Skip ahead a bit to get straight to the rant.
Ugh, I slipped on the ice today and bashed up my hand pretty good on some rocks. Actually it was a bunch of small pointy rocks that had iced together into one great bit multi-pointed rock. Not sure how I'm going to be able to lift anything (or knit!) when I'm finding it tricky to write with a pencil. Grrr. At least it's just a bruise, no breaks or sprains or cuts or anything.
Had an okay weekend, spent most of it not feeling very well. I thought the second trimester was supposed to be about feeling better, but it's been pretty hit or miss so far. I'm feeling a bit like this guy:
But maybe he's happy, it's hard to tell with owls.
Since I'm cranky, I'll give you a rant.
Is Paleo safe for pregnancy?
A lot of people have asked me if I'm still eating Paleo while pregnant, or what my doctor thinks of it, or if it's safe, or some variant of these questions. I understand that the answer is not obvious to someone who hasn't adopted a strict Paleo diet. But I never had a second thought about a Paleo pregnancy.
Paleo is not just a fad, or a diet to lose weight, or a special case or an underground trend for athletes. It is the best, healthiest, most natural way to eat. It is the way we evolved to eat. Grains, legumes, dairy, and sugars cause problems for people, period. Just because these foods are deeply ingrained (pun, I know) in our culture does not mean they are good for us.
I'm pregnant BECAUSE of Paleo. Many, many cases of infertility and many, many miscarriages are a direct result of gluten and other grain intolerances. Cutting these poisons out of your life allows your gut to heal, which allows your whole system to functional optimally, including your immune and reproductive systems. (Do some searching on Robb Wolf's site or Whole Nine's site for testimonials.)
It has not been easy to stay Paleo. I have had cravings for everything I'm not supposed to have. Macaroni and cheese, cupcakes, nachos, ice cream. People like to say if you're having cravings, maybe your body is trying to tell you something, like you need some nutrient. But what if you give up smoking because you're pregnant? You're still going to crave a cigarette, but that's not because there's something you NEED from a cigarette. It's because nicotine is addictive. Well, grains are addictive. They have opiate-like effects on your body. Craving an addictive substance does not mean you need it.
And what about doctors? Well, if you're a healthy weight, most doctors don't care what you're eating. I haven't talked to my doctors about my diet because when I've tried they don't care and they don't listen. They have too many preconceived notions (whole grains and dairy and fruit must be good) and have not done the research that I have done. They are practitioners, not scientists. The role I see for doctors is to treat emergencies and prescribe necessary medications (e.g., antibiotics when you have an infection). I'm only going to prenatal care because I want to be in a hospital and have doctors present in case something goes wrong in labor and delivery.
I trust my own evaluation of the evidence better than a so-called expert who is simply repeating what they've been told and never actually investigated mechanisms and evidence. So bottom line, yes, I'm staying Paleo, and nope, I have no qualms about it. Now, it's not as simple as I'm laying out here, because of emotional issues around food plus hormones and nausea and aversions - you do what you have to do to get through. I wouldn't judge someone for falling off the Paleo wagon a bit while pregnant, or taking a little more latitude. I'll write more about that in another post. But if you're a happy Paleo-er and you chuck it just because you get knocked up and it's just easier to eat pasta now, or worse, you allow yourself to be frightened and talked out of it by ill-informed doctors, you are doing yourself and your kid a huge disservice.
My brother-in-law had the best response - something about being curious to see how awesome and strong a paleo cavebaby turns out. I'm curious too. And I'm going to give this kid every possible advantage, even if it means things are a little tough for me right now.
I'll end with something more upbeat, some lovely pink and white worsted weight socks from the Yarn Harlot:
It's her own pattern - I think I could replicate it by combining a basic ribbed cuff, top-down sock recipe with Thuja (from Knitty). I kind of want some worsted weight socks, with stripes. Quick to finish and so cozy. Do I have enough washable worsted yarn in the stash? But I really want pink and I don't have that. Begonia and robot? Hmm...