I do love the kitchen, and I do miss the kitchen. I have so many recipes (check this sugar-free banana bread out!!) stored on my phone that i would love to bake – but these will have to wait until I have a few hours to play around in the kitchen, which doesn’t happen that often. Right now, it’s all about building good habits for Lacie and giving her a taste of all the good foods out there whilst she doesn’t know any different. I’m hoping she’ll get a taste for these foods and they will be her go to foods for the rest of her life. We’ll see. I’m fully aware that there will be parties to go too, and day trips out with Nannies and Nannas!  

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As for me. I’ll carry on eating my meals with either one hand or really quickly (I’m always in demand!) It’s not forever and as long as I have the right fuel inside me to keep doing a good job as a mother then that’s a that matters. It makes me really appreciate food when I do go out for a nice meal or manage to cook something special. 

What do other mums do when it comes to eating around their little ones? I would love to know! I’m off to go and enjoy a chilli with some cauliflower rice. 

Day 12 of my 21 day fix

After a busy day yesterday doing a BarreCore Class with the lovely Olivia from Livia’s Crumbles, I ache like mad. I still got up through, despite about 3 hours sleep (Lacie is teething) and did an hour’s workout at 6:30. I was going to post a picture of me in the gym, but I think I would of scared you with my smudged mascara and unbrushed hair. That’s the beauty of having your own gym I suppose! I really didn’t want to get up this morning!

I bite the Bullet and did a back and abs session with a 20 minute Kettlebell met-con circuit to finish off. I then had a juice made from beetroot, apple, cucumber, celery, broccoli, avocado and lemon followed by an apple with some almond butter. Nothing quite hit the spot this morning.

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We then walked to our signing class (I did 13,500 steps today according to my Nike Fuel Band) then came home and had two Gluten free sausages, two poached eggs and some spinach for lunch.
The rest of the afternoon was playing with Lacie and just chilling before making a Spag Bol for dinner. I didn’t have the pasta, and just had spinach instead, knowing that I wanted to leave room for one of my special crumbles that Olivia gave me yesterday. They are amazing – and are wheat, dairy and sugar free. Bonus!

Tonight I usually go for a walk, do a class or go do some more exercise, but do you know what? I just want a nice soak in some bath salts and to read a magazine. So that’s what I’m going to do. Down time is so important, especially with Lacie’s poor sleeping habits at the moment!

Day 9 of my 21 day fix

It’s true. I left my abs in Devon, but do you know what? We had the best family weekend so I’m not going to stress. We don’t have another holiday booked until October, plus we’re moving house and got lots on, so a bit of downtime was well needed.

To be honest I didn’t go crazy, and still managed to run or hit the gym every day but I did have pudding both nights, I did have bread when it was served lunch with my family and I did have a scone with some Devon clotted cream. It would be rude not too.

Got to love running in Devon!

Got to love running in Devon!

I do however know that it’s back on track now, so today has been a good one.

I bagged a gym session this morning, then had a protein shake after, followed by a Paleo breakfast of eggs, chorizo, spinach & avocado, a lunch of a multigrain gluten free wrap with goats cheese and avocado and salad, then a handful of macadamia nuts (my fav) and salmon with green veg for dinner. I’ve drunk lots of water too and walked over 12,000 steps.

Any excess weight will be gone in no time!

Day 2 of my 21 day detox challenge

I’ve woken up not hungry and ready to try a light gym session. It won’t be my usual but it will probably feel like it if my resting heart rate is anything to go by this morning. I’m clearly still fighting something off but sometimes doing something actually makes you feel better!

I started with some side plank rotations & side lunge with a reach before moving onto lunge with Kettlebell press, super-setted with maximum press ups. I managed 13 in each set.
My workout lasted for about an hour all in all, and progressed to thrusters, burpees, 5k bike and abs, which I was pleased with. I didn’t push it though!

I then had my first juice of the day…before walking to the park with Lacie.
My hubby then decided he wanted to lunch, so whilst him and Lacie ate, I drank my juice. I won’t lie. I was tempted to give in and have lunch with them but after a few sips of my juice I didn’t feel too hard done by.
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I then had my Brazil nut milk at 4ish, which I find incredibly sweet. I’m not sure if I like it or not, but it’s filling so that’s enough for me, followed by juice for dinner at 7pm and a hot water with a slice of lemon. All in all, I’ve had 4 juices and lots of water.

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I do feel hungry today and I do feel a little agitated BUT my word, I’ve been productive. I’ve written a feature, sorted all the clothes in my drawers, sorted Lacie’s 1st birthday photos and also wrote & sent all her thank you cards.

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I also had a long soak in the bath with Epsom salts, not only because it’s advised on the Purifyne juice programme but also because my hubby ordered in a pizza and some sweets and I just had to get away. How cruel can you be?
I don’t actually eat pizza – but the whole house smells AMAZING.

I wonder if he saved me any?

Day 21 – my last day of the 21 day fat loss challenge

So today is my last day of my 21 day challenge – but I will be keeping it up! I’ve got into a great routine over the last three weeks and really enjoying my workouts too. They say it takes 21 days to form a new habit, and I think that is correct!

Today I started the day off with a Kettlebell Tabata workout whilst Lacie was in bed, then I had a juice made up of 3 carrots, a whole cucumber, 2 apples and half a lemon before taking her swimming at Virgin Active. I love how many vegetables you can cram into a juice – think of all those nutrients feeding your cells!!

Lacie had a good sleep after her swim so I had a protein bar before answering a few emails and starting a feature for Fertility Road Magazine.

For lunch, Lacie had sweet potato, butternut squash, spinach & pear with Cod, while I had a spinach falafel and hummus salad. I then had some chocolate CO YO mid arvo followed by a spinach, apple, celery, cucumber and avocado smoothie for dinner.

I will weigh myself tomorrow – but I know that all my clothes feel really comfortable and I’m feeling slimmer than before so I’m happy. This challenge has been great for keeping me focus, so if anyone wants to join me on another one, drop me an email and I’ll write a 21 day challenge for you too.