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How to eat healthily during pregnancy by Organix

How to eat healthily during pregnancy by Organix

Having a healthy approach to food during pregnancy could do your child a big favour, as you’ll be giving your baby the best possible start to grow their love of good food even before they’re born.

To help mums eat well and avoid junk food during pregnancy, Organix has worked with Dr Rana Conway, a Registered Nutritionist and one of the country’s leading experts on nutrition in pregnancy, to help mums-to-be enjoy good food during their pregnancy.

The Organix Little Book of Good Food – Bump to Baby gives mums-to-be simple and practical advice at every stage, and delicious, healthy recipes for each trimester and once baby is born.  

Dr Rana Conway says: “Everyone seems to have a different view of food during pregnancy and the advice and information is constantly being updated, so it can be a worry wondering if you’re doing what’s right for your baby. 

“And of course while it’s important to eat a varied, healthy diet it’s not always easy to do so, so I hope the Organix Little Book of Good Food – Bump to Baby supports and encourages mums-to-be as they consider their food choices and what they’re eating for them and their baby.”

The Organix Little Book of Good Food – Bump to Baby covers advice on a healthy diet to nourish your growing baby, ideas on how to cope with food cravings, and useful tips on how you can avoid the junk. You can download your free copy at www.organix.com/bumptobaby

Eating well in pregnancy – for you, your bump and your baby

Mums-to-be often develop a sweet tooth or crave salty snacks during pregnancy, but there is no evidence that your body needs what you crave.  

Dr Rana Conway says, “The problem with eating more junk food is that you end up eating less of the good stuff. Plus, when mums-to-be eat a high Glycaemic Index (GI) diet – and most junk foods are high GI foods – babies in the womb are exposed to slightly higher levels of glucose. So why not try a junk food swap to help keep cravings under control?”

6 junk food swaps to keep cravings under control:

  • Swap chocolate for strawberries dipped in a good quality dark chocolate with a high percentage of cocoa solids.
  • Swap ice cream for sliced banana with natural yogurt, a swirl of honey and some flaked almonds.
  • Swap crisps for plain or lightly salted popcorn.
  • Swap cake for toasted wholemeal bagel with mashed banana and a sprinkle of cinnamon. 
  • Swap fizzy drinks for pure fruit juice mixed with sparkling water.
  • Swap chewy sweets for a small handful of dried apricots or raisins.

5 top tips to help avoid food cravings:

  • Eat a hearty breakfast to prevent you reaching for a mid-morning muffin.
  • Eat low GI carbs, like wholegrain bread, and protein-rich foods like nuts, seeds, Greek yogurt and hard boiled eggs, along with lots of fruit and veg to help you feel fuller for longer.
  • Eat regularly – two to three snacks a day, in addition to three meals, will help ensure blood sugar levels never reach rock bottom.
  • Have healthy snack foods ready at work and home, so you are not tempted by a quick fix.
  • Get an early night - being tired can make you eat more and often choose the wrong types of food.
 
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