how do i??

Lauren - posted on 03/14/2009 ( 14 moms have responded )

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im pregnant and like alot of pregnant women i cant stand the smell of meat cooking. i know im still suppost to eat it to get the nutrients to my baby but i just end up throwing up when i smell it cook. my husband is in iraq and i am basically alone except for one friend here and i cant expect her to cook me dinner all the time, and i feel like eating fast food and at resteraunts all the time is just as un healthy as not eating it at all. any suggestions???

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Christine - posted on 03/14/2009

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What about Tyson precooked chicken? You can get the skinless kind so its healthier. That kind of chicken I believe comes in different flavors, and you can use it wraps, salads, nachos : ) I remember the smell of meat completely grossed me out. I switched to beans for the protein and fiber. Lots of soups have beans as ingredients. Or, check out vegetarian web sites, they have tons of ideas for beans. Best of luck!

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Lauren - posted on 03/15/2009

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thanx everyone so much! i never thought of most of these ideas cause of my pregnancy brain is really kicking in these days. i cant even do simple math! hahaha

Helen - posted on 03/15/2009

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I had this problem and so would put the chicken etc in a covered roaster in the oven and then leave the room until it was done. I then turned off the oven but left it in there to keep warm while i cooked the rest of the dinner.

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Because of my crazy work schedule, I had to eat out a lot. Most fast food places offer healthier options like salads and wraps. Try eating those or even a grilled chicken sandwich. And in case your like me and give into pizza and double cheeseburgers like I did don't worry; my son was born very healthy! Just remember the rest of the time to take care of yourself and take your vitamins.

Natasha - posted on 03/14/2009

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I didnt eat to much meat when i was pregnant i couldn't stand meat or hot dogs. So instead i substituted it with alot of fruits and vegtables, and I would try to eat something meaty at least once in the week. If you have to make it in smaller portions so your not eating it all at once. As for fast food just try to reduce how many times you get it cause fast foods are fatier then making your own healther meals.

Rebecca - posted on 03/14/2009

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There is other ways of getting protien other than meat. I work in a kitchen and while was pregnant I couldnt stand the smell of meat let alone the thought of eating it. Nuts, seeds, tofu, cheese and beans are all good sources of protien. If it the iron you are looking for leafy greens- darker the better. Spinach is great for calcium and iron. Precooked meat is now easily available in stores if it is just the smells that bother you.

Lisa - posted on 03/14/2009

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I am a vegetarian (no meat in diet, but still eat dairy).  I have been a vegetarian for 12 years now.  When I was pregnant I still didn't eat meat.  And my doctor said this was okay since alot of women become vegetarian while pregnant since they dislike the smell of meat.  I ate lots of beans, some protein shakes, spinach, lots of dairy products, and of course my pre-natal vitamens.

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There are a lot of really delicious non-meat/ vegetarian choices that taste almost exactly like the real thing, and I think some of them even taste better. Plus they are good for protien. The folks who make boca burgers have really yummy chicken patties, and a company called Morning Star has really good fake ground beef and steak and chicken strips.

Heather - posted on 03/14/2009

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If you're worried about not getting the protein you need....try protein bars, or shakes...I drank ensure protein shakes everyday during and after my pregnancy, because I had the hardest time eating meat...Or you can eat peanuts...very hugh in protein, and if you eat the dry roasted ones they are easy on the tummy  :)

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Hey Lauren :)



My diet changed a lot, too after my hubby deployed about a month ago! He's a meat and potatoes kinda guy, and I'm the opposite. But there are lots of ways to get protein into your diet that don't require the smell of meat cooking.



Like Christine mentioned, beans are a great source of protein. This includes edamame, which are green soy beans out of the pod, and it's the one of the healthiest versions of soy for your body. One half cup of most beans contains as much protein as 3 oz of steak, and all that fiber not only keeps you full but helps keep you regular. I agree with Christine again that pre-cooked chicken breast strips are an easy way to get some protein, and are great on lots of stuff.



If you can stand the smell, eggs are an awesome source of protein. I find that nixing the yolk can cut down on that smell, and there's virtually nothing but fat in the yolk anyway. The vast majority of the protein is in the white.



Next, given the fact that you need 4 servings of dairy every day anyway, stock up on quality dairy. Low-fat yogurt, cottage cheese, milk, etc. You could also try 1/2 c. frozen yogurt for dessert. 



You can also look into protein supplement products like powders, shakes, bars, etc. Just make sure you're looking at the ingredients for any unwanted ingredients. Many products such as shakes or powers will add stimulants, and right now neither of you need that! Also be aware that most products add tons of vitamins, so be careful not to overdo it if you're already (hopefully) taking a prenatal. Eating a protein bar also may not feel as filling as a normal meal, so be sure you drink at least 8 oz., preferably 16oz. of water with them.



Hope this helps!

Jen - posted on 03/14/2009

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I had a weird aversion to potatoes in the beginning of my pregnancy. I love potatoes normally and even the thought of eating them made me feel sick. Luckily that went away with my morning sickness. I also felt sick to meatballs and even today I rarely eat them b/c I feel that I'll gag. It's weird. I'd suggest eating more pasta maybe. Maybe even some precooked meals would be better. Or if your friend doesn't mind just let her keep cooking for you. Sorry that I can't give much advice. Good luck though.

Sherilyn - posted on 03/14/2009

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Now that it is nice out well getting there .... and depends where you are and if you have one , BBQ That way you can stay inside and he can cook outside. another option is again if you own one and if you dont Tip you might want to get one a slow cooker they are awsome!!! not only do they cook while you are at work but there is next to no mess. trust me you will love it now and when the baby comes!!! I bought one just for the same reason not just that I had no energy and I am 5 months nowand I use it all the time!! You can cook anything and everything in it!!!

Courtney - posted on 03/14/2009

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Try healthy precooked meals in the frozzen sections. I don't know if the smell from heating them up in the oven will bother you...but it's worth a try!! Also, make sure ur on prenatals..this will help with the nutrients. Make sure you eat a lot of fuits, veggies and water :)

Heather - posted on 03/14/2009

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try quarn it dont conaen ne meet but u stii get all the goodness and theres a lot less fat in it

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