Cat What do I need to be aware of to make sure my diet is healthy pregnancy?
There are several things I advise clients to do when they are trying to improve their diet:
Make sure you eat things as close to their natural food state as possible. I don’t believe in eating processed foods, foods containing refined sugars, or foods that are labelled low-fat or no-fat as these usually contain all sorts of added substances to make them more palatable.
Eat foods that are in season and fresh. Ideally, shop every couple of days rather than doing one big weekly supermarket shop that results in vegetables losing their freshness and a high proportion of their vitamins and minerals. You don’t have to eat organic foods. In fact, it’s better to make sure the meat you eat is free range rather than organic as it will have more taste. (You can have a battery chicken that is reared organically!)
Eat a wide variety of foods, and make sure they include lots of different colours. These will supply you with a wide range of vitamins and minerals.
If you have any dietary restrictions – if you are wheat-intolerant, for example – make sure you see a doctor or qualified nutritionist who can advise you about getting all the nutrients you need. Do not attempt to self-medicate.
Do not eliminate foods from your diet unless you are told to do so by a qualified doctor or nutritionist.
Have three meals a day: breakfast, lunch, and dinner. You can have a mid-morning and mid-afternoon snack, such as fresh or dried fruit, oatcakes, or mixed unsalted nuts and seeds, but avoid grazing on snacks such as crisps and biscuits throughout the day.
Drink plenty of water: many people don’t drink enough water and often feel tired simply because they are mildly dehydrated. Adults should drink 2 litres (just over four pints) of water a day. Bear in mind that coffee and tea (apart from herbal and fruit teas) do not count as they have a diuretic effect and so rob your body of water.