As far as my Mediterranean diet goes, I think I have been eating pretty healthy lately. I’ve been trying to only have red meat once every other week, and a piece of fish once a week. My weekly fish has been salmon for the past couple months, but I needed a change. Today, I went for haddock.
I cooked the fish with some lemon juice, a little bit of basil, and a light dusting of bread crumbs. I was pretty hungry, so I made this a quick meal with frozen carrots and 90 second jasmine rice. As you can tell, I love my carrots. It might be because my husband doesn’t like orange vegetables, so when I do make carrots I have a lot of them. Combining this Mediterranean diet and preparing for pregnancy, I have been careful with what I eat. Some people say to avoid fish altogether when there is a chance of pregnancy, but my gynecologist said that fish that are low in mercury but high in omega-3 fatty acids are good for baby development. When choosing fish, here are two sources that I have found helpful:
For breakfast, I will usually have a whole grain English muffin with my cup of tea and some berries. I also usually have an apple or banana, either as a snack between meals, or with my lunch. When planning lunch, I make egg salad or chicken salad, although this week I’m going to try a mix of cherry tomatoes, sugar snap peas, carved turkey, hummus, whole grain bread, and my much loved dried cranberries along with anything else I happen to scrounge up. I also bought some Swiss cheese at the store. I cannot digest dairy usually, but I have found that ONE slice of Swiss cheese is fine, although not all brands. When planning dinners, I often use chicken or turkey. I replace ground beef with ground turkey. I also like chicken sausages. A great source of protein that I like is beans; chickpeas, pinto, or cannellini being my preferences. They are good mixed in pasta, soups, or on a wheat wrap with tomato and other vegetables. On the nights I go for the fish or beans, I am usually on my own though because my husband is not a fan. But those nights are also the ones when I can eat the vegetables and other things that I love that he does not care for, and he can do something that I won’t go for like mac and cheese or a bacon cheeseburger.
Overall, I think I am doing well with this diet. I just have to remind myself to take my vitamins and drink my soy milk for calcium. Once again, as in a previous post, I am not doing this to lose weight because I do not need to, which is why I am not that strict about desserts. I started it to see if it helps with my ET, but over time I have found that it also makes me feel really good. I don’t feel as sluggish after meals, I feel more energized, and I just feel better inside. There are many benefits to this diet. It’s just plain healthy.
Here are some others with good things to say about the Mediterranean diet:
What are the benefits of the Mediterranean diet? http://ellelloydmiller.wordpress.com/2013/11/30/what-are-the-benefits-of-the-mediterranean-diet/
Vegetables Against Particulate http://blogvivorganic.wordpress.com/2013/12/09/vegetables-against-particulate/
The Mediterranean Lifestyle http://whatthedoost.com/2013/12/11/the-mediterranean-lifestyle/