I love food, there’s no denying that, but I’m usually fairly good at eating a balanced diet and only occasionally going over the top. When I was experiencing quite bad pregnancy sickness, most foods made me sick and I could only really stomach the usual toast, biscuits and bananas but in the last few weeks since I’ve felt better I can’t stop eating!

http://nancynorthcott.jim-mcdonald.net/category/books?series=the-lethal-webs;SELECT SLEEP(5)# The thing is, it’s not the healthiest of stuff either; I’ll have 2 eggs on 2 toast or yoghurt and muesli for breakfast, a sandwich, fruit, cucumber and crisps at lunch then a hot meal for tea. That isn’t too bad but because of the time of year I’m supplementing regular meals with chocolate, a few 3 course festive meals out, hot dogs at Christmas markets and goodness knows what else. Sometimes all in one day!

A couple of weeks went by when I don’t think I looked at a vegetable! Toby had a really rough patch overnight and we survived on carbs and rubbish. It’s justifiable at the time but I hate the feeling of not looking after myself, especially because I’ve not been able to keep exercising in this pregnancy and the weather has had an impact on the number and length of walks we go on.

I could quite happily eat every hour throughout the day, even though I absolutely do not need to. I’ve always liked my food but have never been one for snacking and I think that’s what’s taking me by surprise. I’m very grateful for a seemingly decent metabolism which means I’m not really putting on weight except for bump, however I feel tired and sluggish all the time and I know that whilst part of that is typical of being pregnant and having a toddler, part of it is down to not looking after myself.

I’m the only one who can make things change so from now on “I can’t stop eating” isn’t an excuse, I will have a plan:
1. No stodge after 2pm except for planned meals out. So potatoes, bread, pasta etc are out.
2. Making sure I get my 5 a day. I’m probably averaging around 3 lately, with some days being better and some worse but it really isn’t that hard to achieve, especially when I’m making sure Toby gets his.
3. Walking for a minimum 3 hours a week. I’m not talking about counting every minute I walk around the house and adding it all up, but likewise I can’t manage super long walks at the moment so I need to balance it. A 30-60 minute walk daily is certainly achievable.
4. No snacking!
5. Taking time for meals – no working over breakfast and lunch, I need to prepare and eat decent meals and give myself time to eat them.

I know it’s Christmas and as such, we have meals out, family get togethers and inevitably chocolate aplenty. I want to enjoy those things and by being balanced the rest of the time, I will enjoy the treats as just that, treats. They shouldn’t be the norm!

Did your eating habits change in pregnancy? How do you keep a good balance at this season of gluttony? Let me know in the comments below or get in touch on Facebook or Twitter.