The Half Way Mark!

by Gavan on January 27, 2012

First off I want to say thanks to everyone for their kind words and good wishes on our soon-to-be lil’ Murphy baby. It’s always nice to feel the warmth and good spirits from you guys. Right enough of that soppy stuff.

We’re half way through the pregnancy (of course I say ‘we’ like I have any involvement in this part of it but you know what I mean) and I have to say things are going great. Christy’s eating well, exercising 4 to 5 times a week and, well this next part is where I come in, eating really well. If I can contribute anything at this stage of the game it’s got to be on the food front. I’m finding out this is tricky though. Her cravings have been pretty ok, nothing too off the charts. Pickles, which I love too so bonus, buckets of milk, some cheese (clearly the body’s craving calcium) and that’s about it. Listen we’ve always eaten pretty well; lots of veggies, whole grains, salads but for herself one thing is proving to be a struggle….protein.

Now, she being a vegetarian it’s a little trickier. For those of you wondering, I’m good on the protein front but thanks for asking. She’s supposed to have around 60 grams a day which doesn’t seem like a huge amount but when you don’t eat meat and her taste buds are not liking a lot of fish it’s a little tougher to get what she needs. We’ve tried whey protein shakes but those aren’t going down well either. Luckily enough eggs are ok but considering there’s only 6 grams of protein in an egg I can’t go over board. Greek yogurt, tofu, cottage cheese, peanut butter and almonds are staples in our kitchen but I understand there’s a burnout point. I wonder, if it’s tough for vegetarians what do vegans eat? Beans, legumes, processed soy fake meat?…I’m not sure what to do for this one.

Any suggestions?

Cheers.

Read my previous post about baba Murphy here.

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{ 3 comments… read them below or add one }

Terry February 7, 2012 at 11:37 am

Congrats!!! try kale…I hear it is great for protein!

Abby Bean February 7, 2012 at 12:22 pm

Oh Gavan, you disappoint me. You did a (terrific) vegan cooking series and you’re still wondering where vegans get their protein? I hope Robin has schooled you on how tired vegans are of hearing this question, but just so you know- if you don’t get tired of meat/poultry/fish (yawn), how can you expect vegans to tire of the huge variety of beans, lentils, tofu, tempeh, seitan, nuts, and veggies that pack a much bigger and healthier protein punch. Yes, veggies; 1 cup of peas has much more protein than the egg you cited- without the cholesteral, fat, and cruelty.

Gavan February 10, 2012 at 11:43 am

I feel like I’m being scolded. The last time someone said I disappointed them was when I was 10 and I rang the bell at the wrong time during mass and the priest said it was very disappointing and I let everyone down. It’s an open wound.
Listen I’m well aware of the varieties of beans, etc. My wife, who’s vegetarian and I probably eat way more than the average person when it comes to grains and veggies. The post was to get some interaction from people to talk about their experiences. It’s as simple as that. I do appreciate you taking the time to comment and hopefully your disappointment will wane over time 😉
Cheers.

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