Cravings • The most important thing is to eat healthy foods 90% of the time and to interpret cravings healthily. • Salty cravings often are relieved by eating avocado, olives, or a baked potato with sesame seeds. • Eating smaller meals more frequently works for many expectant women to relieve cravings. • Cravings for abnormal substances (called pica) like soil, ash, chalk and paint on walls, mostly indicates a deficiency of an important nutrient and must be discussed with your doctor. • A craving for soil and sand often indicates an iron shortage and it is best to take in extra dietary iron and also a supplement. Some Food Types • Pungent foods help stimulate one and keep one from complacency for example spices like ginger, cumin, peppers, cinnamon, cloves, fenugreek and bay. • Bitter foods help improve grasp of new information, of which there is plenty in pregnancy for example leafy green vegetables like spinach, lettuce, broccoli and asparagus. • Astringent foods help prevent overeating for example dry beans, lentils, onions, turmeric, coriander, basil, dill and fennel. • Sweet foods help to soothe anxiety and nerviness one may feel and to energise one in pregnancy for example rice, bread, honey, sweet and fully ripe sweet fruits and vegetables, milk, butter, barley, oats, avocado pear, beetroot, pecans and almonds. • Sour foods help to help keep one grounded in reality for example lemons, semi-ripe fruit, apricots, nectarines and oranges. • Salty foods help regulate body fluids and energise one by correct fluid distribution in the body for example olives and all foods to which you have added salt. • Cold foods help regulate body temperature and calm a tendency to hot temper, for example salads, cool drinks, spices like dill and liquorice. • Heavy foods support an enterprising character and help give staying power in pregnancy for example nuts, wheaten foods, dates, cheese and yoghurt. • Unctuous or naturally oily foods have anti-inflammatory properties which can be very helpful in pregnancy for example dairy, oils, oats, some nuts and butter ghee. • Light foods help to tone slow digestion for example grapes, apples, figs, barley, corn, spinach, asparagus and cucumber. • Dry foods help prevent mucus disease and other congestion symptoms for example dried beans, barley, corn, potato, brussel sprouts and peas. Allergenic Foods • Common allergenic foods include dairy, grains,eggs, shellfish, peanuts, mushrooms, onions and garlic. • Reduce or avoid foods that typically cause allergies in your two families, as this can help prevent allergies in baby. • If parents or the family generally are allergy prone, it takes just a little of the allergenic substance eaten by the expectant mom in pregnancy, to trigger a greater risk in baby. • Peanuts are not nuts but legumes, and if eaten in pregnancy, be sure to only have a few at a time, best eaten raw and not roasted and salted as these tend to cause more problems. • Some tree nuts may trigger allergies, but if there is not an allergy to any in particular in the family, moderate use in pregnancy is generally in order. • Choose organically cultivated nuts as these are a valuable source of magnesium and calcium.
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