Eating for two sounds like you need to eat for two people when pregnant. It’s said as a carte blanche for pregnant women to eat anything they want. It’s not true.
It is far from the truth. In pregnancy you need ONLY 250 more calories than you normal caloric intake. Here is a few things an extra 250 calories will get you:
1 grande Iced Coffee Macchiato from Starbucks
1 chocolate chip Clif bar
2 cups of 2% milk
1 ¼ cups of plain white rice
1 McDonald’s plain hamburger
2 ½ bananas
4 oz of steak
A side of guacamole from Chipotle
(I tried to find a Dunkin Donuts donut, but nothing under 310 calories.)
Choose one of these, and you are calorically where you need to be. No gorging, no seven meals a day, no fried chicken, no dessert with every meal.
What “eating for two” really means is that we have to get all the nutrients to fuel, repair, and grow our body and the baby inside. So when you sit down to eat, ask yourself is this food nutrient rich? Is it something my grandmother recognized as food? How far from the source is it?
We want food dense in nutrients, not calories necessarily. Eating foods our grandmothers ate is a good rule of thumb in looking for real food. Food that comes directly from an animal or the earth with minimal processing is another good rule of thumb.
Meal time Checklist - follow this rubric for healthy eating. Each meal should contain:
Food grandmother knew
Foods only 1-2 steps from the source
Julia Erickson, the founder of Aphrodite Project, is a wellness authority who uses food, meditation, and movement to create extraordinary health and wellness. Julia's practice is focused on helping women thrive and heal from chronic disease. She is also mother of seven.