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When Your Craving is Unhealthy, Do You Eat It Anyway?

cravingOne of the first things people think about when it comes to pregnancy symptoms is morning sickness and food cravings. They are the front-runners for each pregnancy on TV and two of the most common questions people seem to ask about when they know you’re expecting.

You all know that since the start of this pregnancy, I have been battling with pretty bad all-day nausea and vomiting. It wasn’t a surprise to me because I’ve had it in past pregnancies as well, but it’s hard to prepare for how it will effect your daily life.

I have been struggling with foods that don’t immediately upset the stomach and my go-to has been to stay away from all meat and focus on fresh vegetables and fruit. That seems to be the perfect balance, but honestly sometimes I am hungry because all the fruit and vegetables in the world don’t always leave you feeling full.

Over the past week or so, I’ve started having a new craving—macaroni and cheese. Gluten-free, corn pasta mixed with cheesy goodness sounds amazing, but it’s not really that healthy. Especially when you make enough to feed the whole 5-person family and you eat it all yourself over the span of the day.

I’d really like to have a healthy pregnancy. Weight gain has never been an issue for me in the past because of the ongoing nausea and vomiting. I don’t tend to gain too much overall, but I’ve never had a cheesy craving before. Part of me just wants to eat ALL THE THINGS because it feels nice to have a full tummy for the first time in a while, but is that really the best?

I told my mom this morning that I was craving macaroni and cheese, but didn’t want to make it because I was afraid I would eat it all. Her response, “Well, make two of them then.”

Will do, mama!

:: Did you crave unhealthy foods during your pregnancy? ::

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