Food I have to avoid, and food I am eating

Has anyone else found that peaches really taste bad this year? Well, it can't be all peaches. But I've bought peaches at different stores, and they all taste kind of...dirty. (Yes, I wash them, of course. It's just something about the way the whole peach tastes.) I'll stick with plums, blueberries, and teeny bananas (less wasteful than big ones) for now, I guess. I also love cherries and kiwis. Apples and grapes give me heartburn right now.

Speaking of which, here is a list of foods I don't eat because I'm pregnant. Now, keep in mind, this is NOT a complaint. Just a little exposition on why it's sometimes hard to find things to eat these days:

>Deli meat, including bought in packages. Deli meat can contain listeria, an infection that is pretty rare, but prego women are 20 times more likely to get it. Being that my doc said he's never seen a case, and many pregnant people probably eat it all the time, it's probably a low risk. But not one I can afford to take. You can read about this here. Oh yeah, you can heat the deli meat up to 140 degrees or something, but when I'm at work, I don't have access to an oven. And I've been told that microwaving really wouldn't kill it. (Also, the prepackaged kind is probably better but I'm still not chancing it.

>Sushi, even cooked. Sure, cooked should be fine, but do you really think the sushi chefs are preparing it on a different counter than they're preparing the raw stuff? Nooooo.

>Deli cheese. Because the deli people are probably slicing it with the same machine they use for deli meat. Unless they keep kosher, which I doubt. (Packaged cheese is fine with me.)

>Feta, brie, bleu, and some other cheeses we're told not to eat because they're sometimes unpasteurized. I really doubt these would cause a problem, but I can sure live without them.

>Chocolate - Maybe it's psychological, but even when I wasn't prego, I could feel myself breaking out when I eat it. I think my organs are better off without the miniscule caffeine.

>Certain seafood at restaurants, like mussels. I just don't trust the chefs. Sorry.

>Tea or anything with caffeine. Told caffeine is bad, and don't have it much anyway.

>Trying to limit artificial sweetners although they say some are OK. The tests aren't extensive.

...Which reminds me. There are lots of things that doctors think are probably safe but no one is gonna test them on pregnant women, so you don't know for sure. The experts have categories of medicines, for instance: A, B, C, X....for how safe they are in pregnancy. There are categories for "probably ok but not in animals who we gave big doses to" etc. Not always reassuring.

>Tomatoes, tomato products, apples, oatmeal. All good for me, but cause too much stomach acid. I think I can add granola to that list, too.

>Category "DUH" - Alcohol, which I hardly ever had anyway. I don't even remember last time I had any. Although it's ok to eat it as part of cooking - like when I had bananas foster for my b-day earlier this year. It's got rum sauce. I was kinda afraid but I did have some of the rum sauce.

>Certain fishes that are on the list of too much mercury. I can still eat most shellfish, which is mainly what I like anyway. I kinda miss white meat (albacore) tuna, which I have to keep to a low amount. Here's the grand fish-in-pregnancy amount list for whoever cares (no one).

THIS JUST IN: My hubby just called from the Mets game to tell me his whole row won free pizza for some reason. The one time I'm not there, they get free food! But the tomato sauce would have given me acid, so I guess it worked out.

Things I do eat:

-Eggs. Cooked well enough, of course.
-Shrimp, non-albacore tuna, crab - Because I still have to make sure I get enough good brain food (as long as I avoid the fishes I'm not supposed to eat.)
-Fruit. Yummy. Bananas are kind of so-so but my mom has been on me since the beginning to eat bananas.
-Yogurt. Some with artificial sweetners, some without.
-Yogurt covered raisins. These actually aren't all that healthy, but sometimes I need the sugar.
-Rice pudding. Hey, it's got calcium!
-Hummus. Hummus is the one food that doesn't give me any heartburn or reflux at all. Not sure why, but ok!
-Cereal. My beloved hot cereals give me heartburn, but sugar cereal is OK and also is, as you know, fortified with vitamins! Plus the milk and fruit I put into it can't hurt.
-Pasta. Butter, garlic, cheese instead of tomato sauce.
-Avacado squeezed on sandwiches. Not the healthiest veggie, but nummy.
-Some veggies. Especially peas. I like peas.
-White pizza is ok.
-Trying to push myself to eat meat, like burgers and chops, even though I've never eaten all that much meat. I need the iron.
-Potatoes with melted cheese, broccoli, sour cream - mmm. Also mashed potatoes, and sweet potatoes. Potassium is important. And yummy.
-Chicken. Pushing myself to eat more chicken than I used to. Protein is key.

The main problem is at lunch. Most of what's above isn't for lunch. But I've made do. Yesterday I ate a grilled vegetable sandwich from the local deli - fried eggplant with grilled portobellos and zucchini and olive oil. That was GOOD!

Baby has been measuring a week ahead on growth, so so far I guess we're doing ok. He's a boy, and I think boys tend to be a little ahead. 10 weeks to go!!!

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