Thursday, June 26, 2008

a pregnant woman's lunch box

i have never been one to prepare lunch the night before. i usually wake up early enough to dig out the left-overs from the previous night, add some newly cooked rice, stuff it in a paper bag and call it lunch.

before i even realized i was pregnant, i would dismiss the 10am hunger pangs or down more coffee to put something in my system before the much-awaited 12:00 strikes. (side note to my baby bee: i'm sorry honey, mommy wasn't aware of you yet so i'll try to make-up for all the caffeine i've stuffed you with)

now that i'm pregnant, not only do i have to eat a little more often, but i have to be careful about what i eat as well. so for the very first time, tomorrow's lunch box has been prepped a good ten minutes ago.

exactly what is in it?

- 1 banana
- 2 oranges
- 2 slices of bread
- 1 small can of tuna (before you ask, it is allowed in small portions and i do need fish for protein)
- 16 small carrot sticks
- 1 small container of grapes
- 1 ham and cheese with lettuce wrap cut in half

that, my dearest friends, is my entire day's worth of sustenance. you probably think it's quite a bit but seriously, i get hungry at least six times from 8:30am to 5:00pm. my dinner, of course, is composed of more protein and a lot less carbs.

for the first time in my life, i really have to be aware of what i eat. i'm trying to stay away from the junk food (although i had twelve slices of yummy salt & vinegar chips) and trying to keep myself in line with the healthy stuff. but i swear i can always smell a fresh cup of coffee brewing in our office kitchen.

*sigh* this isn't forever. just for nine months..... just for nine months....

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